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.
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Programming Board Chair
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.
Dan Driscoll is a product manager at HomeAway, an Expedia-owned marketplace for Austin vacation rentals. Prior to joining HomeAway, Dan founded reQwip — a marketplace for swapping adventure sports gear — and co-founded Prepify – an EdTech startup helping less-privileged students access top universities. He also co-founded City FC, a nonprofit youth program in Washington, DC. Dan received MBA and MA in Advertising from University of Texas.
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.
Lynn leads Digital Strategy at well+done DESIGN, a creative agency founded by her partner, Alisa Weldon. They co-founded L Style G Style and invested in numerous startups including Ticketbud and Rockify. Lynn serves on the boards of KUT Austin, The Long Center and the Seton 50. A Southerner at heart, Lynn loves Airstream roadtrips, cooking for friends, SEC Football and never meeting a stranger!
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.