The Golden State Warriors are not only the most dominant team in the NBA. They’re also arguably the most forward-thinking franchise in all of professional sports, writes Zac Glover for Forbes magazine.
Since 2010, the reigning NBA champions have been led by an ownership group of venture capitalists, technologists, and businessmen that includes Chad Hurley, a 1995 Twin Valley High School graduate and co-founder of YouTube.
“The (Warriors’) owners have set the tone for a culture that accepts technology and encourages innovation,” writes Glover. “The adoption of the Silicon Valley mindset has proven to be fruitful as the Warriors have become one of the best teams in the NBA.”
Hurley, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a former PayPal employee, co-founded YouTube, the video-sharing company, with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in 2005. A year later, the trio sold YouTube to Google for $1.65 billion in stock.
“(These) forward-thinking owners try to give their team an advantage by adopting and implementing technology before their competitors,” writes Glover. “They seek out advancements in sports analytics, player performance, and fan engagement technology. Some go as far as building state-of-the-art arenas from the ground up to have complete control of the game-day experience.”
Hurley’s own athletic exploits are rather impressive, as he helped lead the Twin Valley cross-country team to the 1994 state championship.
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