Indianapolis-based TechPoint has named Ting Gootee — a well-known name in Indiana’s startup, venture capital and tech communities — as its next president and CEO.
Gootee, 43, will join TechPoint on May 2, the organization announced Thursday morning. She replaces Mike Langellier, who announced in January that he would step down as senior TechPoint executive after nearly a decade in the role.
Gootee is currently Chief Investment Officer at Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures. She joined the organization in 2011 and has been in her current role since 2014. Elevate Ventures is a nonprofit organization that serves as the venture capital firm for the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the public-private creative agency state jobs. .
“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” Gootee told IBJ. “I look forward to building on the great work they have done [at TechPoint].”
TechPoint, a nonprofit associated with the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, exists to promote and support the state’s technology industry. TechPoint was created in 2003 by the merger of two industry organizations: the Indiana Software Association and the Indiana Information Technology Association. In 2006, TechPoint affiliated with the CICP.
During his time at Elevate Ventures, Gootee led investments in over 500 Indiana startups. About 60% of Elevate Venture’s investments are in technology companies.
Originally from China, Gootee earned an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Peking University in Beijing. She came to the United States in 2001 for graduate studies at Purdue University, where she earned a master’s degree in American Studies. She then earned an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Gootee was also honored as one of IBJ’s 2021 Women of Influence.
David Johnson, President and CEO of CICP and a member of TechPoint’s Executive Committee, said Gootee’s background and experience in entrepreneurship, venture capital and tech startups is a perfect fit for TechPoint. .
“Ting’s journey is just amazing,” Johnson said. “She has a wealth of experience that I don’t think anyone else has.”
As TechPoint’s new leader, Gootee will be responsible for helping grow Indiana’s tech industry, including how to address a critical talent shortage, nurture new startups, and help startups and large corporations attract funding.
“These are areas where I think Ting will bring tremendous experience to the field,” Johnson said. “She is very committed to the mission of the organization and very keen to push things as far and as fast and in as many directions as possible.”
Gootee declined to elaborate on how TechPoint might work to achieve those goals. She said she has a few ideas, but before sharing them publicly, she wants to hear from TechPoint employees, investors, members and others.
“It will be very important for me to spend the first few weeks in active listening,” said Gootee. “I’ll be looking forward to sharing once I’ve received a lot more feedback from stakeholders.”