With Maverick McNealy moving on to the professional ranks, it looks like his father, Scott, will have a bit more time on his hands. That’s a good thing for 18Birdies: The Silicon Valley legend is joining forces with the mobile golf app as a strategic advisor.
McNealy, who is routinely ranked as the top Fortune 500 CEO golfer, co-founded Sun Microsystems and is the current chairman of digital marketing platform Wayin.
“As long as I’ve been in the technology game, golf has been a part of my life for even longer, and I’ve had the great pleasure of passing the game onto my sons,” McNealy said.
“I want to see this game continue to grow, and 18Birdies has shown me they can connect with younger audiences and has grown its user base at an astonishing rate. I’m excited about the technology platform they are building that will make it even easier for people to manage their golf lifestyle.”
Since launching two years ago, 18Birdies has risen rapidly in the world of mobile golf apps. The social/gamification/tracking app has added more golfers than any other golf app in the last 12 months, recently surpassing 700,000 users.
“I’m so honored that a Silicon Valley legend like Scott is joining the team,” said 18Birdies founder and CEO, Eddy Lui. “He brings the perfect mix of passion for the game and entrepreneurial track record. I’m looking forward to having him on board as we scale the 18Birdies platform to bring technology to the forefront of the golf industry.”
In July, four-time major championship winner Ernie Els signed on as the company’s first investor.
“Too often, players lose the joy of the game in the number on a scorecard,” Els said in a company press release. “The 18Birdies team uses technology not only to improve game performance but to inspire the mental approach to the game. I’ve seen what their technology can do and believe in the continued innovation they are bringing to the golf experience.”