Whenever you meet someone new, ask them "Are you a murderer?," and if they say "No!" you ask them "Do you play ultimate frisbee?" This is how you weed out bad people. But the dumbest game on two feet just got a big cosign by one of Silicon Valley's preeminent venture firms.
It's a natural fit, really: the San Jose Spiders, named after "an internet term for bots that crawl through the web and collect data for search engines," and Lightspeed Venture Partners. You see, ultimate frisbee, wherein adults run around throwing a frisbee, is a business metaphor:
"Lightspeed has a long history of backing extraordinary teams," said Peter Nieh, partner of Lightspeed. "We are thrilled to back the Spiders, a startup homegrown right here in Silicon Valley with some of the best players in the world." Nieh added "Lightspeed is also proud to support the sport of Ultimate which exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship: high energy, creativity and passion combined with great teamwork."
Startup founders and ultimate frisbee players also share a common lack of shame and self-awareness—and some people are both:
"Ultimate is a sport filled with players that work in technology and startups," explained Andrew Zill, owner of the Spiders. "For instance, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, WhatsApp co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum, Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky, and Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever are all Ultimate players. Lightspeed is at the center of the high technology and startup world, making them the ideal title sponsor."