Roger Ehrenberg is the Founding Partner of IA Ventures, a top performing seed stage venture. In addition to his work with IA Ventures, Ehrenberg is the Owner of IA Capital Partners where he invests in alternative assets. After deciding to transition his career into sports, Ehrenberg founded Eberg Capital where he would go on to invest in sports franchises, sports-related technologies, and web3 infrastructure/technologies with his two sons- Ethan and Andrew. Ehrenberg also serves as a Partner and as an Advisory Board member for the Miami Marlins of the MLB.
David Adelman is the CEO of Campus Apartments, one of the nation’s leading college housing companies. In addition to his work with Campus Apartments, Adelman is the Co-founder of FS Investments, an alternative assets management firm, and founder of Darco Capital, a firm that focuses on investing in technology and startups. Adelman also serves as a Partner with the Philadelphia 76ers where he is pushing to relocate the team to Center City to a $1.3 billion arena.
Lloyd Danzig is the Managing Partner of Sharp Alpha Advisors, a venture capital firm specializing in sports, gaming and entertainment. Danzig also serves as the Chairman of the International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence and Co-Chairman of the CompTia AI Advisory Council. He also frequently makes guest speeches and joins podcasts where he discusses innovation and sports investments.
Blake Griffin is a six-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year who is currently with the Boston Celtics, recently completing his 14th year in the NBA. The former Slam Dunk Champion has cultivated a reputation for his business acumen and investing prowess and appeared on the cover of the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30. Griffin has also become well known for his impressive comedic timing across various guest roles in film and television. One of Blake’s passions is the Team Griffin Foundation which he founded in 2016 and strives to eliminate the many challenges that youth encounter in disadvantaged and under-resourced communities.
Taylor Griffin is a former professional athlete and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 2009, the same year as his brother. After his time in the NBA, Griffin spent time in Europe, where he continued playing until retiring in 2016. In addition to serving as COO for Blake Griffin Enterprises since 2016, Taylor is the acting President of the Team Griffin Foundation and helps lead Athlete Relations for Patricof Co, a Private Equity investment and advisory platform built specifically for professional athletes.
Founded in 2008, Legends is a premium experiences company with six divisions operating worldwide – Global Planning, Global Sales, Global Partnerships, Hospitality, Global Merchandise, and Global Technology Solutions – offering clients and partners a 360-degree data and analytics fueled service solution platform to elevate their brand and execute their vision. Currently, Legends works with marquee clients across business verticals including professional sports; collegiate; attractions; entertainment; and conventions and leisure. Legends is the industry leaders in designing, planning, and realizing exceptional experiences in sports and entertainment.
Brent Lawrence is the CEO and Founder of Accelerate Sports, a boutique investment bank focused on sports teams & leagues, sports-related businesses, and sports real estate. Lawrence is the lead negotiator and spearheads all major transactions for Accelerate Sports. In his career, Lawrence has utilized his highly competitive nature to work successfully with a growing list of nationally prominent businesses / entrepreneurs in dynamic, fast-moving transactions including Sacramento Kings (NBA), Arizona Coyotes (NHL), San Diego MLS Expansion, Seattle Sounders, DC United, Swansea City, Sports MEDIA Technology, Jerry Colangelo, and many others.
Michael Lazerow is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a 30-year track record of successful startups and early-stage investments. Lazerow co-founded Buddy Media in 2007, a social media marketing platform that was acquired by Salesforce.com for $745 million, where he served as chief strategy officer. He has invested in about 100 early-stage companies, including Facebook, Scopely and Liquid Death, making him one of the most prolific tech investors in New York City. Michael currently serves as a co-founder and general partner of Velvet Sea Ventures. An avid philanthropist, Michael and his wife Kass established the Kass and Mike Lazerow Family Foundation and were recognized with the Game Changer Award by Cycle for Survival for their leadership in helping to raise more than $350 million for breakthrough cancer research programs. The couple was also awarded the Leader of the Future Award by the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute.
Kass Lazerow is an entrepreneur and investor. As COO of Buddy Media, Lazerow built and managed all day-to-day operations of the company, including finance, HR, marketing and communications. Lazerow was named #1 on the Silicon Alley 100 and was the recipient of the Leader of the Future Award by the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute alongside legendary CEOs Alan Mulally (Ford, Boeing) and AG Lafley (Procter & Gamble). Before Buddy Media, Lazerow founded and ran GOLF.com, which was purchased by Time Warner, and built the digital arm of a marketing and consulting firm from the ground up. Working alongside her husband, Michael, Lazerow is a co-founder and partner of Velvet Sea Ventures.
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