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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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.