IPO Edge hosted a fireside chat at the 2023 ICR Conference with the Chairman and Co-Founder of Professional Fighters League , an American mixed martial arts league. The in-person interview featured Chairman and Co-Founder Donn Davis, joined by IPO Edge Editor-in-Chief John Jannarone and Editor-at-Large Jarrett Banks. Watch the full recording below:
About The Professional Fighters League
The Professional Fighters League (PFL) presents MMA for the first time in the sport-season format where individual fighters control their own destiny, competing in a regular season, playoffs, and championship. PFL’s differentiated format and exciting fights sparked breakout growth for the league. PFL events are live in primetime on ESPN2, ESPN+ & ESPN Deportes.
About Chairman and Co-Founder, Donn Davis
Donn Davis is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Professional Fighters League and Founding Partner of Revolution. Donn is a proven investor, entrepreneur, and company-builder in media, digital, gaming, and sports. Together with Steve Case, he co-founded Revolution in 2005, a Washington DC based venture capital firm with $1.5 billion under management. Donn served as Managing Partner of the Revolution Growth funds, investing in disruptive media, digital, gaming, and sports companies such as DraftKings, Sportradar, CustomInk, BigCommerce, and Scopely. Donn is co-owner of Team Liquid, the most winning e-sports team in history and two-time ESPN e-sports Team of the Year. Previously, Donn served as Chairman and CEO of Exclusive Resorts, building the pioneering sharing economy company from start-up to market leader with over $1 billion of vacation home assets. Donn was a senior executive at America Online during the formative period of the consumer internet, including serving as the President/COO of the AOL Interactive Properties Group, where he managed 7 hyper-growth internet businesses and 1,000-person team. Donn was also the youngest member of the company-wide Operating Committee when AOL was a Fortune 50 Company. At age 29, Donn was named Chief Counsel to the beloved Chicago Cubs Baseball Team, where he was the youngest team attorney in Major League Baseball. Donn started his career at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, focused on media, sports, and technology M&A and financing transactions. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1985 with a BS in Finance and University of Michigan Law School in 1988. Donn created the course “Real Business” which has been taught for over a decade at his alma mater, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor. Donn and his wife of 25 years Sharon live in Great Falls, Virginia and have three children. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.