When former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant asked to meet Sacca to learn more about investing in the tech industry, Sacca wasn't interested. He thought Bryant was just another celebrity feigning interest in start-ups.
To his surprise, the five-time NBA championship winner was serious. Obsessively serious.
"For the next few months, my phone never stopped buzzing in the middle of the night. It is Kobe, reading this article, checking out this tweet, following this guy, diving into this TED Talk, diving into the Y Combinator Demo Day stuff," Sacca says. "And I'm getting these texts at like literally 2 or 3 in the morning.
"My wife is like, 'Are you having an affair with Kobe Bryant? What is happening here?'"
Sacca revealed that the dedication struck him.
"He was bringing the same obsessive work ethic to learning about startups that he does to training, to rehab, to his thousand makes a day, to everything," Sacca says. "I ended up actually becoming really enthralled by him because this is a very unique personality type that I only kind of see in some of our very best entrepreneurs."
Sacca should know: investing in start-ups has helped land him a net worth of $1.2 billion.