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Joe Gough

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Detroit Area, US

Managing Partner of Starpower Ventures, an investment firm dedicated to early stage ventures. Start-up CEO of Homeward Health.

Managing Partner of Starpower Ventures, an investment firm dedicated to early stage ventures. Start-up CEO of Homeward Health.

6 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Enterprise Sales
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing

Involved In


Inspire Michigan

Side Projects

MakeMe Makeup
Millionaire Greetings
Zipstarz, LLC- Collectible Tech


Partner Starpower Ventures April 2014 - present
President & CEO Homeward Healthcare January 2014 - present
Partner Zipstarz, LLC January 2014 - present
Executive Producer Working Pictures, Inc. & Indian Trail Productions January 2010 - present
Founder & President Inspire Michigan December 2006 - present
Entrepreneur in Residence & Portfolio Consultant UTIE- University of Toledo Innovation Enterprises October 2012 - April 2014
Broadcasting Salem Communications- WDTK Radio August 2004 - August 2013
President & Owner Brainstorm Creative Consulting August 2001 - September 2012
Writer/ Producer Indian Trail, Working Pictures, Tenth Planet, Carlin Films, Geronimo Films, & Face Productions January 1995 - May 2012
Consultant & Territory Manager Lexis Nexis- Division of Reed Elsevier August 2004 - 2008
Dean in Residence & Director of Int. Student Program Orchard Lake Schools 1996 - 2000


Singularity- FutureMed 2013 Exponential Medicine 2013 - 2013
St. Marys College Communication Arts 1995 - 1997
Wayne State University Humanities 1992 - 1994
Orchard Lake St. Mary's General 1989 - 1991

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Healthcare
  • • Video
  • • Mobile
  • • Media
  • • Wellness
  • • Records
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Entertainment • Multimedia • Design Thinking • Social Media Marketing • Branded Entertainment

Key Accomplishments

I've been apart of multiple exits from start-ups that began with $50k and a delivery van, to selling robotics technology to a Swiss multinational healthcare company. I've worked in product design, strategy, business development and fundraising. My skill set is best leveraged in overall go-to-market strategy from concept to commercialization. I'm looking for programming partners. I NEED great technologists who want access to huge market opportunities, funding, mentoring programs, and strategic partners. I'm looking for young hungry Midwest tech-entrepreneurs that want to dedicate themselves to killer projects in consumer apps, web interactive, and business SaaS. Experience with web video players and multimedia integration is a plus.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Go-to-market strategy, follow on financing, sales and marketing channels, strategic partnerships, intellectual property protection, and successful business leadership (proven track record).

Vouches Received

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Blaine Graboyes
We worked together
Since I've met Joe he's proven to be hard working, dedicated, and focused while also being generous and willing to help other entrepreneurs ... and executives. Joe is an important part of the the local startup community, to which he brings an energy and vibrancy that helps drive others to achieve their goals. I personally enjoy working with Joe personally and professionally.
Patrick McInnis
They're my friends
He's a great thinker that is driven, resourceful and intelligent.
Josh Linkner - NY Times Bestselling Author
We worked together
Joe has grit and determination. He forges ahead and is relentless in pursuing his vision. He's well-versed in many areas and will stop at ... nothing to achieve his goals.
We worked together
Joe can see the links between various opportunities in such a way that the prospect of success is greatly enhanced. He is fun to be around b ... ecause his energy is contagious. Most importantly, he applies a great deal of effort and conviction to his endeavors. Joe is a generalist who he knows enough about each discipline to be an effective manager. His remarkable marketing skill is what finally sets him apart from others. In conclusion, he has all the attributes of a great entrepreneur. He is a remarkable, creative thinker with enough energy to change the world.
They're my friends
He is ambitious, smart and driven.
Maarten Albarda
Founder, MLA Consulting LLC Integrated Marketing Communications. Previously global marketer for agencies, The Coca-Cola Company and AB-InBev
Passion, drive, energy, creativity and networking. Joe knows how!

John Cunningham
They're my friends  •  Technology Transfer - Mentor in Residence, Wayne State University and Senior Advisor - Transaction Sourcing, Ann Arbor Angels.
Although I have only met with John a couple of times, I found him to be insightful, personable, and well-versed in the travails of the start ... -up culture. I would not hesitate to follow his advice or work with him on future endeavors.

Kyle Mulka
Owner, Congo Labs. Previously Platform Engineer, AppKey. University of Michigan grad.
Kyle is a thoughtful and intelligent programmer with great leadership skills and an appetite for entrepreneurial challenges. He is the kind ... of level-headed professional that can see through the chaos of the moment and make "big picture" decisions. I have great respect and admiration for Kyle and his abilities. Highly recommended in all his skill sets and capacities.

Eric Kim
Vice President, New Leaf Venture Partners. Previously Associate, New Leaf Venture Partners. Northwestern grad.
I met Eric at the HITLAB World Cup in NY. He was engaged and committed to the improvement of the Information Technology space. His philoso ... phy towards cultivating and investing in early stage companies is fundamentally sound. His knowledge and appetite for learning more was equally impressive. I would definitely recommend him as an adviser.