Kingpins Night at Bowlmor

InSITE is one of my favorite organizations in the NYC tech community. They bring together graduate students at various schools around NYC (business, law, engineering, computer science, design and PhD and post doctorate programs in natural sciences and medicine) together for a two year program designed to get these talented people deeply engaged in the NYC startup community.

InSITE has been expanding a lot in the past few years and they are working to fund that expansion. That's where Kingpins Night at Bowlmor comes in. Advertised as "New York City’s first and only startup bowling competition. It is a fundraiser and friendly competition for the entrepreneurial community in NYC." It happens on April 15th, tax day, at 7pm at Bowlmor in the Union Square neighborhood.

When the InSITE folks told me about Kingpins at the talk I did last week, I immediately promised to buy a lane and compete. I then explained that while I am a terrible bowler, I can throw a strike between my legs. Asked to demonstrate, I did, forgetting that I was on video. This GIF resulted which I am most certainly going to regret. But it is too good not to share.

[click on the image to see the GIF in action. i will try to figure out how to embed a GIF here]


It may take me all night of trying to throw that strike between my legs, but try I will. I hope to see you there on April 15th at 7pm for some fun and a good cause. If you or your company wants to get a lane, go here to reserve one.


Comments (Archived):

  1. Dave Pinsen

    Yeah, you’ll regret that. But, as you say, it’s for a good cause.

  2. Emi Gal

    Great marketing, right there. They’re going to sell out just by you posting that one gif.

  3. Cam MacRae

    Regret? Bah. Choose your own adventure: Stuffy financier or kickass VC.

  4. takingpitches

    Haha. Good sport!

  5. aminTorres

    haha, priceless! I thought you were a lefty?

    1. fredwilson

      nope. righty all the way

  6. Jan Schultink

    Ha! Animated GIFs have made it to AVC

    1. fredwilson

      but i dont know how to correctly embed them in typepad

  7. Barry Nolan

    LMAO! Love it!

  8. Brian Cohen

    Fred,Couldn’t agree with you more about InSite! Paul T. and his amazing InSite “Fellows” have been an important part of the New York Angels support team (Future Angels Program) for many years.Sponsoring a lane sounds like Strikingly (bad pun I know) good idea!

  9. Brandon Burns

    LMFAO! I’m not sure if I should give you props for having the balls to post that, or props for being smart enough to know it was going to make its way to the internet sooner or later so you might as well control the joke.Either way, many props. Totally made my day. :o)

    1. fredwilson

      when you know you are going to be outed, out yourself

  10. andyswan

    Fuck it, Dude, let’s go bowling.

    1. fredwilson

      let’s do it.

  11. William Mougayar

    Inspired by the “Between the legs” basketball move! I think you would be a basketball player if you weren’t a VC.Priceless animation!

  12. Carl Rahn Griffith

    This is the new Gangnam Style!

  13. Matt A. Myers

    Just showed the gif to the two friends I’m sitting with.

  14. Richard

    Fred, Seems like every month i come across a multi-million dollar grant awarded by the NSF to fund an entrepreneurship within a university. Below are a few examples. Why is so much $ needed to teach entrepreneurship?The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $10 million grant over five years to launch a national STEP Center based at Stanford University for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering. Directed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering, the new national center addresses the critical need for innovative and entrepreneurial engineers across the United States. STVP’s key partner on this initiative is the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).The “I-Corps Node: NSF Bay Area Regional I-Node Program” is one of three new Innovation Corps (or I-Corps) Nodes that the NSF is establishing across the United States, the NSF announced yesterday, Feb. 21, 2013. The goal of I-Corps is to increase the impact of NSF-funded research by setting up innovation ecosystems within universities that will train the next generation of entrepreneurs, encourage partnerships between academia and industry, and commercialize science and technology. The resources of the program are available to NSF principal investigators and their graduate students, as well as local and national startups.

    1. andyswan

      Because there are a lot of failed entrepreneurs that want jobs teaching.

      1. Richard

        Yep, aka The Academic Industrial Complex

  15. John Best

    I have to ask – how did you discover this skill?

    1. fredwilson


      1. John Best

        Of course 🙂

  16. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Sharing this. Definitely. 🙂 Wish I could attend!

  17. andyidsinga

    alternate caption:”i dont always bowl, buy when i do i throw them between my legs” — the most interesting vc in the world.

  18. William Mougayar

    What continues to amaze me about the NYC tech system is they differentiate themselves from Silicon Valley by being more creative and effective with on-the-ground programs and initiatives like InSITE, ASE, NYC Tech Meetup, etc…Silicon Valley may have more economies of scale with lots of everything from engineers to startups to founders and VC’s, but when you’re not Silicon Valley, you’ve got to be more focused and make every initiative count, especially if they are designed to close the gaps, fills the voids or improve weaknesses.This lesson applies to any community that’s building a startup ecosystem. Make every community activity count for advancing your ecosystem forward cc: @bfeld

    1. fredwilson

      “Avis, we try harder”

      1. William Mougayar

        Yes! (and have to try to be smarter)

  19. JamesHRH

    I love the positioner: “New York City’s first and only startup bowling competition.”Really? I just assumed there were 10 or 11 startup bowling competitions to choose from!The promo is awesome and the diversity of the people in the program must create a fantastic dynamic.#jealousy

    1. Paul Sanwald

      James I’m pretty sure there are 10 or 11 ping pong leagues to choose from. not sure about bowling but every startup except for mine seems to be engaged in nightly ping pong tournaments against fellow startups.

  20. Richard

    bowling: an early social network. Has anyone bought a bowling ball in the last 10 years?

    1. JaredHoughton

      Just got mine drilled to fit last week. I’ll be attempting the “Wilson-between-the-legs” tomorrow in my league.

  21. Andy

    I just cracked up at my desk.

    1. fredwilson


  22. RichardF

    I don’t know much about bowling but I’m sure JLM will be along to give you some pointers on the rodeo technique that you seem to be employing…Good excuse to go and buy a nice pair of bowling shoes too.

  23. Nisha

    First-rate reason to go plus buy a pleasant pair of bowling shoes too.

  24. Donna Brewington White

    You are right. This is too good not to share.Impressive agility. Yoga is paying off, I see.

    1. fredwilson

      i am actually making great progress in yoga. i can do things today that i could not come close to doing a year ago

  25. ShanaC

    Avoiding…I don’t want the lot of you knowing exactly how klutzy I can be 🙂

  26. John Revay

    was that fred sporting a Galaxy S4 while he was bowling that strike?

    1. fredwilson

      no, i am using a nexus 4

  27. Rich Belsky

    Fred,Very excited to read of InSITE’s startup bowling competition; what a great idea. In related news, after several years of development and a huge funding boost by Tony Hsieh and the Vegas Tech Fund, we recently launched Rolltech bowling, a tech startup in the bowling space. (Yes, I said “bowling space”). We are a quantified self mobile and web application, providing real-time scores, stats and performance data, as well as gamification and multi-player challenges. Bowling is experiencing a resurgence, and we are changing the way the worlds’ 100 million + bowlers play and interact with the sport. Perhaps there’s a way for InSITE and Rolltech to work together for the event? More on us here: and here: The app is available for iOS (Android soon) and on the web here: I’m reaching out to InSITE as well but would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

    1. fredwilson


  28. Richard

    Fred, are describing a reverse spin hook ? Pretty impressive!

    1. fredwilson

      kind of

  29. Abdallah Al-Hakim

    First time I hear about insite bit it sounds absolutely amazing. Having comes from a background of a PhD in life science, I can attest to how disjointed the scientific community is even within itself but more so with other fields. I wish this was around during my days as I think it is extremely valuable

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  31. fredwilson

    the harlem shake is great but i think it will soon be over, like gangam style