The Josh.ai team predominantly operates remotely, making it a rare treat to gather everyone under one roof. Yet, every summer, we carve out a few days dedicated to strategic planning and team bonding. This year, our retreat kicked off with intensive planning and workshops at our Denver HQ. Then, we shifted gears, moving to the scenic city of Boulder, where the focus was all about strengthening our team dynamics.
On the inaugural day of the Josh retreat, we traditionally huddle in the office, channeling our collective creativity. This year, we spiced things up by dividing into dynamic teams, each tasked with brainstorming potential products and business ventures for the forthcoming year. After a spirited two-hour ideation session, each team showcased their vision through captivating presentations.
While I’m tempted to spill the beans on the winning idea, all I can say for now is: stay tuned! Our upcoming products over the next year will reveal all.
On the second day of our retreat, we delved into team bonding, embracing both adventure and camaraderie. This year, our journey took us to Boulder, where a mix of activities awaited us, from hiking and boating to the Josh Olympics — now in its second year.
Our day began with a trek up the Rattlesnake Gulch trail. As we ascended, the trail presented challenges that not only tested our stamina but also strengthened our team spirit. Reaching the summit, we were rewarded with stunning vistas and took the opportunity to capture these moments in photographs.
After the hike, we moved to the Boulder Reservoir. Here, the waters offered a range of activities. Some of us tried paddleboards, others engaged in cornhole competitions, while a few lounged on the pontoon boat, soaking in the surroundings. It was a day of both excitement and relaxation, especially as we gear up for the activities leading up to CEDIA.
But the highlight? The Josh Olympics! This year, we had paddleboard races, a cornhole tournament, and for the finale, the Flip Cup and Pie-eating contests. The laughter, cheers, and playful rivalries of the day will surely be remembered for years to come.
On our last day, we dedicated our time to volunteering at the gardens in Washington Park, Denver. Giving back to the community is a core value for us, and it felt right to contribute to the city we call home.
After our day in the gardens, we came together to wrap up the retreat, sharing food and drinks, reflecting on our time spent, and looking forward to what’s next.