Meet the Team – Belinda Alzner

What do you do at theScore?
I’m a Senior Product Manager, which means I help define what our development teams are going to build, when we’re going to do it, and how we will release those products to the world.

How long have you been working at theScore?
I started in October 2018, so I’ve been here for about nine months.

What’s the best perk of working at theScore?
I know it’s cheesy, but it’s really the people. Our team here is extremely driven and talented, while being able to keep things fun at the same time. We’re a group of people who can start our day talking about last night’s game, and end the day nerding out over any number of topics, not least of all is what makes our users tick.

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What excites you about the future of theScore?
100% the betting product we’re working on. It’s such a huge step for the company, being different from what we’ve traditionally done in scores and news but still within our overall purpose of delivering an exceptional experience for sports fans. And for me, personally, as a product manager, there’s not a lot of places where you can go and launch an entirely new product from scratch. It’s very exciting to be a part of an organization that is as mature and as strong as theScore but still able to work on new and innovative technologies and products.

Do you follow any particular sports/esports/teams?
I watch the NFL regularly and am a fan of the Patriots. The team’s consistency is so incredible that it’s hard not to be a fan. I also got fully onboard the Raptors’ wagon this year — it was impossible not to in this city.

Do you have any favorite podcasts?
I do. I’m also a bit of a politics junkie. I listen to The New York Times’ Daily every day. Another favorite is Political Climate, a great bipartisan podcast about politics and climate. Full disclosure, it’s hosted by a good friend of mine, but even outside of that, it’s one of my favorite podcasts. Freakonomics is also up there — I love how they dig into things to a level of detail I wouldn’t have got on my own.

What are some of your hobbies outside the office?
I’ve been horseback riding for the past 25 years. I used to compete at the provincial level and now I just ride for fun a couple times a week. It’s nice to get out in nature and escape the craziness of the city.

Which store would you like to max out your credit card?
Honestly, I’m not a big shopper, so Amazon, I guess?

What was your childhood nickname?
So, this one is weird. My childhood nickname was Lindsay. Kids used to call me Linda, then Linds, and eventually it turned into Lindsay. I never truly understood it. More commonly these days people call me Bells.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
An easy answer for me, but being a horse would be pretty cool. They’re fast, they eat most of the day, and the rest of the time, just hang with their pals.

Interviewed by Michael Cooper.

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