THE SHOW: Why Startup is Like Being an NFL Quarterback

Episode 3.1 featuring 49ers QB Thad Lewis





This episode features a very special guest and extremely cool human being: San Francisco 49er quarterback and entrepreneur Thad Lewis. Aside from being a working NFL QB, Thad founded TL9 for his future after football and as a way to give back to the system that got him where he is. He's not alone as an athlete entrepreneur, and that's because there are a ridiculous number of parallels between sports and startup. We start covering them here.

Thad is funding TL9 himself. He's also overseeing all production, marketing the company -- hell, he's even shipping hats himself at the moment. You need to go to thadlewis.com and buy a hat, if just because Thad will be the one sending it to you.

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But Thad doesn't want to just be another athlete with a clothing line. He wants TL9 to be self-sustaining, and his profits will, in part, go back to programs to help kids get the training and the experience they need to be whatever they dream they can be -- in sports, technology, arts, education, whatever.

Something really crazy and awesome happens within these episodes. Thad had as many questions for us about startup as we had for him about life as an athlete. We all have athletics in our background, and Thad has startup in his blood. That's not a big surprise. That same drive that takes an athlete past ordinary and into excellence is the same drive that takes an entrepreneur from hobbyist to founder.


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