Reboot Podcast Episode #141 – What Is My Work To Do? – with Nathan Lustig

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.


Nathan Lustig

Nathan Lustig

Managing Partner of Magma Partners

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Episode Description

After spending the last seven years routinely moving from country to country in Latin America, Nathan Lustig’s nomadic life was upended when the Coronavirus pandemic began to grip the entire world. As Managing Partner of Magma Partners, Nathan became accustomed to a transient lifestyle as he worked to build his early-stage venture capital firm. Now facing the first prolonged travel hiatus of his recent career, Nathan sits down with Jerry to unpack the ways in which his aversion to setting roots has served him personally and professionally. Jerry reminds Nathan that in this moment lives an opportunity to reflect clearly on the lessons he’s learned in lockdown, and to inquire deeply about who he wants to be moving forward, and most importantly, what his work is to do in the world.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes: 

“When we first started only $500 million, got invested in all of Latin America, from Mexico South each year in VTE. And last year it was $4.5 billion.” – Nathan Lustig

“I hadn’t been more than six weeks in the same place in a row since 2015.” – Nathan Lustig

“Our biggest issue is we don’t look exactly like what the model should be.” – Nathan Lustig

“In what way has it served you to not have roots?” – Jerry Colonna

“I really like working on solving problems and working with very smart people who are building things.” – Nathan Lustig

“So much of our ’20s is spent building. And so much of our ’30s is beginning to harvest the fruits of that labor. And then so much of our ’40s is really starting to reconsider the way we’ve labored so that in our ’50s we’re in our capacity to sort of give full expression to that.” – Jerry Colonna

“Being constrained doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do the things you want to do.” – Jerry Colonna

“I think that one of the most profound skills that we developed in that pursuit of growing up is the art of saying no, there is a tremendous amount that one can do, but that doesn’t mean that one should do it all.” – Jerry Colonna

“What is my work to do? Not what is the opportunity that exists, but what is my work to do? How do I wanna spend the next 20 years, and how don’t I wanna spend the next 20 years?” – Jerry Colonna