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Vatsal Bhardwaj

Vatsal Bhardwaj is a builder at heart. He has served as an executive leading product and engineering teams in creating operating systems, video games, virtual reality, and cloud services for both consumer (B2C) and business (B2B) customers. The products Bhardwaj has helped create are utilized by billions of customers and have cumulatively generated tens of billions of USD in value. He takes pleasure in fostering a culture that emphasizes driving results for customers, first principles thinking, and empowering the builders to perform their best work. Most recently, Vatsal held the position of Chief Product/Technology Officer at Skillz (SKLZ), where he led the product and engineering teams to enhance revenue through Machine Learning optimization, new features, and the launch of cloud gaming. He was instrumental in recruiting several executives to join Skillz, including the CTO and multiple Vice Presidents. Before his tenure at Skillz, Vatsal was the General Manager at Amazon Web Services, leading various technology teams in gaming, 3D, and edge applications. His teams were responsible for launching the Open 3D engine initiative and three new cloud services for building and scaling 3D simulations and games. Prior to his role at AWS, Vatsal was a vital part of the product management team at Facebook, where he contributed to the launch of the industry's first consumer Virtual Reality platform, Oculus. He spearheaded the creation of the Oculus App Store, which generated $1.5 billion in cumulative revenues, and managed content publishing services and platform growth teams. Before Facebook, he was a General Manager leading product and engineering teams in online dating and video games, achieving over $400 million in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR). The early part of Vatsal's career was spent in various engineering and product roles at Microsoft, where he focused on building operating systems. In addition to his professional achievements, Bhardwaj has been a speaker at numerous gaming and cloud technology industry conferences, including the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Game Developer Conferences, and G-star.
  • 2023
September 12, 2023 | 11:30am - 12:00pm PT