Double Agents: Zak Holdsworth

A new breed of hyperfit techies is taking over in the Bay Area. They launch startups and run ultras. They write code and race triathlons. They pitch ideas to VCs while kiteboarding. Sleep? Not so much.

Zak Holdsworth     Photo: Jake Stangel

Zak Holdsworth, 31, grew up about as far from Silicon Valley as you can get—on a sheep farm on New Zealand’s North Island, where he learned to surf at nearby Wanui Beach. After earning his MBA at Stanford, he worked at a venture-capital firm that helped fund WellnessFX, a startup offering sophisticated blood analysis for anyone looking to improve their health. Holdsworth was so taken with the concept that he became the company’s VP of business development. Now a CrossFit devotee and kitesurfer, he’s a strong advocate for mixing sports and business. “Training with people lowers barriers and allows for more authentic relationships,” he says.

Style Credits: Ludlow Italian chino jacket ($298) and Slim pants ($158) by J.Crew; Pinstripe Slim-Fit shirt by Gap ($60); Flux Glove Sport shoes by Merrell ($100); Orlando tie by Ben Sherman ($55); pocket square by Charter Club ($15)

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