Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala launch sports-related venture capital summit

Now that basketball season is over and with another NBA championship ring on their fingers, Golden State Warriors Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala are shifting to an off-season interest: venture capital.

On Monday, Curry and Iguodala announced they are launching The Players Technology Summit, which seeks to intersect professional sports with venture capital.

The summit is the latest episode in a recent trend of professional athletes such as Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant and Joe Montana tapping into Silicon Valley and investing in startups and venture capital investment firms to grow their wealth. Last year, Iguodala spearheaded a tech summit hosted by the NBA players union.

The Players Technology Summit will be held from August 14 to 16 and will happen in an undisclosed place in San Francisco, according to a press release from Bloomberg Media. Bloomberg is presenting the event.

“Playing in Silicon Valley’s backyard has exposed me to information and resources that I’m excited to share through the Summit,” said Curry. “Whether you’re thinking about your first move into entrepreneurship or investing, or perhaps already a veteran in the space, it’s about surrounding yourself with the right team and putting in the work to always be improving as a professional.”

Both Curry and Iguodala have been active in building out a venture capital portfolio off the court for the past few years. When not draining historical numbers of three-pointers, Curry co-founded a marketing automation startup called Slyce and invested in companies like the social media company Pinterest.

Iguodala, who was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, has been a more prominent investor in the Bay Area. His portfolio ranges from Thrive Global, the venture capital firm run by Jared Kushner’s younger brother, Josh; the online mattress seller Casper; and The Players Tribune, a media outlet written and run by former and current professional athletes.

“I’ve been fortunate to learn from some of the best in the tech and venture capital business and have put those learnings to work,” said Iguodala. “The Players Technology Summit is about sharing those learnings and relationships and building a lasting impact.”

The summit will include discussions, panel talks and other events involving tech CEOs, venture capitalists and professional athletes. But few other details about the conference have been shared.

This post has been corrected. Bloomberg is presenting the event, not sponsoring it.

Photo: Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, left, and Stephen Curry, right, celebrate during a timeout against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, March 26, 2017. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)


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