Located in the heart of Texas, Austin boasts a lively startup ecosystem with local venture capital firms. Known as the live music capital of the world and home to the nationally-acclaimed SxSW conference and a vibrant LGBTQ community, the city is a terrific place for LGBTQ entrepreneurs to start a business in the South! Austin’s StartOut chapter began in 2011 and was the birthplace of HackOut, the nation’s premier LGBTQ-oriented hackathon. Hackathons are excellent ways to merge entrepreneurial spirit with computer programming prowess and product design sensibilities. By creating a safe space, HackOut continues to be a signature event for LGBTQ entrepreneurs and tech stars alike.
On September 8, 2012, Jennifer Brown took the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts stage. Although she entered to strains of opera music, the classically trained opera singer was not there to sing. A series of vocal injuries had long since dashed that dream. … READ MORE
People who live in cities have a lot of stuff – but not always enough space to store or park it all. That’s why Bonnie Lai (who goes by “Bon”) and her business partner Jonathan Gillon co-founded roost.com in March 2014. … READ MORE
14 September 2016
06 September 2016
01 August 2016
Ravel is passionate about using tech and impeccable design to build products that improve businesses and the lives of people. He is an innovative product guy and investor with international, Fortune 500, non-profit and start-up experience. As a participant in StartOut since 2012, he assisted in the founding of HackOut, the nation’s premier LGBT hackathon.
James Bain is currently Chief Operating Officer for Parking Panda, the leader in online parking reservations. In 2015 he was named one of the “40 under 40 in Parking” by the National Parking Association. James earned his MBA from Chicago Booth in 2011.
A high-end hospitality and marketing professional who believes in providing experiences that foster creativity, challenge the status quo, and unite individuals with a common goal. Joshua currently owns Out of the Box, a real-life puzzle company based in Austin, TX.
Dr. Steve Kramer is a computational physicist and data science entrepreneur who founded Paragon Science in 2006, patenting a chaos-based dynamic anomaly technology. He has been a steering committee member of StartOut Austin since the chapter’s inception.