The Twenty Minute VC: Jerry Colonna

How investors mimic aggressive behaviour to cover insecurity

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@JerryColonna is a Founder @ Reboot, the coaching company that helps some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and investors with the internal ups and downs in their life and support the growth they need to improve their performance. Prior to Reboot, Jerry was a Partner @ JP Morgan. Before that Jerry was a VC, having launched Flatiron partners in 1996 with his partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became on the of the most successful early stage investment firms in New York with investments in the likes of Geocities, Gamesville and The New York Times Digital. Huge thanks to @bfeld for the intro to Jerry today. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How did Jerry enter the world of VC and then make the transition to be the ultimate CEO/VC coach, aka, 'The CEO Whisperer'? 2.) What is Jerry's first step for anyone looking to self-evaluate in what Jerry calls, 'radical self-inquiry'? 3.) Once self-evaluated, how can one look to be their true self in a world that is not necessarily accepting of such vulnerability, compassion and emotion, for example, VC and startups? 4.) How does Jerry evaluate the current crop of VCs in terms of them being their inner self to the external world? Why is Jerry so optimistic? 5.) Questions from Brad Feld: 1.) What should VCs be spending more time on? 2.) If Jerry could give one piece of advice to VCs what would it be? Items Mentioned In Today’s Episode: Jerry’s Fave Blog: @FredWilson: AVC, @bFeld: Feld Thoughts, The School of Life Jerry’s Fave Book: When Things Fall Apart
@harrystebbings @jerrycolonna @bfeld @fredwilson great episode this week. Particularly appreciated how @harrystebbings opened up to Jerry's coaching at the end. Thanks for sharing!
Great conversation @harrystebbings and @Jerrycolonna. I wonder how much impact this sort of self-evaluation has had on increasing diversity within the tech space as entrepreneurs and VCs ask questions like, "why do I keep hiring this type of person? Why do I keep investing in this type of person?"
@kwamesompimpong Very good question and would be fascinating to see the data! So appreciate the kind words and always here to help!
Thanks so much Steph! Means so much and Jerry was so amazing to talk to! :)