Over the past ten years, technology has driven a global shift that has enabled unlimited consumer choice, boundless scale and uncapped opportunities. The evolution of the digital economy has effectively unlocked a previously tethered system, giving companies, brands, creators, influencers and individuals alike monetization possibilities that transcend previous limitations of physical distribution, legacy communication or traditional business models.
Within this new and unhindered system, every company can interact directly with its consumers and every individual can access the tools to become their own brand. This seismic shift has empowered the consumer more than ever before, and the businesses and platforms that recognize, maximize and perpetuate the permanence of this direct-to-consumer dynamic will emerge as the next generation of leaders.
We will seek visionary founders leading technology-enabled platforms disrupting the traditional worlds of sports, health, wellness, food, commerce, and culture through their unique relationship with the consumer. We will pursue acquisitions of platforms that are creating communities around their brands, listening to what their consumers want and fulfilling those wants in innovative and unprecedented ways.
We intend to identify companies that have compelling growth potential and a combination of the following characteristics:
- Technology-enabled platform pursuing disruption in the traditional worlds of sports, health & wellness, food, travel, lifestyle and culture (and beyond).
- Exceptional product-market fit, unique brands or intellectual property, strong barriers to entry and overall industry tailwinds.
- Exceptional, talented management teams that strive to be great.
- Uniquely positioned to benefit from the extensive access, network and reach of our Management, Sponsors and Board.
- Opportunity to expand rapidly through both organic means and M&A, and both domestically and internationally.
- Compelling financial profiles and opportunities to generate attractive returns on capital invested.
- Requisite scale and characteristics suitable for a transition to the public markets and can benefit from the guidance of our Management, Sponsors and Board in developing and articulating the investment opportunity to public investors.
Our Management and Board of Directors
Our management team is comprised of Kevin Durant as Co-Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors, Rich Kleiman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors, Alex Michael as Chief Development Officer, and David Farber as Chief Financial Officer. Aryeh Bourkoff will be serving as Chairman of our board of directors, and Anré Williams, Sam Lessin, Annastasia Seebohm and Stacey Bendet as directors. Throughout their careers, they have built successful businesses and careers in the finance, media, enterprise software, e-commerce and sports industries.
- Kevin Durant
- Rich Kleiman
- Alex Michael
- David Farber
- Aryeh Bourkoff
- Anré Williams
- Sam Lessin
- Annastasia Seebohm
- Stacey Bendet
Kevin Durant, our Co-Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors, is a global force as an NBA superstar, businessman, and philanthropist. A 12-year NBA veteran and forward for the Brooklyn Nets, he is a 2x NBA Champion and Finals MVP and has won an NBA MVP Award, four NBA scoring titles, two Olympic gold medals, two NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards, and an NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is also an eleven-time NBA All-Star.
In 2016, Mr. Durant co-founded Thirty Five Ventures alongside entrepreneur Rich Kleiman. Through Thirty Five Ventures, Mr. Durant has become a well-respected investor and businessman, with a diverse portfolio of over 70 venture investments across a variety of industries including sports technology, media, gaming, health/wellness, and collectibles. He has built a strong team around him to grow his various business initiatives, including his Boardroom sports media platform.
In 2013, Mr. Durant launched The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation. KDCF’s signature programs include Build It and They Will Ball – a global basketball court renovation project with 22 courts completed to date – and The Durant Center, a 10-year, $10M dollar program in partnership with Laurene Powell Jobs’ College Track that helps low-income and underserved students enroll in and graduate from college. Mr. Durant was the 2018 recipient of the season long NBA Cares Community Assist and ESPN Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian awards and is committed to enriching the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs.
Rich Kleiman, our Co-Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors, is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Thirty Five Ventures since 2016. He has partnered with Mr. Durant on over 70 early stage, venture-backed investments across multiple industries and driven the launch of several new business initiatives at Thirty Five Ventures including sports business media platform, Boardroom. He brings to Infinite Acquisition Corp. deep relationships across the sports, media and technology landscape and many years of experience working with the biggest brands and most cutting-edge companies across those industries. Prior to forming Thirty Five Ventures, Mr. Kleiman helped launch Roc Nation Sports, where he served as Vice President of the agency founded by Jay-Z from 2008 to 2016. Mr. Kleiman started with Roc Nation in 2008 as a music manager representing Mark Ronson, Solange, Wale, and many others. Before joining Roc Nation, he and Ronson founded and co-owned the independent label Allido Records, executive produced the documentary Fade to Black, and served as music supervisor for myriad film and television projects. Mr. Kleiman has served as the Executive Director of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation since 2015 and has been one of the directors at New Heights Youth, Inc. since 2016, a non-profit dedicated to sports-based youth development and education in New York City.
Alex Michael, our Chief Development Officer, is Co-Head of LionTree Growth since August 2015, the division of LionTree focused on advising emerging companies transforming the digital economy. Prior to LionTree, Mr. Michael managed the Entertainment and National Sales divisions for LivingSocial from August 2011 to August 2015, a venture-backed social e-commerce company sold to Groupon. Before joining LivingSocial, Mr. Michael was the Vice President of Business Development at Madison Square Garden (‘‘MSG’’) from April 2009 to August 2011. Prior to MSG, Mr. Michael was the Director of Business Development at Ticketmaster from June 2006 to April 2009. Alex earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. in American History from Brown University.
Mr. Farber, our Chief Financial Officer since August 2022, is an accomplished executive, with experience across financial advisory and asset management spaces. He currently serves as the Finance Director at Liontree LLC, LionTree Investments Management LLC and their affiliated entities. He has been with LionTree since January 2018.
In this role, Mr. Farber leads the firm on financial matters related to all aspects of LionTree’s business. Prior to LionTree, Mr. Farber worked at Avenue Capital Group, focusing on domestic and international fund structuring and compliance. He began his career at Ernst & Young LLP where he consulted high-profile clients including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and The Tudor Group Inc. Mr. Farber is a CPA in the State of New York and holds a degree in accounting as well as an MBA in Finance from Binghamton University.
Aryeh Bourkoff, the Chairman of our board of directors, is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LionTree LLC since June 2012, a global investment and merchant banking firm, with a focus on creative industries in media, tech, sports, consumer, and the evolving digital economy. With over twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Bourkoff oversees LionTree coverage of select impactful relationships within the Advisory franchise around the globe including corporations, family offices, sovereigns, institutions, and individuals alike. He is also the head of the firm’s Merchant Banking and Asset Management platform and manages all capital allocation decision making.
Mr. Bourkoff is the Chairman of pure play media and digital outdoor advertising company Ocean Outdoor since January 2021 and the Chairman of Kindred Media since March 2017, LionTree’s digital media, content and community investment platform. LionTree is also partners in the MUSIC joint venture since August 2019, advising and investing in music and expanded audio trends as well as Griffin Gaming since June 2020, a venture fund which invests in the global growth of gaming.
Prior to founding LionTree, Mr. Bourkoff served as Vice Chairman beginning in 2011 and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS and on the UBS Investment Banking Executive Committee. During his 13-year tenure at UBS, Aryeh held a number of senior positions including Joint Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking; and Head of the Media and Communications Research Group. He also serves on the board of Carnegie Hall since February 2019, the Royal Academy of Arts since April 2019, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since June 2013. Mr. Bourkoff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego.
Mr. Williams is Chief Executive Officer of American Express National Bank (‘‘AENB’’) and Group President, Enterprise Services, a role he assumed in April 2021. As Chief Executive Officer of AENB, Mr. Williams oversees all aspects of American Express’ U.S. banking operation, which is responsible for approximately 60 percent of the company’s total billings and revenues. In addition, as Group President of Enterprise Services, Mr. Williams leads American Express’ largest shared services organizations that support the entire company globally, including its technology, digital capabilities, customer servicing, consumer travel, real estate, purchasing and enterprise transformation functions. The organizations he oversees comprise approximately two-thirds of the company’s total workforce.
Previously, Mr. Williams was Group President of American Express’ Global Merchant & Network Services (‘‘GMNS’’) organization responsible for managing relationships with the millions of merchants around the world that accept American Express Cards, as well as the company’s payments network, bank partnerships, international loyalty coalition programs, and relationships with its largest strategic partners. Mr. Williams began his career at American Express in 1990 as a marketing manager in the Consumer Card division and then served for several years in the Small Business Services group, where he led new product development and advertising. In 1999, Mr. Williams joined the company’s Corporate Payments organization as a divisional vice president and was named President, Global Corporate Payments in 2007, responsible for marketing American Express’ commercial payment products to mid-size and large companies around the world. Mr. Williams was appointed President of Global Merchant Services in November 2011 and was named Group President, GMNS and a member of the company’s Executive Committee in February 2018.
Anré serves on the Board of Illinois Tool Works Inc. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of The Wharton School and the USA Track & Field Foundation Board. He earned his BA from Stanford University and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since April 2015, Mr. Lessin is a General Partner at Slow Ventures, a seed focused venture capital firm he co-founded. Mr. Lessin was formerly a Vice President of Product Management at Facebook where he worked from 2010 to 2014 and managed the product, engineering, and design teams for many products, including user profiles and privacy. Mr. Lessin has founded two companies, Drop.io (a file-sharing platform acquired by Facebook in October of 2010) and Fin (an analytics platform that helps knowledge work teams improve productivity).
Mr. Lessin started his career at Bain and Company, and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a AB in Social Studies from Harvard College. Mr. Lessin writes a bi-weekly column for The Information on technology and economics.
Since May 2021, Ms. Seebohm is the Chief Executive Officer of Brilliant Minds Foundation. This marks her second Chief Executive Officer role under the age of 35. Brilliant Minds Foundation was founded in 2015 by Spotify founder and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Ek and today comprises of an esteemed and established board consisting of the biggest business leaders and entrepreneurs across Sweden. The Foundation has brought together some of the world’s most influential thought leaders at the intersection of humanity and technology, with past speakers including President Barack Obama, co-founder of Snap Inc. Evan Spiegel, activist and supermodel Naomi Campbell and lifestyle expert and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Seebohm was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Quintessentially from February 2018 to April 2021. As the first female and millennial to hold the Group Chief Executive Officer role, Ms. Seebohm was responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of Quintessentially, the world’s leading lifestyle group. Her remit involved leading a team of over 1,000 employees across 50 cities. Ms. Seebohm spearheaded Quintessentially’s global growth, navigated a hospitality business through the pandemic and led the group through a significant restructure. During her tenure from 2016 to 2021, annual revenues exceeded $100 million. Ms. Seebohm has an acute understanding of today’s new era of connection – the evolving values and desires of society and brands with the importance of meaningful experiences and authentic human connections. Her business philosophies are rooted in impact leadership and she is passionate about using her platform to create a global community of individuals who can create change through their influence.
Ms. Seebohm has been profiled in publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, The CEO Magazine and Harvard Business Review, amongst others, and British GQ listed Ms. Seebohm as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in the UK. An authority on international business, Ms. Seebohm is a renowned figure on the speaker circuit and frequently asked to contribute at high profile events such as Web Summit and FT conferences. Ms. Seebohm holds a BA in international business management from the Cardiff University.
Since 2002, Stacey Bendet is the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of Alice + Olivia, a contemporary fashion brand based in New York City. She is also the Founder of Creatively since May 2020, a networking platform for the creative industry, and co-founder of the #ShareTheMicNow movement since 2020, which was created in an effort to help amplify Black women’s voices.
New York native Ms. Bendet founded Alice + Olivia in 2002 with the quest to create the perfect pair of pants. The brand was an immediate success, and shortly after its launch, Theory founder Andrew Rosen joined as a partner. Since then, the company has grown into a full contemporary lifestyle brand, including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags, accessories, and eyewear, all while empowering women with the company run by women, for women.
In 2020, Ms. Bendet cofounded Creatively, a networking platform to help people in creative industries connect and find job opportunities. Creatively champions and connects the world’s creative community through best-in-class portfolios, collaborative features, and opportunities in a world where remote work will be more part of our lives than ever before. Most importantly, it is designed by creatives, for creatives, to be a place to showcase work and connect authentically, and for companies and brands to discover amazing talent.
Full-time Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director, Ms. Bendet is also a wife and mother of three daughters who makes supporting charity endeavors a priority in her personal and professional activities. She is a member of the board of trustees of New York-based GOOD+ Foundation, a foundation that provides essentials for children of families in need, she supports Ronald McDonald House since, which offers assistance to the families of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and she is also a member of the board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania since. Ms. Bendet holds a BA in French and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.