As a certified professional coach, Jerry Colonna draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. He established his coaching practice in 2007. He previously worked as a consultant for not-for-profit organizations.
In 2003, along with Sarah Holloway, Jerry launched Hudson Heights Partners. HHP helps non-profit organizations generate new revenue streams, exploring ways to become less dependent on foundation and corporate funding by setting up social enterprises or other creative, entrepreneurial revenue-generating models.
Prior to this work, Jerry was a venture capitalist focused on investing in early stage technology-related startups.
In 2002, Jerry became a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase where he led the firm’s investments in companies such as ProfitLogic Inc. Jerry served as a director at ProfitLogic until its purchase by Oracle Inc.
During his time at JPMP, his commitment to the non-profit sector increased significantly. In the fall of 2001, 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.
In January 2002, he was named co-Executive Director of NYC2012, the organization designed to secure the City’s designation as the representation in the competition to host the 2012 Olympic Games. In that year, he helped raise more than $6 million to further those efforts. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners. With his partner, Fred Wilson, Jerry launched Flatiron in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early stage investment programs. During its six years of active investing, Flatiron invested more than $500 million and has, to date, returned more than $1.8 billion. During his tenure with Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for the firm’s investments in such companies as Geocities Inc. and Gamesville Inc.
Jerry joined his first venture firm, CMG@Ventures L.P. (“@Ventures”), in February 1995 as a founding partner. CMG@Ventures was the first “Internet-specific” venture firm. Prior to joining @Ventures, Jerry 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 a director, trustee, or advisor to a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Naropa University.
Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies. It offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA and MDiv degrees, as well as professional development training and classes for the community. By combining these two storied pedagogies, East and West are indeed meeting every day at Naropa University and the resulting sparks of inspiration are flying.
The recipient of numerous awards and compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Upside Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of the New Economy, Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs in the country, and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans. A graduate of Queens College, Jerry lives in Port Washington, New York.