The Second Reboot VC Bootcamp

On Saturday night I got on a plane and flew to the other side of the planet, where I am now. I’m in Melbourne, finishing my coffee, getting ready for one last meeting here before I fly with David Cohen to Adelaide for the day.

When I left, I had the voices and energy of 25 people in my head. Last Thursday evening was the beginning of the second Reboot VC Bootcamp at my house just outside Boulder.

Amy and I have a second house on our land, which we refer to as “the Carriage House” and the Reboot gang calls “Chez Feld.” The first floor is an event center that we use for non-profit events. The second floor was going to be a man cave, but my idea of a man cave is carrying my laptop around the house wherever Amy goes and sitting down next to her. The idea of hiding out from her a separate place has never made any sense to me so we turned the second floor into a retreat center which friends and companies in our portfolio are starting to discover and use, especially since it’s a lot less expensive (free) than renting a hotel conference room for the day – and a lot more pleasant.

About 20 VCs from around the world showed up for an intense four day experience lead by Jerry Colonna and his Reboot team. The website is understated about the experience.

“Over this long weekend with Jerry, Brad Feld and Team Reboot, we’ll work to uncover your authentic leadership style and teach practical skills for managing the array of feelings that can be triggered–all in the name of helping you become the best investor/board member/supporter you can be.”

To really understand it, read the following four posts from attendees of the second bootcamp.

I was a little sad to leave Saturday and not be part of everything, but reading each of these posts this morning made me very happy. It’s not just that “VCs are people too”, but that the 20 people who showed up in Boulder for four days opened themselves up completely as they each went down their own path of radical self-inquiry. Jerry and the Reboot team continue to amaze me (and many others) in their magical abilities around personal exploration and growth in a professional context (well – and a personal context.)

For everyone who showed up – thank you for coming and letting me be a part of it. As I sit here on the other side of the world with my soul gradually catching up with me from the jetlag, it’s powerful to ponder that we are all just bags of chemicals.

Also published on Medium.

  • Content in Context

    Hi Brad, thanks to you and David for being so generous sharing your time and insights at inspire9 last night – I hope you enjoyed your trip to Melbourne. I totally agree with what you are saying about “shining a light” on our local success. Despite the great work by Startup Victoria and others to build the local community over the past few years, it feels like there isn’t enough recognition or acknowledgment within the wider community. I myself blog about as many of the startups as I can (, but I would like to see greater engagement, especially among institutional investors. Any specific tips on how to bring the pension funds and asset managers into the tent?

  • Nikhil Basu Trivedi

    thank you so much Brad for helping make the Bootcamp so special

  • jerrycolonna

    Thanks to you, Brad, and everyone else for making the weekend so incredibly magical. Safe travels my friend.

  • No wonder you get knackered.

  • Tatiana Finkelsteyn

    Brad, can you please check the link for The Feminine Will Save Us? Can’t wait to read it given the title but it doesn’t open in IE or Chrome. Thanks!

  • Curious, just how 100 %, irrevocably, absolutely sure are you, down to the lowest depth of your gut, that we’re nothing more than a mere bag of chemicals? I see it as a paradigm held as a given (read unproven assumption) by the scientific community.

    • We could also be a machine simulation.

      • cavepainting

        Brad, Eastern traditions – particularly in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism – see the human body as just one of five layers. While the body is directly a function of the earth (from where the food comes and to which the body returns), there are other sheaths that are more subtle that surround it. More here if you are interested.

      • cavepainting

        The cycle of life and death is maybe like a video game with multiple levels, with entries and exits based on criteria that we really do not understand. How much of the game is determined by how we played in the past, and how much is self determination are questions that humanity has grappled with forever. We really do not know the larger purpose of our lives, what came before it and what lies after. But it is unlikely that it is a random occurrence without context.