52 minutes | Jul 13th 2020

Josh Childress: Create as Much Impact as You Can

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The venture capitalist and former NBA journeyman, Josh Childress, spoke with host Michael Redd about his winding path from Compton to Stanford, the NBA, and beyond, why he went back to college (twice) after pro sports, and his passion for real estate, investing, and community redevelopment.

"I wanted to shift from receiving checks to writing them.’" – Josh Childress

Josh was a standout basketball star in high school and college – named a McDonald's High School All-American, AP first-team All-American, Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year, and the Pac-10 Conference Tournament MVP as a junior at Stanford in 2004 – who was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.

He has played in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, and New Orleans Pelicans, and traveled the globe playing professional basketball for teams in Greece, Australia, and Japan.

Childress, after being waived by the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, enrolled back at Stanford and graduated with his degree in sociology in August 2013. He is currently enrolled in a Masters program in Real Estate at Georgetown.

His over 10 years experience as a venture capitalist and real estate investor, and his passion for community building and philanthropy, led him to co-found LandSpire Group, an LA-based “...real estate investment fund that revitalizes communities of color that were once defined by small businesses, livable-wage jobs, and a thriving middle class.”

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In this episode Michael and Josh talked about

  • Josh’s trailblazing journey from pro basketball to successful businessman
  • When Michael and Josh both realized a desire to leverage their influence to give back to the community
  • How dealing with adversity early on drove Josh to succeed
  • Why Josh turned down a $35M NBA deal to play basketball in Greece
  • On going from the pro level as an athlete to a novice venture capitalist
  • The critical importance of mentors and giving back
  • And more!

To ask a question, read the transcript, or learn more, visit MichaelRedd.com.


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