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

What's next Austin Next?

Dec. 6, 2022

Michael and Jason take a moment to reflect back on what we learned in '22, the new questions we are asking in '23, and some surprising additional elements we are adding to the show.

Mammoths, Tigers, and Genomics, Oh My!

Nov. 29, 2022

Bringing back the wooly mammoth, computer aided design for biology, is this a sci-fi novel or just a taste of what’s going on at the intersection of biology, technology, and Austin. Our next guest is Ben Lamm, CEO and Founde…

Austin Next Live: The Austin Bio Innovation Ecosystem

Nov. 22, 2022

Austin Next did our first live recording on LinkedIn Live. Jason was joined by Jawad Ali (Austin Medtech Connect), and Dennis McWilliams (Santé Ventures) for a discussion on how we actually define the bio sector here in Aust…

Live at the Informa Tech AI/IoT/ Quantum Conference

Nov. 15, 2022

The Informa Tech AI/IoT/Quantum Computing conference landed in Austin November 2nd and 3rd. Austin Next was there, listening, learning, and supporting the conference.  With speakers ranging from chess champions and NFL quart…

Rise of the Rest with Steve Case

Nov. 8, 2022

Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Case co-founded AOL in 1985 and under his leadership and vision, AOL became the largest and most valuable Internet company of…

A Deep Dive with Bob Campbell, a Longtime Austin Leader

Nov. 1, 2022

Bob Campbell is a visionary senior business leader with a track record of building successful businesses while advising corporate and government leaders on management and policy issues. He is a management consultant; corpora…

Road Trip to Houston - Innovation through the Investor Lens with Dougal Cameron, Managing Director of Golden Section

Oct. 25, 2022

News from Austin Next! Austin Next has partnered with IoT World and the AI Summit, here in Austin on November 2 and 3. This is THE place to learn and discover how to achieve successful IoT, AI (and even Quantum Computing) im…

Road Trip to Houston - The Innovation Ecosystem with Houston Exponential

Oct. 18, 2022

Austin Next is still on the road and today we are visiting another point of the Texas Triangle. Houston has been on a tear the last few years growing from $400M in annual startup funding in 2018 to crossing the $2B threshold…

Road Trip to San Antonio Part 2 – Alamo Angels Make Substantial Progress

Oct. 11, 2022

Today we continue our visit to San Antonio and working to discover the unique innovation ecosystem here in the Alamo City. And no discussion would be complete without talking about the investors here. Juan “Sebastian” Garzon…

Road Trip to San Antonio - The Innovation Ecosystem with Jim Perschbach, President & CEO Port San Antonio

Oct. 4, 2022

A lot of conversations today talk about the competition & cooperation between San Antonio and Austin. Two growing cities separated by a strip of Interstate 35. Cities with very different histories, different experiences…but …

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.