Iguodala and Curry Hold First The Players Technology Summit
Back in mid-June, a duo of Golden Warriors stars announced the launch of the inaugural The Players Technology Summit, presented by Bloomberg.
The purpose of the event was to bring together global leaders in the fields of technology, venture capital, and sport communities in order to exchange ideas that could help build opportunities between executives and athletes. This forum was held between August 14th and the 16th. That was the ultimate goal when Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala decided to enter the forefront of the event – both very tech-savvy and business-minded individuals off the floor.
Iguodala has already built a rather diverse and impressive portfolio which includes companies of the the likes of TruMid, Thrive Global, and Casper, among others. Stephen Curry himself is the co-founder of the marketing automation startup Slyce and has been patiently building Stephen Curry 30 Enterprises.
“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,” says Andre Iguodala. “The Players Technology Summit is about sharing those learnings and relationships and building a lasting impact.”
The first summit of its kind took place in San Francisco at the Bloomberg Technology’s office.
“We’re trying to create a nice opportunity and environment where we can bridge the gap between sports and tech, and [utilize] all the resources we have playing right in Silicon Valley’s backyard,” Curry said on Bloomberg TV. “There is more to us than just wearing the jersey.”
One of the main take away messages of the forum was that it was time to end the days of athletes lending their names for checks in order to help companies market their brands.
Between talks of business, technology, and future investing, one thing is for certain – the summit was most definitely a success!