Reboot Podcast Episode #104 – The Next Chapter – with David Ryan

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 104 // May 10, 2019


David Ryan

David Ryan

Open Source Strategy at CSIRO & co-founder of Corilla

Episode Description

For all leaders, periods of transitional change usher the impetus for self-inquiry. Whether unforeseen or even expected, transitions provide an opportunity to consider where we are now and where we’d like to be in the future. As our center of gravity shifts, we’re given space to ponder what’s on the horizon, oftentimes considering how we will find our way forward when we’re still so strongly tied to the version of ourselves we left behind.

On this episode of the Reboot Podcast, we introduce you to David Ryan, former Managing Director and Co-founder of Corilla, a collaborative content tool for software teams. In this conversation, David reflects on his decision to shut down his organization and the period of transition it has heralded forward. David expresses gratitude for his time as CEO and explores embracing the uncertainty of stepping into the newest stage of his life as an author.

As Jerry gently reminds David, life unfolds as a series of entrances and exits; we must all learn to softly close doors on previous chapters of our lives in order to fully open to what’s next.  With each transition, we have the beautiful opportunity to reflect and grow from the experiences that have shaped us. Carrying the threads of the past onward, we weave the tapestry of our lives, creating the pattern for a story that is uniquely, undeniably yours.

David Ryan on Twitter | Deciding the Future of Corilla | Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growin Up | Becoming Wise

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“I often speak about resiliency as a kind of goal that we’re looking for, it’s actually not true. What we’re really looking for is the equanimity or the peace of mind. The sense of satisfaction that comes at the end of the day when you’ve done good work, done well for the right reason.” – Jerry Colonna

“There are few things more impermanent than the businesses that we start. And that impermanence is a source of heartbreak, and that our businesses are, in fact, always falling apart all the time, then our businesses are a source of heartbreak all the time.” – Jerry Colonna

“Just doing the work is the reward in itself at times.” – David Ryan

“Day one of the startup we were always tied to story. We were always tied to narrative.” – David Ryan

“I think that the letting go is essential in arriving at that place of peacefulness with the changes that are going on.” – Jerry Colonna

“Are we doing this thing in service of what it could be, and can we achieve it? If not, then we have to deal with the negative feelings of putting that thing down and moving to the next thing.” – David Ryan

“I don’t think there’s a founder on the planet that really, really knows what they’re gonna do next when you shut down this thing that you’ve built around you, and you build a house around you. How do you leave that house without being scared to leave that front door.” – David Ryan

“Becoming adults means, by definition, separation and change.” – Jerry Colonna

“The form disintegrates, but the values, the meaning, the content remain.” – Jerry Colonna

“How can you hate a competitor? How do you hate your community?” – David Ryan

“I was making company decisions based on fear and ego.” – David Ryan

“Be gentle with yourself. Because being harsh with yourself is yet another expression of that inner critic.” – Jerry Colonna

“What a gift it is sometimes to, to have a little bit of gray hair, a few projects under your belt.” – David Ryan

“Those ages between say 35 and 55, are ripening. It’s the emergence of second adulthood. It’s that time period when we slough off that which got us out of adolescence and into chronological adulthood. But now we get to start to take on the true meaning of adulthood.” – Jerry Colonna

“Even in an accelerator, we know if that growth factor is just a growth factor. If that’s not something that’s gonna provide value long-term…the same applies to our life.” – David Ryan

“The opportunity in all of our journeys is to grow, to use those challenges in our startups, to grow ourselves as human beings.” – Jerry Colonna