Episodes

Vernon Davis — New Routes and Creative Streaks: How Former NFL Tight End Unlocked Full Potential Through Acting and Investing

As an athlete, Vernon Davis was a dynamic tight end who could line up anywhere and prove to be a mismatch for all three levels of the opponent’s defense. He spent the majority of his career with the San Francisco 49ers before winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2015 and finishing his career with the Washington Football Team. Over 14 seasons, Davis appeared in two Pro Bowls and led the league in receiving touchdowns in 2009. Today, Davis has found his footing as both an actor and investor. He is the host of MTV’s The Challenge: Double Agents Reunion Part 2 and appeared in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars shortly after his retirement from the NFL. As an investor, Davis has gotten behind the beverage brands Riff and Path Water. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Avery Johnson — How "The Little General" Compounded Success From NBA Player to Coach to Private Equity Investor

As a point guard, Avery Johnson played in the NBA for 16 years. He achieved the pinnacle of success in 1999, winning the NBA title as the floor leader of the San Antonio Spurs. In 2004, Johnson retired from the game and moved up the bench transitioning from active player to assistant coach. Shortly after his start in coaching, Johnson found success as a head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the 2006 NBA Finals. That same year Johnson was rewarded with NBA Coach of the Year honors, and became the fastest NBA head coach to win 100 games. He would later go on to take head coaching roles with both the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and the University of Alabama. At each of those levels, Avery Johnson learned the key traits of resilience, perseverance, and effective management that serve him off the court today. Today, “The Little General” has moved beyond coaching and into business as a successful real estate investor. In early 2020, Johnson formed Avery Capital where he focuses on investment opportunities exclusively tied to the General Services Administration or “GSA”; an independent government agency that manages federal property.

Will Allen — The Rooney Rule for Venture Capital: How A Former NFL Safety Empowers Diversity in Startups

After winning a national championship and being a consensus first-team All-America selection at Ohio State, Will Allen was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and went on to play in the NFL for 12 years, most notably with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Off the field, Allen has been driven by two things: his desire to help others and to keep learning. In 2008, he established the Will Allen Foundation to provide resources for underprivileged youth around academics and education. Allen has led by example, taking on a number of internships and continuing ed programs at both Harvard and Northwestern. In 2008, Allen made his first investment in a real estate opportunity. Despite the financial crisis, the investment paid off and kicked off Allen’s career in investing. Today, Allen is a partner at the newly formed Magarac Venture Partners, a fund focused on backing historically overlooked founders, such as those in the Midwest and women and minority entrepreneurs. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@gameplan.show

Hockey Entrepreneurship

Dave Scatchard — From NHL Hockey Player to Life Coach Transforming the Way People Live

As a hockey player, Dave Scatchard played more than 650 games in the NHL, and he is best known for his time with the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. He delivered when it counted most, recording hat tricks in two postseason games for the Islanders. Hatchard’s career on the ice was cut short due to concussion-related trauma. The physical, mental and emotional toll put him in a downward spiral. After years of therapy at the Mayo Clinic, he was unable to find a way to reconcile the damage that had been done to his body. Fortunately, he hired a life coach, which eventually led him to closely follow Tony Robbins and other motivational speakers. Hatchard embraced a new way of thinking that transformed his life. So much so that it has led him to his second act as a peak performance coach. Today, Dave Scatchard is the CEO and founder of All Star Coaching . About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at talkback@sporttechie.com

Football Entrepreneurship

Dave Anderson — How Former NFL Wideout Turns Data Analytics into "Ballspeak" as CEO of Breakaway Data

Dave Anderson finished his senior season at Colorado State in 2005 with the most receiving yards in the Mountain West Conference and was later drafted by the Houston Texans in the seventh round. He went on to play in the NFL for six seasons. After football, he went to business school at USC Marshall and earned his MBA in Data Sciences. This launched Anderson into his second act, working with sports properties, athletes, and teams to help them better understand, incorporate and monetize their data. Today, Anderson is CEO of BreakAway Data, a sports analytics company that he incubated in late 2020 out of his sports performance advisory business Gains Group. BreakAway Data was developed in partnership with Gains Group clients such as the Los Angeles Dodgers. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Soccer Olympics Entrepreneurship

Jay DeMerit — Underdog Story of Positivity & Perseverance That Fuel This Former EPL Captain's Content Aspirations

Jay DeMerit was not a household name in American soccer when he first started his professional playing career. As a matter of fact, he was not even drafted or signed by any Major League Soccer clubs following his graduation from college in 2001. When most athletes would have called it quits, DeMerit doubled-down on his professional soccer aspirations and moved to England in an attempt to find a club to play for. Despite this uncommon approach to becoming a professional athlete, DeMerit found his way onto a club in the ninth tier of English soccer. From Southall, DeMerit underwent a meteoric rise through the ranks of English Soccer, eventually finding himself with Watford. On May 21, 2006, in the play-off final, DeMerit headed in the game's first goal and was named Man of the Match as Watford gained promotion to the Premier League by defeating Leeds United 3–0. DeMerit not only achieved his dream of playing in the Premier League, he went on to cap for the USMNT 25 times, including a CONCACAF Gold Cup win and appearances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2011, DeMerit was also the first player signed by the Vancouver Whitecaps FC for their entrance in MLS, where he played four seasons. This non-traditional journey of professional success now fuels DeMerit off the pitch as the founder of Rise + Shine ; a masterclass-type platform catered towards Gen Z. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at talkback@sporttechie.com

Football Entrepreneurship

Marques Colston — Super Bowl Champ Shares His "Separation Mindset" and Paving a Path for Retired Athletes

Marques Colston made a living as a wide receiver in the NFL by creating separation and getting behind defenses. During his 10-year career with the New Orleans Saints, he became one of Drew Brees’s favorite targets, racking up more than 700 receptions to go with 72 touchdowns. In Super Bowl XLIV, Colston helped bring home the Lombardi Trophy with seven catches for 83-yards. Today, Colston has taken his separation mindset to the classroom. As an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans, he’s helping the next generation of athletes become business leaders. Colston has gained an entire curriculum of insights since his NFL retirement in 2016, but his passion for business started early in his playing career; he often read business books in the offseasons, especially when he was healing from multiple injuries that sidelined him early in his career. We first started talking with Marques about his off-field pursuits more than two years ago at a SportTechie conference. It was that conversation that helped inspire the creation of The Game Plan. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Rob Dyrdek — Building a Dyrdek Machine That Helps Turn Startup Ideas into Successful Businesses

Rob Dyrdek may be best known as a TV personality for his hit shows Rob & Big, Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness, but prior to his rise on the small screen, Dyrdek was making money as a professional skateboarder. Dyrdek grew up in a small town in Ohio and began skateboarding at the age of 11. His passion for skating eventually brought him to Los Angeles where his ability to draw sponsorship provided a steady income and set the stage for a career in entertainment. Dyrdek parlayed his ability to draw sponsors into multiple business opportunities, including the ownership of a skateboard company of his own. He then went on to launch the Street League Skateboarding competition and enterprise which has grown into an international sports media and entertainment property. Labeled as one of the "most influential skateboarders of all-time", Dyrdek has fused together his passion for art, science and creativity, to launch the Dyrdek Machine; a venture creation studio that partners with idea-stage entrepreneurs. The company acts as a co-founder by providing hands-on expertise, process, and amplification to help build and launch consumer products alongside entrepreneurs. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Basketball Venture Capital Entrepreneurship

Roger Mason Jr. — How this NBA Veteran–Turned–Entrepreneur Uses Content to Empower Athletes On–and–Off The Court

Roger Mason Jr. has always been ahead of his time. As a professional basketball player, he spent time with seven different NBA franchises, most notably the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Hornets. Similar to the way NBA players switch teams frequently today, Mason Jr. bet on himself through short-term deals that maximized his earnings, including stints in Greece and Israel after his rookie deal expired. He also sought out markets that would raise his profile off the court, leading to his signing with the New York Knicks in 2010. While playing, Mason Jr. began to show an insatiable curiosity for business opportunities off the court. This led to his ascension within the NBPA, where he eventually became deputy executive director alongside Michelle Roberts, the NBPA’s current executive director. Toward the end of his playing career and during his time with the NBPA, Mason Jr. had an idea for a player-led media platform that would enable athletes to tell their stories to fans directly. This was before social media had become ubiquitous, and it led to the eventual company he founded in 2014, Vaunt. Today, Roger Mason Jr. is do-founder and CEO of Vaunt, which creates in-person, once-in-a-lifetime experiential events and streams high-quality content. The company provides fans with access to professional athletes, while also creating opportunities for players to build and monetize their own brands. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Football Entrepreneurship

Ryan Mundy — Opportunity in Mental Wellness and Raising VC to Build a Category-Defining Business

Ryan Mundy was a hard-hitting safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Chicago Bears who played in two Super Bowls and hoisted the Lombardi Trophy with the Steelers in 2009. He didn’t always have the best on-field reputation, having been fined multiple times in his career for illegal hits, but he’s ultimately shown himself to be a mature, innovative and humble person who is working to have a positive impact on the world. Mundy, who retired from the NFL in 2014, was one of the first pro athletes to dip his toes in venture capital, including investing in bitcoin as early as 2016. Today, he has moved across the table as an entrepreneur. Mundy is the founder and CEO of Alkeme, a platform for mental health and wellness that focuses especially on the Black community. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at talkback@sporttechie.com

Soccer Olympics Entrepreneurship

Yael Averbuch — How Former USWNT Member Brings The Beautiful Game to the Masses with Techne Futbol

A former National Player of the Year at the University of North Carolina and two-time NCAA Women's College Cup champion, Yael Averbuch went on to have a 16-year professional soccer career, including significant time with the US Women’s National Team. Averbuch took her leadership on the pitch and in the locker room to the board room where she played an instrumental role in the creation of the NWSLPA in 2017, serving as Executive Director until 2020. Today, Averbuch is CEO and founder of Techne Futbol, a soccer training app she launched in 2016. Always looking to incorporate new skills and techniques in the development of her own game, Averbuch found herself doing small group and individual training. Looking to expand those efforts and reach more players, Averbuch was naturally pulled into the creation of training videos on YouTube and a weekly email she sends out every Sunday featuring a new training drill. This evolution from player to teacher laid the foundation for what is now Techne Futbol; a system that helps players get better. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Football Entrepreneurship

Josh Johnson — How NFL Journeyman QB Built The Ultimate Gaming League to Bring People Together

For over 12 seasons, Johnson has continued to make a place for himself on NFL rosters, building relationships throughout the league along the way. A fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft out of San Diego, quarterback Josh Johnson has been the ultimate journeyman, appearing on the roster or practice squad for 13 NFL teams. Away from the game, he’s more boss than role player. Johnson, 34, has partnered with fellow NFL players to form the Ultimate Gaming League , a multi-game competitive league with team franchises that brings together athlete and celebrity talent to create unique content and events around gaming. Such talent will feature four franchises including Da Fam Gaming, Ochocinco Gaming, 4 Brothers Gaming, and Glitxh Gaming. Competitions will center around Call of Duty, Madden NFL, NBA 2K, and FIFA. Other NFL players to form the league, which is launching its inaugural season this month, include former NFL All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch, Ravens defensive back Marcus Peters, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, and more. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Hockey Entrepreneurship

Hilary Knight — How This Olympic Gold Medalist Is Building a Sustainable Future for US Women’s Hockey

Few professional hockey players have experienced sustained success on the ice like Hilary Knight. A native of Palo Alto, California, Knight followed in the footsteps of her future Team USA teammate and past TGP guest, Angela Ruggiero, when she attended Choate Rosemary Hall. Following boarding school, Knight went on to lead the Wisconsin Badgers to two National Championship games, including an NCAA Championship trophy in her Sophomore season, a year when she became the Badgers record-holder for points, goals and power-play goals in one season. She extended that success into her Olympic career where she won silver medals in 2010 and 2014, and most recently a gold medal in the 2018 winter Olympics. Knight has been a professional hockey player for nine years, and the game has become her personal mission off the ice as an outspoken leader rallying against subpar playing conditions and compensation. Rather than settle for less, Knight, along with more than 200 other professional hockey players walked away from the game to form the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA). Today, Knight has teamed up with other players on the 2021 Dream Gap Tour, a group of PWHPA players traveling around the US and Canada to call attention to the game of Women’s Hockey. The tour kicks off later this month on February 28 with the first-ever professional women’s hockey game hosted at Madison Square Garden. You can follow Hilary Knight on Twitter and Instagram . To learn more about the PWHPA, go to https://pwhpa.com/ Special thanks to past TGP guest Haley Rosen from Just Women’s Sports for making the introduction to our guest. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at talkback@sporttechie.com

Football Entrepreneurship

Ray Austin — Former NFL Player’s Rise to Co-founder & Commissioner of Fan Controlled Football

With the confetti from Super Bowl LV having fallen in Tampa, a new professional football league awaits. This Saturday, the Fan Controlled Football League will launch its inaugural season on Twitch at 8 p.m. ET. At the helm of this new fan-first experience is commissioner Ray Austin, an alum of the Chicago Bears, New York Jets and the XFL. Beyond his career as a defensive back, Austin is known for his modeling and acting career, including roles on Empire and Chicago P.D. Austin, 46, brings a dynamic energy and passionate voice to the FCF, which allows fans to participate and vote for plays through a custom app. Through Twitch, the league will also offer unique camera perspectives, as well as various game hosts, including a feed of commissioner Austin. In our conversation . . . Austin talks about his leap from pro football player to actor: “The reason I got into acting [was] because Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson were like superstars to me . . . I was like, ‘Wow, so they played football and they ended up being on TV because of that?’ I was like, I love it. That's what I'm going to do.” Austin explains the genesis for the idea that eventually led to him co-founding Fan Controlled Football: “I was literally at a semi-pro football game watching one of my buddies . . . where he had his phone with him. I was just like, ‘Man, what is your coach doing?! Man, tell your coach to run a sweep, tell him to run a play-action pass, man.’ And I had to go talk to the team after the game. So I'm just saying, ‘You know what? Let me get your phone number, coach . . . and I just texted him, ‘Run a sweep, run Cover 2.’’ And when it happened, I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness . . . I got something here!’ ” Austin shares the story of embracing a potential competitor as his co-founder: “[Tony Paris] said, ‘Man, I love your idea, but I’ve got a guy that you might want to meet . . . he's working on the same thing.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, snap!’ Then I got nervous. Like, ‘Oh man, somebody's working on this? What's going on? OK. Who is this guy? What does he do?’ You know? And he's like, ‘Man, why don't you just go meet him?’ So I talked to him on the phone and flew up and met Sohrob Farudi, the CEO [of FCF].” Austin discusses what makes the FCF unique: “It's basically a live video game. We are trying to construct a live video game, allowing fans to literally control actual athletes. And, and I'm not just saying on the field as just calling plays, but we're talking about, you know, that sport escapism, everybody always wanted to, you know, call that play . . . so why don't you say or do something about it then?” You can follow Ray Austin on Twitter ( @rayaustin36 ) and Instagram ( @rayaustin36 ), as well as the FCF ( @fcflio and @fcfl ).

Football Investing

Isaiah Kacyvenski — The Power of Will: How an NFL Veteran Raised $55M for Will Ventures Against All Odds

Isaiah Kacyvenski is one of the most decorated Ivy League football players of all time. While at Harvard, he won Ivy League Rookie of the Year and then followed that up with All-Ivy League first-team honors over his final three seasons. He received the Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award, which is given to "best, most academically talented" football player in New England, and also the Harvard University Male Athlete of the Year following his senior season. After Harvard, Kacyvenski was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000, becoming the highest draft pick in Harvard history (fourth round, No. 199 overall. Beyond his contributions as a linebacker, he was a pivotal player on the Seahawks’ special teams and helped in their run to Super Bowl XL. More impressive than any on-field accomplishment, however, is what Kacyvenski overcame just to have the opportunity to play football in the first place. He dealt with bouts of homelessness as a kid and the tragic loss of his mother during his senior year of high school. That power of will is what keeps driving him as he enters the next phase of his professional career. Last year, Kacyvenski announced a $55 million dollar early-stage venture fund focused on health, wellness, media and content; the fund is called Will Ventures . Along with fellow former Harvard football player Brian Reilly, as well as other Harvard student-athlete graduates Kirby Porter and Alexis Nocolia, Kacyvenski is seeking out “relentless entrepreneurs with the will to change the world.” About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at talkback@sporttechie.com

Olympics Investing

Apolo Ohno — How America’s Greatest Winter Olympian Perfects His Toolkit and Finds Ways to Win Every Day

Apolo Anton Ohno is the most decorated winter Olympian in U.S. history. Appearing in three Olympics from 2002-2010, he medaled eight times across four events, including golds in the 1500m and 500m speed skating events. In 2007, Ohno experienced competitive success off the ice too, winning the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. He was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019. Today, Ohno finds himself as locked in as ever. Driven by curiosity and hard work, he has explored various endeavors since retiring from speed skating. He’s developed a supplements company, been a TV game show host and Olympics analyst, and continued his work as a philanthropist and motivational speaker. Ohno is currently focused on writing his latest book, Hard Pivot, which he plans to release later this year. About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at talkback@sporttechie.com

Entrepreneurship Hockey

Chris Pronger — How Hockey Legend & 2x Gold Medalist Curates Hall of Fame Luxury Travel Experiences

A legendary defenseman who was inducted into the hockey hall of fame in 2015, Chris Pronger is recognized as one of the 100 greatest players in NHL history. In 2000, Pronger was the first defenseman since Bobby Orr to win the MVP trophy before advancing to the Stanley Cup finals with three different teams (Edmonton, Anaheim, and Philadelphia), winning the Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He complimented his 18-year NHL career with four Olympics appearances with Team Canada, winning Gold Medals in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics Today Pronger is co-founder and President of Well Inspired Travels, a boutique luxury travel company that caters to elite athletes, entertainers, business owners, and C-Level executives. Pronger started the company with his wife, Lauren, prior to the CoVid-19 pandemic. Despite headwinds, Pronger has continued to build his company through relationships and customer service. You can follow Chris Pronger on Instagram (@thechrispronger) and LinkedIn. Check out Well Inspired Travels at https://www.wellinspiredtravels.com/. * * * * * About The Game Plan The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show

Football Entrepreneurship

Jon McGraw — Unlocking the Performance Mindset to Make Even Mundane Jobs More Enjoyable with Vision Pursue

A walk-on at Kansas State who was taken in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft by the New York Jets, Jon McGraw went on to play 10 pro seasons in the NFL, making stops with the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs along the way. For all his success, including winning the prestigious Ed Block Courage Award in 2011, the process of playing football wasn’t always a great experience for the hard-nosed safety. The daily grind took its toll and he felt his focus was suffering. Toward the end of his career, McGraw stumbled across the concept of Process-Oriented Psychology. Instead of focusing on the end result, he learned to find purpose in the day-to-day aspects of the job and found joy in the sport again. This ultimately led McGraw to pursue an entrepreneurial path after football, sharing what he’d learned with other pro athletes and corporate executives working in high-stress environments. He co-founded Vision Pursue alongside his business partner, Russ Rausch, a former hedge fund operator. Today, Vision Pursue works with high-profile clients in sports and business, including the Miami Heat, the San Francisco 49ers, and FedEx. About The Game Plan: The Game Plan is a weekly SportTechie podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show features professional athletes and their business interests beyond sports. You can follow us on Twitter ( @thegameplanshow ) and Instagram ( @gameplanshow ) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content! Subscribe to the Game Plan on Youtube for lots more content as well. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor ( @JayKapoorNYC ) and Tim Katt ( @Tim_Katt ) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Question? Comment? Story idea? Let us know at hello@thegameplan.show