• Adam Accola

Kobe Bryant, Off the Court

While watching the Oscars last night, the first image that came up during the In Memoriam section was that of Kobe Bryant.

Accompanying his picture, smiling with his 2018 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, Dear Basketball, was this quote:

“Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going."

I had honestly forgotten that Bryant was an Oscar winner in addition to one of basketball’s G.O.A.T.s. Accomplishments of note include, his 18-time All Star status including four wins, five NBA Championship wins, and he holds the record for most points scored in an NBA game (2006 vs. the Toronto Raptors, 81 points), most career points scored (33,643) and free throws (8,378) as a guard.

Here are five other accomplishments Kobe had off the court:

  • Kobe was fluent in three languages: English, Italian, and Spanish.

  • From high school and into his professional career, he dabbled as a musician in the rap genre.

  • He appeared on television beginning in 1996 and was seen on CBS, Nickelodeon, and MTV.

  • At the time of his death, he was co-writing a children’s book with Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.

  • In 2016, Bryant launched his own venture capital firm, Bryant Stibel.

Bryant Stibel aims to “provide strategy, capital, and operational support to businesses with a focus across technology, media, and data.”

Along with his business partner, Jeff Stibel, Bryant was able to build relationships and execute business transformations with a variety of entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

There may be options at Bryant Stibel for some of our local entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley, but we also have two great venture capital resources right here!

The Idea Fund is a La Crosse “partners with seed- and early-stage startup businesses across the state. [They] support Wisconsin’s best entrepreneurs, people who are solving challenging problems with passion and drive.”

Learn more about The Idea Fund at CoLab on February 12, 2020 for a Lunch & Learn Workshop: Funding Your Startup - An Overview on Venture Capital at CoLab from 12-1:30 p.m.

Musky Tank helps entrepreneurs develop business ideas, position their company for growth, or turn a declining company around through coaching and capital.

You can connect with Musky Tank on the same night (February 12) at their Musky Tank February Mixer: Entrepreneurship does not always mean "start-up" at Lucette Brewery in Menomonie from 6-8 p.m.

Just like Kobe’s quote above, these resources aim to keep you moving and keep you going.

Funding your startup can be one of the most challenging tasks for any entrepreneur, so find out more at these venture capital events this week!



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