There has been an undeniable rise of celebrities and influencers investing in technology companies. Hollywood and Silicon Valley merge closer to one another year after year, fancy event after fancy event. Michael Morriatti has found himself at the intersection of entertainment and technology as an entertainment executive at WME and a prolific FinTech-focused angel investor. Morriatti has plenty to say about the two worlds with the launch of his new venture firm, Envisioned Capital.
Frederick Daso: You’ve spent the majority of your career as an entertainment executive in Hollywood, working with the likes of WME. When did you first get interested in tech companies and entertainment?
Michael Morriatti: I’ve always been fascinated with entertainment and technology ever since I could remember. I was turned onto the bright lights of Hollywood, watching the Lakers as a kid with my grandpa in the nineties seeing all The Who’s, whose court-side was a spectacle. From the time he came off the bench, Kobe Bryant was always my favorite player. I had an instinct from an early age that he would be one of the greatest.