Over 20 years ago my wife and I started hosting a summer party at our place in Kennebunk, Maine for our close friends and people we worked with. Seven years ago my firm – Flybridge Capital Partners – assumed the mantle for this party and Catch the Wave was born!
Well, you have come a long way, baby…
This past weekend we celebrated Version 7.0 of Catch the Wave – and it may have been the best one yet. We had hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives from our portfolio companies (of which there are now nearly 50 companies), co-investors and other close friends of the firm come up to Maine.
The weekend typically starts off innocently enough with our CEO Summit where we are fortunate to have a notable Harvard Business School professor come up and teach a case. This year Noam Wasserman did the Evan Williams: From Blogger to Odeo case. This then rolls comfortably into a great cocktail party at one of the grand old seaside hotels in Kennebunkport. And for those hearty souls the late night festivities continue at Big Fish, perhaps the hippest restaurant in town.
Saturday is beach day. What an incredible sight to see nearly 150 children running around the beach. The afternoon activities included boating (both sail and on lobster boats to pull up lobster traps, a fan favorite), tennis and golf.
Then the real fun begins when the ever-popular Catch the Wave costume party kicks in. This year’s theme was “alter ego” and some of the get-up’s were over the top. Check out the photos – see if there is someone you know!
I am often asked why do we do this?
In addition to the extraordinary networking which occurs when you get hundreds of high-powered thought leaders in one place – and a lot of that did occur – but incredibly close relationships are formed over such an intimate weekend, particularly with everyone’s kids around. Our firm has always been one that values family and while we love the entrepreneur who works 100 weeks, we also value those people who lead balanced lives and can let their hair down – at least just a little bit.