The Billionaire Adventure Camp

The adventure trip you can’t buy — four days packed with adventure with innovators that are nearly impossible to meet.

I was the connector and exploration consultant on this incredible four day journey. I got to introduce two of my very favorite things: sea & space exploration to about 60 very high net-worth folks.

I can’t express how great it was to take this distinguished group to meet my friends at SCRIPPS, Mojave Air and Space Port and Space X and to see their eyes light up while learning about all the new innovations that enable exploration.

FLIP is possibly the coolest oceanographic vessel ever built.
FLIP is possibly the coolest oceanographic vessel ever built.

The trip started with a dinner hosted by Paul Jacobs, CEO of Qualcomm and we kicked off the adventure at SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography with a tour of FLIP (the coolest oceanographic research vessel in the world) and their cutting-edge underwater robotics and ocean exploration technologies. World-renowned oceanographers, Sylvia Earle and Dave Gallo co-hosted the day. One of today’s most brilliant scientists, Dr. J. Craig Venter, CEO of Synthetic Genomics gave us a tour of his greenhouse labs. He’s building the future of fuels and food with synthetic biology.

Hopefully, they’ll catch the exploration bug and help spread the love.

We experienced weightlessness by chartering two VIP Zero-G Flights which each flew a total of 15, 30-second parabolas giving our participants ~7 minutes of weightlessness. If you haven’t flown in Zero-G yet, do it. Now.

We flew 5 private jets directly to the Mojave Air & Spaceport. We toured the most innovative rocket companies in the world: Masten Aerospace, XCOR Aerospace, Scaled Composites where SpaceShipOne was built, and George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, gave us a tour of their factory.

Group in front of Space Ship Two
Group in front of Space Ship Two

We visited Paul Allen’s Strato-Launcher facility. Private Astronaut-Pilot Brian Binnie who flew SpaceShipOne on its winning $10M Ansari X PRIZE Flight joined us at lunch.

We jetted back to LA for an evening private screening at FOX Films, hosted by FOX Chairman & CEO, Jim Gianopulos.

Our trip ended too soon with a tour of SpaceX with Elon Musk. They say the the first trillionaire will be created in space. I believe a few of these business leaders think so too.

Ansari X PRIZE

X PRIZE Flights, X1 and X2

Early morning at the Ansari X PRIZE

I‘ve been so lucky to have had some incredible adventures lately. However, nothing compares to the last 6 months working for X PRIZE Foundation.

It was a great honor to be a part of something that was a mile marker in the history of mankind.

I had the privilege to work with Bob Weiss, Vice Chairman for the Foundation and to produce the live simulcast (TV and Web) for the X PRIZE flights. It ended up being the biggest webcast in the history of webcasts. More people logged on to watch the launches than any other live webcast. Ever. It was also big day on Discovery Network’s Science Channel, who saw a spike in their viewership as well.

But all that pales in comparison to being in Mojave – meeting the all the amazing people making history – working with an incredible crew – to not sleeping for days because there’s so much work to be done – to watching the launches – to realizing that maybe, just maybe, the door has been opened just far enough that you and I can someday experience space ourselves.

A person does not participate in something like that and remain unchanged.

In the aftermath, it’s the kind of thing that you wonder if it really happened or if it was all an incredible dream. Then you realize it’s not. It’s real. It’s very real and I am one incredibly lucky person.