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The Teamworks founder draws from an athletic mindset when it comes to managing his company BY M I C H A E L M C E L R OY | P H O T O BY B E T H M A N N


AKE A WALK through the newly renovated Teamworks headquarters on the corner of Parrish and Church streets. Start, as you might expect, in the lobby. Move down the bright hall, past a workspace called the “bullpen,” and past a line of meeting spaces labeled “locker rooms.” Turn left toward the dining room, and you’ll pass a wall of football helmets signed by teams, some NFL, some college, all clients. Continue straight, and you’ll come to the “stadium,” a room with bleacher seating and an AstroTurf floor, where team leaders – called coaches rather than managers – can address their teams. If you keep moving through the warren-like building, you pass “batting cages,” “the pitch,” and “the dugout,” eventually winding back to the lobby, where you find “the

president’s box,” a conference room, and Teamworks founder Zach Maurides, who is sitting in the room contemplating how to make it all better. Maurides built Teamworks from a bare-bones class project into a multimilliondollar software company. It employs more than 100 people; works with more than a quarter of teams from the four major professional leagues; helps more than 2,500 teams, leagues and organizations efficiently manage their operations; and helped the NCAA run March Madness. But, Maurides isn’t satisfied. During a conversation in that president’s box in early February, Maurides, the CEO, offered thorough and complex answers to a visitor’s questions, hinting at a company ethos for improvement, and mirroring Teamworks’ intricate, lively and state-of-the-art headquarters. “I think what keeps me up at night,” Maurides said, is wondering, “Are we as efficiently as possible

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