Kobe Bryant is not just passionate about basketball, but also in media and technology. He recently announced that he was starting a $100 million media, technology, and data fund. He remarked, “This is one of my passions. We are one gear, 100 percent laser-focused, and here we go.”
Bryant is partnering with Jeff Stibel, the vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, chairman of brain implant system BrainGate and former president of Web.com. He has been privately investing with Stibel for several years. The two met through a mutual friend.
Bryant and Stibel have invested in fifteen companies since 2013. These companies include The Players' Tribune, Scopely, LegalZoom, Represent, Alibaba and VIPKid, a company that provides a North American school experience to children in China.
Billionaire investor Chris Sacca has noted that Kobe Bryant is obsessed with becoming a successful investor. He stated, “He was bringing the same obsessive work ethic to learning about start-ups that he does to training... This is a very unique personality type that I only see in some of our very best entrepreneurs.” Bryan is apparently also known for being a perfectionist.