We believe no founder can change the world alone. It requires a village around you to help you realize your full potential. We curate events to help you build a meaningful network. From intimate conversations with luminaries like Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt, to multi-day founder retreats, we cultivate a community of shared success among fellow entrepreneurs and investors.
Below are some of the transformative experiences our founders enjoy.
Conversations with Luminaries
The luminaries who back Village do so with their money and time. We regularly invite our luminaries like Sara Blakely, Reid Hoffman, Bob Iger, Ben Silbermann, and Ev Williams to share their pearls of wisdom. Founders tell us these interactions with their entrepreneurial heroes are unforgettable.
I guard my time closely, and this event was top notch. Bill Gates was very interesting during his fireside chat, and the chance to meet w/ him privately was — obviously — inspiring. Interestingly, it was also tactically helpful. We got to talk about the future of Spring Discovery, brainstorm a couple possible partners, and I was personally grateful to get to discuss his strong opinions about the best way to impact human health. Huge, huge thanks for this. Privilege to be part of Village Global.
— Ben Kamens, Founder & CEO, Spring Discovery
Thank you for organizing this standout event. Getting to join Eric [Schmidt] for a private roundtable with inspiring people and engrossing conversation was an unforgettable experience.
— Kevin Caldwell, Co-Founder & CEO, Ossium Health
At our luminary retreat, The Grove, we bring together some of our luminaries with the next wave of tech industry titans. Organized in partnership with Reid Hoffman, The Grove is about community and connection between some of the most successful entrepreneurs of today, and the next generation of unicorn CEOs. This 24 hour retreat is small, intimate, and completely off the record. It’s composed of focused and structured small group conversations, curated networking, meals over single-threaded discussions, and activities that lend themselves to fostering relationships.
The Grove was one of, if not the, best of these types of events that I’ve been to. The people in attendance were extraordinary; the scale was just right to promote comradery; the program encouraged participation and engagement that is very helpful for those of us who are relatively introverted; the setting was beautiful and the Village team was phenomenal in making everyone feel welcome and appreciated. “
— Chris Urmson, CEO of Aurora
At our retreats, founders are able to step back from the day-to-day chaos of entrepreneurial life, reflect on broader strategic challenges, and connect with the Village community in a beautiful nature setting. The agenda is composed of peer-to-peer sessions on everything from hiring to work-life harmony, with late night inspired sessions, games of Mafia, and s’mores.
Thanks on behalf of the Addi team for an absolutely stellar retreat! We came with high expectations, and we found it to be phenomenal. We had a great time, learned a lot, and, importantly, made a bunch of new real friends. From the big ideas, to the tiny details (loved assigned seating and moderator cards), the thing was a success. It also helped us a lot.
— Santiago Suarez, Co-Founder & CEO, Addi
In our Masterclass series, founders and Network Leaders are exposed to world-class CEOs and operators in an intimate, participatory format. We bring together some of tech’s most effective CEOs like John Donahoe and Julia Hartz to share their wisdom on themes like lean startup methodology, blitzscaling, building an authentic culture, and developing your most talented employees.
Thank you so much for the absolutely wonderful event today with Abby [Johnson] and the Fidelity team. I’ve been to a lot of events where there is a guest of honor and I can sincerely say this was by far the best. Your focus on knowledge sharing, encouraging other people to prepare in advance, the intimate nature of the venue, how you (Ben) led the group through the mindquakes- it was truly a master class in holding this type of event. I’m honored to have been included.
— Ryan Caldbeck, CEO, Circle Up
We curate “Startup Dinners” on themes like the future of work, fintech, robotics, blockchain, digital health, and the future of autonomy. We partner with our founders and Network Leaders to identify experts, investors, and thought leaders who contribute to compelling conversation. Small group conversations are moderated by an expert and intended to be highly participatory, tables are remixed for additional connecting, dinner is enjoyed family style, and sometimes we all get kicked out of the restaurant because the conversations can go all night!
I was reflecting on the night and I think that was the best “startup dinner” I have been to. It was a really good mix of people and an engaging setup. Not too pitchy, great food and conversation.
—Sasha Orloff, Co-Founder & Former CEO, LendUp