Editor’s note: Check out Paul Rabil’s new podcast below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes! This week, #99 is diving deep into the mind of sports and business professional, Isaiah Kacyvenski.
When he was 9, he set a goal for himself to play in the NFL. He hung up a sign in his room that read, “let no one outwork you today.” After 9 successful seasons in the NFL, Isaiah Kacyvenski entered into his second career, entrepreneurship.
Isaiah earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and is now the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab. Previously, he was one of the first employees to join early stage startup, Mc10 Inc., a cutting-edge conformal electronics company, as their Global Head of Business Development. He’s an investor in, and advisor to, several companies in technology, sports, biotech, consumer, media and sports medicine.
“Working hard, and aligning that work ethic with your passion is an unbelievable thing.”
Isaiah grew up in poverty. He struggled to find his identity, especially with a volatile parental upbringing. During some of his teen years, he was homeless. An incredible success story, Isaiah’s both a fascinating and inspiring individual.
Welcome to Suiting Up Podcast, where I interview athletes, media executives, team owners, and other key stakeholders about the duality of the modern professional athlete, their startup investing appetite, other strategic investments, NewCos, social media influencing, creative marketing and digital strategy. Today’s athlete, whether active or retired, is continuously redefining what it means to be a professional on and off the field.
Here’s my interview with NFL Linebacker and Harvard Business School Graduate, Isaiah Kacyvenski:
Suiting Up is an interview style podcast featuring lacrosse star and entrepreneur, Paul Rabil. Rabil, a 2x Major League Lacrosse MVP, splits his time between the gym and office, where he manages an OTT subscription platform and an event company, directs his foundation focused on learning differences and oversees a lengthy investment portfolio. This balancing act has become the new norm for athletes who seek to strike while the iron is hot both on the field and in the boardroom and it’s a challenge that requires more than just good time management. This podcast will explore the playbook of tools, technologies and strategies that athletes use to succeed.