Rich Kleiman Rumors
Rich Kleiman on managing deals with brands that want to work with The Boardroom to get to Durant It’s not even something that’s under the radar. It’s obvious and overt with most brands. And that is easy. That means that I can put a certain filter in place with a brand that I know that Kevin would never associate with. And if that’s the case, then I can say to a brand, “This deal’s for Boardroom and Boardroom only. If you’re not interested, then there’s really nothing to talk about.” But if it’s a brand that Kevin probably doesn’t want to align himself with, at least at this stage in the development of our business, it probably isn’t the right brand necessarily for Boardroom.
Kevin Durant and a growing number of well-known athletes see potential in women’s sports — and they’re investing to make it known. The former NBA MVP and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures is among a group of investors in a star-studded $3.5 million seed funding round for media platform Just Women’s Sports. Other investors include Drive by DraftKings, OVO Fund, and Supernode Global, as well as WNBA athletes Arike Ogunbowale and Elene Delle Donne, PWHPA player Hilary Knight, and USWNT star Kelley O’Hara. The round was led by Will Ventures.
While athletes are being told to shut up and dribble, Durant excels as both baller and businessman. Since its 2017 inception, his company Thirty Five Ventures, run alongside his longtime business manager Rich Kleiman, has already made twice that many ventures in a burgeoning portfolio. “We’re up to over 70 investments now, and the portfolio continues to grow. We’re focused on strategic investments where we feel like we can make an impact, or where there’s potential alignment with [The] Boardroom in addition to being smart investments,” Durant told The Post. “There’s a new partnership in the women’s sports space that we’ll be announcing soon that I’m very excited about.”
“We definitely have always been interested clearly in being involved in team sports, and learning the ownership business and being able to at one point have Kevin, and this organization, own and operate an NBA team,” Kleiman told The Post. “The thought is so far down the line, not only because Kevin’s still playing, but the amount of money to get into it is a different level of money.”
ClutchPoints: Kevin Durant’s business partner Rich Kleiman reacts to Steve Kerr leaving off KD from the truly untouchable NBA list that included: • LeBron • Steph Curry • Giannis
Kleiman caught wind of Kerr’s controversial comments and decided to jump in on the action on social media. He did not say much though, but the two emojis he used made it clear that he does not exactly agree with Kerr here. Former Warriors player Matt Barnes also chimed in on the discussion and he too is on the same boat as Kleiman. Needless to say, there are a lot of people out there who believe that the Nets will never ever trade Kevin Durant.