Houston is an ant bed of entrepreneurial activity on both the startup side and the investor side. Need support or want to invest? You should hear this!
A third generation Houstonian who came up through the ranks, a long-time employee of Blinds.com, participant at Station Houston, angel investor and now COO at a services company who may change the way you think about apartment living.
She funded her startup with competitions and crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Her health and wellness accessories company serves a unique audience and her device has earned her Forbes 30U30 status. It’s not what you think!
Even in a world of instant information, we still find ourselves with questions in inconvenient locations. On a worksite, that can be dangerous. Future Sight AR uses augmented realty to improve construction practices. On your smartphone!
Yet another reason why Houston is becoming the technology capital of the U.S. Enventure provides support and inspiration for—and by—students passionate about innovation in the life sciences. Emily Reiser took one class and never left!
Seeking out and tracking game changers could be a challenge; or it could be a powerful competitive edge. Barbara Burger pursues breakthrough technologies ripe for investment, to ensure the strength of Chevron’s future technology choices.
Noted cardiologist Dr. Billy Cohn has a passion for medical devices; as a surgeon, if he needs it, he creates it. In this excerpt from an HXTV interview, we look inside the mind of a genius as he explains the invention of a lifesaving hemodialysis catheter.
Houston entrepreneur Carolyn Rodz wants to support struggling entrepreneurs who don’t have a ready network or mentor in place. She has created an amazing ecosystem to connect startups—digitally—to the experts, templates, programs and resources.
A surgeon who cuts open hearts to keep his patients OUT of the hospital, a dedicated doctor who vows to stop the spread of sepsis, and a brilliant Swedish software developer explain their inventions and how they were developed. Three of the brightest entrepreneurial minds on the planet discuss their incredible medical devices, startups and how they are saving lives as products of the TMC Innovation Institute.
The Texas Medical Center includes 21 hospitals, 59 of the most prestigious medical organizations in the nation serving 10 million patients annually. TMC wanted to harness the power of this remarkable environment to do more. So they did this…
SnapStream is like DVR on steroids: software that records unlimited TV shows, then allows detailed search. Ever wonder how the late-night talk shows keep track of the daily news? And guess who else is using it?!
Dr. Rob Ambrose spends his work day in the future, developing robots that climb and vehicles with 12-wheel drive that operate completely by remote and in zero gravity. His tools for space travel show up in the most incredible places!
Is blinding optimism a superpower? Possibly! Lawson Gow founded The Cannon, a workspace for entrepreneurs, and Cannon Ventures, an angel investor network and incubator, on the belief that he could make a difference in Houston’s entrepreneur ecosystem.
Brian Richards was there in the beginning. As managing director of Accenture’s Innovation Hub, Brian was among the early voices discussing how to bring Houston’s disparate innovation communities into a common ecosystem. It’s been a year of action and progress; we take stock of where we’re headed.
We’re pulling out the big guns now! Mayor Sylvester Turner, a major supporter and driving force behind the growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem, offers an update on his mission to promote technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. His message is one of diversity and inclusion, a message reflective of our position as a global city.
Many innovation ecosystems fall short in the area of manufacturing. TX/RX Labs wants to expand the physical resources available to Houston innovators, redefining the “Makerspace” concept to include innovators, startups and small business. It offers 60,000 square feet of makerspace that includes equipment access and support for prototype creation; education space for youth programs and professional development; and a community outreach function.
Houston’s technology culture requires, not only innovative minds to create, it also needs cutting-edge facilities to execute those concepts. APS Plastics designs and manufactures custom precision components for, among others, the oil and gas, medical device and electronics industries.
Houston is home to a very influential innovation community and has been for years. Why aren’t we FAMOUS?! David Gow decided to do something about that. So, multi-platform media company Gow Media is launching InnovationMap —to promote energy, medical, technical and social innovation in Houston. Launching November 15!
ChaiOne was founded as a tea company. Then came a pretty substantial pivot to a digital technology developer/consultant; 10 years in, ChaiOne is working with 25% of the Fortune 500 energy companies. Gaurav Khandelwal introduces Connected Work 2018, a digital transformation conference for industrial IoT field workers being presented Oct. 30.
Reda Hicks is on a mission. As a military wife, she knew the frustration of trying to navigate in a new area. As a proud Houstonian, she wanted to contribute to her community. The result was GotSpot, like AirBnB for commercial space—like AirB2B.
It’s the most delicious way to change the world! Restaurants have space, fundraisers want space; GroupRaise was founded to help charitable organizers coordinate the two. Today, 150 cities and 9,000 restaurants later, Devin Baptiste has set 140,000 restaurants and 1 million diners a day as his goal.
Complete Intelligence uses an AI platform to forecast the global markets: it analyzes currencies, commodities, equity markets and trade using multiple sources to reach a truly unbiased analysis, a comprehensive perspective on the markets with no human or economic bias.
Technology is easy; getting people to use it is not. Iownit.us wants to use its marketplace to help train startups to deal with investors, while training investors to look for investments on this platform. The company has used blockchain technology to build a platform where investors and startups can transact in the private markets.
Lawson Gow is building a new type of co-working facility to support entrepreneurs and their growing startup companies. Today the Cannon houses 75 startups in a 20,000 square foot facility in what he calls, “the Waiting Room” while its 120,000 square foot warehouse is being built.
Insperity’s all-in support of entrepreneurs, innovators and startups includes participation with Houston Exponential. Larry Shaffer introduces the HX Growth Summit being planned for October 10, 2018. Insperity CEO Paul Sarvadi will provide the closing keynote.
Data Gumbo was founded as a data platform, but soon realized such problem incompatibilities among their clients that they pivoted to offering blockchain-as-a-service solutions, creating a “commercial” internet for the oil and gas industry.
Wilson Pulling does not build robots; he wants to make them smarter. Aatonomy has developed software that enables computer vision and machine learning capabilities in legacy hardware products. He co-founded his company in San Francisco and now has moved his operation to Houston for both cost of living and quality of life considerations.
Twenty- seven year old Sheel Tyle, founder and CEO of Amplo, explains how he established his $100 million dollar global venture capital firm to help build companies that matter, believing that entrepreneurship with pure motivation makes for a more successful startup. And he’s doing it in Houston.
What do you do with a PhD in Molecular Pathology? It’s actually a perfect base to assist today’s medical startups in digital innovation and even medical device technology. As Digital Health Innovation lead at TMC Innovation Institute, Gwyn Ballentine works with TMCx Accelerator to connect startups with the medical center and early stage capital.
If you want diversity, launch your startup in Houston. With our amazing demographics, there is no better place for a data science consulting firm. January Advisors’ brilliant team has developed a dashboard with filters that allow the interpretation and analysis of all types of information, which they then illustrate. And in this era of “fake news,” accurate analysis is critical for credibility.
Russ visits with tenured sales and marketing sales executive Patrick Schneidau, a member of the Houston Exponential staff. They introduce the HX Growth Summit to be held October 10 on the University of Houston campus. This sales and marketing summit for the digital era will include high-profile speakers, networking and other hidden gems.
As the (NEW!) CEO of Station Houston—a hub for tech startups in H-town—she wants to leverage our corporate resources and bring more talent, investment capital and collaboration into some already aggressive growth plans. And she has the passion to do it!
As an undergrad, Lance Black followed news of the artificial heart and other remarkable technologies happening in the Texas Medical Center. Today, as Medical Device Innovation Lead at the TMC Innovation Institute, he is a contributor to the process that supports and promotes development of these new technologies.
Croozen, a data-driven social travel network, allows travelers to connect through various modes of transportation. Travelers learn who—and what—is around them by visiting the Croozen marketplace; it’s like using social media to crowd-source transportation.
As executive director of the Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Cohn heads this new initiative created to accelerate the development of breakthrough medical technologies by enabling the rapid creation of prototypes, clinical testing with shorter timelines and greater efficiency of capital.
Brittany Barreto knew when she was in college that she would develop a dating app based on genetics. Based on a cheek swab, Pheramor sequences 11 genes and matches its user to local singles. In the process, Pheramor is changing dating app behavior..
A group of US Air Force veterans illustrate the brain power behind our cutting-edge military—and provide another example of innovation happening in Houston. Trumbull Unmanned uses drones to fly high-risk assignments for clients like FEMA (think emergency response) and the Department of Defense in areas of national security.
Innovation often begins with a question. For founder Chris Church, the question was, “Why is consumer electronics manufacturing so difficult?!” Using a software-driven process, MacroFab allows an electronics startup to create a single prototype—or scale to 10,000 copies—to bring a new product to market as quickly and cheaply as possible.
The TMC Innovation Institute was born almost three years ago to coordinate innovation emanating from the world’s largest medical center, The Texas Medical Center, and to recruit innovation from all over the world. Russ Capper interviews Dr Erik Halvorsen, director of the TMC Innovation Institute, in a fast-moving interview that details this exciting initiative.
Houston Exponential Chairman of the Board Gina Luna interviews Executive Director Russ Capper about this dynamic new organization, which seeks to promote local innovation and attract more attention—and capital—to support it.