Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ShotTracker co-founders Davyeon Ross and Bruce Ianni answer The Pitch's questionnaire

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click to enlarge Bruce Ianni (left) and Davyeon Ross, co-founders of ShotTracker - SABRINA STAIRES
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  • Bruce Ianni (left) and Davyeon Ross, co-founders of ShotTracker

Hometown
Ross: Trinidad and Tobago
Ianni: Cleveland

Current neighborhood
Ross: Overland Park
Ianni: Mission Hills

What I do (in 140 characters)
Ross: Entrepreneur. Every day brings an opportunity to be creative, innovate and solve complex problems.
Ianni: I date my wife, Maria; do Crossfit at Boot Camp Fitness at 6 a.m. M-F (when I am in town); help coach my son's fifth grade St. Ann football team and his twin sister's basketball team.

What's your addiction?
Ross: Basketball, golf and tech
Ianni: Carbohydrates

What's your game?
Ross: Hoops and 7 a.m. standing tee times on Saturday mornings with my boys.
Ianni: Basketball

What's your drink?
Ross: Macallan 12 or 18
Ianni: Half a beer

Where's dinner?
Ross: Capital Grille, Kona Grill or Nick and Jake's, depending on how I'm feeling.
Ianni: If it's not my wife's amazing cooking, then it's Il Centro.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... "
Ross: Building Sprint Center. More than an iconic structure, it represents the best Kansas City has to offer: diversity, entertainment, sports and economic opportunity.
Ianni: Google Fiber came to town.

"Kansas City screwed up when ... "
Ross: The Kansas City Kings of the NBA bolted for greener pastures. We lost a bit of luster as a "major league" city.
Ianni: The city became so segregated. Cleveland is my hometown, and it's one of the most integrated cities in the country.

"Kansas City needs ... "
Ross: Swagger - and to own it.
Ianni: Google Fiber for business.

"In five years, I'll be ... "
Ross: Coaching my kids' basketball team, practicing father-daughter routines and steps for dance recitals - and semiretired.
Ianni: Smarter, stronger, wiser, kinder and more loving.

"I've been known to binge-watch ... "
Ross: Suits, Law & Order, Covert Affairs and the Golf Channel.
Ianni: Homeland and 24.

"I can't stop listening to ... "
Ross: Dancehall, hip-hop and Lionel Richie (reluctantly).
Ianni: Prince.

"I just read ... "
Ross: The Sports Gene and Venture Deals.
Ianni: Venture Deals by Brad Feld. It's a must-read for every entrepreneur looking to raise capital.

What's the best advice you ever got?
Ross: You can't score if you don't shoot.
Ianni: Was from my dad, "Easy work, hard results. Hard work, easy results!"

My sidekick?
Ross: Shani, Beckham and Tatum
Ianni: My son, Mack, and daughters, Isabelle and Matia. They are so cool, and I love them so much.

My dating triumph/tragedy?
Ross: My dating triumph resulted in the birth of two amazing, wonderful souls, Beckham and Tatum. I'm proud to be their daddy.
Ianni: Maria Brazil, who is now Maria Ianni. Smart. Hot. Kind. Loving. Faith-filled. Supportive. Heaven sent! Anybody who knows her knows what I am talking about.

Your brush with fame?
Ross: Leading the NAIA in field-goal percentage in 2000.
Ianni: When I was 8 years old, I found a buried treasure in my backyard!

What was the last thing you had to apologize for?
Ross: In 2012, I vowed to put up Christmas lights before Thanksgiving.
Ianni: Telling my son, Mack, to stop being an ass. That really hurt his feelings.

Who's sorry now?
Ross: I'm sorry and will be freezing my ass off this weekend so I can keep my word.
Ianni: I still am. Mack is only 10.

A recent triumph?
Ross: Launching ShotTracker.
Ianni: Jumping off the cliff again to start ShotTracker.

ShotTracker is a wrist sensor, net sensor and an app combo that charts basketball players' attempts, makes and misses in order to improve the players' shots. The deadline to preorder ShotTracker is December 12. See more at shottracker.com.

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