Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ultimate is Silicon Valley's Golf

Why Ultimate Frisbee Is So Popular In Silicon Valley [Business Insider / 10.18.14]

Text from the article:
If golf is the go-to pastime for traditional business people, Ultimate Frisbee is the activity of choice for many in Silicon Valley. It has both a professional league and many devoted hobbyists.

"I really think Ultimate resonates with the mentality of entrepreneurs. It's a very dynamic, fast-paced game," Peter Nieh, a venture capitalist at Lightspeed Venture Partners, tells Business Insider. "Players are called on to use a bunch of skills at once, just like our companies have to have a number of skills to succeed. You have to be able to sprint, but you have to have endurance as well."


"Silicon Valley is a hotbed of Ultimate Frisbee," Lloyd told the Silicon Valley Business Journal. "One of the things that is interesting to me is that it is a sport that has a different kind of player. These aren't your big lumbering football players. A lot of them are techies and media folks."

But most ultimate aficionados aren't playing professionally. There are plenty of pick-up games to choose from in Silicon Valley. One, called the Greer Pick-up Game, is the longest-running year-round Ultimate pick-up game in the country. It was founded in 1983. 

For Nieh and other people on the Silicon Valley tech scene, playing in Ultimate pick-up games are a great way to get to know new people. 

"We usually interact with our portfolio companies at an executive level, but this gives us another forum to spend time with other people at the companies and get to know them," Nieh said. "I don’t go to ultimate to network; it’s just something that happens naturally as you’re hanging out with these people all the time."

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