Zack O'Malley Greenburg with Chris Lyons - A-List Angels (Zoom Livestream)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:00pm

Wednesday, April 1, 5:00pm • Zoom Livestream Event

Chris Lyons and Zack O'Malley Greenburg: A conversation on the collision of Silicon Valley with the worlds of sports and entertainment—and how venture capital can be used create generational wealth for groups that haven't had a seat at the table until now • Please use the free registration link below to receive your Zoom webinar invite

Superstars from Ashton Kutcher to Beyoncé to Jay-Z are among the firmament who've found a new formula for monetizing fame, bartering credibility and connections in exchange for early (and often discounted) access to the world’s most coveted investment opportunities. This diverse group changed the face of venture capital while amassing portfolios packed with companies like Airbnb, Spotify, and Uber. But how did two once-dissonant universes—Silicon Valley and Hollywood—become intertwined?

Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg told the first chapter of Kutcher’s transformation for the magazine’s cover story in 2016. Now he offers a lively, page-turning account of how this motley crew of talent managers, venture capitalists, and celebrities helped the creative class forge a brand-new blueprint for generational wealth. Through extensive reporting and exclusive interviews with more than 100 key players—including Shaq, Nas, Joe Montana, Sophia Bush, Steve Aoki, Tony Gonzalez, and dozens of behind-the-scenes power brokers—Greenburg sheds light on the unlikely group that fundamentally transformed the value of celebrity.

Zack O'Malley Greenburg is the senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and the author of 3 Kings, Empire State of Mind, and Michael Jackson, Inc. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Billboard, Vibe, McSweeney's, and Sports Illustrated. Zack has served as an expert source for NPT, BBC, MTV, and CBS's 60 Minutes; as a speaker, he has appeared at SXSW, CES, TEDx, Harvard, and Yale.

Chris Lyons is currently leading the Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) at Andreessen Horowitz. The goals of the CLF are to connect the great cultural leaders to the best new technology companies, and also enable more African Americans to enter the technology industry. Chris was previously Chief of Staff at Andreessen Horowitz, working closely with Ben Horowitz; founder of restaurant technology startup PictureMenu; and also worked with Jermaine Dupri at SoSo Def as a music producer and engineer. He is a Kauffman Fellow graduate (Class 19); advisor to New Story Charity and The Black Economic Alliance; and member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

A-List Angels: How a Band of Actors, Artists, and Athletes Hacked Silicon Valley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316485081
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 10th, 2020

How Hollywood cashed in on the latest tech boom-and changed the face of Silicon Valley.