Co-Founder & Managing Director
A seasoned entrepreneur, strategist and change agent, Laurie is addicted to start-up culture. She has launched or secured funding for a variety of cutting edge nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. Laurie founded dotSUB, the video translation platform that is well known for powering TED’s open translation project and was a principal at Eyespot, an early leader in video remix technology. As a funder, Laurie managed a private portfolio endowed by the founders of Red Hat, and launched transformative early stage enterprises including Lulu Press, Creative Commons and ibiblio. In addition to her history as an entrepreneur and dealmaker, Laurie previously held leadership roles on several boards: co-founder and chair of Public Knowledge, chair of Teachers Without Borders, and president of DocArts, the corporation that produces the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. She was a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and executive director of the Health Sector Management Program at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Currently, Laurie is a director on both for and non-profit boards including Creative Commons, the Tribeca Film Institute, Wizehive and CQ. She also serves on the advisory board of Road Trip Nation, Notehall and Open Road Media. Laurie received a B.A. from New York University and conducted graduate work in human genetics at University of California, Berkeley.
Sylvia L. Marino
A life-long addict of entrepreneurship, Sylvia has acted as mentor, consultant and advisor to various startups in addition to being on founding teams. Sylvia was early with such pioneering companies as WellEngaged from famed The WeLL, early-stage work with Edmunds.com and most recently co-founded Bia Sport. She has worked with Startl since inception on Design Boosts and Accelerator programs. Sylvia holds a B.A. from Beloit College and is a supporter of CELEB: Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education in Beloit.