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Next Play Perspectives

The Next Play community consists of elite athletes, top-notch founders, and seasoned venture capitalists. That athletes are now able to leverage their personal brand to access top investments is a well known phenomenon. But every story is unique. Why do celebrities and pro athletes increasingly pop up on the cap tables of the latest hot startups, and do these influencers actually add value?

Next Play Perspectives invites members of our community to tell their story of how they look at investing, startups, and the ever-evolving way that athletes, influencers, and venture capitalists leverage their personal strengths to succeed both as investors and as people.

Recent Episodes

Hannah Gordon: Chief Administrative Officer of the 49ers

Oct. 5, 2021

Hannah Gordon did not grow up in a football obsessed family - her grandad once asked her why people always found linemen to be so "offensive." Despite the lack of early grooming, Hannah has become one of the top power broker…

Aydin Senkut: Founding Partner at Felicis Ventures

Sept. 21, 2021

Aydin was an unlikely candidate to build one of the fastest growing venture funds of the last decade. Almost entirely a product person at iconic companies like Google, Aydin has parlayed a $4M angel investing start into a pl…

Ross Tucker: Former NFL Athlete, Writer, Podcaster

Aug. 31, 2021

Ross Tucker's childhood dream was to write for Sports Illustrated. When he got the chance to do just that after a successful career in the NFL, Ross earned the chance to be very purposeful about his next steps in media. The …

Jewel Burks Solomon: Head of Google for Startups, Investor @ Collab Capital

Aug. 10, 2021

Founder, investor, and now champion for under-resourced entrepreneurs through Google for Startups. These are a few of the many hats worn by Jewel Burks Solomon. Jewel's conversation with Next Play founder Ryan Nece goes deep…

Nikhil Basu Trivedi: Partner at Footwork

June 30, 2021

There aren't many 32 year olds in VC with stronger pedigree than Nikhil Basu Trivedi. He moved to Silicon Valley at the age of 13 and worked his way up through the ranks at Insight Partners and Shasta Ventures, where he refi…

Blaine Scully: US National Rugby Team Captain

June 15, 2021

Next Play has many athletes as members of our unique community. Usually their story adds up. Where and how they grew up makes their path to stardom in football or basketball seem plausible. Such is not the case with Blaine S…