Today was a busy day for Kobe Bryant, featuring announcements in the worlds of business and recognition. It was announced this morning that Kobe would be starting a $100 million media technology and data fund. He will be in a partnership with investor Jeff Stibel. Along with the news, a brand new logo was unveiled for the two business men.
(Photo courtesy of Darren Rovell)
Who is Jeff Stibel?
Jeff Stibel is an entrepreneur and business executive that has helped start and grow a few companies. Formerly the president/CEO of Web.com (one of the original web design firms), and also CEO of Interland (another web design firm). At one point, he was listed on Business Week’s “40 under 40”, listed as one of the most influential people under 40 years old.
What are some of their investments?
Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel have already been privately investing together. Currently, they have invested in companies such as The Players Tribune, video game designer Scopley, LegalZoom, and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. They also invest in VIPKid, a company that provides a North American school experience for children in China. The Bryant Stibel fund does not include investments made by Kobe Bryant through Kobe Inc. Shortly after the partnership was announced, Kobe was allowed to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, which is a tremendous honor for those who invest money on Wall Street.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) August 22, 2016
Kobe Day is announced
In other Kobe news, it was officially announced that Kobe Bryant will have his own day in Los Angeles. No, it’s not 4/13 as many thought it was. Instead, the city decided to honor both of Kobe’s numbers by making his day August 24th (8/24). After twenty years of honoring the Lakers and their fans with some of the greatest moments in history, it was only fair to honor the Black Mamba with his own day. So if you still have your Kobe Bryant jersey, be sure to wear it on Wednesday in his honor.
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