The days of professional athletes investing in car dealerships, restaurants and yachts (really?!?) are fading fast. Not only is common sense beginning to take precedent, but the explosion of how the tech industry impacts sports and entertainment has truly resonated with the professional sports athlete turned entrepreneur.
That is why for this month’s SportTechie “Story of the Month” we chose to bring attention to those athletes that SportTechie has highlighted this past month for their savvy roles as investors, developers, adapters, and evangelists for the burgeoning tech products, services and businesses influencing their back yard.
Here’s a quick look at those featured in July:
Hunter Pence, SF Giants, eSports
Amar ‘e Stoudemire, former NY Knick, tech investor/speaker
Justin Tuck, NY Giants/Oakland Raiders, tech investor/MBA Wharton
Roger Saffold, LA Rams, owner Rise Nation (eSports)
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens, investor Mojit/angel investor
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, VICIS investor
Emmit Smith, Dallas Cowboys, launched LEGIT app
Kobie Bryant, 15 Seconds of Fame investor
Kevin Durant, investor, “Players Technology Summit”
Stephen Curry, investor, “Players Technology Summit”
Andre Igoudala, investor, “Players Technology Summit”
Ravindra Jadeja, pro cricket, app developer
Donatari Poe, Atlanta Falcons, investor, Winner Sutro
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies, VC investor
Rick Fox, eSport team owner
Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawaks, iamtheCode partnership (Girls Who Code)
We suspect this is just the beginning.
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