This Laker legend’s myriad of prestigious awards throughout his hall of fame bound basketball career have been truly remarkable to witness. And now, the “Black Mamba” seeks to gain clout in a new arena, equipped with a 100 million dollar portfolio and a seasoned venture capital veteran as his partner.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryant is partnering with Jeff Stibel, a “longtime entrepreneur and investor,” to launch of a new venture capital fund that bares both Bryant and Stibel’s names – Bryant Stibel. One of the key initial investments made by Bryant and Stibel so far jumps out to those in housing – HouseCanary, a provider of software and analytics for the real estate industry.
Bryant rang the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange recently, and told CNBC afterwards that he would rather be known for his investing career than for his basketball one.
“Playing basketball, the focus is always on winning. Winning championships, winning championships, winning championships. Now, championships come and go. There’s going to be another team that wins another championship, another player that wins another MVP award.” Bryant told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.”
“But if you really want to create something that last generations, you have to help inspire the next generation, and they create something great, and then that generation will inspire the one behind them, right? And that’s when you create something forever. And that’s what’s most beautiful,” he said.
According to both the Wall Street Journal and CNBC, Bryant Stibel will focus on investing technology, media, and data companies.
Per the WSJ report, Bryant and Stibel have already been investing together since 2013. A separate WSJ report details some of their earlier investments, including an investment in LegalZoom, a website that offers “do-it-yourself” legal documents, and a pre-IPO investment in Alibaba, the Chinese mega-company.
There aren’t any other housing companies in the first round of investments from Bryant and Stibel, but the men have $100 million earmarked for further investing and an apparent affinity for investing in housing tech.
Maybe Bryant needs some investing ideas for the next round of Bryant Stibel funding. Where do you think he should invest in housing tech? We’d love to hear from you!
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