How Lorenzo Thione Is Scaling Support For Diverse Founders With Gaingels


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We sat down with one of the most influential people in tech, Lorenzo Thione, who shares his very inspiring journey and how that led him to be where he is today.

Lorenzo grew up in Milan, Italy and had a technical background at an early age. He completed his studies at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering.

He is now the Managing Director of Gaingels, a leading LGBTQIA+/Allies investment syndicate and one of the largest and most active private investors in North America. He is also the co-founding Chairman of StartOut, Chairman of the Board at Social Edge, and previously co-founded Powerset, a natural-language search engine startup sold to Microsoft for $100 million in 2008.

Lorenzo is named one of the most influential LGBT people in tech in 2014 and 2018 and his dedication in supporting and elevating leaders of the LGBTQ+ in the venture startup is amazing.

As the Managing Producer at Sing Out, Louis! Productions, he is also a Tony-Award winner (Hadestown, The Inheritance). He produced and co-created the Broadway musical, Allegiance starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. He is currently working in a new original musical, Indigo, as well as The Elephant Whisperer.

We covered a lot of ground in this episode, including:

Topics Discussed:

  • Where his passion comes from and how Lorenzo found entrepreneurship.

  • Helping others to build a diverse company by providing more than just funding.

  • The different companies that he had a part in building.

  • His mark on Broadway.

  • How your descent can make a difference in your future and your thinking.

  • How the model of angel groups is evolving to syndicates and SPV’s.

  • The role of a “Platform” strategy to help Gaingels portfolio companies.

  • What does Lorenzo think about the future of Venture Capital.

Quote of the Episode:

“Strategic Value, what is all being brought to the table”

The Greatest Piece of Advice:

His mentor told him to, “ be obsessive, about how you can add value, to your own network and relationships”

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