StartOut Podcast

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StartOut Innovation Table

StartOut Innovation Table is on a mission to amplify the stories of LGBTQ+ founders shaping a more equitable future. Harnessing the power of storytelling, we connect, learn, and inspire, advocating that everyone deserves a seat at the table.

Our podcast showcases diverse founders and leaders sharing their unique journeys across industries. From the discovery phase to team building and overcoming adversity with grace, these stories illustrate the transformative power of empowering LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. By providing support and resources, we unlock untapped business value, driving inclusivity and economic progress for all.

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Season 1 Episode 7

Jonathan Mentor on His Scientific Approach to Growing Revenue for Underrepresented Startups

March 26, 2024

Jonathan Mentor is the founder and CEO of Successment, a revenue growth partner for startups that empowers disadvantaged tech entrepreneurs.

We discuss the various methodical processes Jonathan has created in order to help founders “go slow to grow fast,” enabling them to execute and achieve measurable success for their ventures. 

Checkout Jonathan’s website here: jonathanjmentor.co

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Season 1 Episode 6

Dylan Lew’s Reflections on Growth Lab and the Power of Authenticity in Business

March 19, 2024

Dylan Lew is the co-founder and CEO of Ecotone Renewables, a company tackling the problem of food waste with creativity and efficiency.

We discuss Dylan’s time in the StartOut Growth Lab and how the unique experience served as catalyst for many of his core learnings as a founder, including the importance of bringing one’s identity to the table.

Find out more about Dylan and Ecotone Renewables: www.ecotonerenewables.com

On social media: @ecotonerenew 

The StartOut Growth Lab is a startup accelerator that offers top quality mentoring, education, and networking opportunities for companies that happen to be founded or cofounded by LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs.

Find out more about the StartOut Growth Lab.

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Season 1 Episode 5

Gold Hood on Solving Problems Not Projects and Harnessing Technology to Stay True to Human Connection

March 12, 2024

Gold Darr Hood (she/they) is a former StartOut Growth Lab participant and the founder and CEO of Full, a company on a mission to put clean air back into major metro areas  to reignite human connection and transform communities. We talk about how as a  serial entrepreneur, Gold has “followed the problem” which has led her to different nexus points, improving the nutrition, air quality, and way of life for many communities.

Connect with Gold on LinkedIn.

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Season 1 Episode 4

Robert Mison on the Key Differences Between Mentorship and Management and the Art of Prioritization

March 5, 2024

As a legal consultant and StartOut mentor, Robert Mison discusses how to embrace vulnerability, mentor with purpose and prioritize effectively.

Find Robert on LinkedIn

Find out more about the StartOut mentorship program: www.startout.org/mentors

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Season 1 Episode 3

Patrick Driscoll on Managing Through Adversity and Human-First Leadership

February 27, 2024

In addition to serving as a StartOut Board Member and Mentor, Patrick Driscoll is a General Partner at Chasing Rainbows, a VC firm committed to empowering and investing in LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. We discuss the hurdles that confront LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs, the importance of being a human-first leader, and how his life has been enriched by his involvement in StartOut.

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Season 1 Episode 2

Jo Norris Talks About Ideation, Pivoting and Collaboration

February 20, 2024

Jo Norris talks to StartOut about ideation, navigating a pivot, participating in the StartOut Growth Lab, and collaborating with a cofounder. Jo is the CEO and Co-founder at Carbon Reform, and a 2023 Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. Find out more about Carbon Reform at carbonreform.com

 

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Season 1 Episode 1

Brian Richardson on LGBTQ+ Entrepreneurship

February 13, 2024

Hear from StartOut CEO Brian Richardson on how social justice has guided his career, the importance of cultivating and empowering queer entrepreneurs, and how the three pillars of StartOut are revolutionizing our world.

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Meet Our Team

Host
Caroline Rotenstreich
(she/her)

Caroline is a volunteer with StartOut. She is the Host and Executive Producer of  Innovation Table, StartOut’s podcast, where listeners can learn more about the community from our founders, mentors, and team members. Caroline first stepped into the podcasting world during her undergraduate years at Brown University, where she synthesized her entrepreneurial curiosity and love of storytelling to develop Dive In, a founders-focused podcast interviewing entrepreneurs across a myriad of industries. Caroline holds a B.A. in Business Entrepreneurship and Organizational Studies from Brown and is currently a Mid-Market Account Manager at Google specializing in Lead Generation.

Advisor
Irene Tang
(she/they)

Irene is a Director at StartOut where she oversees research and insights on queer entrepreneurs’ impact on the United States economy. Irene has spoken about LGBTQ entrepreneurship at the US Census Bureau, the Department of Commerce, and other organizations and foundations. Prior to StartOut, Irene managed programs at Google and CBS Interactive and advises the nonprofit project Nice Queer Pals. Irene holds dual BA’s in Economics and Psychology from the University of California – Berkeley, and a Product Management certification from the Haas School of Business.

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Since 2009, StartOut has built a community of 26,000 members. Every year, we provide support to over 700 individual founders. We connect them to expertise, peers, community, and capital. This powerful combination of financial support, skills development, and community contributes to helping fuel innovation, wealth generation and equal access to economic opportunity. Join our growing community today.