His wise, Aquarian-brained idea to bring NBA players into the tech community to plant seeds for their future, post-basketball lives has taken off. Instead of going it alone for this summer’s incarnation of the event, Iguodala solicited assistance from teammate Stephen Curry.
The summit’s purpose is to “bring together top leaders in the technology, venture capital and sports communities to exchange ideas and share expertise in an educational and empowering forum.”
“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,” Iguodala said. “The Players Technology Summit is about sharing those learnings and relationships and building a lasting impact.”
For his part, Curry claims that playing in the backyard of Silicon Valley exposed him to resources that he now can pass along to others.
“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,” Curry said.
Business aside, the principles Curry espouses obviously apply to the workings of teams on a basketball court as well. But these concepts should be guideposts for anyone selecting individuals for a team of any kind, whether a White House cabinet or high-school debate club. To achieve goals, one also must adopt the type of unimpeachable work ethic and professionalism Curry alludes to here and exhibits on the hardwood.
Thus far, Iguodala and Curry have done more than just get their feet wet. According to Bloomberg, the players are involved with the following tech-based endeavors:
- Thrive Global
- Casper, Walker & Company
- The Players Tribune
- Co-founder at Slyce, a “marketing automation startup”
- Investor in Pinterest and other mobile app companies
- Stephen Curry 30 Enterprises
It would be safe to assume these two, multi-talented basketball players are just getting started in Silicon Valley and potentially far beyond. And Iguodala, especially, should be applauded for all of his hard work behind closed doors, investing in his and his family’s future, and creating the Players Technology Summit as a way to educate other players.
In a very short time, Iguodala has revealed himself to be a creative- and critical-thinking visionary. It is hard to imagine him not becoming a company-creating, major player in Silicon Valley after he retires from basketball.
For more information on Iguodala’s doings, he was interviewed for the most recent episode of Bloomberg’s Business of Sports podcast: