Reboot Podcast Episode #143 – We’re All Carrying Something – with Gino Zahnd

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.


Gino Zahnd

Gino Zahnd

Advisor, CEO, Founder, and Designer

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Episode Description

As frequent listeners of the podcast can attest, a well-formed open, honest question can be a catalyst for radical self-inquiry and deep inner work. For Gino Zahnd, the founder of Cozy and Seabright, that question was, “What would I like the people that I work with to know about me that they don’t know?.” Gino, who lives with a rare genetic order called Fabry Disease, shares how one profound question asked at Reboot Bootcamp gave him the courage to share his health struggles with his team and ultimately led to a life-changing kidney donation from a colleague. Jerry chats with Gino about how things have changed since his Bootcamp experience in 2016, his decision to step down as CEO of Cozy, and his new life in Colorado. 

Fabry Disease | Become a Kidney Donor | Reboot Bootcamps | Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“As any founder knows it’s hard to pause for much and be introspective. “ – Gino Zanhd

“The first time in my life that I had ever told anyone else that I was carrying this genetic condition that was trying to kill me way too soon, it wasn’t even me saying the words.” – Gino Zahnd

“Am I spending the time that I have in a way that when I am lying on my death bed, I look back and think that I did it the right way.” – Gino Zahnd

“I thought, there’s no way that I’m going to work for the next 20 years or 25 years and watch my dreams of doing all of these other things that aren’t tech die.” – Gino Zahnd

“When it’s life or death and you have something that you know is doing it’s best to kill you, it brings into very sharp focus what is important.” – Gino Zahnd

“Whether it’s a physical ailment, whether it’s a disease, whether it’s life-threatening or not we’re all carrying something. We’re all carrying the pain.” – Jerry Colonna

“I’ve been able to take that pain and channel it in ways that maximize what I get out of every day. It has also really amplified the desire and deep satisfaction that I get from helping other people.” – Gino Zahnd

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