The Game Plan

The Game Plan

By Jay Kapoor, Tim Katt
New podcast from Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt where we interview professional athletes about the business ventures they pursue off the field. The Game Plan both highlights success stories and discusses the challenges that current and retired athletes face in approaching their next chapter. By bringing these stories to life, we hope to provide a more open and honest look into what makes our guests "more than an athlete"
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Ep. 17 Spencer Hawes — Evolving NBA Playing Styles While Learning VC Investing Playbook
NBA journeyman and proud Seattleite Spencer Hawes joins The Game Plan to discuss his interests on and off the basketball court, and life today as he contemplates retirement during the uncertainty of a global pandemic. On this episode we discuss the evolution of the NBA game and how our guest adapted his skillset in the middle of his NBA career to be seen as a player that could stretch the floor; ultimately leading to his big payday. Spencer also shares what initially drove his curiosity in investing, including a reality check courtesy of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. Fans of the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Charlotte Hornets will enjoy going deeper with the energetic big man that they came to love as a player. To follow the latest updates on what Spencer Hawes is doing on and off the court follow him across social media on both Twitter and Instagram. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
52:06
May 27, 2020
Ep. 16 Meghan Klingenberg — World Cup Winner on Speaking Truth to Power & Re-imagining the "Lifestyle" Brand
FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Meghan Klingenberg joins The Game Plan to share her experience as a key member of the electric 2015 US Women's National Team, and how bonds made on the pitch led to the founding of an apparel and lifestyle brand built to challenge the status quo. On this episode, "Kling" shares the founding story of re-inc alongside her USWNT teammates Christen Press, Tobin Heath, & Megan Rapinoe. Listeners will enjoy hearing Meghan's unvarnished perspective on the challenges she faced when starting the company, including everything from supply chain management to navigating a fundraising process that ended in a term sheet from a storied venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. Listeners won't want to miss hearing Meghan's contagious personality and nothing-but-real perspective. We also explore her role as an investor and ambassador for startups. An interest she picked up early in her childhood growing up near Pittsburgh. Make sure to follow Meghan on both Twitter and Instagram to keep up on all her moves off the pitch. You can also check out her company, re-inc, and order products at https://re-website.com/. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
58:08
May 20, 2020
Ep. 15 Detlef Schrempf — Seattle Supersonic Legend on Finding Success in VC & Wealth Management
16-year NBA veteran, cult favorite, and former Seattle Supersonic Detlef Schrempf joins The Game Plan to discuss life after basketball and his role leading Business Development at Coldstream Wealth Management. In this episode, we discuss how the game of basketball has evolved since Schrempf's time in the league in the 80s and 90s. We also take a look at how our guest built a support system of trusted advisors and was able to parlay his network and success as a professional athlete into a fulfilling career in wealth management. Fans of "The Last Dance" Michael Jordan documentary will enjoy hearing what our guest has to say about facing Jordan's Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. Schrempf even describes what it was like being teammates with Gary Payton. We also discuss his appearances on NBA Jam, Parks & Rec, and as the namesake of an indie song. You can follow Detlef Schrempf on Twitter and Instagram (@Dschrempf), and check out Coldstream Wealth Management at https://www.coldstream.com/. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
33:38
May 13, 2020
Ep. 14 Heather Mitts — Empowering the Next-Gen of Soccer Stars as a 3x-Olympic Gold Medalist
3-time Olympic gold medalist and former member of the US Women's National Team Heather Mitts joins The Game Plan to cover everything from what it takes to have the heart of a champion to the transition of life after professional soccer. Listeners will enjoy hearing how Heather first started her career in media from sideline reporter to studio analyst, overcoming her injuries and adversity, and what it was like to be a key part of the evolution of professional women's soccer in the USA. Heather also shares her entrepreneurial journey and excitement for what's in store with her company Ceres Platinum Group, as well as the challenges of building a business while raising her 3 young kids Make sure to follow Heather on both Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his all moves off the pitch. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
42:05
May 6, 2020
Ep. 13 Will Blackmon — The NFL Wine Guy's Journey from Super Bowl Winning Safety to Sommelier
This special weekend addition pod comes on the heels of our guest's official launch of his latest business endeavor, The Wine MVP. Will Blackmon played 14 years in the NFL, including time with the Packers, Giants, Seahawks, and Redskins. His ability to learn new defensive schemes while in the NFL has translated well to his interests off the field as he has become a quick study in the world of wine. He is one of the first NFL veterans to achieve Level 2 Sommelier Certification. Listen in as Will shares the story of how he first got into wine, led by veteran teammate Charles Woodson. We also learn how The Wine MVP came to be and what's in store for the future of Will's business in the wine world. Both wine novices and experts will enjoy this episode as we ask our guest to share some of his favorite bottles and winemakers. You can follow Will Blackmon on Twitter and Instagram @willblackmon, and be sure to check out The Wine MVP at https://thewinemvp.com/. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
58:06
May 3, 2020
Ep. 12 Trevor Booker — NBA Veteran's Reflections on Retirement Day and his Next Career as an Investor
NBA veteran and Clemson alum Trevor Booker joins The Game Plan to share his perspective on investing, and the importance of surrounding yourself with a team you can count on. On this episode, we caught up with Trevor moments before he officially announced his retirement from the NBA. Conversation topics include his role as a partner at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital, thoughts on why college basketball players should be paid, and which teammate Trevor learned the most from during his NBA career.  We also discover our guest to have been the first active NBA player to own part of an MLS team. For the first time, we also hear from a guest how some team officials looked down upon off-court business interests, as Trevor shares a unique story from his playing journey. You can follow Trevor Booker on Twitter and Instagram (@35_fitz), and check out JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital at www.jbfitzgerald.com. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
37:58
April 29, 2020
Ep. 11 Mark Schlereth — NFL's Renaissance Man on Sacrifice & Building an Enduring Culture in Business
Just in time for the NFL draft, 12-year NFL veteran and TV football analyst, Mark Schlereth, joins The Game Plan from Denver, CO to discuss everything from why the NFL Combine is flawed, to the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and investor. 3x Super Bowl Champion, Mark “Stink” Schlereth is best known for his esteemed career in both professional football (Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins) and sports media (ESPN, FS1), but did you know he once negotiated his way out of the grocery store stocking fee for his “Stinkin’ Good” brand green chile sauce? Listen in as Mark recounts the exhilarating feeling of closing his company's first customer to the challenge of being faced with a deal-breaking financial reality. In this episode we talk with Mark about how lessons learned on the football field have influenced his post-career success, and how his perseverance and ability to bring teams together have helped in any setting. Not to be missed, we learn about the time Mark attached a weightlifting plate to his body in order to make the Redskins' roster. Lastly, we dig in on Mark's new endeavor, "Mark's All Pros", a platform for discovering, vetting, and rating companies for hire. You can follow Mark Schlereth on Twitter and Instagram (@markschlereth), and be sure to check out Mark's All Pros at https://marksallpros.com/. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
1:08:57
April 22, 2020
Ep. 10 Langston Galloway — NBA's Custom Sneaker King on Turning Passion into a Business
Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway joins The Game Plan to discuss how his passion for sneakers has helped him make his own mark on the game. The 6-year NBA veteran also shares how he is making the most of the suspended season due to the Coronavirus to sharpen his business skills and grow his company, LG Kicks. In this episode we explore what it takes to balance interests on and off the court as an active player, and how an experimental mindset can lead to success. Our guest also details the unique partnership he has with Q4 Sports, as we see how he is able to amp up his performance footwear through custom paint jobs while keeping street cred with a shoe collection that goes as deep as his 3pt range. Sports fans, sneakerheads and entrepreneurs will especially enjoy this episode. As an added bonus, make sure to tune in for perspective on how Galloway is approaching his upcoming free agency. You can follow Langston Galloway on Twitter and Instagram (@LangGalloway10), and keep up with the latest with LG Kicks on YouTube. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
55:05
April 15, 2020
Ep. 9 Shawn Green - Pitching to VCs and Swinging for the Fences with Greenfly
The Game Plan welcomes its first Major League Baseball veteran; Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner and Chairman & Co-Founder of Greenfly, Shawn Green. Shawn Green spent 15 years as a Major Leaguer, including time with the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets. In this episode, we discuss how Shawn showed an early interest in technology during his playing career, and how he would use that passion to develop skills off-the-diamond each offseason. We also explore how someone who made over $100M during his playing career finds the drive and motivation to build a venture-backed SaaS company. Investors and entrepreneurs will find this conversation especially interesting as we take a deep dive into the Greenfly product, and discuss Shawn's experience in the founding of the company, bringing on a Co-Founder, and raising over $14.5M from funds like Alpha Edison, Elysian Park and even Tim's fund, TACK Ventures. While we recorded this conversation prior to the Coronavirus crisis, as a content management platform, the Greenfly product is especially interesting to explore during this time of distributed teams and remote work. You can follow Shawn on Twitter (@shawngreen15) and Instagram (@15ShawnGreen), and keep up with the latest on Greenfly via Twitter (@Greenfly) & LinkedIn (@Greenfly, Inc). Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
48:21
April 8, 2020
Ep. 8: Gaizka Mendieta — Restaurant Investing during Coronavirus, and Journey from Int'l Soccer Star to Club DJ
The Game Plan welcomes its first international guest! a 17-year football icon and La Liga legend, Gaizka Mendieta, to talk about life after football and the challenges his businesses are experiencing in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. We discuss a range of topics including the differences between professional sport in the US and Europe, and what it was like to garner one of the largest transfer fees of all time (€48m in 2001). Mendieta talks about the rise of his playing career during the “golden era” of Valencia FC, and his experience playing in both Seria A in Italy and the Premier League in England. Not to be missed is the conversation about his passions beyond football and investing, which include how he became a DJ and the effort that goes into staying connected with fans. Please follow Gaizka @GaizkaMendieta6 on both Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his all moves off the pitch. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
48:31
April 1, 2020
Ep. 7: Justin Forsett — Managing an Ethical Brand with Integrity During the COVID-19 Crisis
Nine-year NFL veteran and Pro Bowl Running back, Justin Forsett, joins us on The Game Plan to discuss why he believes all the CPG brands price gouging during the coronavirus crisis are destroying their long term brand equity for short term gain, and why his brand, Hustle Clean, has a very different approach to generating strong customer LTV. Along the way, we discuss Justin's journey in the NFL, players he looked up to as mentors for life off the field, what it's like being cut or fired multiple seasons in a row until you find a breakout season, how he thinks about customer discovery and the user journey "at the point of sweat" and his principles on hiring for integrity, grit, and values. Please follow Justin’s Brands, Shower Pill & Hustle Clean, on Twitter and Instagram and follow Justin on Twitter (@JForsett) & Instagram (@JForsett) keep up with his all moves beyond the football field. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
33:57
March 25, 2020
Ep. 6: Matt Stover — Unseen Side of Philanthropy and Building Businesses after 20 Years in the NFL
TWENTY-year NFL veteran Matt Stover joins The Game Plan to share the story of his transition from two-time Super Bowl Champion to empowering athletes, entertainers, and other philanthropists to easily set up and administer their own charitable organizations. In this episode, we’ll hear what it’s like to move with an NFL franchise in the dark of the night (Cleveland Browns) to a new city (Baltimore Ravens). Matt also talks about how the role of a placekicker is often an isolated position, and how that independent sense of diligence and drive has carried him to success in the development of the Players Philanthropy Fund (“PPF”). He also discusses the impact Ray Lewis had on his approach to life on and off the field. In 2002, Stover and his wife formed the Matt Stover Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the Baltimore community and helping those in need through a variety of programs, outreach, and support. The administrative burden of managing a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, as well as hearing about the same pitfalls and challenges teammates faced in setting up their nonprofits, led Matt to start the PPF. We go deep on why PPF needed to exist, and all of the ways customers are utilizing its services today. Please follow Matt’s company, the Players Philanthropy Fund, on Twitter (@PlayersPhilFund) and Instagram (@playersphilanthropyfund) to keep up with his moves beyond the football field. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
43:50
March 18, 2020
Ep. 5: Derrick Morgan — Impact Investing, Opportunity Zones, and Finding New Purpose after Football
Nine-year NFL veteran Derrick Morgan joins The Game Plan to share with us the impact investing he is doing in his hometown of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, his NFL home of Nashville, Tennessee, and other metro areas throughout the US. In this episode, we discuss how a season-ending ACL injury his rookie season prepared Derrick for life after football, and just how ahead of the game Derrick was by developing a diverse, well thought out investment portfolio early in his career. We’ll also learn how early investment mistakes drove Derrick to educate himself, leading to the sophisticated investor and fund manager he has become today. In 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act laid the groundwork for Derrick's post-career investment focus. Derrick knew he wanted to help out the communities like the one he grew up in. Through the 2017 tax reform, “Qualified Opportunity Zones” (QOZ) were created which provided a way to defer taxes on capital gains by investing in low-income areas designated by the Governor of each state. Derrick took advantage by establishing the KGDMN Impact Fund; an opportunity zone fund built to deliver attractive returns for investors and generational transformation for communities. Please follow Derrick on Twitter and Instagram (@dmorg91) to keep up with his moves beyond the football field.  Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital.  Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news and updates, to recommend guests, and for bonus content!
44:20
March 11, 2020
Ep. 4: Matt Flanagan — Undrafted Careers and Making the Most of Every Opportunity
This episode of The Game Plan features 24-year-old Matt Flanagan, a second-year tight end in the NFL, who is keen on commercializing medical technologies when his football career comes to an end. Flanagan went undrafted in 2018 but signed with the Washington Redskins where he played alongside great tight ends like Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed.  Before the NFL, Matt played at the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University before that, where he studied biology and biotechnology. This offseason, Matt is finishing his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh focused on tech commercialization.  With Tim away this week, Matt and I chatted 1-on-1 about:  The challenges of being a Division 1 athlete while succeeding in academics How the current CBA impacts the NFL minimum contracts His internship last year at WeWork Why he is excited about wearable technologies How he mentally and emotionally handles NFL free agency.  Please follow Matt on Twitter (@MrFlantastic) and Instagram (@funkmaster.flan) to keep up with Matt on his career in the NFL and beyond.  Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital.  Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news & updates, to recommend guests, & for bonus content!
35:30
March 4, 2020
Ep. 3: Patrick Ianni — Mental Health Awareness and Changing the Culture in Youth Sports
This episode of The Game Plan features Patrick Ianni, former Major League Soccer pro and Olympic Soccer Player. Patrick founded Ianni Training after a playing career that spanned 9 years in MLS, the Olympics in Bejing, and being an All-American at UCLA. Through his journey of mindfulness and self-discovery, Pat realized a massive culture change is needed in youth soccer that focuses on the whole athlete: mind, body, and spirit.  Patrick brings his story of personal transformation as he works with players from all walks of life - and we're grateful to hear him share that story with us today. In this episode, Patrick recalls  Turning down a lucrative contract from Hamburg to play in the MLS Starting 'mutinies' as a young player with the Seattle Sounders Taking the time to seek guidance and intensive therapy after retirement Why he believes the 'relationship that 100% of youth soccer players have with the game, is toxic',  Discovering his passion for mental wellness in sports that drove him to launch: Ianni Training! (Also, Patrick's phenomenal scoring kick in 2012 won MLS Goal of the Year: Watch it here!) Please follow Patrick on Twitter (@patrick_ianni) to learn more about Ianni Training and how you can get started with the methodology. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news & updates, to recommend guests, & for bonus content!
47:50
February 26, 2020
Ep. 2: Ellis Wyms — Versatility on the Defensive Line and in Starting Education Non-Profits
Our next episode of The Game Plan features Ellis Wyms, Super Bowl XXXVII Champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ellis Wyms played Defensive End in the NFL for 8 seasons, primarily with Tampa Bay where he played with Hall of Famers like Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks.  In the NFL, Ellis carved a name for himself for his versatility and work ethic, qualities that serve him well as a founder today. In this episode, Ellis remembers the challenges of growing up in a rural community, how he felt on Draft Day when the Buccaneers called him, what made him fall in love with technology, and on discovering the passion that drove him to launch his educational non-profit: Athletes for Computer Science! Please follow Ellis on Twitter (@elliswyms) to learn more about AFCS and how you can get involved. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture capital. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news & updates, to recommend guests, & for bonus content!
48:57
February 19, 2020
Ep. 1: Jake "The Snake" Plummer — Building a Playbook For Success After Life in the NFL
Our very first episode of The Game Plan features NFL Legend Jake "The Snake" Plummer! Jake Plummer played Quarterback in the NFL for 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, after breaking countless records as a college player at Arizona State University.  In the NFL, Jake broke several franchise records, many that still stand to this day. Despite having the option to keep playing in the NFL, Jake decided to step away from football in 2007. Last year, Jake was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. In this episode, Jake remembers the exact moment he started thinking about life after the game, how he got involved in building ReadyListSports, the unique advantages he brings to his team as a former NFL pro, how he differentiates his product against the competitive landscape, and life lessons on and off the field, that have helped him find success in business today! Please follow Jake on Twitter @snakestakes If you're looking for a great read on what Jake was up to in his first few years after stepping away from the game, we'd recommend this great Sports Illustrated article from 2015. Follow co-hosts Jay Kapoor (@JayKapoorNYC) and Tim Katt (@Tim_Katt) for all things sports, media, tech, and venture. Follow The Game Plan on Twitter (@thegameplanshow) and Instagram (@gameplanshow) for show news & updates, to recommend guests, & bonus content
51:27
February 12, 2020
Ep. 0: What's The Game Plan?
WHAT IS THE GAME PLAN? THE GAME PLAN is a new podcast highlighting athletes’ business ventures beyond the field of play. We will speak with professional athletes past and present to discover the ways they leverage their public platform to unlock the value of their cultural influence outside the world of sports. In addition to chatting with retired players about the transition into their post-playing careers, we’ll speak with current athletes, from rookies to veterans, about how they prepare for the days after they hang up their cleats, and how they plan to define the next chapter. Our goal is for fans, other athletes, and future business partners alike to see our guests in a new light and to understand what makes them "more than an athlete". WHO IS BEHIND THE GAME PLAN? Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt are New York-based VC Investors with deep networks and relationships across the sports, media and technology ecosystems. Katt is the co-founder of TACK Ventures, an early-stage VC firm based in Brooklyn, focused on investing in game-changers across sports, media, lifestyle, and entertainment. As a non-traditional investor, Tim's experience throughout the sports, media, and cultural landscape provides a unique ear-to-the-ground perspective for both entrepreneurs and investors alike. Kapoor spent 6+ years in sports and media, including at the National Football League and Madison Square Garden, before becoming an early-stage investor, most recently with LaunchCapital. Leveraging his experiences working with both professional leagues and teams, into a career in investing, Jay brings unique perspectives, insights, and empathy to the journey professional athletes will take, bridging their playing careers into their next professional steps. WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE? Follow The Game Plan on Twitter: @thegameplanshow and Instagram: gameplanshow Jay Kapoor: @jaykapoornyc Tim Katt: @tim_katt
01:48
January 20, 2020