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Kristen Phillips

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

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.