Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna

Formal First Name
1963 - present

Jerry Colonna, one of the startup world's most in-demand executive coaches, is the Founder and CEO of, a coaching and leadership development company that believes in the possibility of the full realization of human potential. Dubbed as the “CEO Whisperer,” Jerry is a venture capitalist turned executive coach, who has played a prominent part in the early development of Silicon Valley. For nearly 20 years, he has utilized his knowledge and experience as an investor, executive, and board member for over 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others lead with humanity and resilience. Prior to his career in professional coaching, Jerry was a venture capitalist focused on investing in early-stage technology-related startups. He is the author of the bestselling book “Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up,” and also serves as a director, trustee, or advisor to a number of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Jerry is the recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Colonna reveals why radical self-inquiry is critical to professional success and healthy relationships in all realms of life.

  • He helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed.

  • He has taught CEOs and their top teams to realize their potential by using the raw material of their lives to find meaning, to build healthy interpersonal bonds, and to become more compassionate and bold leaders.


  • The podcast showcases the wins and losses, and the ups and downs of startup leadership.

  • In the podcast, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and startup leaders discuss with Jerry the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


  • Prior to his coaching career, he was a Partner with JP Morgan Partners, the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase.

  • At JPMP, he led the firm's investments in companies such as ProfitLogic until its purchase by Oracle Inc.

  • He launched Flatiron Partners in 1996, which became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs in New York City.

  • At Flatiron, he was responsible for the firm's investments in companies such as Geocities Inc. and Gamesville Inc.

  • He was a Founding Partner at CMG@Ventures in 1995, which was the first "Internet-specific" venture firm.

  • He also served in a variety of roles at InformationWeek, including a three-year stint as its Editor.


  • During his time at JPMP, his commitment to the non-profit sector increased significantly.

  • He worked with The Partnership for the City of New York to help launch the Financial Recovery Fund, a $10 million-plus program that made recoverable grants to small businesses impacted by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

  • He was named co-Executive Director of NYC2012, and helped raise more than $6 million in the competition to host the 2012 Olympic Games.


  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Naropa University

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tibetan Village Project

  • Director, Good Work Institute


  • ASAP's List of the Best VCs in the Country, Forbes

  • 25 Most Generous Young Americans, Worth Magazine

  • 100 Most Influential People of the New Economy, Upside Magazine