36 episodes

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?

Austin Next Michael Scharf and Jason Scharf

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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?

    We are Living in the Future with Brad Bentz, Partner and Co-Founder of ATX Partners

    We are Living in the Future with Brad Bentz, Partner and Co-Founder of ATX Partners

    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 speaking with Brad Bentz, Co-Founder and Partner at ATX Partners a local venture firm that recently raised $150M for their 3rd fund, and now has over $300M under management. ATX’s tagline is “investing in people pioneering the future,” so we thought who better to talk about how this superpower drives What's Next Austin.

    The future is now and What's next Austin?

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    Our music is “Tech Talk” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 License 

    • 39 min
    Austin Sector Deep Dive: Transportation with Meg Merritt and Joseph Kopser

    Austin Sector Deep Dive: Transportation with Meg Merritt and Joseph Kopser

    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 question of how we move people and goods from point A to point B. We have seen a surge in new technologies such as mass electrification and driverless vehicles and new modalities like delivery drones and even tunnels. Austin is becoming an epicenter for transportation tech both in terms of innovation and deployment. Today we talk with Meg Merritt and Joseph Kopser about where this industry has been, where its going, and how it fits into the broader growth of the region.

    What moves Austin moves...What's next Austin?

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    Our music is “Tech Talk” by Kevin MacLeod. Licen

    • 48 min
    Semiconductor Industry Deep Dive with Dave Anderson of Semi.org

    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 happen in a vacuum, it takes a lot of people doing a lot of work. So today, we’re going to take a deeper look into this part of our ecosystem and try to better understand where Austin’s semiconductor industry is coming from and where it’s going.
    SEMI is the international organization representing semiconductor manufacturers and joining us today is David Anderson. At the time of this recording, David was President, SEMI Americas. His responsibilities covered all programs in the region. But more importantly he managed and nurtured relationships with SEMI as well as with local association and constituents in industry, government, and academia. David came to SEMI with a lot of experience, having held positions at Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, the Semiconductor Industry Suppliers Association, and SEMATECH, where he helped launch their global initiative. David has moved onto a new position at NY Creates, and we wish him well.

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    Our music is “Tech Talk” by Kevin MacLeod. Licen

    • 29 min
    Funding the Future with Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski SBIR/STTR Program Director at the National Science Foundation

    Funding the Future with Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski SBIR/STTR Program Director at the National Science Foundation

    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 and programs. Today we talk with Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski a Program Director for the SBIR/STTR program at the National Science Foundation. We talk about the programs available to small companies, how the NSF is evolving, and how Austin fits into all of this.
    Grants and other nondilutive funding are key for...What's next Austin? 

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    Our music is “Tech Talk” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 License 

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

    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 it’s impacting business, culture, and innovation.
    The concept of a super-region isn’t new. But the idea of a Texas Triangle is something new and unique. And that’s what we explored with Ed Curtis, Founder and CEO of YTexas.

    All of Texas is accelerating...What's next Austin?

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    Our music is “Tech Talk” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 License 

    • 33 min
    Super Regions: The Austin Metro with Laura Huffman, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

    Super Regions: The Austin Metro with Laura Huffman, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

    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 to Taylor and Bastrop to Dripping Springs. This super-region is powering forward into the next great innovation epicenter. To understand what is at the heart of this region, what is bringing new people and companies, and what this evolution looks like we have Laura Huffman, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

    All of Austin powers...What's next Austin?

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    Our music is “Tech Talk” by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 License 

    • 34 min

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In-depth focus on Austin

It was great to be a guest on this podcast and to listen to all the other episodes. Austin is a dynamic city that has undergone a lot of growth and changes. Michael and Jason are doing a great job of showcasing the case for Austin and what is next.

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