"I work in the startup/tech world and no one will argue that networking is important. However, I realized that all of the startup meetups fall into one of three categories: 1 - So early in the morning that no one is awake enough to have a stimulating conversation 2 - At a dark bar with a loud DJ making it impossible to actually talk 3 - Being given junk to eat and drink at someone's office.
I'd like to take the valuable parts of these meetups but change the setup entirely. I used to meet and connect with people really strongly from activities at a gym, or playing a team sport. So let's try that! I'd like to meet a bunch of people working on cool projects/companies, and play a fun and not overly-competitive sport together. While the intros we make at the beginning will spark interest in each other, it'll be the game play that actually create some kinships and a sense of communicating and working together. Not to mention we'd be getting exercise as opposed to the folks just meeting at the bar! I'm open to suggestions, but off the top of my head I think it'd be fun to meet once a week, and rotate what sport we play each week. Maybe to start, Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer? Let's try this!"