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One-of-a-kind 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"

The Game Plan Jay Kapoor, Tim Katt

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    • 4.9 • 119 Ratings

One-of-a-kind 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"

    DeShone Kizer — Psychology of Digital Collectibles and Introduction to Vaulting with NFL QB's New Startup: One of None

    DeShone Kizer — Psychology of Digital Collectibles and Introduction to Vaulting with NFL QB's New Startup: One of None

    Human beings have been collecting non-utilitarian items for millennia. It just so happens that with the advent of the digital age, we're now able to collect items from around the world and display them digitally for fellow collectors all over the world to admire as well. Add to this Digital Collectibles, like NFTs, and you've got a space ripe for tech innovation.

    Into this fray comes DeShone Kizer, standout QB at Notre Dame who played 5 years in the NFL before launching his own startup One of None, which uses blockchain technology to launch limited-edition hybrid assets, letting collectors seamlessly exchange between the physical and digital versions of their items. DeShone explains what 'vaulting' is and why it is an important part of the infrastructure that allows for the transaction of digital goods that are tied to unique and timeless physical assets.

    We also discuss the importance of bringing your full self to your business as an entrepreneur and some of the personal challenges that DeShone has shared making the transition from NFL QB to startup founder. I really enjoyed this conversation with Deshone and learned a ton about the world of digital collectibles so I'm thrilled to be able to share the conversation with all of you.

    About The Game Plan

    The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show highlights professional athletes' stories that will help our listeners raise their game both in business and in life

    Did you know you can watch, as well as listen to The Game Plan? Check out our YouTube Page for full-length episodes and fun video clips

    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

    • 43 min
    Sheldon Day & Amir Carlisle — Demystifying DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) & Building Wealth via The Players Company

    Sheldon Day & Amir Carlisle — Demystifying DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) & Building Wealth via The Players Company

    If you listen to this show regularly, you know that the shifting interest of athletes from endorsement to ownership is something we talk about a lot. Well, it turns out that in the last few years, athletes aren’t the only ones that are thinking about how to get ownership in the brands, companies and financial institutions they help build as early adopters, micro-influencers, or simply as customers.

    You may come across terms like Web3, Creator Economy, or even DAOs as in 'Decentralized Autonomous Organization.'

    Today’s episode focuses on the latter through the lens of The Player Company, founded by our two guests NFL Defensive Lineman Sheldon Day and former Wide Receiver Amir Carlisle. Teammates and friends since their earliest days at Notre Dame, the two co-founders are leveraging this unique infrastructure to provide both education and investment opportunities to both athletes as well as their communities at large.

    Together with Amir and Sheldon, we dug into what DAOs are and how using tokens, they unlock and incentivize behaviors around managing and investing money that simply isn’t possible in the current "Web 2 Ecosystem". We certainly learned a lot from our guests about the power of group economics and though it's early days for both their company and the Web 3 ecosystem at large, I’m optimistic about this new model of participation that the Players Company hopes to unlock.

    About The Game Plan

    The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show highlights professional athletes' stories that will help our listeners raise their game both in business and in life

    Did you know you can watch, as well as listen to The Game Plan? Check out our YouTube Page for full-length episodes and fun video clips

    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

    • 48 min
    Bennie Fowler — Super Bowl Champion WR turned Best-Selling Author on Leadership & Business Coaching

    Bennie Fowler — Super Bowl Champion WR turned Best-Selling Author on Leadership & Business Coaching

    In many ways, Bennie Fowler's story is the epitome of resilience and exactly the kind of journey we love sharing onThe Game Plan every week. Bennie had tremendous success in college at Michigan State and like many of his fellow players, expected to hear his name called during the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, that announcement never came.

    Instead, Bennie chose to focus on maximizing his opportunity, fighting to make his way on the roster for the Denver Broncos and catching passes from NFL Legend and Future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. In addition to Peyton, Bennie has also played with Future Hall of Famers Eli Manning and Drew Brees. Bennie compares and contrasts leadership lessons from all 3 QBs as well as how he reflects on and applies these lessons in a business context.

    Bennie also shares with our listeners the difference between business consulting and business coaching and how Bennie's post-NFL ambitions brought him to the latter and how he works with promising businesses and founders every day. This episode is literally one you can't afford to skip!

    About The Game Plan

    The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show highlights professional athletes' stories that will help our listeners raise their game both in business and in life

    Did you know you can watch, as well as listen to The Game Plan? Check out our YouTube Page for full-length episodes and fun video clips

    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

    • 42 min
    Shane Monahan — Irish Rugby Pro on Evolution of Social Audio & Building Audio Platform Limor

    Shane Monahan — Irish Rugby Pro on Evolution of Social Audio & Building Audio Platform Limor

    Podcasting and social audio as a viable business has seen explosive growth in the past decade, the last few years especially. With Spotify having spent over $1Bn to acquire both tech and talent, apps like Clubhouse raising at multi-billion valuations, and even platforms like Twitter launching their own social audio Spaces, we felt this topic deserved a deeper dive.

    Given the global range of social audio, it's only fair that our guide on this journey joins us from across the pond in Ireland. Shane Monahan played at the highest level of professional rugby in both Ireland and the UK, falling in love with startups and entrepreneurship along the way.

    Shane and Jay dive into the trajectory of Shane's career, the future ahead of podcasting and social audio, the state of the landscape for apps like Spotfy Greenroom, Clubhouse, Twitter Space and more -- and why Limor wants to do for audio, what TikTok did for videos.

    About The Game Plan

    The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show highlights professional athletes' stories that will help our listeners raise their game both in business and in life

    Did you know you can watch, as well as listen to The Game Plan? Check out our YouTube Page for full-length episodes and fun video clips

    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

    • 47 min
    Luke Bonner — Former Pro Basketball Player Empowers Athletes to Choose Ownership with NFTs via PWRFWD

    Luke Bonner — Former Pro Basketball Player Empowers Athletes to Choose Ownership with NFTs via PWRFWD

    In this week's episode of The Game Plan, we venture into the wild, wild west of the internet: Digital collectibles, NFTs and Web3. What does it mean for athletes, how is it changing how athletes think about their personal brands and ability to monetize their work on and off the field, and who the key stakeholders in this new tokenized world are and will be.

    Our guide through this wild and rocky terrain is Luke Bonner, former pro basketball player who has spent his entire career, helping his peers and those that came after he think about brand development and ownership, well before NIL became a buzzword. Luke played both overseas and in the NBA D-League, after which he spent many years advising college and pro athletes on the key labor relations issues of the last decade. Looking ahead to the next decade, Luke is now applying all of his knowledge to building PWRFWD, the definitive athlete-to-consumer marketplace. 

    To-date PWRFWD has worked with athletes including Sue Bird, Mo Bamba, Breanna Stewart, Sony Michel, Tacko Fall and more. Special thanks to our friend and PWRFWD investor Jordan Fliegel for the intro to Luke.

    About The Game Plan

    The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show highlights professional athletes' stories that will help our listeners raise their game both in business and in life

    Did you know you can watch, as well as listen to The Game Plan? Check out our YouTube Page for full-length episodes and fun video clips

    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

    • 45 min
    Steve Mesler — Gold Medal Olympic Bobsledder on Teaching Life Lessons to K-8 with Classroom Champions

    Steve Mesler — Gold Medal Olympic Bobsledder on Teaching Life Lessons to K-8 with Classroom Champions

    The essence of an entrepreneur is to recognize a problem, realize you're the best person to solve it, then get to work solving it. With the amazing work he has done over the last decade with Classroom Champions, Steve Mesler is a great example of one such entrepreneur. 

    Despite bringing home a gold medal for the USA in the 2012 Winter Olympics, former Olympic bobsledder Stever Mesler jokes that his job consisted of "running hard for a few seconds then sitting for a minute". He tells us how he went from an injury-filled track career in college to making the US Olympic Bobsled team. So how did he translate that Olympic experience into building an international non-profit, serving thousands of schools and tens of thousands of K-8 students?

    The Game Plan co-host Jay Kapoor dives into all aspects of building Classroom Champions with Steve Mesler and uncovers why sports is such an important construct to teach life-long lessons to young students.

    About The Game Plan

    The Game Plan is a weekly podcast hosted by venture capitalists Jay Kapoor and Tim Katt. The show highlights professional athletes' stories that will help our listeners raise their game both in business and in life

    Did you know you can watch, as well as listen to The Game Plan? Check out our YouTube Page for full-length episodes and fun video clips

    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

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

Matt_Schwimmer ,

Informative, engaging, and unique

The duo does a fantastic job diving into some incredibly unique interviews and pulls back the curtain on athletes in a way very few have done before.

Shaps717 ,

Informative and Entertaining!

Jay and Tim really know the industry well and bring out the best in their guests. Great show for anyone in the industry or looking to learn more!

Karthik6457 ,

A must listen!

Absolutely love this podcast! The hosts are amazing and provide great insight into the life of a particular guest speaker and how that can bring us so much advice and assistance today. Especially since I’m a huge sports fan and interested in entrepreneurship, this podcast covers it all and is perfect at anytime wherever you’re playing basketball or doing some work.

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