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Farmhouse Founder Retreat 2019 - Upstate NY

  • The Dutchess 68 Naylor Road Staatsburg, NY, 12580 United States (map)

Scale Yourself to Scale Your Company

All around us, entrepreneurs say they’re “killing it,” but inside most founders are struggling. They’re tired, burned out and afraid to ask for help. 

The Velocity Group Farmhouse Founder Retreat is an intensive three-day-experience specifically designed to help you scale your skills and address the leadership issues that are holding you back. Over a long weekend, you will deep dive with our coaches and a small group of the most promising startup founders on the issues that matter most as you scale your business.

Together, we will cover:

1) Leading the SELF - Build the internal resilience to carry you all the way to exit
2) Leading the EXECUTIVE TEAM - Learn to implement strategies and tactics that will scale the capacity of your leadership team
3) Leading the COMPANY - Master the art of cultivating and inspiring a high performance culture throughout the entire organization

This weekend is designed to get you actively involved in your own growth so you have the tools to achieve breakthroughs that will take your leadership to the next level.  Our work together will also help you break free of the doubts and negative habits that hold you back. 



The Farmhouse Founder Retreat is an intimate event at a renovated property in upstate New York designed to provide you with the tools you need to take your company the distance. The complexity and pressure of scaling a company after you've achieved product-market-fit is new territory for most founders. Our coaches have helped executives from many of the top companies in Silicon Valley navigate these unchartered waters time and again. 

This three-day weekend experience will take you on a journey to build your skills around three levels of leadership detailed above:

  • Techniques and practices to take care of yourself

  • How to maintain composure and focus under pressure

  • Skills for achieving greater vulnerability & more inspirational storytelling

  • Methods for holding your executive team accountable

  • Strategies for instilling cultural norms that drive higher performance across the organization

  • As well as all the organic farm-to-table meals, rolling hills, roaring fires and deep conversation with fellow founders you can take!



This retreat is by invitation-only for startup founders. If you’re interested, please reach out and we look forward to speaking with you.



Our work together will include a mix of full- and small-group sessions around self-care and resilience and exercises designed to give you new tools for leading your teams. We will also have group practice sessions to help you tell the story of the values and vision of your company so you can raise more money and attract, inspire, and retain top talent.

Although we have a jam-packed agenda of sessions designed to help you lead, we will also begin every day with an optional meditation, and there will be time for reflection in the afternoons to take advantage of the property's hiking trails, streams, and ponds. 



Attending the Velocity retreat was a significant step in my career and development as a leader. It provided me with practical learnings that I was able to apply immediately to my day-to-day job as CEO. The retreat far surpassed my expectations, and I felt transformed by the end. If you can attend a Velocity Founder Retreat, I highly recommend you jump at the opportunity.
— Ali Asaria, Founder/CEO,, $51M Raised, Kleiner Perkins backed
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When you’re building a company, your job in its most essential form is help the people on your team move from good to great and from great to virtuosic. John Baird and Velocity Group have helped me and my teams break through and achieve huge results together. An investment in your people’s potential, with help from Velocity, is a no-regrets decision and the fastest path to delivering a terrific return for your shareholders.
— Tom Chavez, Founder of Krux, Acquired by Salesforce for $700M



Situated on 236 acres of farmland and woods, the Dutchess is a boutique hotel comprised of 4 farmhouses dating from the mid 1800's. All meals at the Dutchess are sourced from local organic farms, with the majority of produce coming from the property's own 4 acre farm. 



The Dutchess features recently renovated single-occupancy accommodations with en suite facilities that were exquisitely and tastefully designed for inspiration and reflection. 




John Baird, PHD

John is considered to be one of the premier coaches in Silicon Valley, having coached executives from companies like Apple, Nike and Twitter, as well as new venture founders from companies including DoorDash, Flexport, Grail, and many others. He has coached CEOs and senior executives for over 20 years, with a specialty in coaching start-up CEOs.  His early study of start-up CEOs, Survival in the Fast Lane, provides a research-backed conceptual and practical framework for coaching start-up CEOs. John holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Purdue University. 

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Edward Sullivan, MBA, MPA

Edward Sullivan’s 20-year career has taken him around the globe coaching and advising start-up founders, Fortune 100 executives, and heads of state of foreign nations on 3 continents. His client list includes executives from Bombas, Charles River Ventures, Clover Health, Foundation Capital, Google, Slack, and many others. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.



If you believe the Velocity Founder Retreat may be right for you, please tell us a little about yourself and your company below. One of us will be in touch right away to discuss your goals and if this weekend can help you accomplish them.

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