The Players Technology Summit
June 27, 2019, San Francisco, CA , United States
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Andre Iguodala
Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, NBA Athlete at National Basketball Association (NBA)
Rudy Cline-Thomas
Founder & Managing Partner at Mastry Inc.
Brad Stone
Technology journalist and author at Bloomberg LP

Andre Iguodala is an NBA basketball player, previously with the 3-time NBA Champions Golden State Warriors. Drafted into the NBA in 2004, Andre has made his mark as one of the league’s premier players. In addition to his numerous basketball achievements, Andre has found success in the business world with entrepreneurial ventures in technology and e-commerce.Andre played a leading role in each of Golden State's championship seasons. During the 2017 championship run, he further established his legacy as one of the NBA’s premier players. In 2015 Andre received the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. He was an NBA All-Star in 2012 and has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice. Andre was also a member of the United States national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times. Andre Iguodala was named the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) First Vice President in 2019.Off the court, Andre is known for his savvy business instincts and has been at the forefront of navigating the worlds of venture capital and technology in the Bay Area. Since joining the Warriors in 2013, Andre has invested in over 40 companies through F9 Strategies, including GOAT, Zoom, HIMS, Lime, Thrive Global, AllBirds, Casper, STANCE and Carta.

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line-Thomas is the founder and managing partner of Mastry, Inc., a company that specializes in identifying technology, retail, media and investment opportunities for partners which include Fortune 500 companies, early stage start-ups and professional athletes. Mastry has also invested in over 40 companies including LimeBike, Allbirds, Uber, GOAT, STANCE, Thrive Global, TSM (Solomid), Zoom and Casper to name a few.Cline-Thomas has partnered with Bloomberg to create The Annual Players Technology Summit, which brings together top leaders in the technology, venture capital and sports communities to discuss tech investing, trends, partnerships and future sports/tech initiatives.Cline-Thomas is on the Advisory Boards of Pacific Pro Football, Inc., WOCstar Fund, and Global Communities. He is also a Board Member of the Business Advisory Council for Providence College.

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I run Bloomberg Technology, a team of more than 50 reporters and editors in Silicon Valley and around the world. We report for Bloomberg properties including the Bloomberg terminal, Bloomberg.com, Businessweek magazine and Bloomberg TV. Over the last seven years, I've also written over 30 cover stories for Businessweek on the major technology companies of our time and how they are impacting the way we work and live.I'm also the author of the 2017 book, The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb and the Battle for Silicon Valley, and the 2013 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. That book has been translated into 30 languages and was chosen as the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. I'm currently working on a sequel.

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Topic: Business

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Good morning to everyone here and on the live stream and welcome to the third annual Players Tech Summit, where we bring together world-class athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors for a day of conversation, sharing, and networking. Before we get started, I want to take a moment to thank our participating sponsor, F45 Training, for their support in making today that possible. And a few housekeeping items. Please, stay connected to the Wi-Fi. Network and

password information is on the screen. And the network is "The Players Technology Summit" and the password is "Bloomberg", uppercase B. I also want to encourage everyone to stay engaged with us on Twitter at Bloomberg Live and other forms of social media today by using the #playerstech. And you can find the app today for the conference, Players Tech. App. You just have to type that in your browser and you're good to go. You don't have to download anything. Players Tech. App. You can save it to your home screen for you throughout the day. You can view the agenda signing on LinkedIn to

connect with fellow attendees, and engage with our participating sponsor. So thank you all for coming today. We started this conference three years ago for two reasons. One - the intersection of sports and tech was increasingly rich with athletes investing in tech companies, and entrepreneurs, and investors increasingly looking to the world of sports to start companies. About the second reason - and I have no shame in saying this - was that there was a team here in the Bay Area that instilled this community with a lot of pride. And when a member of that Golden State Warriors

Dynasty asks you if you want to start a conference you generally say "yes". So it gives me great pleasure to introduce three-time NBA champ, Andre Iguodala... ...It's really good to be here. This is our third of the annual Players Tech Summit. I know it was a lot of sacrifice on your time. So I appreciate you taking out that time from your busy schedule to come out here and be educated, further to educate yourselves with a lot of knowledge. And now this year, I see some new faces, see some old faces. And it's going to be a very fun day. I'm filled with so many things that

bridge the world of tech and sports. And I and the team - always say "the team" because it's not me but it's a team - we're trying to bridge that gap between sports and tech. And it isn't really a gap for the two worlds merge. And, obviously, you learn today the many ways that both sectors are leading the way, content disruption inefficiency as you see from sneakers all the way to software-as-a-service platforms, and how that's doing really well. In the sectors you go from Zoom and you go from PagerDuty, and two other companies that some of you may not know about, and a lot of you do

know about, and how those have been disruptors, and how those are at the frontier of where the country, and where the world is headed. So I want all of you to be able to network with one another throughout the day. I learn as much as you can. And we look to continue to do not just business but form relationships for the future. So thank you all, appreciate you for coming up... ...And I should say that Andre is now a published author. We have copies of his book upstairs. It's very annoying to me because he's now good at what I do, but I am not yet

good at what he does. But without...

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