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Austin Next™

Austin Next™

Austin continues transforming into the next innovation powerhouse. In this podcast, we explore how Central Texas is growing…The people and companies, the industries and infrastructure, the macro and micro trends that come together to create the future of Austin.  

We want to answer one basic question… What’s next Austin?



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Recent Episodes

The Past, Present, and Future of Entrepreneurship in Austin. Part 1 of our Discussion with Brett Hurt Co-Founder and CEO of Data.World

Aug. 16, 2022

Brett Hurt is a serial entrepreneur, launching Bazaarvoice, Coremetrics and now Data.World. Over that time, he's learned a lot about software, people, software and soul. His latest company, Data.World, is a B Corp, or as he …

The Changing Austin Venture Scene with CS Freeland, Executive Director of the Austin Venture Association

Aug. 9, 2022

Clearly the Austin entrepreneurial ecosystem has been growing dramatically for the last several years. And, with that growth has come a lot of new investors. Whether it be VCs building larger funds, entrepreneurs reinvesting…

Innovation and Architecture with Todd Runkle Principal, Managing Director at Gensler

Aug. 2, 2022

Often how we live, work and play is determined by where we live, work, and play. The buildings we occupy can range from condos and offices in the central business district, to the wide-open spaces needed to test drones and f…

Peter Rex, Real Estate and PropTech Entrepreneur and now Austinite

July 26, 2022

We met and talked to Peter Rex, who with his team at Rex LLC owns substantial real estate in Austin and across the United States. Since 2018, Peter has focused a lot of his time and energy on Rex Tech Ventures, his technolog…

Deploying Advanced Infrastructure with Jeff DeCoux of the Autonomy Institute

July 19, 2022

One of Austin’s superpowers is that we live in the future. We are both inventing the future and it’s being deployed here in Central Texas. We’re joined today by Jeff DeCoux founder and CEO of the Autonomy Institute to talk a…

The Unlikely Path from Creative to Life Science Entrepreneur with Casey McPherson, CEO to Cure A Rose Foundation

July 12, 2022

The road to being an entrepreneur has many twists and turns.  Starting that journey from a nontraditional starting point, in this case the music world, can create even more unexpected challenges.  Today we are talking with C…

Austin Next 1 Year Anniversary - The Journey and What We Have Learned so Far

June 28, 2022

What an amazing year it has been. This week it's just the two of us reflecting back on where the podcast has been, what we have seen in the ecosystem, the insights that our guests have shared, and what comes next for both th…

Is Austin the City of the Future with Cullum Clark, George W. Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director

June 21, 2022

Cities are changing as rapidly as ever due increased migration patterns, new hubs of innovation, and an evolving way we work. What does the city of the future look like and is Austin the new leader of that trend? Today we br…

Where Does Austin's Ecosystem Rank with Farshad Fahimi of Startup Genome

June 15, 2022

We see all of these best of city lists.  Best places to live, most affordable, growing tech employment, and so on.  How does Austin stack up when looking at our overall startup environment?  Today we are bringing on Farshad …

Moving Towards Energy Abundance with Christy Cardenas, Managing Partner Grit Ventures

June 7, 2022

Infrastructure is one of the key issues impacting Austin’s rapid growth. Whether it’s water, roadways and transit, or power, we must ensure that we have the resources to handle our growth. Today, we focus on power… Joining u…

About the Hosts

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Jason Scharf

Jason is an experienced strategy executive and active angel investor in the life science and digital health sectors. He has built and led teams in strategic planning, market intelligence, and innovation at companies including Kean Health, Illumina, BD, and Amgen.

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Michael Scharf

Michael brings the experience of a 40+ year career in corporate finance and banking as well as entrepreneurship. He is now focused now on corporate governance and sits on multiple advisory and boards of directors, and brings his knowledge and background to bear on regulatory issues, ESG as well as corporate management.