Kai BondPartner at Courtside Ventures
Kai Bond is a Partner at Courtside Ventures, the leading early-stage VC fund focused on sports, collectibles, wellness and gaming. They are backed by several professional sports team owners, public corporates, athletes and industry executives.
Since launching Courtside Ventures in 2016, they have invested in over 70+ companies globally, which are collectively valued at over $9B. Some notable investments include Beam (acquired by Microsoft), StockX, The Athletic (acquired by The New York Times), 100 Thieves, WinZO, Freeletics, FanCraze, and Paceline among several others.
Kai has two decades of experience working across VC funds, Fortune 100 enterprises and early-stage startups. Most recently, he was an Investor at Comcast Ventures, leading the gaming/esports investments for their flagship fund and also ran their Catalyst Fund ($20M fund focused on underrepresented founders).
Kai is a 3x founder who has launched startups in gaming and interactive media platforms. He was co-founder of SwitchGames, a marketplace for used video games. His second startup was incubated at Hatch Labs, where he held the dual role of General Manger for Hatch and was CEO of CashPlay Games. CashPlay was a gaming platform that matched chance-based games like slots, dice and roulette to a sweepstakes engine where users could win cash prizes. Hatch Labs was responsible for launching 6 mobile startups in gaming and media, including Tinder. His third startup, pixietv, was an interactive streaming platform that delivered custom content overlays to Smart TVs. pixietv was acquired by Samsung in 2014 where he then led the successful productization of pixietv globally. Prior, Kai has held product roles at Microsoft in mobile and gaming, corporate development at IAC and was an early member of the team at Gerson Lehrman Group. Kai is a repeat founder with deep expertise in gaming and interactive media.
Kai is a guest lecturer at Wesleyan University (Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship) and at Stanford GSB (Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations). In addition to these roles, Kai is a mentor at Sports Tech Tokyo, Techstars, Rough Draft Ventures, and Dorm Room Fund.
Kai is a graduate of Wesleyan University. He lives in Brooklyn and spends most of his time playing sports with his son Miles and in his spare time, can be found in the kitchen or in front of the grill, experimenting with new recipes.