Human Performance and innovation
Chris Bosh has made a mark in the NBA as being one of the most respected and sought-after players in the league. He is an eleven time NBA All-Star, helped bring two consecutive NBA championships to the Miami HEAT in 2012 and 2013, and was named to the All-NBA second team and appeared for the US national team (with whom won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics).
A native of Hutchins, Texas Bosh grew up in a close knit family, playing basketball at the house with his younger brother. Bosh names his parents as the biggest influences on his life. He led Lincoln High School to the number one ranking team in the country and the USA Today National Championship with a perfect 40–0 season. Bosh later went on to play at Georgia Tech. After one season with the team, he entered the 2003 NBA Draft and was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors. In 2010, after seven years with the Raptors, he landed in South Florida along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, earning the name THE BIG 3 with the Miami HEAT.
With Chris’ passion for education, he partnered with Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and will.i.am to create a short film with code.org to raise awareness for and emphasize the importance of coding in youth education. As a result, Chris also wrote a story for Wired Magazine where he discussed his thirst for education and why he learned to code. As a child growing up, education and the sciences were highly stressed in his house. That year he also revealed he had become fluent in Spanish after some tutoring and classes.
Residing in Miami, Bosh has immersed himself in the prevalent arts and culture scene in the colorful ocean-side town. With craft brewing high on the scene, in fall 2015 Chris, an avid home brewer, teamed up with Dogfish Head Brewery owner, Sam Calagione and created his very own mesquite-smoked barley stout, “Daddy Jack”. In February 2016, Chris, Sam and Dena Marino, owner of MCKitchen debuted Chris’s Daddy Jack brew at MCKitchen for a one-night-only, five course private event. In 2014, Chris and his HEAT teammate, Shane Battier, participated in the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. To put on a good show, Chris and Shane each partnered with a celebrity chef and had an intense cook off battle. Bosh is a regular partaker in the Art Basel Miami Beach events. In 2014, Mr. Nice Tie hosted “An Evening of Art with Chris Bosh” at the famed Yeelen Gallery in Miami’s Little Haiti. 2012 marks the unveiling of the “Art of Basketball” exhibit during Art Basel, with the help of hosts Bosh and fellow HEAT teammate Dwyane Wade.
In 2011 Bosh launched his own non-profit organization, Team Tomorrow Inc. dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that promote the upliftment of children, families and the community. Annually the organization puts together “Christmas with Chris Bosh” which treats underprivileged children to a Christmas celebration. For Thanksgiving, he spends time with the residents at Chapman Partnership serving Thanksgiving meals to those in need. For Mother’s Day, Team Tomorrow Inc.has celebrated all moms, from hosting the “Today I Can” brunch celebrating expectanct moms, spa days, shopping sprees, to Glamchella. Throughout the basketball season, he can also be found working with America Mom’s for Soldiers, packing care packages for soldiers overseas. Throughout the year, Chris and wife, Adrienne can be found spreading surprising fans with meet and greets, gifts and sometimes even game tickets through their Random Acts of Kindess.
Chris and his wife live in Miami with their two daughters (Trinity and Dylan) and three sons (Jackson, Lennox and Phoenix).
Baron Davis in an American athlete, entrepreneur and creative, known for The Black Santa Company, high tech investment portfolio and Emmy nominated documentaries.
His current venture, The Black Santa Company, was created after Davis dressed up as his favorite holiday hero, Santa, during Halloween. The Black Santa Company was launched in 2016 in the spirit of celebrating afro-american culture through story telling - to capture and share goodness, positivity all year round.
Recognizing an opportunity that aligned his passions in culture and technology, the Los Angeles native Davis, pursued an idea to bring Santa Claus to homes across the world through holiday ornaments, wrapping paper, apparel and multimedia content.
“For us, it’s the challenge to create characters that are culturally aware, culturally diverse and through storytelling be able to create something that is fun and positive,” Davis explains. “We want to bring cool characters to holiday seasons. And also from a merchandise perspective, to manufacture and produce high-quality products that you can live with and making something that sticks. Giving has no season. So Black Santa is a constant reminder and encouragement, every day that we can be better and do something good for somebody else.”
Davis has a long track record of success. He’s been a savvy investor in early stage tech and consumer products, including Songza, Popchips, Vitaminwater. In Hollywood he is a recurring success in producing acclaimed documentaries, such as “Crips and Bloods: Made In America” and “The Drew: No Excuse Just Produce,” among others. Davis also teamed with business partners to launch two YouTube networks, YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family) and The NOC (The Network of Champions) as a part of Google’s Premium Content initiative.
A global figure thanks to a All-American sophomore season playing for the storied UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team, Davis was selected with the third overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was twice elected to the All-Star game over a 13-year career where he suited up for the Hornets, Warriors, Clippers, Cavaliers and Knicks. Davis’ electrifying style helped him amass career averages of 16.1 points and 7.2 assists and earned him a reputation as a heady point guard who was adept at facilitating and leading his team in crunch time.
“I think everything that I’ve done and all the lessons that I’ve learned have allowed me to take all those wins and losses and put that into something that I’m dedicated and passionate about,” says Davis. “It’s taking sports, culture, technology and making it fun and educational.”
Davis is a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice and his nonprofit, Rising Stars of America, established in 1999CK, helps to raise funds for basketball camps and sponsors AAU teams across Los Angeles with a mission statement to “teach our kids to play with passion, heart and integrity.”
Hamet Watt is a Board Partner at Upfront Ventures. He is also co-founder and Chairman of bLife, — a wellness innovation company, and co-founder and Chairman of MoviePass — a subscription service for movies in theaters.
Previously, Hamet was an entrepreneur-in-residence at True Ventures, after exiting another company that he founded called NextMedium, which was acquired by Brand Affinity Technologies. Prior to founding NextMedium, Hamet advised Nielsen Media Research in the development of the first product placement measurement service for network and cable television. Hamet was also a General Partner in the New Africa Opportunity Fund — a $120 million venture capital fund, which was the first US-backed venture fund investing in post-apartheid South Africa.
A leader in both the Los Angeles and wider entrepreneurial communities, Hamet has received numerous awards for technology innovation and entrepreneurship — including a “Top 10 Black Innovators Award” — and was named by Business Insider Magazine one of 2014’s “46 Most Important African-Americans in Technology.”
Hamet sits on the board and/or advises several companies and organizations. He has frequently been noted in the national press for innovation in media and entrepreneurship, and has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Forbes.
Hamet currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Joy, and his son, Zion.