Michael Spirito is a founding partner and lead investor for Sapphire Sport. Michael is currently a member of the board of directors at Aglet, Buzzer, Fevo, Flowhaven, and Overtime and an observer at GreenPark and MixHalo.
Previously, Michael led digital media and business development across the portfolio of 22 FOX regional sports networks. He joined YES Network beginning in 2006, helping build and ultimately sell the business to FOX for $3.8BN in 2014. While at YES, Michael was responsible for several initiatives including launching the first ever authenticated streaming product in U.S. sport.
Michael was a founding member of Time Warner Ventures in 2000, where he was responsible for the company’s investing focus on advanced digital video services. He began his career in the media and telecommunications investment banking group at Credit Suisse. Personally, Michael has served as an early stage investor in and advisor to Bonobos, Trunk Club, Tecovas, Billie, RotoQL, Drone Racing League, Overtime, Cargo and Boom.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, where he played football and baseball, with a bachelor’s in economics, and from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he played dodgeball and led the GSB Show, with an MBA. Michael was named to the Multichannel News 40-under-40 list in 2010 and is a two-time Emmy winner who enjoys reading, fitness and traveling. A native Rhode Islander, Michael splits time between New York and the Bay Area.
Disclaimer: The personal investments presented above are strictly representative of Mr. Spirito’s personal investment background, whereby Sapphire has no involvement or discretion related to the investment decisions made, nor does Sapphire claim to be responsible for, or own, any of the performance associated with such investments.
Aglet is a publisher and developer of sneaker-focused, location-based spatial commerce experiences for Gen-Z. Aglet was created to reimagine the commerce experience by fusing virtual and physical worlds and location-based gameplay.
CEO: Ryan Mullins
Buzzer is a mobile-first, notification-driven sports technology company that aims to be a leading unifier of the sports ecosystem for both fans and media rights holders. They’re defining a new category of short-form live sports content that provides fans with a curated experience and gives them the ability to discover the live moments that matter most.
CEO: Bo Han
Fevo enables “social commerce” by making it easier to bring people together to create unforgettable group live event experiences and to share e-commerce preferences. With a powerful payments technology and a smart approach, Fevo is revolutionizing how groups purchase and socialize their transactions.
CEO: Ari Daie
Flowhaven is the leading brand licensing management platform. Flowhaven enables licensing professionals to automate every phase of the brand licensing workflow process within a single solution, including planning and strategy, account and agreement management, content distribution, design approvals, royalty reporting and more.
CEO: Kalle Törmä
GreenPark Sports creates digital experiences and games for the new generation of sports and esports fans. Our flagship product is a native, free-to-play mobile game played over the top of sporting events, where fans battle to become the undisputed “Best Fans” of their league and season.
CEO: Ken Martin
Mixhalo is a real-time audio platform delivering a high quality, immersive experience for live events including concerts, conferences, festivals, sporting events, and anywhere people gather to hear content. Founded by Incubus lead guitarist Mike Einziger and his wife, internationally-acclaimed rock violinist Ann Marie Simpson, Mixhalo enables live event organizers to give audiences exactly what they came for, with real-time audio delivered directly to attendees’ own phones (via a free app) and headphones.
CEO: John Vars
mycujoo empowers sport federations, leagues and clubs to easily livestream their competitions and matches. By combining low costs of production with state-of-the art quality and technology, mycujoo enables the creation of a worldwide sports network of nano-communities at national, regional and hyper-local levels.
Acquired by ELEVEN (2020)
Overtime is the leading brand for the next generation of sports fans. They publish short and longform programming which generates over 1.5 billion views each month.
CEO: Dan Porter
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Sapphire Sport: Investing in the Future of Consumer ExperiencesThought Leadership / August 5, 2020
Sapphire Sport: Investing in the Future of Consumer Experiences