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Why Connect Sports and Tech?

Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat
and Rudy Cline-Thomas, Mastry
In conversation with: Toby Corey, Stanford University

The Miami Heat’s Andre Iguodala discusses the motivation for starting the Players Technology Summit with his business partner, Mastry, Inc. managing director Rudy Cline-Thomas. Iguodala emphasises that while Black athletes now have significant cultural influence, Black athletes and performers — and Black Americans in general — have often not benefited from ownership of the companies and industries they build and support. Connecting professional sports players with opportunities to make significant investments in tech, he observes, offers underrepresented groups crucial seats at the table when it comes to innovation and wealth creation.