CNET: Want a VC deal? Go fly a kiteboard

CNET: Want a VC deal? Go fly a kiteboardBill Tai shares the beauty of merging networking with kiting and the growth of his annual Mai Tai Kite Camp in Maui, Hawaii.

Valley VCs and entrepreneurs have long mixed their sports and networking, just like other business executives. A large swath of Silicon Valley executives lean toward weekend bike-a-thons or days at the links, but a subset of the culture is drawn more toward risky sports like extreme skiing and windsurfing. Some in the industry say kiteboarding (and its cousin, snow kiting) are resonant of a faster-paced Web 2.0 tech environment.

"This sport attracts a certain early-adopter type with a bundle of energy and a lot of confidence. That personality set just happens to overlap with what makes a technology entrepreneur what they are," Tai said.

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