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Aug. 30, 2022

Exploring Austin's Draper Startup House, a Global Entrepreneurial Eco…

The growth of our ecosystem and the critical mass of startups coming to Austin leads to unique opportunities to experiment with support infrastructure. One of those experiments is the Draper Startup House, a global entreprene...

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Aug. 23, 2022

The Past, Present, and Future of Entrepreneurship in Austin. Part 2 o…

We are back with Part 2 of our discussion with Brett. In this episode we cover the expanding Austin region, identifying talent, the intersection of philosophy, politics, and innovation, and of course what comes next. What's N...

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Aug. 16, 2022

The Past, Present, and Future of Entrepreneurship in Austin. Part 1 o…

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 c...

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Aug. 9, 2022

The Changing Austin Venture Scene with CS Freeland, Executive Directo…

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 ...

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Aug. 2, 2022

Innovation and Architecture with Todd Runkle Principal, Managing Dire…

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 …

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July 26, 2022

Peter Rex, Real Estate and PropTech Entrepreneur and now Austinite

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 …

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July 19, 2022

Deploying Advanced Infrastructure with Jeff DeCoux of the Autonomy In…

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 …

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July 12, 2022

The Unlikely Path from Creative to Life Science Entrepreneur with Cas…

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 Ca...

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June 28, 2022

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

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 …

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June 21, 2022

Is Austin the City of the Future with Cullum Clark, George W. Bush In…

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 …

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June 15, 2022

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

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 Fa...

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June 7, 2022

Moving Towards Energy Abundance with Christy Cardenas, Managing Partn…

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 us...

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May 31, 2022

Austin is Becoming a Multi-Hub Region with John Garrett, Founder and …

Austin has been growing at breakneck speed. Over the past year, we were #1 in percentage population growth and #3 in employment growth. This doesn't event tell the whole story. The entire metro from Bastrop to Dripping Spring...

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May 24, 2022

We are Living in the Future with Brad Bentz, Partner and Co-Founder o…

Our region not only builds futuristic technologies, but they are deployed and tested here as well. More and more when you hear autonomous vehicles, rockets, drones, and personal flying vehicles you think Austin. Today we are ...

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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 infrastructure are changing and evolving. One of the most fundamental parts of this equation is the ques...

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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 today in the Austin area, we have Samsung, NXP, Micron, AMD, and Intel, But, this growth doesn’t...

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May 3, 2022

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

Capital is the fuel that drives the innovation ecosystem. Grants can make up an important component in funding and catalyzing innovation. The biggest source of grants is of course the US government through numerous agencies a...

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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 brought so much attention, and new people to the Lone Star State, how …

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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 we are going to take a holistic look at the entire metro from San Macros …

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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 property that can then be spinout our licensed into the private sector. In Austin, we have one s...

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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. One of the superpowers of Austin is that "We are living in the future" and in this case, …

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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 between our hosts. Jason had the opportunity to attend SXSW. Hear one point of view …

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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 and making pitstops in Atlanta and Nashville. We are joined by Blake Patton, Managing Partner Tec...

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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 about Austin than SXSW. Over the past 30 years, Austin has grown, matured, and adapted to …

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