Ting Gootee

Ting Gootee

Founding Member & Chief Investment Officer


Elevate Ventures

Indianapolis, IN USA


My liberal arts education didn’t teach me how to crunch numbers, but it did teach me how to think, how to write, how to communicate, and how to solve problems. Those are the skills that come in handy everyday.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in China—attended Beijing University where she received her bachelor’s degree in English language and literature.
She decided to come to the U.S. for graduate school, where she attended Purdue University and received her master’s in American studies.
She struggled for the first couple of years to adapt to the language and cultural barriers in America and was severely homesick.
Says one of her turning points at Purdue was deciding to take a business class one summer instead of going back to visit family in China, which is what first sparked her interest in business.
While working a part-time job at Saks Fifth Avenue in Indianapolis, a client offered her a job working with companies in Asia for an international hedge fund on the trading accounts team.
Ended up loving the work and decided she wanted to continue pursuing that career path—while on maternity leave, she decided to go back to school to earn her master’s in business administration.
While getting her MBA in 2008, the stock market crashed, which made her career transition very difficult, as internship and job opportunities were scarce.
Ended up getting a job with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation doing 21 Fund analysis—this would eventually lead to her co-founding her venture capital company, Elevate Ventures.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Beijing University
graduate
Graduate
Ethnic Studies
Purdue University-Main Campus
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Indiana University-Bloomington
Career

Career

Founding Member & Chief Investment Officer

I oversee investment operations and lead investment research, analyses, and deal negotiations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I attend in-house meetings on various projects. Meeting and communicating with different CEOs and executives about their company's growth plans and capital needs. I conduct independent research and data analysis.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Knowledge about the venture capital industry and experiences in leading entrepreneurial companies is vital.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Have integrity. Develop your critical thinking and leadership skills. Understand who you are. Figure out how to develop these qualities your way so they benefit your life and goals.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
graduate
Graduate
Accounting and Finance
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with the pace of the finance/business industry."

I had a lot of doubt and anxiety surrounding my decision to change my career to this field. I knew it was what I wanted, but I definitely wasn't sure if I could keep up with the pace of it all. I had to find the balance. I knew I wasn't after the 80-hour a week Wall Street life, I just had to find the job that worked for me.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I immigrated to the U.S. from China. It took a while to get comfortable here. I was both simultaneously apprehensive and intentional about adapting and learning to this new culture.

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I was a liberal arts major throughout the majority of my schooling. Due to the broad nature of that area and the variety of topics that can be explored, I had a hard time figuring out what opportunities were available to me.