Disrupting the NBA landscape with his potent three-point shooting, two-time MVP winner Stephen Curry will be causing a different type of disruption in Silicon Valley. The Warriors superstar is scheduled to speak about his philanthropic efforts and his role as a tech startup investor at the annual gathering of the tech-bros, otherwise more commonly known as TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Sept. 13.
TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference where tech startups launch their products in a competition setting, hoping to earn capital investments from prospective investors. The conference was hilariously yet accurately depicted in the first season of HBO’s tech-based show Silicon Valley. Curry however, won’t be taking part in the competition aspect of the conference. But he is still a marquee part of the event.
“From his professional career with the Golden State Warriors to his philanthropic efforts and his in involvement in the startup world, Stephen Curry is an all-star in the Silicon Valley community,” said Ned Desmond, TechCrunch COO in an email to CBS Sports. “We’re excited to have the two-time NBA MVP join us on the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco to talk about his passions on and off the court.”
Curry does have ties to the tech-world though as he is an investor and co-founder of the social media platform Slyce and will be talking about the company on stage at Disrupt. But the main reason Curry is speaking at the conference is because of his work with Nothing but Nets, a global campaign that raises funds for the the prevention of malaria. Curry has been working with Nothing but Nets for quite some time and visited the White House to talk with President Obama about his work with the organization in 2015. Raising awareness and funds for Nothing but Nets, is the chief reason why Curry is speaking at Disrupt.
“I am excited to be able to share the impactful work of Nothing But Nets with the TechCrunch Disrupt attendees,” said Curry in a release. “Having the opportunity to continue to raise awareness and funds for the cause with such a creative and innovative audience is incredibly important to finding a solution to malaria.”
There will be plenty of money in the crowd at Disrupt so the charismatic Curry shouldn’t have too much of a problem raising funds for Nothing but Nets. Leading Golden State to a third straight trip to NBA Finals though, that’s a whole another problem Curry and the Warriors will have to deal with once the regular season tips off in October.