Episodes

May 17, 2022

Austin Sector Deep Dive: Transportation with Meg Merritt and Joseph K…

With the changing nature of work, new regional ecosystems flourishing, and massive domestic migration the demands to our infrastr…

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May 10, 2022

Semiconductor Industry Deep Dive with Dave Anderson of Semi.org

Texas has long been a home for the semiconductor industry. I guess it started with a little company named Texas Instruments, but …

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May 3, 2022

Funding the Future with the Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski SBIR/STTR Progra…

Capital is the fuel that drives the innovation ecosystem. Grants can make up an important component in funding and catalyzing inn…

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April 26, 2022

Super Regions: Texas Triangle with Ed Curtis, CEO of YTexas

Today we’re going to expand our focus a bit, and look at the entire state of Texas, not just Austin. We want to dig into what has…

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April 19, 2022

Super Regions: The Austin Metro with Laura Huffman, President and CEO…

We have gone deep and we have gone wide in looking at the sectors and factors that drive the growth of the Austin region. Today w…

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April 12, 2022

Tech Transfer with Les Nichols, Director of the Office of Technology …

A common plank in ecosystem development is having a strong research-focused university churning out discoveries and intellectual …

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March 29, 2022

The Future of Connected Work with Razat Gaurav, CEO of Planview

Work is changing, whether that is how we work (remote, hybrid, in-person), the tools we use, or how we govern these organizations…

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March 22, 2022

A 1st Timers' Impression of SXSW

We are changing up the format this week as we are flying without a net and without a guest. This time is just a conversation betw…

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March 15, 2022

Digital Roadtrip to Atlanta and Nashville

We are hitting the road again and learning about all the other "emerging" ecosystems. This time we are heading to the Southeast a…

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March 8, 2022

Unique to Austin - It's SXSW with Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Off…

This is another in our Unique to Austin series where we look at what gives Austin its special sauce. There is nothing more unique…

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March 1, 2022

Unique to Austin - Army Applications Lab with Brance Hudzietz, Corpo…

A key enabler of Austin’s growth are the unique institutions, events, and infrastructure that only exists in our region. In 2018,…

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Feb. 22, 2022

Flyover Country an Insult or the Future with Dale Buss, Executive Dir…

Over the course of the pandemic, migration trends already taking place were accelerated. It’s an open secret that the middle of t…

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Feb. 15, 2022

Digital Roadtrip to Chicago, Dallas, and San Diego

Austin is not the only ecosystem in the news as the next big thing. The past few years have seen massive disruption, geographic m…

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Feb. 8, 2022

Research Speaks - Progress Studies with Jason Crawford, Founder and C…

For Austin to solidify its role as the next great innovation powerhouse, we must research what has come before and what are the t…

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Feb. 1, 2022

Executive Talent with Lisa Novak, VP Employee Experience at data.world

We continue our conversations about talent, who companies need and how to get them. Are we positioned for the future needs of our…

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Jan. 25, 2022

The Talent Pipeline with Garrett Groves, Vice Chancellor of Strategic…

Talent remains a hot topic in everyone of our discussions. Do we have enough workers, do we have the right skill sets, how are we…

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Jan. 18, 2022

Mid-Management Talent with Bjorn Billhardt, CEO of Abilitie

Everyone we have interviewed on the podcast has mentioned talent as a key issue facing Austin as it quickly ramps up its innovati…

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Jan. 11, 2022

Discussing the Austin Narrative with Amber Gunst, CEO of the Austin T…

Over the course of this podcast, we have explored the Austin ecosystem from a variety of different angles. The sectors here, the …

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Dec. 7, 2021

Austin Sector Deep Dive: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) with Kirstin R…

The innovation space is wider and more expansive than the traditional tech verticals. It extends to the food we eat, the health/b…

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Nov. 30, 2021

Austin Sector Deep Dive: Space with with Melanie Stricklan, CEO Sling…

The space race runs through Texas now. All types of rockets, satellites, control software, and the underlying infrastructure of t…

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Nov. 16, 2021

Austin Sector Deep Dive: Manufacturing with Ed Latson, Executive Dire…

Austin is more than the live music capital of the world or the latest tech-wonderland. Central Texas has a notable and growing ma…

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Nov. 9, 2021

The Austin Capital Environment #3: NonVC Sources of Startup Fundraisi…

Venture capital is just one source of funding available to early-stage companies. These sources both compete with and complement …

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Nov. 2, 2021

The Austin Capital Environment #2: New to Austin VC with Garheng Kong…

As we continue our look at the Austin capital environment, we turn to the newcomers to the region. Over the past 18 months, we ha…

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Oct. 26, 2021

The Austin Capital Environment #1: Homegrown Venture Capital with Bri…

The fuel that makes startups grow has always been capital. This is produced from revenue, debt, angels, crowdfunding, and venture…

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