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With a focus on B2B software, we’ve spent the last two decades becoming experts in ideation, development, investing, and growth strategies that scale across industry.

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Offices across 4 continents

Years operating
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Team members and growing
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Adam Day

Position: Managing Director
Categories: Investing, Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Hot Tamales (the candy)
I’m an investor and operator with a moderate amount of experience, but most of all I really love helping other people succeed. I’ve raised money as an entrepreneur and fund manager, and I’ve worked with some wonderful people along the way.
Managing Director

Adam Day

Managing Director

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Adam Wells

Position: Executive Director, Product
Categories: Leadership, Product
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Pizza

I am an Executive Director at Golden Section. I contribute to our financial and legal strategy as well as have oversight of three of Golden Section’s business units.

Prior to my tenure at Golden Section, I founded two companies in both the real estate development and architectural professional services industries.

I graduated from Texas A&M University with focus in Linguistics & Business. I also attended Dallas Theological Seminary.

What is one thing people should know about you? I bring an insatiable appetite for learning to my role at Golden Section; it’s borderline obsessive…ok-it’s solidly obsessive; I’m working on setting proper boundaries in this area for better balance.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Even though I appear to be a bit of a ‘square,’ I’ve spent a ton of time growing up rock climbing, cliff jumping and skydiving.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Context: Every consideration & strategy in business needs to be held within the appropriate context. Doing so allows the stakeholders to properly appraise consequences & second order effects of their decisions.

What are you most passionate about personally? Kindness and Reconciliation: I’m definitely far from perfect in each of these, but having been both the culprit and on the other side of each of these virtues, I can say that the enjoyment of life is enhanced when you have a humble & kind posture, one that seeks out reconciliation when things go awry.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Rosemary Beach – it’s family tradition for almost two decades.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? A good day includes time with my family, working with my team, playing tennis and reading.

Executive Director, Product

Adam Wells

Executive Director, Product

Alejandro Santillanes

Position: Project Manager
Categories: Project Management
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite food: Italian

I have been working as IT professional for more than 20 years in different companies, during the last 15 years I have been performed IT manager positions, and most recent 7 years as Senior Project Manager for IT solutions / deployments. Seeking for continue my professional career, GS gave me the opportunity to incursion on this awesome company. I feel very happy and real committed with GS to be part of this unlimited journey to reach success business ventures.

What is one thing people should know about you? I like heavy metal so much.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I hate Papaya. I cannot see it or smell it because provokes me a very bad dislike reaction.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Solving interesting challenges to contribute for a better world.

What are you most passionate about personally? Technology. – Because is a set resources made by someone to create/solve something for a particular need.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Europe. – Because is full of arts, history and beautiful cities.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Positive attitude for everything, healthy life making exercise every day and healthy food.

Project Manager

Alejandro Santillanes

Project Manager

Alicia Hernandez

Position: UX Designer
Categories: UX Design
Favorite food: Japanese

I’m a UX Designer with background in architecture. I got interested in UX Design to solve new design challenges, getting involved in how people interact with digital products. I strongly believe the digital products are our day to day tools, so we are shaping the design of the future.

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m always trying to explore my artistic side. I’ve done oil pantings, digital art, watercolor and 3D rendering. A new design challenge appears, you can count me in!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I once lived in Quebec to practice my French. I have only been studying for a year, but it was a fulfilling experience to get to practice a new language in another country. I would definitely do it again.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Designing for the future. Knowing the products we are making now can work for now and future generations.

What are you most passionate about personally? I’m passionate about learning something new every day. It doesn’t have to be on some topic in particular, but to get to experience something new. I get really excited when someone gets to teach something they are passionate about.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Japan. Two years ago I traveled there with my sister. I would love to repeat that trip, since it was an extraordinary way to bond with her and we both love asian food. Also, it was such a nice trip to analyze the esthetic of the Japanese cities.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Through meditation.

UX Designer

Alicia Hernandez

UX Designer

Andres Moncivais

Position: Accountant
Categories: G&A
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Definitely Mexican 🙂

I’ve been working since I was on college, working for treasury positions and also in sales force for other companies, but I noticed that I wanted to apply the knowledge I got at college and my other jobs, so I looked for a company that can offer me all this, plus a nice environment to grow as a person and as an accountant.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am a big fan of all Boston teams, Red Sox, Celtics and NE Patriots, this as a familiar tradition since my grandparent and my dad studied at Boston. If you want to talk all day about sports, you can find on me the right person.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I hate spiders, even though Spider-Man is one of my favorite Marvel Superheroes.

What are you most passionate about professionally? The most passionate about professionally for me is being part of the financial team, taking care of the company in the numbers part, and also giving my best to get the better results.

What are you most passionate about personally? Spending time with my family at the woods, resting and having good time is something I enjoy a lot, also to play and watching team sports.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? To the woods, the fresh air you get out there is something I really enjoy a lot, riding horses and walking during hours, is something I won’t change.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? To always know that there is time for everything, to work, to relax, to party, to thank, I think that if you respect your time and the others, the rest will come by it own.

Accountant

Andres Moncivais

Accountant

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Andrew T. Smith

Position: Executive Director, Ventures
Categories: Investing, Leadership, Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Chips and Salsa

Experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Skilled in Revenue & Profit Growth, Management, Business Development, Variance Analysis, and Financial Analysis. Strong professional with a BS focused in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Executive Director, Ventures

Andrew T. Smith

Executive Director, Ventures

Bing Che

Position: Technical Team Lead
Categories: Product, R&D
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite food: Sweet and sour tenderloin

I had worked on several big systems from the scratch. I have learned a lot from these systems. Now I can help the client to build a stable system with scalability. I would not have been able to achieve these if I didn’t belong to a great team.

What is one thing people should know about you? I enjoy programming very much.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I like music, but I can’t sing.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I am passionate about technical challenges, especially resolving those wired issues.

What are you most passionate about personally? I am passionate about playing badminton.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? San Francisco. A lot of fun things happened there.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Take a break, and prioritize things.

Technical Team Lead

Bing Che

Technical Team Lead

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Brian Bogus

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Categories: G&A, Leadership, Product
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Seafood

My entire career has been the start-up journey. I have started 4 different start-ups that all had some amazing rides. Through my failures and successes, I learned valuable lessons that have led me to where I am today. The start-up life had me face many challenges that can spike stress and pressure to levels most people can’t begin to understand. It is hard, fun, stressful, and magical all at the same time. After failing a few times, I spent 10 years working on my last start-up before it was acquired in 2021. I joined Golden Section as COO, where I always take my founder’s perspective into almost every decision I make.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am very competitive and have been this way my entire life. From playing competitive tennis to my career, it has driven and pushed me. The biggest change is early on I was competitive with others and now I am competitive with myself.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I ran my first marathon just before turning 40 years old.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I am most passionate about people. I believe in people and love building an amazing work culture. People are always the primary key factor in success, not processes.

What are you most passionate about personally? I am most passionate about challenging myself. I love finding new challenges both physically and mentally to push myself as much as possible.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I love Europe because you can experience so many countries with all different cultures within one trip.

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Bogus

Chief Operating Officer

Chunru Liang

Position: Business Analyst
Categories: Product
Location: China, Fangying
Favorite food: Chinese food

I had servered a German company for 7 years upon my graduation from university in the position of Project Management. And I really enjoy team work and also providing strong support from various aspectives to the team.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am always responsible to my work, company, colleagues and also myself. That is to say, you can rely on me for work!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Frankly speaking, I am a little introvert though it is not easy to tell.

What are you most passionate about professionally? The honor and value you can bring to the job and also the team and yourself.

What are you most passionate about personally? Hiking and time with family and friends

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Hometown, where I have my big family.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Focus on work at work time and focus on life at offwork time.

Business Analyst

Chunru Liang

Business Analyst

Citlalli Hernandez

Position: Senior UX Designer
Categories: UX Design
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: I love Asian food.

I got the opportunity to work in digital products even before I got my bachelor’s degree in design 11 years ago and then I started my journey to discover UX and I learn how putting the user needs fronted-center made a huge difference for the people that use your product, ever since I’m convinced that great user experiences are along with successful products and behind every great product is teamwork that makes everything happen that’s why I really enjoy working with people in different walks in live and different cultures, every new project has a unique story to share and many learnings.

Throughout my career, I have accompanied various companies to adopt new technologies and use digital products for various functions, from making their processes more efficient to creating brand experiences.

What is one thing people should know about you? I have met many people who have kindly taught me along this path and have shared their knowledge and passion for design. Professors, colleagues, mentors, and even people walking down the street who share their experiences with you. That is why I seek to be part of projects that have an impact beyond personal benefit. Having a purpose that makes a difference and helps others is what has moved me over the last few years, I know that working with startups is not easy but it sure is rewarding.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have met many people who have kindly taught me along this path and have shared their knowledge and passion for design. Professors, colleagues, mentors, and even people walking down the street who share their experiences with you. That is why I seek to be part of projects that have an impact beyond personal benefit. Having a purpose that makes a difference and helps others is what has moved me over the last few years, I know that working with startups is not easy but it sure is rewarding. That’s why I really enjoy teaching and sharing the things I know with others.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What I enjoy the most is the journey itself having the opportunity to discover new solutions and face all sorts of challenges along the way finding a way out and finally the incredible sensation of seeing all the hard work become a real product that people can use it’s the greatest feeling.

What are you most passionate about personally? Learning new things and challenging myself to break my own paradigms, I try to be active in many activities such as drawing, reading, cooking… I really enjoy a good challenge and all that comes thru it.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I love traveling I don’t have any particular preference for a climate or place but I do prefer places that have lots of natural landscapes like mountains, beaches, rivers, and waterfalls but what I think is my favorite thing about travel is to known different cultures.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? I try to stay active in constant move and in constant learning that makes me feel full and happy.

Senior UX Designer

Citlalli Hernandez

Senior UX Designer

Claire Peters

Position: Director of Human Capital
Categories: G&A, Leadership
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: TexMex, especially chips and queso.

I have nearly 15 years of HR experience spanning across many different industries. Most of my professional experience has been supporting business leaders and their employees, both in day to day scenarios and targeted projects and initiatives. I have worked for predominantly larger corporations, but as my family grew I realized I needed to find better balance. This opportunity at Golden Section allows me to prioritize my family while simultaneously build a department to drive internal and external people initiatives. I’m thrilled to be in a place where I can lead and develop our internal employees as well as support and provide human capital expertise to our founders and portfolio companies.

What is one thing people should know about you? HR professionals are not “the rules police” or a fun sponge, but we’re here to support everyone at our companies. I came into this line of work to work with and help people at work. We’re really nice, fun people!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I tore my ACL at mascot camp in high school.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I love working with people and coaching them through uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations. It brings me a lot of joy to see someone gain confidence working through a situation they were initially nervous about. I love that my role adds value across all levels of my organization, and I can be a true business partner to the teams I support.

What are you most passionate about personally? My family. I have two young children, and have realized my work should compliment my family and not the other way around.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Estes Park, CO has been my family’s favorite vacation spot since I was a kid. We love to hike and be out in the Rockies, and it doesn’t hurt to have limited cell service either.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Ask myself whatever it is I’m doing will support my family and align to my goals – both professionally and personally.

Director of Human Capital

Claire Peters

Director of Human Capital

David Stagg

Position: Director, Looking Glass
Categories: Looking Glass, Product
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: The answer is pizza. It was its own row on the original USDA food pyramid. Look it up.

When I started my career, “product design” and “user experience” didn’t exist as disciplines. I had grown up designing and building websites, and, as the field evolved, so did the job philosophically. It led me to cofounding an esports technology company, which I worked on for over five years. The opportunity to lead a product that has the potential to be critical infrastructure to technologists and venture capitalists was too much to pass up. That, and the free fruit jerky.

What is one thing people should know about you? I most likely know the spread in that random college football game on late tonight.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a dual citizen; I hold both American and British passports.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Solving difficult problems.

What are you most passionate about personally? Most of my passion is consumed with living for now and not the future and not the past.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? If I had to recommend any city in the world not named Paris or London, I would say try Florence.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? In the estimable words of Faith Hill, “Just breathe.”

Director, Looking Glass

David Stagg

Director, Looking Glass

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Dougal Cameron

Position: Managing Director
Categories: Leadership, Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Fried egg, habanero, serano, jalapeno and sourdough sandwiches.

I started my career at the Federal Reserve as an analyst and quickly snapped into entrepreneurial management through several endeavors including an industrial manufacturing and tech-enabled service company as well as founding Golden Section. My journey is one of mistakes, trials, lessons and… hopefully… learning.

What is one thing people should know about you? I do TSA pre-check so that I don’t have to walk on the airport floor without shoes.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have gone from couch to a 5k in under 30 min in 6 days… once.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I am passionate about people operating in their gifting and considering their whole person instead of just their career.

What are you most passionate about personally? I am passionate about using my gifts in all my areas of responsibility. This starts with my marriage and flows through my family and ultimately into my economic engine and world changing idea (Golden Section).

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Guadalajara… why not?

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Prayer.

Managing Director

Dougal Cameron

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Edgar Duran

Position: Business Analyst
Categories: Product
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Pozole, Tacos and Ribs

I’m software engineer with 8+ experience years working in IT area, working in companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Amdocs, HPE. I started working as a Web developer, front end developer and then I become in a Software Business Analyst.

What is one thing people should know about you? I love sports, I play soccer, tennis, frontennis, basketball, and ping pong. I like to dance, I used to go out on the weekends to dance.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I love to travel around the world, my goal is to travel and know at least 1 different country every year. Till now I have more than 20 countries on my list.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I can learn a lot of new technologies every time in different projects and I can work with people from many different countries.

What are you most passionate about personally? I’m very happy and friendly, So I can make friends in any place and get fun.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? London, I love England, the culture, the streets and I want to visit the most of futbol stadiums in that city.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Eat healthy, exercise, be happy, learn new things frequently, and be always close to my family and with the important people in my life.

Business Analyst

Edgar Duran

Business Analyst

Feifei Yang

Position: Technical Team Lead
Categories: Product
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite Food: China's Shandong cuisine

From an inexperienced beginner, through constant learning, I have grown into a qualified programmer who can independently complete developing functional modules and have slowly formed a systematic architecture from scattered knowledge points.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am constantly learning every day, and trying to improve myself in the process of learning.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I am an optimistic and dedicated person.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I like communicating with people, make new friends, and am willing to teach and help others.

What are you most passionate about personally? Exchange and learn from each other.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I like the way of pastoral travel, and I can relax in a quiet environment.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Work happily and live happily.

Technical Team Lead

Feifei Yang

Technical Team Lead

Fengjiao Bi

Position: BA & QA
Categories: Product, R&D
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite food: Seafood.

I have ten years of experience in software testing, and I have worked on lots of projects. The most meaningful projects are Kbuuk, SHR and Kare. Kbuuk is my first project, which taught me how to be a good QA. When I worked on SHR, I learned a lot from my colleague, like analyzing customer’s requirements, conveying requirements to developers, etc. My proudest project is Kare. I can make agreement with customer about requirements, and split them into different features in words, and make sure our development can satisfy all requirements.

What is one thing people should know about you? I have no sense of direction. Like I should have learned some skill that I never learned.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have learned UI automated testing by myself, but not much of work experience with it. Now I’m learning interface testing and performance testing.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Get satisfaction from customer when all requirements are done. It gives me a sense of achievement.

What are you most passionate about personally? Keep learning.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Seaside. It can detach me from the busy life.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Watch TV series, like Friends, Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory.

BA & QA

Fengjiao Bi

BA & QA

Guoliang Zhang

Position: TTL & Senior Developer
Categories: Product
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite Food: Pizza.

Having more than 10 years of working experience, I used to act as a TTL role in an online contract management project with good customer reviews and continued with a new financial related project

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m captivated about react is recently.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I used to think I would never ride a bike with 2 wheels. Because only when it is in motion can it maintain its balance, not stand still.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Technologies can help people free their hands.

What are you most passionate about personally? Learn new things & meet new people.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Lakeside. I like swimming.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Specify goals, combine work and rest.

TTL & Senior Developer

Guoliang Zhang

TTL & Senior Developer

Hiedra Castillo

Position: Director, Project Management
Categories: Product, Project Management
Location: Seville, Spain

Results oriented professional with extensive international project management experience in a wide variety of industries and multicultural environments. Proven track record of leading teams and collaborating with stakeholders at different levels. Focused on objective-based performance with experience both in start-ups and multi-national corporations

Director, Project Management

Hiedra Castillo

Director, Project Management

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Ian Reynolds

Position: Head of Venture Partners
Categories: Studios, Venture Partner
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Yes

Multidisciplinary business owner committed to lifelong learning focused on the long term. Effective at building simple processes and empowering team members via delegation and autonomy.

In 2017 I acquired a decade-old software services business and transformed it into a leading engineering culture focused on measurable results with repeatable processes. Growth required installation and training of professional project management, accounting, hr, and sales teams. I shifted the business from outbound sales to inbound opportunities and hired over 100 engineers in under two years.

Over my career, I have facilitated over $10 Billion in transactions including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, divestitures, and advisory. I am passionate about business acquisition and investment and the opportunities that can be created through the movement of dollar and human capital. I believe commerce is the ultimate tool to improve the material wellbeing of the human condition. When the right people and processes coalesce, tremendous value can be created.

I invest in private companies and help take them to the next level. Always working on the future.

What is one thing people should know about you? I aggressively manage the answer to this riddle – what is harmless but can kill you?

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know something about me?

What are you most passionate about professionally? Being a full-time father.

What are you most passionate about personally? The wellbeing of my family.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? New Orleans Louisiana – 4 pounds of salt in every square inch of food makes for a great meal.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Don’t pursue balance. It is not the objective of life, happiness is.

Head of Venture Partners

Ian Reynolds

Head of Venture Partners

Isaac Shi

Position: Co-Founder & Managing Director
Categories: Investing, Product, Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Sichuan and Cantonese Foods

Over the last 22 years in the software development and investment profession, created lots of novel technical solutions in software development before there were official terminologies or acronyms for them. Software Engineer for iHotelier CTO and Software Architect for Prognosis Software Architect for many dozen mission-critical software systems Advisors to many CIOs and Software Engineers for tech companies at various stage Oversaw hundred of software projects, from inception to architectural design to implementation

What is one thing people should know about you? I speak Chinese

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a bona fide Shrekologist

What are you most passionate about professionally? Helping founders to build strong tech foundations, avoid costly mistakes. Explaining technical details through the lens that business people will understand and appreciate. Build serious systems, but don’t take yourself too seriously

What are you most passionate about personally? Reading, History, arts. Helping people to help themselves

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Munich, Germany. It has great Bavarian culture, architecture, history, music, BMW, and Oktoberfest

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? When I have the need for speed, I fly a Piston propeller plane on weekends.

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Isaac Shi

Managing Director

Jacobo Vargas

Position: Sr. Project Manager
Categories: Product
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Mexican

Passionate Industrial Engineer that went from production, logistic, and quality roles on some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world like P&G, to fall in love with project management and business consulting.

With 20 years of professional experience, a lot can be told but my highlights are the ones that guide me to be happy and realized that anything can be done if you plan, execute and improve every day, like:

Be one of the leaders of UNESCO international workcamps projects in Mexico and Canada. Manage to obtain the first Global Standard SQF certification with a perfect score for Food Manufactures in the whole world in the first attempt. Build one functional tunnel capable to freeze vegetables and fruits in seconds. Be leading part of the growth strategy for one company that now is about to IPO in the US. COO and lead of the organizational structure and strategic planning of the first Mexican GEN company (Generation Exchange Network). Being able to lead and manage the creation of the first ERP for Avocado Growers and processors from scratch. Build a proven system to lead teams and organizations to strategic planning, team building, development, and success paths. And you know what, all of the above did it by using project management skills, technics, and methodologies/frameworks (even when I didn’t know it was in the earlier days).

I think my path was a bit unusual because I took one courageous shoot once an opportunity to manage a project was presented to me where I was not supposed to be the one to do it but something makes me rise my hand, challenging as it was we thrive and became my passion, that feeling of being a key part of the success and how you can serve, guide, help, mentor, be taught, and learn from the best gives the sense of purpose that drives me to excel my self, knowledge, and attitude!

What is one thing people should know about you? That I’m happy, a big hugger, a friendly people person with a lot of willingness to help. Don’t get intimidated by my size or voice. Love to be taught, hear and if possible teach/mentor/guide.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Love to do long road trips just to taste food or seek life experiences, what can be shocking is that regularly I can walk around 5-8 miles each day to get to know the city, sights, or environment better (always with one camera).

What are you most passionate about professionally? Work with persons! all the rewarding interaction and the knowledge around. The purpose and that feeling when something is happening and is going to be transcendent.

What are you most passionate about personally? Myself, my family, my friends, and the environment. I love being happy! and be part of the happiness of others too.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Anywhere with woods and a nice road with a lot of places to eat on the way. Like to explore!

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Drinking a tisana resuming my days! I love spend time with me, my family, and friends. Do home improvements (mine, relatives or friends), helping others, and don’t forget to laugh until some happy tears show. Cinemas and lately excercise. (let’s lose some pounds).

Sr. Project Manager

Jacobo Vargas

Sr. Project Manager

Jeff Page

Position: Product Manager
Categories: Product
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Tex-Mex, with Italian a close 2nd.

I took the professional scenic-route before I was blessed to find GST. I studied criminal justice in college and graduated during a market collapse. I gained retail and tech experience (more than anticipated) while awaiting the hiring markets to thaw. I entered law enforcement, only to pivot later when offered an opportunity in oil that I couldn’t refuse. Almost immediately after transitioning, I had to persevere through the oil market collapsing as well. While my resume may reflect a seemingly unrelated, even sporadic, work history, the aggregate of sixteen years excelling in results-driven environments with a focus on project management, process improvement, business analytics/development, and thriving under considerable pressure provided a skill set found to be beneficial for our Product Team. A former employer and long-time friend reached out to me about the open position. I have experienced companies offering monetary compensation in lieu of any work/life balance or personal empathy. I have found the best of it all in my current role. I could not be any happier with my choice and can now appreciate the (sometimes bumpy) path that led me here.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am extremely competitive and enjoy any challenge. I usually gear my hobbies toward those that I find entertaining but also very difficult to master; Brazilian jiu-jitsu, fishing, poker, shooting, etc.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I was once employed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, working inside the jail for a year while awaiting the academy to start. I was placed on a supermax floor, housing the most dangerous inmates in the system. I joined several different teams in an attempt to stand out for promotions (gang enforcement, emergency response, etc.). In turn, it provided more exposure to situations that (hopefully) most will never experience, hence some interesting stories and life experiences. What are you most passionate about professionally? Accomplishing any large task and reflecting on the work has always been extremely satisfying for me. While I am new to this role, I am also finding that journeying with Founders on turning their dreams into reality and growing ideas from theory to fruition is also immensely rewarding.

What are you most passionate about personally? Creating memories and strengthening bonds with family and friends. I was blessed with two extremely hard-working father figures who directly instilled their insatiable work ethic. However, they both inadvertently reaffirmed the lesson that “no amount of money ever bought a second’s worth of time” once they were gone. Loved ones won’t remember any work accolades and your presence is more rewarding than any paycheck.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Lake Fork or Maroma Beach (Mexico). I spent a large chunk of time on Lake Fork growing up. It provides some of the best bass fishing in the country, is extremely tranquil, and holds numerous fond memories. I honeymooned at Maroma. The beach is one of the prettiest in the world and literally looks like heaven on earth.

Product Manager

Jeff Page

Product Manager

Jesus Peralta

Position: UX Designer
Categories: UX Design
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: I love Italian food!

Fresh out of high school, I studied Mechatronics Engineering for a year. I did that because I’ve always been great at math and coding, so I thought that career path would be good for me. However, even if I had good grades I just couldn’t picture myself as an engineer, fixing machines and doing paperwork all day in an industrial plant. That’s why I decided to change my degree and study “Interaction Design and Animation” at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. There I was able to explore my creative potential while at the same time taking advantage of my logical thinking skills. I’m so glad I decided to do that, I especially enjoyed learning about user centric methodologies, which is why I decided to pursue a career in UX Design

Before working for Golden Section, I worked as an intern in an American higher education software company (ellucian) where I was responsible for the UX / UI design of one of their products. During my time there, I learned to work in an agile scrum framework and to design following accessibility guidelines.

What is one thing people should know about you? I love languages, besides Spanish I am fluent in English and French. For the last year I’ve been learning Arabic on Duolingo, but I’m thinking on switching to Chinese since the company has many people who speak it.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m someone who prefers to stay indoors, so people are surprised to learn that when I was in college, I spent a summer working and living in the mountains alongside indigenous artisans. It was on a small town called Xochitlán, which in nahuatl means “the place of flowers”. It is located in the northern ridge of puebla (Sierra Norte de Puebla) a very humid and foggy area. Living in a place so different from what I was used to was a very transformative experience that made me grow and mature as a person. I’ll never forget the friends I made there, we still are in contact and visit each other regularly.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I am very passionate about helping people use technology, I think everyone should have access to technology and their benefits. I see it all the time with my parents, sometimes they struggle using their cellphones or computers because the design on the apps they use is not clear enough or not tailored to their needs. The job I do brings me great satisfaction since I feel like I’m making a positive impact on people’s lives, even if it’s a small one.

What are you most passionate about personally? I love animation, I love going to the movies and watching them on the big screen, as well as watching documentaries on the behind the scenes of how they are made I didn’t become an animator because I realized I prefer to watch movies rather than work on them, which are very different experiences.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I love traveling to Mexico City because they have a lot of Musical Theatre shows, I try to go at least once a year. I am lucky of to have seen profesional productions of Wicked, Aladdin, The Prom, and many others I wouldn’t want to live in Mexico City though, it’s a very fun city as a tourist but a very stressful city as a habitant.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? I find balance on my dog, his name is Conan and he’s a chihuahua (the one in the picture). Taking care of him has made me a more responsible person. Also, thanks to him I get to do exercise every single day by taking him out for a walk, which is good for both of us.

UX Designer

Jesus Peralta

UX Designer

John Thomas Hildebrand

Position: Senior Analyst
Categories: Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Mexican

I developed an interest in investing after completing an internship at Avalon Advisors, however I knew I was more attracted to private markets. The opportunity arose to join Golden Section on their ventures team, helping to find scalable B2B software companies and it was a perfect fit.

What is one thing people should know about you? I love the outdoors.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I like to consider myself a movie connoisseur.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Helping founders achieve their dreams of building a successful company.

What are you most passionate about personally? Working hard and living well.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? South Texas. It is my favorite place to be with friends and family for a weekend or over the holidays to get away from the hustle of city life.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Hanging out around friends and playing golf.

Senior Analyst

John Thomas Hildebrand

Senior Analyst

Karen Arnoldi

Position: Product Manager\BA Manager
Categories: Product
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Italian

My first job out of college was working for a consulting firm which sent me all over the US to not so glamours cities and middle of nowhere towns but gave me great experience in various roles of software development. After 5 years of living out of suitcase I settled down in Houston and worked for Stewart Title as a Business Analyst. When my third child was born after working at Stewart for 10 years I decided to resign and stay at home with my children, a different but very rewarding time. After sending my last child off to start Kindergarten and having an empty house I had the urge to get back to work. I reached out to some old work colleagues and Kelly Moore reached back, telling me all about Golden Section and the role of Product Manager.

What is one thing people should know about you? My faith and my family mean everything to me. These days most of my personal stories revolve around my 3 busy and energetic children. I know their time as children is limited and I try to be there for all of the moments that I can.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I can be a reserved person but somehow found the courage to backpack across Europe by myself after I graduated from college. Something I will NEVER let my daughter do!!!

What are you most passionate about professionally? Seeing a feature work in a product that I helped to build. That is even more meaningful when working for a company like Golden Section where a product can represent a person’s dream.

What are you most passionate about personally? I love doing anything outdoors with my family – biking, hiking, swimming, we always have a blast together.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Anywhere in the Caribbean. Nothing beats white sands, blue waters, and fun island vibes.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Making sure I make time for my family and living a healthy lifestyle.

Product Manager\BA Manager

Karen Arnoldi

Product Manager\BA Manager

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Katie Gregory

Position: Director, Investments
Categories: Investing, Studios
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Sign me up for anything in the Asia-Pacific region.

Katie is the Director of Investments at Golden Section where she leads the diligence process for all prospective investment opportunities across pre-seed, seed, series A, and credit level investment strategies. Under Katie’s management, the Golden Section investment committee evaluates more than 150 opportunities per year from a pipeline of thousands of potential deals. The Golden Section team manages $70M in assets under management and has an active portfolio of more than 25 rapidly growing software companies doing more than $140M in annual revenue.

Prior to her current role, Katie led the enterprise sales initiatives for Golden Section’s services arm which includes more than seventy software engineers and has served more than 350 B2B software companies.

Katie started her career in B2B software sales at a fast-growing hospitality-tech firm in Houston after graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in fine arts and business.

What is one thing people should know about you? I will never say no to any travel opportunity.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? My family has a famous Christmas Card and got to meet Taylor Swift because of it.

What are you most passionate about professionally? To my core I am a connector. I love meeting new people, hearing what drives them and discovering ways to better equip or help introduce them to someone or something that will help propel their idea / company forward.

What are you most passionate about personally? I am deeply involved in an International Studies and Seminary course called Perspectives. I am passionate about cross-cultural education and ministry. I absolutely love traveling the world, seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, and learning different worldviews.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Hong Kong. The people, the food, the fashion, the architecture.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? My favorite way to pursue balance is spending time with my family. Outside of family time, I intentionally block off time in my calendar to exercise, be outside, read, and invest in friendships.

Director, Investments

Katie Gregory

Director, Investments

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Kelly Moore

Position: Senior Product Manager
Categories: Product
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: If baked good/sweets are a cuisine, then that is definitely it! Otherwise, Tex-Mex is my go-to favorite.

I started working in Product Development over 15 years ago and worked my way through the ranks from systems analyst to business analyst, to product manager, and have worn many other product hats over the years. I’ve worked on products in industries such as Title Services and Healthcare, and most recently, prior to my time at Golden Section, I led a Supplier Diversity Services team as a Product & Program Manager. This was an exciting opportunity which led me down the path of purpose-focused work. Finding my place at Golden Section allows me to continue my journey working with other purpose-driven people.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am a big-time planner. I don’t ‘wing it’ and I am not spontaneous. Being prepared is what keeps me calm, happy, and gives me peace. When I have something to plan, then I always have something to look forward to, and who doesn’t love that!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I started out my career as a Pre-School Teacher. I thought I wanted to become an elementary school teacher but decided that wasn’t for me, so I shifted gears and decided to take a more technical/business educational approach which led me to where I am today.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I love the creative process of developing new products and making existing products better. Everything from ideation through to launch and the analysis of how people engage with a product to drive continuous improvement is all very exciting for me. Product Management is something I can do to help the entire team build things that fulfill the dreams of our founders, and that is what really drives me.

What are you most passionate about personally? I’m a helper. I love to help people. If there is something I can do to help make someone’s life better, I’m all in. I have used my passion in various ways personally… as a financial coach, a marriage counselor, a board member of my neighborhood HOA, a missionary, a youth organization board member volunteer, and a boy scout committee member.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I’ve never fallen in love with a place like I did when I went to Maui. There is something magical about the Hawaiian islands.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? I intentionally block time in my calendar for daily walks, lunch away from my desk, and time with family and friends.

Senior Product Manager

Kelly Moore

Senior Product Manager

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Kristen Phillips

Position: Executive Director, Studios
Categories: Leadership, Studios
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Seafood because it encompasses all countries and flavors.

While in college at Texas A&M I discovered a deep passion for startups while participating in a three-day-build-your-own-company boot camp and working at Startup Aggieland on campus. Post graduation, I joined a team at a new startup development organization and community as an Investment Analyst for a concept designed to syndicate investment into early stage companies from local angels. Throughout the evolution of strategy, my role evolved to manage all programs and networks within the ecosystem (AKA I focused on connecting the many players within a startup community and helped founders get investment ready). Through this experience, I developed a deep appreciation for the founders journey and in my creative spaces, I spent time ideating on new and unique ways to support founders in all lifecycle phases. Fast forward through some funny stories (for another time) and I got connected to the team at Golden Section Ventures, who were wanting to build out an offering based on previous success seen within the portfolio. Shortly after I hopped on board, accepting the challenge, we united all of our strategies under one name, Golden Section, made our first initial investments, built a team, and the rest, as they say, will one day soon be history….

What is one thing people should know about you? I find yelp in big cities to be lame so I started my own shared note called Houston Foodie with over 150+ restaurants that I have reviewed in the greater Houston area. You have to know someone to get access to the list (hint, you know me). Stay tuned for a Global Foodie list, coming soon…

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I like to hunt and fish and camp in remote areas.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Building something that greater than just one person or team. We get the privilege to do this through our business and hope our founders see partnering with us as an opportunity to do the same in theirs. We strive to be intentionally different in a way that equally aligns opportunities for flourishing on all sides.

What are you most passionate about personally? My faith – It’s something I will forever grow in and endlessly enjoy.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Rockport, TX. Out of all of the exotic and fun new places, Rockport Texas will always hold a special place in my heart. My dad grew up going there so we grew up going there and it feels like a home away from home. Time seems to slow down when you get to hang out on the bay with family, friends, and lots of sunshine.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Through living locally – enjoying community, farmers markets, and exploring neighborhood restaurants.

 

 

 

 

Executive Director, Studios

Kristen Phillips

Executive Director, Studios

Mahmoud Elmetwally

Position: Product Manager / Senior Business Analyst
Categories: Product
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Any Seafood Restaurant.

I started as a Technical Support Engineer, then an Application Analyst, then an IT Business Analyst, then Business Analyst, then a Senior Professional Business Analyst, and now I’m a Product Manager/Senior Business Analyst.

What brought me here is the Family feelings I felt since the first interview.
* A company has a good vision and mission.
* A great Management peoples

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m a Drifting Addict

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I studied dentistry for 1 year and shifted my career. I wasn’t able to sustain the people’s painful feelings.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Detail oriented. Listener. Facilitate communication between organizational units.

What are you most passionate about personally? Drifting and fishing. Improving my work skills.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? England. I like the classic lifestyle.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Organize my time as much as I can.

Product Manager / Senior Business Analyst

Mahmoud Elmetwally

Senior Business Analyst

Marianna Mercado

Position: Digital Marketing Coordinator
Categories: Studios
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Korean food, I love kimchi.

I have a major in Communications and Audiovisual Arts. I began my career working in a publicity agency with big local brands and previously I worked as a Marketing Coordinator for a tech education startup. Learning about new digital trends and technologies is my passion. What brought me to my current role is the opportunity of learning new things and focus on digital marketing.

What is one thing people should know about you? One thing people should know about me is that I like photography and digital drawing.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have participated in roller skating competitions in several countries.

What are you most passionate about professionally? My passion is learning about technology and digital marketing. I love staying up to date with the latest technology and learning all about how it works.

What are you most passionate about personally? I’m passionate about expanding my awareness of things, so I always like to learn new things.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? My favorite place to travel to is Oaxaca because the food is amazing and is a big city where you have a bit of everything you can go to the beach but also to museums and to the archaeological sites.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? To have time to do the things I love and by spending time with my loved ones.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Marianna Mercado

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Mauricio Mercado

Position: Product Manager
Categories: Product
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite food: Bread, cheese and/or shrimp.

Trained as a Mechanical Engineer, I was involved in developing new products since very early in my career, I spent 16 years in manufacturing, 8 years in consulting and since 2014 I started transitioning into the digital realm. I’ve had over 100 successes and maybe just as many failures, and in everyone, I’ve strived to absorb and learn out of every bit of information I could get my head around, simply because I love solving product puzzles.

What is one thing people should know about you? You won’t get any BS from me. I am a deep, passionate, loving, and introvert person, and because of those same reasons, I tend to get bored rather easily.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I am shy and extremely curious. And I am a music lover. Because of the latter, and simply out of curiosity and spurious coincidence, I was involved for a short season of my life, in managing artists, and as an A&R.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Solving product puzzles. Seeing them transform from an ethereal idea into becoming alive.

What are you most passionate about personally? I am a passionate guy. If something is not sparkling my passionate self, it is likely it simply won’t happen. Having said that: traveling, reading, movies, music, swimming, scuba diving, small-scale model building, eating, trying new things, making new friends… and of course, solving puzzles.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I’ve been kind of a nomad for a big chunk of my life. So (almost) wherever the compass shall be pointing next sounds like a good destination.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Since I am a passionate guy, I go all in in whatever I may get myself involved in. For this reason I do keep myself on a high-pace for quite a long period, but after a while I will need a down time for a short period. it is here where I shall take a break, travel, change my scenery, and that simply happens whenever I may need them, so I charge myself fully and get on the high-paced horse again in no time.

Product Manager

Mauricio Mercado

Product Manager

Meimei Pang

Position: Technical Team Lead
Categories: Project Management
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite Food: Dumplings

I have a total working experience of over 17 years, including nine years of working experience as a BA and QA, two years of working experience as an editor, one year’s working experience as a translator and five years of experience as a Project Manager.

What is one thing people should know about you? I have strong knowledge base and capabilities to establish/maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? The only vehicle I can handle is bicycle.

What are you most passionate about professionally? “Provide strong requirements analysis for clients; Build robust test process for clients; Manage team efficiently to better serve our clients”

What are you most passionate about personally? Read more books to broaden my knowledge in as many aspects as possible.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Anywhere in China because China is a very beautiful country.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Spend more time staying with my family and friends.

Technical Team Lead

Meimei Pang

Technical Team Lead

Melba Daniel

Position: Business Analyst
Categories: Product
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: nice cut of steak.

I started working at in Dell 2012 as an Analyst, basically, I was a support for the project managers and product owners, after 3 years I have the opportunity to join as a business analyst and started work with Oracle Enterprise Bussines Suite doing the implementation for all the new finance laws for all the global team. After that, I moved to a manufacturer company, I was working doing the implementation of the modules for the receiving, Inspection, and Non-Conformance Materials for the warehouses in the USA and Canada. I received an offer from O´Reilly auto parts, the project was to create a Warehouse Management System for a new Distribution Center once I have finished all the documentation I have decided to move to Golden Section looking for new challenges. 🙂

What is one thing people should know about you? I love play video games, sneakers and Hello kitty!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? my guilty pleasure is watch reality shows. 😛

What are you most passionate about professionally? Create stuffs since scratch.

What are you most passionate about personally? My family and my pets.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Beach! It is a relaxing place.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Keep close my family and friends.

Business Analyst

Melba Daniel

Business Analyst

Montana Meador

Position: Founder Success Analyst
Categories: Studios
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Mexican

I went to Baylor University where I attained degrees in both Marketing & Entrepreneurship. I began my career in the Recruiting Department of Kirkland & Ellis where learned all aspects of the recruiting process from the initial interview to planning a 10-week program for our summer associates. I switched to the Business Development Department which focused more on our client base. I planned a multitude of events as well as assisted in providing collateral to our attorneys in an effort to grow our cliental. I loved many aspects of my role but I began to seek opportunities at companies where there was an alignment with mission, values and culture. During my job search, I was connected to the recruiter of Golden Section. The more I learned about Golden Section’s mission and environment, the more confident that I became that this would be a great fit for me. Speaking with Katie Gregory and Kristen Phillips further affirmed this as they spoke to the incredible people, fast paced environment and many opportunities for growth at Golden Section all with the purpose of helping our founders achieve a meaningful exit.

What is one thing people should know about you? I have am obsessed (or addicted?) to Goldfish.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have never been to the state of Montana.

What are you most passionate about professionally? I am passionate about continued opportunities to grow and learn. I believe that all work environments should be conducive to their employees growth and development. We should never stop looking for opportunities to advance our knowledge and grow our skill sets.

What are you most passionate about personally? I am passionate about helping people by investing time in building relationships with them. I believe that the most affective way to help someone (whether that is personally, spiritually or professionally – which I believe all are intertwined) is to do life with them. The people who have had the biggest impact in my life aren’t people who said something profound, but rather the people who took time out of their lives getting to know me and caring for me.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Cinque Terre in Italy is my favorite place to travel. It is a chain of 5 towns that you can hike between along the coast. It is has both mountains and beach – double whammy!!

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Being active (pickle ball!!) and spending time with friends and family.

Founder Success Analyst

Montana Meador

Founder Success Analyst

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Natasha Henderson

Position: Product Manager
Categories: Looking Glass, Product, Project Management
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Salads

After graduation I started my career at a consulting firm and quickly realized the best part of the job was working with new people every day and constantly learning about new technologies. Both of these things made me really excited about working at Golden Section. The innovation, culture and emphasis on its people is what brought me to Golden Section where I get to work as the Product Manager of Looking Glass.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am ALWAYS freezing no matter what the temperature is.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? In the future (when I have kids) I would love for them to compete in Junior Bake Off! IYKYK: https://thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/meet-the-junior-bakers-2022/

What are you most passionate about professionally? Love meeting new people, hearing about why they do what they do and helping them get there.

What are you most passionate about personally? I love traveling because it gives me the opportunity to learn about new cultures.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Machu Picchu, I absolutely love the Peruvian people and culture and the amount of history.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Spending time with my family and friends.

Product Manager

Natasha Henderson

Product Manager

Nayely Rodriguez

Position: UX designer
Categories: UX Design
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Mexican seafood

I have over 5 years of experience in UX/UI design, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the University of Guadalajara and also I have a certification in UX/UI.

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m very passionate about my work, I really enjoy what I do.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I have a little phobia to the reptiles.

What are you most passionate about professionally? The way to create something useful and all the resources, colors and typography that we have for this, I consider myself a very visual person and for this reason the esthetic is very important for me.

What are you most passionate about personally? I feel a high passion for the music, every day I listen music to focus in my job and I have a lot of playlist in Spotify for any mood or occasion.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Any place with beach, I really love the beach and know new places, I would like to go to Thailand.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? The balance is something that we create day by day, I try to take the right direction in my life but also I learn about the mistakes.

UX designer

Nayely Rodriguez

UX designer

Nydia Diaz

Position: UX Designer
Categories: UX Design
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite food: Mexican and Japanese

What brought me to UX Design is the need to create products people will love. UX is a broad field that essentially solves problems through design. And because of how we live now, I wanted to get into digital product design. It is a new face of design that really caught my attention.

What is one thing people should know about you? I have an entrepreneurial side. I’ve had a few small businesses in the past. I would love to have my own wine business someday. I don’t travel as much as I would like, but I’ll try to do it more often. I also like to illustrate and draw, watch anime and play video games.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m interested in learning different languages, and right now I’m learning Japanese and would like to continue with French.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Delivering a product or design that is functional and with great esthetic.

What are you most passionate about personally? Sharing knowledge or tools that helped professionally and personally so others can grow too.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Japan, for the culture. The way it meets both an ancient and modern civilizations.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? I try to do something that makes me happy every day. I like to take care of myself, physically and mentally.

UX Designer

Nydia Diaz

UX Designer

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Oscar Kutch

Position: Senior Associate, Ventures
Categories: Investing, Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Beef Fajitas

Oscar is currently a Senior Associate on the Ventures team with Golden Section. His role consists of analyzing investment opportunities for the fund, journeying with portfolio companies post-investment, tracking portfolio performance, and supporting the general partners in investment decisions. His experience ties closely to finance and technology, with specific focuses on financial management, equity analysis, venture capital, and B2B software.

Prior to Golden Section, Oscar earned his MBA at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. There, he was an equity analyst with the M.A. Wright Fund, an officer with the Jones Student Association for Professionals, and the president of Men As Allies. He was also an active member of the Finance Association and Beer Club, and a volunteer with Rice Business Gives Back. Prior to business school, Oscar was a Senior Finance Manager at DesignerAdvantage, where he managed financial operations for multiple small businesses, and led sales of the firm’s software offering to prospective clients. Prior to starting his career, Oscar earned his BA in Economics at Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences. There, he was a 4-year letterman on the Varsity Baseball team, a member of the Tufts Financial Group, a brother of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

What is one thing people should know about you? I am a big Astros fan… Go ‘Stros!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I was the Safety Patrol Lieutenant in 5th Grade at Whitcomb Elementary.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Serving others… Whether it be supporting a founder’s passion by providing capital and guidance, stewarding our LPs capital through portfolio analysis, or training new hires on financial and market diligence… I enjoy my role the most when I am helping others.

What are you most passionate about personally? Traveling… I have been to 11 different countries and plan on visiting many more throughout my life. Thankfully, I also get to follow this passion through my role here at Golden Section. Visiting a new place involves learning more about other cultures and capturing new experiences, which I thoroughly enjoy.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Paris, France… Delicious food, tons of art, beautiful architecture.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Meeting up with friends for dinner at one of Houston’s many amazing restaurants.

Senior Associate, Ventures

Oscar Kutch

Senior Associate, Ventures

Qingwen Wu

Position: QA
Categories: Product
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite food: Chinese Dumplings.

As a QA, it’s enjoyable to find bugs and defects in software and confirm they’re fixed.

What is one thing people should know about you? Strong team spirit.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Good Cooking.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Make software bug free as possible I can.

What are you most passionate about personally? Watching a comedy movie will make me relaxable.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I like to travel to my hometown, a small countryside village. I can get together with my family and be away from the noise of the city for a moment.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? I put all my energy into work during the working time and do anything except work out of the working time.

QA

Qingwen Wu

QA

Said Esparza

Position: Market Research Analyst
Categories: Studios
Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Favorite Food: Mexican. Love tacos

I’m an International Business bachelor. I had work on a wide range of different industries: food, technology and services. Most of my roles have been focused on business development, account management and customer success. Later I had the opportunity to work on an International NGO where I lead a team of 100 young leaders to create cultural exchanges. After this big journey, I realized that I enjoy creating strategies and doing research for the entrepreneur ecosystem.

What is one thing people should know about you? I like videogames, anime and geek culture, I do streamings on Twitch!

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m left handed, color blind, and I pass out if I see blood.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Doing research and learning trends and how impact society also I’m a Tech savy, love to learn new platforms.

What are you most passionate about personally? I enjoy projects that embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging also love to talk in public about young leadership and multicultural understanding.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? “Does not matter the destination it’s more important the journey and the people that share it with you”… Tokyo.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Be always self aware and be surround of different communities from which I can learn something new.

Market Research Analyst

Said Esparza

Market Research Analyst

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Taylor Stoute

Position: Founder Success Team Lead
Categories: Studios
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite food: Are desserts a cuisine? LOL

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in both Energy Management and Finance, I began my career in oil and gas as a landman, but quickly transitioned into commercial real estate during the height of covid. Within a year of being a commercial real estate agent, I had built a book of business of around 40 clients and ran the entire sales cycle on my own, from client acquisition to lease/purchase contract execution. I knew that in order to grow my business quickly, I needed to connect with the companies feeling the most pain with their current real estate footprint and so I would research and call on the fastest growing companies in various industries and locations. These searches led me to discovering the emerging startup ecosystem in Houston and the role venture capital plays in supporting the community. After around six months of following the industry, I had decided that I wanted to get into venture capital because it closely resembled my interests – helping others reach their career goals and learning how various types of businesses operate. Shortly after determining that I wanted to work in venture capital, I was connected to Golden Section by a contact from another VC who is prolific in the Houston startup scene and the rest is history! When I met the GS team and saw the uniqueness of the model, I knew this was the place for me.

What is one thing people should know about you? I love music! (just not country music)

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I don’t watch TV or have any streaming accounts. I don’t own a television!

What are you most passionate about professionally? Professionally, I am most passionate about team alignment and working together to achieve a common goal. Part of being a team is being inclusive, which I am also super passionate about.

What are you most passionate about personally? Personally, I am most passionate about spreading positivity and bringing joy to others.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? My favorite place to travel to are the Exuma Islands which are in the Bahamas. I am a beach girl at heart and growing up I was fortunate enough to travel to a variety of Caribbean islands with my family during summer vacation.The Exumas are my favorite travel spot due to their remoteness, crystal clear water, and amazing sea life. Anyone who gets a chance should go!

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? My favorite way to pursue balance is through sweating it out! You’ll find me on weekends running at my local high school track – rain or shine, hot or cold! Contrary to most, I actually love the Houston weather!

Founder Success Team Lead

Taylor Stoute

Founder Success Team Lead

Will McCallum

Position: Director, Lending
Categories: Lending, Venture
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: Italian cause carbs

Started my career at Amegy Bank in their Officer Development Program with a focus on Small Business Lending. After graduating from the program, I spent five years facilitating all types of debt structures for small businesses and start ups with revenue ranging from $0 to $15M. I then moved into Amegy’s Commercial Middle Market group, focusing on established companies with revenues between $25M and $250M and facilitating broader debt structuring including ABL, Factoring and Mezzanine lending. In my final year with Amegy, I continued with the Commercial Middle Market group and took on the role of building out the Bank’s Venture Debt policy and application for the Texas market, identifying the types of debt vehicles, underwriting metrics and portfolio management KPIs that would be deployed based on company stage and loan size. This involvement in the Venture space of Houston ultimately led me to Golden Section, where I’ve been working as the Director of Lending since October 2021.

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m an Eagle Scout but don’t ask me to tie knots.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m a borderline groupie for Billy Strings – https://open.spotify.com/artist/1ZN1c1qWEGZNX1pGeKCPpf – You’re Welcome

What are you most passionate about professionally? Same thing as it was while working for Amegy Bank – Getting to play a role in a founder’s journey towards achieving their success.

What are you most passionate about personally? Mezcal – I’ve currently got 73 different bottles and am already out of space to put them, but that isn’t stopping me from going to Oaxaca multiple times a year and bringing more back. Agave is Life. (Is it called a drinking problem if it’s something cool?)

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Oaxaca for reasons mentioned previously.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Hunting & Fishing a.ka. Cast’n & Blast’n

Director, Lending

Will McCallum

Director, Lending

Xiaohui Zhu

Position: Senior Developer
Categories: Product
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite food: Seafood

I have over 10 years of software development experience. I’m experienced in Asp.net / Asp.net Core, react, and react-native and know Vue, Angular, Java, and microservice development well.

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m a lightweight at drinking.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? A bottle of beer can make me vomit.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Learn new technologies and solve problems encountered in my work.

What are you most passionate about personally? Watch marvel movies.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I want to travel to Xinjiang because there are so many beautiful views there.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Playing with my daughter can take my mind off my troubles.

Senior Developer

Xiaohui Zhu

Senior Developer

Xingda Xu

Position: Software Developer
Categories: Product
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite Food: Not particular, but everything about meat I guess.

I graduated from Qingdao University and chose an ERP company in Shenzhen to challenge myself for my first job, and it last for 3 years. Then I went back to hometown and joined a company which mainly serve the local government with environment data for about 5 years until it ran into economic disruption. I tried several companies but fed up with their chaotic management till I joined amazing Golden Section Team.

What is one thing people should know about you? Helpful and humble, friendly and fertile, these are my tags.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I love cats.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Learning new tech skills is fun and challenging.

What are you most passionate about personally? Work hard and play hard.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Anywhere seaside. It’s cooler and making me feel happy.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Don’t take it too seriously. Like I said, work hard and play hard, pedal to the metal. There is no best balance point.

Software Developer

Xingda Xu

Software Developer

Yanjun Yi

Position: Business Analyst
Categories: Product
Location: China, Fangying
Favorite Food: Steak with chips.

My previous work experience was from Singapore, I worked in fashion & beauty industry before, after that I transferred to Tiffany&Co under Operation department, Over the years, I have been focused on developing the right qualities and skills to work effectively, such as communication skill, organizational skill and multitasking, I’m sure I can apply what I learned to my current position, a BA requires effective communications, be proactive and plan all my projects meticulously to avoid possible mistakes, with my knowledge and experience, I can add value to this role.

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m passionate about work, a nice colleague to work with.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’ve been practicing yoga for 4 years.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Simultaneous Interpreting.

What are you most passionate about personally? Travelling.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Anywhere near the ocean. Maldives is my dream place, the water there have different layers of blue, like gems.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Handle work with full of energy, relax and have fun after work, maintain a healthy lifestyle, do exercise once or twice a week.

Business Analyst

Yanjun Yi

Business Analyst

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Yosef Levenstein

Position: Chief Marketing Officer
Categories: Leadership, Studios
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Favorite Food: American

I began my career on Wall Street working at an investment bank, and I gradually moved into financially technology and eventually my first startup in 2011.

I worked at 3 different fintech startups, each with different problems they were trying to solve, and different monetization strategies. The First startup was a content aggregation platform that monetized its traffic, but the other 2 were B2B SaaS platforms that we had to market, sell, and support. Both were early-stage companies, and I learned a lot about marketing, sales, and client success at those companies.

After ten years of working in early-stage startups, I joined Golden Section as its CMO because I wanted to leverage my experience to help Golden Section build its brand, and the founders we invest in build their companies.

What is one thing people should know about you? I have 5 sister and 0 brothers.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I grew up in Jerusalem, Israel.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Figuring out how to balance white glove service and efficiency.

What are you most passionate about personally? My family.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? Alaska, because of its endless beauty and wilderness.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? By disconnecting from the world for 25 hours on Sabbath.

Chief Marketing Officer

Yosef Levenstein

Chief Marketing Officer

Yuqiang Jiao

Position: Technical Team Lead
Categories: Product, R&D
Location: China, Hiwin
Favorite food: Chinese food

I started off as an eager apprentice and everything was new. Through continually accumulating knowledge and experience, after a while, I became a self-sufficient developer, which has been an important turning point to me. I started helping junior developers, reviewing code, and attending more conferences. Continuous learning and help and support from my colleagues have helped me get to my current role.

What is one thing people should know about you? I’m keeping studying and working hard to continue to be a good helper for the team and the company.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Maintain a strong interest and vitality in learning new knowledge.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Work with colleagues discussing and researching odd technical problems.

What are you most passionate about personally? I personally love watching technology news.

What is your favorite place to travel to and why? I like to travel to the sea most, because the vastness of the sea makes people forget all the unhappiness.

What is your favorite way to pursue balance in your life? Develop healthy eating habits, keep a regular schedule, do exercise regularly, and be happy at work.

Technical Team Lead

Yuqiang Jiao

Technical Team Lead

Golden Section journeys together with early stage B2B founders to achieve meaningful exits through effective partnerships, flourishing communities and a commitment to balance.