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Austin Next™

Austin is adapting to and building the future in real time. The Austin Next Podcast is an exploration of our region's transformation into the next innovation powerhouse.

We want to answer one basic question...What's next Austin?

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Making Quantum Computing Accessible to All with William “whurley” Hurley, Founder and CEO of Strangeworks

Feb. 7, 2023

William Hurley, better known as whurley, is the founder and CEO of StrangeWorks, a quantum computing startup that makes the power of quantum computing easily accessible and available to all. He shares expertise on the topic …

Texas 2036: Data-Driven Solutions for a Growing Texas with AJ Rodriguez and John Hryhorchuk

Jan. 31, 2023

Description With an estimated 10 million more Texans calling the state home by 2036, it's important that we address the big challenges that come with growth. Texas 2036 is focused on providing nonpartisan ideas and data-driv…

Austin Next Spotlight: CIBC Innovation

Jan. 26, 2023

Jonathan Schupack, Executive Director & Market Lead for CIBC Innovation Banking, talks about his role in lending and serving innovation companies all over the world, including software, hardware, life sciences, and cleantech…

Art Meets Tech: Insights from Constance Y. White, Manager of Austin's Art and Public Places Program

Jan. 24, 2023

Constance Y. White is the manager of the Art in Public Places Program for the city of Austin. In this episode, we will go over the intersection of art and technology in the city of Austin and explore how the program drives i…

Austin Next Spotlight: Gary Hoover

Jan. 19, 2023

Gary Hoover, founder of Hoover Academy and Executive Director at American Business History Center, shares his lessons for entrepreneurs and innovators today, including the importance of being curious, studying, and understan…

There’s Always an Us in Austin with Roy Spence, Co-Founder and Chairman of GSD&M and Founder of the Make it Movement

Jan. 17, 2023

Roy Spence is the co-founder and chairman of GSD&M, an Austin-based advertising agency. With his significant background in the advertising industry, Roy and his team have played a pivotal role in shaping Austin's reputation …

Austin Next Live: Where is the next terawatt coming from?

Jan. 13, 2023

A discussion of the power situation here in Central Texas. The combination of population and business growth, as well as the desire to "de-carbonize" our generation creates a real challenge for power companies here in Austin…

Austin Next 2023 Teaser

Jan. 10, 2023

2023 is here and so is a whole new season of Austin Next. We are back and looking at the future of Austin and our transformation from a thriving ecosystem into a superstar region. What's next Austin? Sponsors Check out all o…

ANP 2023 Teaser

Jan. 9, 2023

2023 is here and so is a whole new season of Austin Next. We are back and looking at the future of Austin and our transformation from a thriving ecosystem into a superstar region. What's next Austin?

Austin Next Live: The Austin Bio Innovation Ecosystem

Jan. 9, 2023

What’s next for the Austin bio sector? Jason, Jawad Ali (Austin Medtech Connect), and Dennis McWilliams (Santé Ventures) had a live discussion on how we actually define the sector, what makes us unique, our challenges, and…

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.