Vatsal Bhardwaj

Vatsal Bhardwaj, Chief Product Officer

Vatsal Bhardwaj is the Chief Product Officer (CPO) at Skillz. In this role, Bhardwaj leads the product and technology teams, and is responsible for driving the creation of new services and products from concept, development, and go-to-market, as well as building and operationalizing the company’s product roadmap to enable developers to build and launch successful games on the platform.

Prior to joining Skillz in 2021, Bhardwaj served as the General Manager/Head of Game Tech at Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this role, he led AWS's initiatives in game technologies, including the Open 3D Engine initiative (real-time 3D game engine), Gamelift (multiplayer), GameSparks (personalization/optimization and tuning), large scale simulations and multiple new services to create and operate massive scale games and simulations. Before AWS, Bhardwaj was an executive at Facebook, where his teams shipped Oculus Rift, Gear VR, and launched content discovery and developer services products. Before that, he served as a general manager leading product/engineering teams in online dating and video games.

Bhardwaj holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University. He spent the early part of his career in several engineering and product roles at Microsoft, building operating systems and cloud services.