Venture Capitalists take Sports Interests and Hobbies Seriously
By Vishakha Singh
Sports remain a popular past time in today’s society and it is also an interest of venture capitalists. Whether the interest in sports involves participating in the sport itself, buying interest in a sports team, or just regularly watching others participate, sports is an important part of many people’s lives, including those venture capitalists that have shown they can succeed in their business ventures and reach financial goals.
Those people who are successful in business and investments believe in spending some of their profits to feed their interests and hobbies. Having worked hard for their success and accomplishments, they believe in taking time to relax and unwind. Their investments and business ventures clearly show how much they enjoy competition, so they may as well take that competitive streak to the race tracks, waters, or sports fields.
Enjoying a competitive challenge, most venture capitalists are sports minded. They like to take on a challenge much like the challenging and exciting rules of polearmball, venture capitalists like to take on the leadership role and conquer the challenges they must face.
Well known venture capitalist Tom Perkins is also known for his love of the water and motor sports. He penned a book about his pre-World War II sports car collection, which he titled Classic SUPERCHARGED Sports Cars. His collection includes supercharged vehicles, such as Bugattis, Mercedes, and Alfa Romeos.
With an extensive car collection and a magnificent yacht, he takes the time to enjoy the things he loves most. He is also known for his lifelong love of sailing; Perkins is actively involved in the Leukemia Cup Regatta, which has raised more than a million dollars for leukemia and cancer research.
Perkins, who was one of the founders of the leading venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, started his career at Hewlett-Packard as the first general manager of the company’s computer divisions. He later started University Laboratories which merged into Spectra-Physics before entering the venture capital field.
Perkins’ hobby has actually caused him some troubles in the past, considering that in 1996 he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter following a yacht racing collision in France. He was forced to pay a $10,000 fine.
Now 81, Perkins remains active in business and continues to stay focused on his hobbies. Just in 2011, he purchased a Japanese fisheries training vessel then had it converted to an adventure yacht, which he named “Dr. No.”
The yacht carries a “Deep Flight” submarine, which was made by Hawkes Ocean Technologies. He has even set up a Web site for the boat which has links to video documenting encounters with Humpback whales at depth in Tonga. These are believed to be the first of such encounters, so it is obvious Perkins wants to remain active in many things, including his hobbies and interests.
With a net worth of $2.7 billion, 61-year-old John Doerr is also a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. He got his start in business as a salesperson at Intel, then switched over to his current place of employment in 1980.
Doerr currently serves on multiple boards of directors, including Google, Essence Healthcare, Flipboard, FloDesign Wind Turbines, iControl, mCube, Renmatix, Quantumscape, Bloom Energy, Amyris Biotech, and Coursera. He co-founded and serves on the board of directors for New Schools Venture Fund, which is a charter schools and education reform fund.
The venture capitalist remains active in a variety of businesses and also takes on community service projects. He is known for his work with education and environmental protection groups. He also is active in the political world and for his continuing work and financial contributions to the Democratic Party.
Despite his huge mountainside mansion, Doerr is known to enjoy time in his GulfStream RV, and has mentioned he enjoys camping and other outdoor adventures, such as hiking. Thus, he often ties his love of outdoor activities in with his environmental activism causes.
Adam R. Dell
A 43-year-old businessman with many interests, Adam Dell started his career as a corporate attorney before joining Enterprise Partners, a capital firm in California. Currently a partner at Austin Ventures, Dell also teaches a course at Columbia Business School and is a visiting professor at University of Texas School of Law. Dell’s profiles frequently refer to his interest in sports, although a specific sport is not indicated or identified.
Josh Kopelman, 42, travels between New York, Silicon Valley, and Philadelphia to check out Web startups before they kick off. The founder of First Round Capital has many interests, including enterprise software, ecommerce, finance, and consumer technology. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he founding Half.com during his sophomore year of college then sold it to eBay a year later for $350 million.
He has offered some advice to young investors, “Your mind is never off--it's like sports, a constant game.” With a competitive sports minded attitude, its is no wonder that Kopelman’s net worth continues to grow as he repeatedly invests in company startups.
Monica Dodi, of Los Angeles, Calif., is a multilingual new media entrepreneur who is known for building and launching successful global brands. She was co-founder of MTV Europe, and it became the channel with the fastest growth on the continent, covering 16 countries and breaking even in less than a year. She also served a stint as head of European licensing for Walt Disney/Europe.
After returning to the U.S. to help Warner Brothers introduce new television channels around the world, she was recruited to be CEO at AOL’s Entertainment Asylum, where she was responsible for launching what became the fastest growing entertainment spot on the Internet. She is currently a highly respected and sought after advisor to angel investors and remains an angel investor in new ventures that span the virtual world and social media.
Her sports interest roll back to her former career. She was a semi-pro soccer player for the New York Budweiser Eagles.
What is a Polearm?
As the popularity of Polearmball continues to grow, more business people are taking interest in the sport. Polearms have been an active part of history since the 14th century where they were used as weapons. A polearm usually has a wooden shaft and comes in a variety of forms, but usually has a blade. With the blade running perpendicular to its shaft, so it can be used in a chopping motion. Some polearms do contain spear points while others do not.
The polearm was one of the most common weapons used on European battlefields in the 14th and 15th centuries. Although they were never easy to maintain or make, they offered versatility and were simple to use by those with strong arms. These were actually used as the weapons of the common soldier, and could have been seen by the thousands out on the battlefield.
Polearmball Would be a Great Sport for Venture Capitalists
Polearmball would be a great sport for venture capitalists because it allows them time to get away from the stressful office world and participate in a sport that is unique and challenging. The revolutionary sport challenges and changes expectations about the way sports and role playing games work.. While the sport allows the opportunity to take on a role playing approach, the role playing is not essential to the athleticism of this competitive game.
In the game. the polearm is not used to fight battles, but instead, it is used as a hunting tool to obtain the goods needed for the village, and thus, it is one item used by the warrior to kill the prey.
Polearmball stands alone as a sport and exemplifies a new category of role playing games. It can be labeled a role playing athletic team sport where role playing principles are not the rules themselves. The role playing in polearmball can be considered a theme that helps explain for what the rules stand. The skill sets in polearmball represent other things, but the symbolism in the game can be completely ignored. Polearmball is also unique because it requires skills different from any other sport currently being played.
According to The American Polearmball Association, Inc., “Polearmball is America’s premier polearm sport.” When used as a role playing game, players can create a warrior character and take on that role in the game. As a warrior, the player must acquire the goods his or her village needs to thrive and prosper, so it is the warrior’s job to acquire those goods and deliver them to the village with the help of team mates, who may also be known as tribe members. The catch? The enemy will need the same goods, so they are willing to kill so they can take those goods away and return to their village with them. It becomes a sport of survival in which the warrior can become a hero each time he supplies his or her village with goods. Venture capitalists are always up for a good challenge, so polearmball may be the perfect sport for them.