TMZ reported this Sunday morning, Kobe Bryant (former NBA player, and co-founded Los Angeles VC firm, Bryant Stibel) died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California – Calabasas is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and in the northwest Santa Monica Mountains.
Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. TMZ
The retired NBA star unveiled his venture-capital fund back in 2016 with Jeff Stibel, a $100 million vehicle for investing in technology, media and data companies. WSJ
Bryant Stibel was founded in 2013 to provide strategy, capital, and operational support to businesses with a focus across technology, media, and data. The Bryant Stibel platform is unique in that it combines the creative vision of Kobe Bryant, one of the world’s most well-known and respected sports icons, with Jeff Stibel, a proven market-driven operator and serial entrepreneur, alongside a team of proven public and private company senior management operating partners at Stibel & Co. The team has extensive experience operating technology and data-driven businesses, as well as deploying capital out of its core platforms, Bryant Stibel Growth Equity, Bryant Stibel Ventures, and Bryant Stibel Value.