Joy Lindsay is President and co-founder of StarTec Investments, LLC. She has been an active member of the Minnesota venture capital community since 1998.
In addition to her role at StarTec, Ms. Lindsay is a member of the Sofia Angel Fund, a Minnesota-based women’s angel fund focused on making private equity investments in companies founded by or led by women, or whose products and services target women. She is also a member of the Gopher Angels, a group of angel investors who share screening and due diligence of investment opportunities.
Ms. Lindsay is a member and past chair of the Minnesota High Tech Association board of directors, is a member of the Advisory Board at the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota, and has served as Secretary and Vice-President of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association. She is a judge for the Minnesota Cup business plan competition and serves on the Planning Committee for the Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference. Ms. Lindsay is one of the founding Agitators of MOJO MN, an innotvation co-operative working to fuel entrepreneurship and reignite Minnesota's culture of innovation. She takes an active role in StarTec’s portfolio companies, and routinely serves as a board director or board observer. Additionally, she is on the board of directors for ACES – a non-profit after-school tutor/mentoring program for inner-city youth.
Ms. Lindsay served on the state of Minnesota’s Science and Technology Advisory Commission. She was earlier appointed by former Governor Pawlenty to the 21st Century Tax Reform Commission. In 2009, she was named one of “40 Minnesotans on the Move” by Finance and Commerce magazine. In both 2010 and 2011, Twin Cities Business magazine identified her as one of “200 Minnesotans You Should Know”. And, in 2013, she was named one of Minnesota Business Magazine's "The (Real) Power 50".
Prior to founding StarTec, Ms. Lindsay was a Senior Vice President in the Westlaw division of West Publishing (now Thomson Reuters). She started her career at West in software development and held numerous leadership positions in IT, customer support, account management and sales. She has a B.A. in mathematics from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.