When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in the summer of 2016, the basketball reasons were fairly obvious. Two NBA titles later, Durant could end up signing again with Golden State this summer, or he could end up going somewhere else. But even if he does the latter, Durant’s business interests will keep him rooted in the Bay Area, thanks to his involvement with some of the startup world’s most prominent businesses.
Like his teammate Andre Iguodala, another member of our 30 Most Entrepreneurial Athletes list, Durant took advantage of the Warriors’ proximity to Silicon Valley. Alongside business partner Rich Kleiman, Durant founded Thirty Five Ventures. Together, Durant and Kleiman have invested in everything from delivery platforms like Postmates—which they bought into all the way back in 2015—to electric scooter startups like Lime. (This month, Lime announced another $310M in funding, bringing the company’s valuation up to $2.4B.)
Durant is also paying close attention to, well, attention: Thirty Five has invested in social media–driven startups like Caffeine, Overtime and Hugging Face. Throw in a few investing apps for good measure, and it’s a very diversified portfolio.