Reboot Founders

Reboot was started in 2014 by Jerry Colonna, Ali Schultz, Khalid Halim, and Dan Putt. We wanted to foster a revolution around work because better humans make better leaders. We also wanted to prove that “love” and “business” work well together, and that work can be a safe place to bring your whole, human self. And, we wanted to prove that we could build the kind of company that we coach our clients to build, because, as Jerry says, “half-assing it is boring.”

“The best way to overcome the inevitable loneliness of life at the top may be to connect and mindfully attend to the process that’s already underway – the unconscious sharing that undergirds every relationship.”

Jerry Colonna is the CEO, and co-founder, of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm whose coaches and facilitators are committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders. For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others to lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. Previous to his career as a coach he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs in the New York City area. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Reboot ’s co-founder and CEO Jerry Colonna is a certified professional coach, who draws on a wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to improve their performance and satisfaction. He established his coaching practice in 2007. Prior to this work, Colonna was a venture capitalist focused on investing in early-stage technology-related startups.

In 2002, Colonna became a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), which was the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase, where he co-led the firm’s investments in technology and media.

He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners. With his partner, Fred Wilson, Colonna launched Flatiron in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs.

Colonna joined his first venture firm, CMG@Ventures L.P. in February 1995 as a founding partner. CMG@Ventures was the first “Internet-specific” venture firm. Prior to joining @Ventures, Colonna worked for ten years for CMP Media Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he served in a variety of roles at InformationWeek, including a three-year stint as its Editor.

Colonna also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Naropa University. Naropa University the only accredited Buddhist-inspired university in North America.

He also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tibetan Village Project, a not-for-profit, non-political organization dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for Tibetans through social entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.

He is also a director at the Good Work Institute, whose mission is to educate and connect a network of local community members and actively support their collaborative efforts to regenerate their places.

The recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans. A graduate of Queens College, Colonna lives in Boulder, Colo.

“To be fully human in this digital age is the key to conscious startups. There is a better way to be at work in which we’re connected to our truest selves and lit up with a sense of joy. I call it ‘business unusual,’ where our work flows with ease, not stress, in accordance with our inner wisdom. There’s an ache for this in the workplace today.”

Ali is a founding partner and the COO of Reboot.io. As a coach, her superpowers include getting her clients to tap into their innermost being where the wellspring of their creativity resides. She draws on her 11 years in business where she honed her operational skills managing projects, teams, and human resources at startups and developing brand strategies. Before Reboot, she worked with Jerry Colonna in the first incarnations of the life-changing CEO Bootcamps. She has a master’s degree in religious studies from CU Boulder, has studied transformational NLP at NLP Marin, and is a certified EQUUS Experience Facilitator in Equine Facilitated Coaching. As an avid horsewoman, horses are perhaps her favorite coaching modalities. You can read her infamous newsletters at the Reboot Blog.

“There is fundamental shift happening in the way people view work. It’s not just a job or a paycheck anymore. Our work is the expression of our natural gifts intersecting with the needs of the world. This is the purest realization of human potential.”

Khalid is a certified professional coach and founder of Reboot.io. Clients praise Khalid’s insight and empathy, as well as his ability to transform complicated webs of story into simple strings of actionable steps. He works with founders and leadership teams looking to move through change and growth purposefully. His guiding purpose is to empower the people who will build the organizations he wants to see in the world his children will grow up in. Khalid has over ten years experience working in startups, both as a founder and turnaround CEO.

“Helping others find the opportunity – for joy, excitement, beauty – and growth within the wild roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship fuels my passion for this work. After all, the goal isn’t to avoid the bumps, it’s to keep our eyes open and our hands up.”

Dan Putt is an entrepreneur and Chief Product Officer for Reboot.io. As a four time founder, Dan understands the ups, downs and terrifying free falls that accompany the startup life. Dan strives to help others bring their best, most full self to every moment. He believes that on the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship, the goal is not to avoid the bumps, it’s to keep our eyes open and our hands up. Dan holds a degree in marketing from Ohio State University and is an ICF certified coach.