Vivek Ranadivé, Sacramento Kings owner & chairman
Vivek Ranadivé is a technology entrepreneur who pioneered the use of real-time messaging software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. His software helped digitize Wall Street and became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” – his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place. He was inspired to leave his native India at 16 for Cambridge, Mass., where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and later an MBA at Harvard.
But you may know him better as the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. His love of basketball began when he coached his daughter’s middle school team, a success that was the inspiration for Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing their future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings are investing $1 billion in the downtown area and aiming to build “next great American city.”
The Sacramento Press Club welcomed Ranadivé just days before the official opening of the new Golden 1 Center, which was billed as the world’s smartest arena, powered 100 percent by solar energy and hopefully the key to a winning future on the court, too.
About the lunch:
Date: Thursday, September 29th
Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
RSVP deadline: Online registration has closed, but you can purchase entrance at the door.
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members