Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is doing great in his retirement and one of the things he wants to focus on is the development of children across the globe. In fact, he has invested in a Chinese company, VIPKID, which aims to give Chinese children a virtual North American elementary school experience.
During his retirement speech at the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award 2016, Bryant mentioned that his next dream is to be honored one day for inspiring our next generation to have a dream, sacrifice for it, and ?never ever rest in the middle.? And, he is certainly acting on his words as he invests in a company that wants to ensure the future of their youth.
VIPKID, as mentioned, wants to provide the North American elementary school experience to the Chinese children without even leaving their houses. ?Our sophisticated virtual classroom streams native English speaking teachers into Chinese homes, linking the world through education,? reads the description on their official website. Also, for those native English speakers who are interested to become part-time teachers, you should visit the site as they are looking for you to help them in their campaign.
Furthermore, it did not take long for Kobe Bryant to sign an investment with the company when he met the executives two months ago. He even mentioned that it only took him five minutes to listen before finally making up his mind.
?Their platform is changing things. It?s a no-brainer for me. We have to look for companies adding value to society, helping kids learn and grow and whether through education, nutrition,? the basketball icon said in an interview last week.
Meanwhile, aside from the Chinese company VIPKID, Bryant has already invested in 15 different tech and media companies together with his business partner Jeff Stibel. According to the Los Angeles Times, the duo announced on Monday that they pooled $100 million of their personal money for start-up deals.
?It?s about understanding what?s the purpose of its existence. If readers are reading a piece, are they internalizing information and looking at themselves in the mirror, and saying, ?This is what I can learn from this for my life??,? Bryant said regarding his perspective on technology.
Kobe Bryant is surely doing a lot off the court and these investments are the best way to take a quick look at it. What do you think he will do next? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.