The contest is open to startups within 75 miles of Sacramento. Thirty-two companies will be selected to pitch to a panel of investors and tech execs at Velocity’s Sacramento offices on March 22. They will be winnowed down to four. The winner will receive a cash prize, a consultation with Kings execs and lunch with a team owner. Nearly 50 startups have applied as Wednesday’s deadline approaches, Kings President Chris Granger said Tuesday. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive,” said Granger. The Kings say they’re the first NBA team to host a “crowdsourced local technology startup competition.”
Chris Granger Rumors
Yet before delving deeper into basketball issues during an exclusive interview last week with The Bee, he insisted on clarifying Vlade Divac’s status in the reshuffled front office. “Vlade makes the decisions,” said Ranadive, noting that Divac’s title as vice president of basketball and franchise operations positions him above general manager Pete D’Alessandro. “Two people report directly to me. Chris Granger, who runs the business side, and Vlade from the basketball side. I want to make that clear as we move forward. We have a lot of work to do, and we are all in this together.”
NBA team presidents met on July 17 at the Wynn Las Vegas during summer league play and while there was much business discussed, the league’s top brass also gave Chris Granger a rousing sendoff as the executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations (TMBO) departs to become president of the Sacramento Kings effective Aug. 1.