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Taylor Stoute

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

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!