Ryan Nece: Bucking the Trend

Ryan Nece’s journey to becoming a Venture Capitalist is unlike any we’ve ever seen. As a former NFL linebacker, Ryan defied the odds to become successful after retiring from the professional sports world. Now, he is the Managing Partner at Next Play Capital, founder of the Ryan Nece Foundation, and co-founder at StraightCast Media.

Throughout this episode, Ryan shares how he bucked the trend, refusing to undergo extreme financial stress like many other retired athletes. Instead, he treats business like a team sport, acknowledging that he’s only as good as those he surrounds himself with. Ryan breaks down what motivates him to pursue venture capital, how he evaluates the founders whom he invests in, and how he believes more founders from minority communities can get the funding they need to scale.

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