Join Chris Howard, Founder and CEO of Softeq, as he interviews knowledgeable leaders in the innovation spectrum, including CEOs, CTOs, R&D professionals, and start-up founders. Real conversations, technology, and processes of bringing new ideas to market.
Investing in Houston Healthcare: Making a Global Impact in the World's Largest Medical Center with Jay Zeidman
Jay Zeidman, Managing Partner of Altitude Ventures and Chairman of the Board for Houston First, talks about making impactful investments in the future of healthcare and the wellbeing of Houston. Based in Nashville, Altitude Ventures accelerates growth and provides early-stage venture capital financing for healthcare services and startups. Talking points include Jay’s journey from the White House to venture, startup experiences that shaped future investments, and investing in city projects at Houston First.
Activating Venture Capital Across Texas's $2.4 Trillion Dollar Economy with CS Freeland
CS Freeland, Founder of the Texas Venture Alliance and creator of the Texas Venture Crawl (now known as Texas Venture Fest), joins the pod to share her unique insights on the thriving innovation scene in Texas. Founded in 2022, the Texas Venture Alliance is a statewide venture capital network and ecosystem of startup support that aims to amplify venture stories across the state. Talking points include CS’s background in politics, the future of Texas Venture Crawl, and the planning of the Texas Venture Gala.
How Houston’s Impacting the Globe through Innovation with Steve Kean
Steve Kean, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), joins the pod to talk about the unique innovations and impact the city of Houston has already accomplished and can look forward to on the horizon. Formed in 1989, the Greater Houston Partnership has a mission to make Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. Talking points include AI opportunities in Houston, large scale partnerships with Rice and U of H, and the promise of industries like life sciences and energy.
Launching and Scaling Softeq Venture Studio with Texas Entrepreneur, Chris Howard
Chris Howard, Founder and CEO of Softeq, switches places from host chair to the hot seat in this part two episode guest hosted by entrepreneur, angel investor, and COO of Softeq, Craig Ceccanti. Continuing their previous conversation from part one, Craig and Chris tackle Softeq’s present-day success with their venture studio and Chris’s journey as an angel investor. Talking points include learning the ropes of angel investing, tackling Softeq Venture Studio’s 5 cohorts, and forging the future through telling Houston’s stories.
Insights from a 30-Year Tech Founder with Chris Howard & Craig Ceccanti
Chris Howard, Founder and CEO of Softeq, switches places from host chair to the hot seat in this episode guest hosted by entrepreneur and angel investor Craig Ceccanti. Inspired by feedback from his own interview on Forging the Future, Craig wants to reverse the roles with Chris and give the podcast audience an opportunity to learn the origin story of Softeq. Talking points include interning with IBM and NASA, taking the red pill for entrepreneurship, and learning how to pivot along the founder’s journey.
Houston-Based SnapStream's Ascent to $7M in ARR with Rakesh Agrawal
In this episode of Forging the Future, Chris sits down with Rakesh Agrawal, founder and CEO of SnapStream, to discuss his journey of founding and scaling a technology business in Houston prior to the prevalence of the budding ecosystem that exists today. Rakesh shares his experience of founding SnapStream over 20 years ago and the importance of gleaning insights from customers to drive growth. They also delve into topics such as scaling operations and teams, as well as the impact of AI on product development.
I’ve really enjoyed listening to this podcast because Chris brings on high quality guests who are innovating in big ways. The format is smooth and easy to listen to. Highly recommended
What a great podcast! Fun and interesting guests from a variety of organizations and industries with different expertise and visions.