“You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”
With that mantra top of mind, Davyeon Ross has spent his technology career building and scaling companies and positioning them for exit. Known as an innovator, problem-solver, and catalyst for growth, Davyeon founded and built tech companies, raising more than $40 million in capital, and taken them from ideation through product development, market launch, and revenue realization.
In his current role as Co-founder & President of DDSports, Inc., Davyeon led the development of ShotTracker, a game-changing, sensor-based technology that provides basketball players, coaches and fans with real-time stats and analytics in practice and live games. He raised more than $40 million in Venture funding, including Magic Johnson and late NBA Commissioner, David Stern. In addition, he successfully negotiated contracts with the top seven basketball manufacturers in the world and deployed ShotTracker at over 100 locations worldwide. During his tenure, the company secured business and technology partnerships with Google, NBA, NCAA, Apple, ESPN, CBS, Turner, and other broadcast and media organizations.
Prior to founding DDSports, Davyeon was recruited by Accelerated Vision as Chief Product Office and Chief Information Officer. In that role, Davyeon built the engineering team and led development of the company’s Accelerated Vision Outcomes Analysis Platform and service offering, including strategies around market analysis, sales support, clinical trials, and product commercialization.
From 2007 to 2011, Davyeon was CEO and President of Digital Sports Ventures, a video syndication platform company he founded, built, and positioned for acquisition by Digital Broadcasting Group. Davyeon created partnerships that led to content distribution across 600 publishers and explosive growth from 65,000 to 1,500,000 videos per day in 45 days. The portfolio of publishers included The Miami Herald, USA Today, The Detroit News, The McClatchy Co., and The Seattle Times, among many others.
Davyeon was Management Consultant and Tech Lead for Evergance from 2003 to 2007 and began his career with Sprint PCS, where he was rapidly promoted through the ranks from Software Engineer to Team Lead, Technical Lead, and Software Engineer III.
Sharing his leadership acuity in the Kansas City community is a priority for Davyeon. He is on the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County (ECJC), a non-profit organization connecting entrepreneurs with resources they need to grow and scale, as well as financial education, support, affordable workspace, and mentoring. He is also on the Board of NBKC, one of the premier banks in Kansas City, and a member of ShotTracker’s board and the Board of Directors of Benedictine College. He is a past Board member and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Co-Chair of KC Rising, where he partnered with Ron LeMay, former President and COO of Sprint and Founder of Open Air Ventures on innovation and entrepreneurship strategies impacting Kansas City. From 2015 to 2018, Davyeon was a member of the Board of Directors of Farmobile, where he focused on product development, technology, new business strategy, capital raising, and market development in the agriculture domain.
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, Davyeon left Trinidad in 1996 on a full basketball scholarship where he was a four-year starter, captain and letterman for Benedictine College's basketball team while leading the nation in field goal percentage his senior year. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and later earned his MBA from Mid-America Nazarene University. Davyeon has led product development teams in creating many industry-first products, including 28 patents filed and 19 issued. He has been recognized by Ingram’s Magazine in its “20 in Their Twenties” (2008) and again in their “40 Under 40” feature (2019).
The Drivers Behind ShotTracker’s Accelerated Growth
Moderator: Chris Smith, Staff Writer, Sports Business Journal