Who are you and what do you do at theScore?
I’m Sib Husnain. I am an Associate Product Manager for the community team. My job is to help build community driven products that offer fans new ways to engage with the theScore app and each other. Initiatives we’re currently working on include the public chat and private messaging features.
How long have you been at theScore?
1 year and 7 months. I started as a co-op Product Manager while I was completing my undergraduate degree, and was later hired full-time as a Product Coordinator. I did that for 11 months until starting my current position.
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Describe the culture of theScore in one word.
Welcoming. From my experience, anytime I’ve needed help, I could easily go to any coworker and they’d be more than willing to assist; not only by solving the issue at hand, but with finding ways to help myself in the future with related matters.
What do you most look forward to as theScore continues to develop?
The Community team is building products that aren’t available in the current landscape of sports applications. From what I’m aware of, there is no other sports app that is offering chat-based features. We’re looking way beyond the competition, in trying to build an active online sports community.
What’s the best “perk” of working for theScore?
It’s a great learning experience with tons of opportunities to grow within the company. I started working at theScore as a co-op student, and in a relatively short amount of time, managed to climb the ranks to where I am now. I admit, there was a lot to learn, but theScore does a fantastic job at creating an environment where it’s easy to seek help and learn new skills.
What qualities does a person need to work at theScore?
‘Fans first’ is one of the core values that define theScore. It means being able to empathize with fans in order to better understand their needs, wants, and expectation. That’s something all employees at theScore have to be cognizant of in order to succeed at their job. The more you empathize with the user-base, the better you are at making decisions.
Do you follow any particular sports/esports/teams?
I’m a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Toronto Raptors.
What are your favorite apps other than theScore?
I use Twitter every day – one for following people I admire and reading their day-to-day thoughts; and two, there’s just a lot of entertaining content to scroll through. My favorite account is @farnamstreet, run by Shane Parrish. He is considered a thought leader when it comes to decision making. He was recently profiled in the New York Times for assisting business leaders and finance titans with rational thinking. He’s a great inspiration, to say the least.
Name somebody, dead or alive, you’d want to meet and why?
Charlie Munger. He is the right-hand man of Warren Buffett, the third richest man in the world. Charlie Munger is a person who advocates for personal growth, reflection, and continuous lifelong learning. He is 94, but still aspires to be better at everything he does, and now he gives back the community by teaching others.
Why do you think theScore has become one of the most popular sports apps in North America?
I would say theScore provides a world-class experience compared to other applications in the market. For one, we are always up to date when it comes to reporting scores, content, and news; two, our user interface is by far the best user interface I’ve seen from any sports application; And three, we have a talented workforce stemming from marketing, content, sales, engineering, analytics, and product management who want to provide the best possible experience for our users.
Sib was speaking to Alexander Faiz
Photo by Alexander Faiz