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Shane Battier joined the Yext board

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Retired American professional basketball player Shane Battier from Memphis Grizzlies, No. 15 Vince Carter (not pictured) during a press conference after winning the 2015-16 Twain-Stokes Team of the Year award before Game 3 of the 2016 NBA talking to the media. The final between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 8, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Former Miami Heat forward Shane Battier is taking his business away from the sport before expanding his leadership career at the National Basketball Association.

Battier, 42, joined the New York-based software firm Yext on Wednesday as a board member. Yecht is a company looking for artificial intelligence that offers brand data management and helps companies increase their digital presence. It has agreements with companies such as Verizon, Marriott and Samsung.

The yacht went public in 2017 and traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The market capitalization is about $ 1.8 billion.

“When you dive into the search world experience, you fall out of rabbit holes,” Battier told Acesparks in an interview on Thursday about his latest move. “It’s definitely a great technology and opportunity to seal my first work experience.”

“In the old days,” he added, “the search process was around ‘keywords.’ This technology is disappearing altogether, it’s a new idea to develop Yech, you really don’t have to. when you ask for something, you get answers to your questions. “

Battier said he will bring “team building” experience to Yacht, which he learned to play 13 seasons in the NBA. Duke University’s former stadium played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat teams, where he won two championships in 2012 and 2013.

Howard Lerman, CEO, Yext

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“I’ve been to places where cultures have changed – from a losing culture to a winning culture,” he said. “I know teams, and I know people, and sometimes technology. We’re so attached to data and the technology we’re developing, but we need people to execute.”

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Battier resigned as Heat’s vice president of analysis and basketball development in June. He is currently linked with front-office positions throughout the league, including the Utah Jazz, where former teammate Dwyane Wade is now co-author.

Battier did not reject the idea when asked if he would like to work on other basketball operations, but his main goal was to get his personal business out of the NBA.

“I’m going to erase the itch in my business right now,” Battier said. “Basketball will always be a huge part of my life. I will never say no to a return to official status … but right now I’m trying to present myself as a businessman.”

Battier earned $ 55 million during his career, According to Spotrac, the website tracks sports contracts. He described the investment method as “conservative” and added, “I haven’t experienced so many losses and misses that cost me so much”.

Shane Battier (31) of the Miami Heat will not be able to overtake Roy Hibbert in the basket in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at the AmericanA Airlines Arena in Miami.

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Battier is an independent board member of BOA Acquisition Corp. $ 200 million in February. SPAC on the New York Stock Exchange “BOAS.U.” trades under the sign. He also joined and personally invested in a “disruptive innovation fund” owned by a minority stake in South Korea’s Coupang e-commerce company. pasta brand “Banza“and lifestyle brand, Eastside Golf.

Battier says he wants to make his impact with an “impressive investment” – to succeed for entrepreneurs who are in the minority. “I think this is a great time to increase diversity, not only at the board level, but also at the founders and creators level,” he added.

Asked about his predictions in the NBA Finals, which will feature the Phoenix Suns for the first time since 1993, Battier said he would support the team. Another former teammate, James Jones, is the Suns vice-president for basketball.

“I read the stats that James Jones has played in eight of the last 10 NBA finals,” Battier said, recalling the Heat’s meetings with the Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. “Although, if the Hawks manage to do that, Grant Hill – it’s going to be very difficult. I support both guys.”


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