First 20 days of 2020

I helped run a two week bootcamp in Cape Town, South Africa where we nurtured entrepreneurs solving social impact problems in the local market. Hope your 2020 is off to an amazing start!

BonBillo Bootcamp

BonBillo brought a cohort of 8 ventures through a structured curriculum and helped them define the venture’s theory of change. As one participant said, “bootcamp is like bringing your business to school.” Our team of 3 complementary skill sets helped spark new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new perspectives to their venture. Most rewarding is to see the delta each entrepreneur experienced as they grew. 

BonBillo partnered with two amazing organizations locally. Startupbootcamp Afritech for guidance navigating the local startup ecosystem and VACorps for memorable excursions and experiences. Our teams received a lovely feature in a local venture publication; let me know if you’d like to learn more about our teams. 

In lieu of traditional New Year resolutions, I’m settling into the pathways I’ve been forging. Deepening my commitment to my art, my startups, my students, and myself. Grateful for the opportunities to nurture the next generation of founders, entrepreneurs, and CEOs. Grateful for the amazingly talented individuals in my universe. Grateful that you are part of my journey. 

Journeys are never linear

I launched my first class teaching with an epic technology fail. We swiftly recovered with a pre-recorded video; embarrassingly evocative of Office Space, complete with a ficus tree in the background. I’m highly confident the video will not go viral; please don’t bribe my Teaching Assistant. 

I did share with my students learning is an emotional process. Growth is always emotional. All emotions are valid. I am highly confident I will have additional epic failures during my journey as an instructor. However, I genuinely interpret “epic failures” with an orientation towards a Growth Mindset. 

I am also an epic planner. It’s one of my superpowers. Planning a directional journey helps you realize when you need to course-correct. Not the planning-every-last-detail-micro-manager type. The type of introverted planner that deeply cogitates and then coordinates. Say for example, what would happen if our journey led us to trip and fall into a deep canyon like our stick figure friend in the illustration. 

We can either wallow at the bottom of the canyon because we failed. Or we can evaluate our inventory of food, water, and supplies in our rucksack. Look to the people supporting our journey. Evaluate the canyon walls. Make a determination of rock climbing the ledge or signaling to people for help. Growth is always emotional. All emotions are valid.

How can I help your journey?