Warriors’ Stephen Curry ends up being equity partner in drink business

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Warriors' Stephen Curry becomes equity partner in beverage company

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Stephen Curry is making financial investments while he awaits his go back to the basketball court.

The Golden State Warriors guard stated on Thursday that he completed an equity collaboration with Oxigen, a drink business that makes a premium water that’s expected to help in muscle healing. Terms of the offer were not divulged, however in 2017 the creator of the business, Blair Bentham, used 20% of the business to financiers throughout a $13 million Series A round.  

In an interview with CNBC, Curry stated the business lines up “with brands and partners that I truly believe in.”

The previous National Basketball Association MVP will utilize his name, image and similarity to continue developing brand name awareness for Oxigen. He stated he desires “to make sure that people understand the benefits that the product brings to you beyond just the taste.”

Curry stated the “shift in mentality in terms of being health conscious and understanding your well-being is first and foremost and should be your priority – this (Oxigen) can be a huge catalyst in that for everybody.”

The water item, according to Bentham, concentrates on helping in reducing pain “faster than the body can do so on its own.” The business was established in 2014.

The beverage is readily available in 45,000 stores, consisting of the 7-11, CVS and Kroger chains.

“They recognized that it’s a unique product,” Bentham stated of the shops. Most rivals concentrate on pH balance and alkaline waters, he stated, keeping in mind that he does not anticipate to have comparable rivals on racks for a minimum of 24-36 months.

Bentham will pick a Series B financing round in the coming weeks. He stated there aren’t strategies to take the business public.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors increases for a shot on Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center on March 05, 2020 in San Francisco, California.

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Seeking equity offers

Curry, a self-described “water snob,” stated he did his research on Oxigen after a good friend presented him.

“There’s a lot of people who don’t know that not all water is made the same,” Curry stated. He’s been looking for equity-like offers over common recommendation arrangements for the last 3 years.

“You have to be strategic about it,” Curry stated of trying to find equity collaborations. “You have to have the right team in place to manage the future and those relationships.”

Over the last 9 months, Curry, who began the company SC30, has actually made financial investments in San Francisco-based tech company Mos and Guild Education, which is based in Denver. Guild Education assists Fortune 500 business such as Disney, Walmart, Yum Brands’ Taco Bell and Lowe’s use debt-free degrees to their staff members.

Curry credited previous NBA stars like Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal for leading the way and opening “up our minds to what’s possible” when looking for equity in arrangements. He encourages other professional athletes to do the exact same — recognize the worth of their name, image and similarity (NIL) and identify how they can assist construct business.

“We can be serious in this space,” Curry stated. “The reach that you have from the court to the boardroom in terms of being thoughtful about what makes you different than the next athlete and staying true to that, you can have a seat at these types of tables.”

“Basketball opens so many doors for us, and this can be opportunities that will live well beyond our playing days.”

Curry likewise talked with CNBC a bit about enjoying basketball from the sidelines throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The NBA resumed its season with a 22-group format in Orlando, Florida, on July 30 without the Warriors, who weren’t qualified. Curry stated the Disney bubble video games have actually been “fun to watch as a fan” and applauded his associates for continuing to bring awareness to “issues that still need attention and need changing.”

Curry stated enjoying opening night was “tough “as he missed out on the competitiveness however included he’s “watched more games start to finish than I have in a long time.”

His bro, Seth, bets the Dallas Mavericks. Curry stated he’s rooting for them as he waits for the Warriors’ return. He even stated he may sign up with the Mavericks’ virtual seats throughout video games.

“During the playoffs, when they get to the first round, I might be in there and wear my Dallas uniform and make everybody go crazy,” he stated.

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