LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafayelmkrtchyan/
Born In: Martuni, Armenia
Current Job: Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, PlayEngine
Rafayel was born in Martuni, Armenia, and grew up in both Yerevan and the San Francisco Bay Area. Rafayel attended UC Berkeley where he majored in Computer Science, coupled with extensive coursework in Cognitive Science. During his time at UC Berkeley, Rafayel founded CodeBears – the largest student-run tech organization affiliated with the university. After working for several companies in Silicon Valley, Rafayel ultimately decided to move back to Armenia, where he began working at BetConstruct. As the Vice President of Engineering at BetConstruct, Rafayel was responsible for the enterprise transformation of a 400+ employee organization. His passion for building technology-driven products led him to shift his career to product management – Rafayel believes that one of the most efficient ways of transforming Armenia into a country known for its in-house product innovation is by evangelizing the product culture across the ecosystem.
In order to share his experience with the community, Rafayel helps Armenian companies and product managers improve their product discovery and delivery processes. Rafayel is now the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of PlayEngine – an all-in-one business management software for sports betting businesses. To date, PlayEngine has raised investment, formed a product team, and created an advisory board from Silicon Valley and Armenia – the team is on its way to disrupt the sports betting industry.