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Let’s break the first rule.
After the movie Fight Club came out in 1999, it wasn’t long until actual fight clubs started popping up across the country. For the most part, they were filled with college kids slap-fighting in their parent’s garage, but in California there’s a much more unique Fight Club with much higher stakes.
Silicon Valley and the tech boom of the late ’90s and early ’00s lead to a lot of people making a lot of money very quickly. It took a certain type of personality. You had to be a risk-taker, you had to be aggressive, and you needed balls. Many of them soon learned that money doesn’t buy happiness. Punching people in the face buys happiness.
Fighting is one of the best ways to let off steam and to test yourself physically, something that simply doesn’t happen when you’re sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a day to buy things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like.
A group of Silicon Valley execs from companies like Google, Apple, and Yahoo got together to form The Gentleman’s Fight Club. See them in action on the next page.
“The fighting was a remedy to the cubicle existence. I get most of my serious injuries like backaches, wrist aches, neck aches, headaches, eye aches, sitting at the desk. I’d rather have a better story.”
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