The Power Of Mother Nature

I was going to blog about the Yesware $13.5 million financing but I’ve been buried in Denver Startup Week so I’ll do that tomorrow.

I’ve continued to be emotionally distracted by all the devastation around Boulder from our recent floods. I’ve gotten a ton of emails from all over the world in support as well as some meaningful financial contributions adding on to the $100,000 my partners and I just gave to the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado to provide direct support for the flood victims.

Eldorado Canyon New Crevasse

Amy’s assistant Naomi hiked up to our house in Eldorado Canyon today to finally check on our house there. The house is fine, but there is damage to a bunch of our property. At some intellectual level it’s incredible to see the power of water. At some other level it’s emotionally distressing. The picture above is our meadow. And yes – the crevasse is “new” – so we have a new creek in our meadow.

Then – there’s the lower part of our driveway – well, at least what used to be a driveway.

Eldorado Canyon Destroyed Driveway

And then there’s the road through Eldorado State Park, which no longer works as a road.

Eldorado Canyon State Park Road


We are all ok and have plenty of resources to deal with this. So we’ve turned most of our energy to helping our friends, neighbors, and extended Boulder County community deal with the destruction the floods have caused. But it’s really amazing to see the power of mother nature unleashed.

  • I was at a beach resort when the Tsunami struck on 26 Dec, 2004. We were lucky on many counts – the first hits weren’t as hard, the resort had many obstacles meaning it wasn’t just easy for the water to sweep us all out in one go, there was a small lake behind us that took in a lot of the initial water – this bought us a few vital minutes to run..

    .. In short, I feel what you feel!

  • ClaudiaHallChristian

    I’m so glad you’re all right! I’m sure that, like your experiences at 9/11, you’ll find deep meaning in this challenge.

  • Jees.

  • We too are surrounded by mountains here in Southern Oregon. Takes a mile to get to our 40 acres from the main road, 2/3 of a mile up to the driveway, another 1/3 of a mile to the house. I try to imagine our drive turned into a creek and that’s frightening and intriguing. Mother sure knows how to do scale.

  • It’s really sad to think about some of the situations faced by others in the area that don’t have financial resources. It seems like one area that should be watched closely / publicly is the treatment of homeowners by their insurance agencies. I always feel like that is under reported (if reported at all) by news organizations in disaster areas. What little I’ve seen of insurance agencies in action (one of my family members had a fire that destroyed most of her possessions) makes it pretty clear that they’re much better at taking the money than they are at paying it out. Hard enough for people to pick up the pieces after something like this – so hopefully they will be met with some degree of integrity and compassion by the insurance co’s that have so readily accepted their monthly premiums through the years.

  • jerrycolonna

    Incredible. Frightening. Reminds so many of us of our experiences with devastation.

  • The crevasse is amazing, looks like an earthquake hit!

  • Here’s a direct link to EFCO for anyone else who is interested in supporting the flood relief efforts:

  • Wow, Brad, I’ve been wondering how your home was affected by the storms. Years ago I climbed in Eldorado Canyon (Naked Edge, Predator, etc. classic stuff), it’s such a beautiful place. Mother Nature’s power is truly amazing in both creating beauty and changing it as she sees fit.

    I’m glad that you’re home is okay and that you have the needed resources to repair the access, etc. Thanks for being so helpful to others hit by this incredible event.

    • Dale – thx. I bet it’s wild to look at the change from above.

      • Brad: I checked your blog prior to this post, wondering how things were affecting you and Amy, but then things got hectic and I missed this post on the 18th. When I saw the photos in my RSS feed I had to click through because I was really surprised at the change/damage. Such a beautiful place, but living in such places has its challenges and responsibilities. Very glad you’re well.

  • Blaine Berger

    DigitalGlobe shared some of their satellite imagery and analysis of the flood path from Lyons through Longmont along the St. Vrain river. The view from space gives a glimpse of what the affected residents experienced.

  • Laura Dollarhide

    I jumped over the new river to find a way out from the top of Eldo Canyon, Joe’s house all the way through
    Eldo State Park on Fri the 13th Sept…the water was high and the river through your meadow became a powerful waterfall of what was your driveway…water was running high through the washout in Eldo Park and needed help to cross some of the new rivers in the Park…..The whole hike I was in AWE of the new terrain that mother nature had created, and to see first hand how she had made all these canyons over millennia…as well as how insignificant we all are. We had a house guest whose car, as well as ours is stuck till roads are repaired and I was very motivated to find him a way out…he got out safely as did we on Sept 14th
    and my children got him off to DIA…now we get lots and lots of hiking exercise whenever we want to come home to check on things…
    Best to you and Amy! Laura Dollarhide