Founded in 2015 in San Francisco, Scorbit was built for the the love of pinball and its community. Three long-time friends, playing pinball and wondering… is it possible to connect a pinball machine to the Internet? Once you did that…what else could you do?
The answer is a fundamental change to pinball machines and how they interact with players, collectors and operators, bringing pinball into the 21st century… and most importantly getting more people playing pinball!
The Scorbit Team
Favorite pinball machine: Theatre of Magic
Jay Adelson is a serial entrepreneur known for his work founding and running companies such as Equinix (EQIX), Digg, Revision3, SimpleGeo and Opsmatic, or as host of the show Ask Jay. He sits on several boards, including Megaport (Australia) Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries, and is CSO at LoveBook, LLC. In 2008, Jay was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Having grown up in Detroit, he and his wife Brenda live in Mill Valley, CA and have three adult kids who now spend their time provisioning Scorbitrons. When not obsessing over the company, Jay spends his free time restoring pinball machines with his son, Ben. Jay loves to play pinball, but sucks at it, and refuses to wipe Brian’s scores from his collection until he can do it himself.
Favorite pinball machine: Frontier
Originally from Massachusetts, Brian O’Neill moved to San Francisco after college and worked at places like Digg, Eventbrite and Slack. He met Jay and Ron through working at Digg.
Slowly he got into pinball by venturing out to Molotov’s in San Francisco with Ron and playing Medieval Madness. Brian took to the competitive side of pinball, has played in hundreds of tournaments and is now a Top 100 world ranked pinball player. Recently he has won the 2019 San Francisco City Championship.
Brian owns Frontier, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Jurassic Park, Dr. Who and Jungle Queen. He hopes to add more to his collection.
Favorite pinball machine: Guns N’ Roses
Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Ron Richards is an established content, marketing and community expert, podcaster and amateur (at best) pinball player. He has worked for such companies as Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Revision3, Image Comics and is the co-founder of iFanboy, the most popular comic book podcast of all time (per Apple Podcasts).
His first pinball machine experience was Cyclone in the Game Room at a hotel in Atlanta when he was 10, but it wasn’t until his 30’s on a Medieval Madness at Molotov’s in San Francisco with Brian for him to become obsessed. After nagging Jay and Brian for years to help him “make an app to keep track of scores”, he’s immensely proud of what Scorbit has become. Ron now lives in New York City and can be found at Sunshine Laundromat or Jackbar playing pinball whenever he can.
Favorite pinball machine: Meteor
Dwayne comes to Scorbit with two decades of experience building and designing user interfaces. He has previously worked for New Relic, Opsmatic, eBay, and Digg.
In his free time he enjoys recording and playing music, tinkering on old electronics, woodworking, dog training, and foraging for wild mushrooms.
DR. EDWARD CHEUNG
Minister of Space
Favorite pinball machine: Space Shuttle
Ed was born and raised on the island of Aruba (where he is also the Minister of Space), and still returns there often. He works as Chief Engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland USA, where he has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and weather satellites.
Hardware Design and Engineering
Embedded Software Engineer
Favorite pinball machine: FunHouse
Tom Collins works as an Embedded Software Engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana after spending 17 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he met Jay, Brian, Ron and a great community of pinball players, operators and technicians. He’s been a pinball fan since buying a FunHouse and Twilight Zone in the early 1990’s. In recent years, he co-founded and managed the Solano Pinball League in Vacaville, California, and ran the largest Pin-Golf tournaments for five years at Pin-a-Go-Go and the Golden State Pinball Festival.
Software and Electronics Designer
Favorite pinball machine: AC/DC
Olivier is a graduate of École Centrale de Marseille University in France. He currently lives on the French Riviera working as a professional software and electronics designer. He has always been passionate about pinball and fascinated with pinball machines, and is known for creating Pinball Browser.
Favorite pinball machine: Star Wars (DE)
Ethan hails from the Chicagoland area then attended Brown University for both Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Computer Science. After gathering a strong base of experience at VMware, he was a co-founder of three startups including DiscSpace, Openfi.re, and Voltaiq. His hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, grilling, and cats.
Favorite pinball machine: Tales of the Arabian Nights
Dilshod is passionate about software developing, starting in the 80’s with Basic and Assembly on an Apple II clone at home in Uzbekistan. He is a family guy, father of three, and loves to hike with them in the mountains. He is also the former Shooting Sport National Team Captain and competed twice at the Olympics in 2000 and 2008 representing Uzbekistan. Dilshod also won the Shooting World Cup in Atlanta, Georgia.
Favorite pinball machine: Guardians of the Galaxy
Born in Mumbai, Ketaki moved to the US to study UI/UX design in San Fransisco. She now runs a design company called Studio K8Ki in the small rural Iowa town in which she resides.
Logistics, Machine Learning
Favorite pinball machine: Theatre of Magic
Brenda grew up on Long Island, NY and is an expert in the field of squirrel wrangling, DMD video processing, and game rules. In her free time, she enjoys walks near her California home with her superhero protector dog, Kozmo.
Favorite pinball machine: World Cup Soccer
Ryan is a hardware expert who has spent his whole career building early phase hardware startups. Ryan was previously VP Manufacturing at Molekule, Director of Engineering at the Highway1 hardware accelerator, and is the co-author of The Hardware Startup. He had a World Cup Soccer machine in his basement growing up that started his love of pinball and hatred of fixing relays.