When a nearshore outsourcing firm puts its clients’ needs before its own, great things happen. That’s the philosophy of Joyce Durst, co-founder and managing partner of Austin-based Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP).
Joyce strives to provide clients with unmatched value. As such, one of Joyce’s guiding principles is that GAP doesn’t just build software to solve critical business problems; GAP helps its clients achieve their dreams.
Joyce’s 30-year tenure in the software industry includes a wide range of experience—from launching startups to building and leading high-performance teams at large enterprises:
- As CEO of venture-backed startup Pinion Software, Joyce raised $21 million, which funded the launch of several pioneering products in the security space.
- As a senior executive at publicly traded BMC Software, Joyce oversaw a $200 million division, where she achieved a 40 percent profit margin and annual revenue growth ranging from 30 percent to 50 percent.
At GAP, another key area of focus for Joyce is the personal development of her employees. She believes that advancing their skills and providing inspiring career paths not only benefit her team members, but the entire company and its clients.
Joyce’s passion for helping others achieve their goals reaches far beyond GAP. She loves sports and the outdoors, and Joyce expands on these pastimes as a board member for Special Olympics Texas. A sought-after speaker on leadership and women in business, Joyce contributes to Inc. Magazine’s Springboard Enterprises blog and mentors women CEOs and first-time entrepreneurs. She has served as an envoy for Leadership Texas and won the Profiles in Power award from the Austin Business Journal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University, where she serves on the development council for the Mays Business School.