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Andre Iguodala transfers his knowledge of basketball strategy and mindset to business strategy and the tech world
The very same instincts that found 3x NBA Champion ANDRE IGUODALA success on the basketball court are helping him find success off the court - this time, in the business and tech space. Basketball and business are run with the same mentality, he states - finding strategies and patterns that work, based on data. Iguodala is making headlines for his story, featured in Yahoo! Finance and The New York Times, shining a light on his recent success as a business leader and tech investor. “Most teams run the same exact plays, so you know where the ball is going before it gets there," he told The New York Times. It's the same, he claims, with business - you have to study the game.
He continues to act on good instincts and research, becoming an early investor in Zoom, as well as acting as a board adviser at the enterprise software company Zuora and investor/ board member for Jumia Technologies, a leading e-commerce platform widely considered the “Amazon of Africa.” Andre has invested in more than 50 companies through his firm F9 Strategies, including Robinhood, Datadog, HIMS, Cloudflare, PagerDuty and Allbirds. He connects athletes and executives in tech and venture capitalism through the annual Players Technology Summit, striving to bring more people into tech investing. Through his insightful, passionate speeches on the business of sports, tech investing, data analysis, and more, this is exactly what he does.
Virtual Programming: Andre Iguodala provides motivation and actionable business insight
Miami Heat player ANDRE IGUODALA has made his mark as one of the NBA’s premier players. Named to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice, a three-time NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors, Iguodala was also a member of the United States National Team and 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal both times. Off the court, Iguodala 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. He's invested in over 40 companies through F9 Strategies, including Zoom (presciently), Zoom, HIMS, Lime, Thrive Global, AllBirds, Casper, STANCE, and Carta.
In insightful, impassioned virtual engagements, Iguodala engages audiences with digestible information on tech investing, data trends and analysis, and shares his insights on leadership, how to overcome obstacles to pursue your passions, the lessons he has learned from his storied career, how his upbringing shaped his success, and more. He recently shared his tis on "How to Keep High Performance Teams Motivated" during quarantine on LinkedIn, and shared his investment tips as an early investor in Zoom.
Andre Iguodala, who plays for the Miami Heat, has made his mark as one of the NBA’s premier players. Andre is a three-time NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors, the team he played for from 2013-2019. In addition to his numerous basketball achievements, Andre has found success in the business world with entrepreneurial ventures in technology and e-commerce.
During his time with Golden State, Andre played a leading role in each of the team’s championship seasons. Throughout the 2017 championship run, he further established his legacy as a standout defensive force and indomitable “sixth man.” 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 played college basketball with the University of Arizona Wildcats. After earning first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-10 (known now as the Pac-12) as a sophomore, he was selected in the 2004 NBA draft with the ninth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Andre played for Philadelphia until 2012 when he joined the Denver Nuggets, where he played for one year.
Off the court, Andre is at the forefront of venture capital and technology. He has invested in more than 40 companies through his firm F9 Strategies, including Zoom, Datadog, PagerDuty and Allbirds. Andre is an investor and a member of the Board of Directors for Jumia Technologies (NYSE: JMIA), a leading e-commerce platform widely considered the “Amazon of Africa.” He also serves as a Board Advisor at enterprise software company Zuora.
Andre is currently a Venture Partner at the Catalyst Fund, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation, which supports startups with founders from diverse backgrounds. He focuses on investments in companies founded by African American, Latinx and female entrepreneurs.
Andre has earned the reputation as a thought leader in sports, business and venture capital. He has been a featured speaker at events at Harvard Business School, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Pager Duty, AirBNB and Salesforce. Andre has served on the National Basketball Players Association executive committee since 2015, and currently acts as its First Vice President.
In 2017 Andre partnered with Bloomberg on the creation of The Players Technology Summit. The annual summit convenes top executives and leaders in the technology, venture capital and sports communities to exchange ideas and share expertise in an educational and empowering forum.
Andre’s memoir, The Sixth Man, was published by Penguin Random House in June 2019 and debuted at #6 on the New York Times Best Sellers Nonfiction list.
Andre Iguodala and his wife and three children live in California.