Episode 231 - Fostering a collaborative energy transition ecosystem - Barbara Burger
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
6d ago
Barbara Burger, a well-known pillar within Houston’s energy innovation ecosystem, previously served as an executive at Chevron for decades and led the company’s venture arm. On the show, shee shares how she spends her time these days helping innovative energy startups. She also recaps her observations of CERAWeek, the “Super Bowl of the energy industry,” which took place last month ..read more
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Episode 230 - The state of software investment - Aziz Gilani of Mercury Fund
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
1w ago
Aziz Gilani is the managing director of Mercury Fund, a Houston venture capital firm that closed its fifth fund last September to the tune of $160 million. Aziz joins the show today to share some trends in both the software and VC worlds, as well as why he’s optimistic about his hometown of Houston and its developing innovation ecosystem ..read more
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Episode 229 - Tech-enabled energy transition - Sean Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Amperon
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
2w ago
Sean Kelly is the co-founder and CEO of Amperon, a real-time energy data provider that is supplying forecasts and analytics crucial to the energy transition. Sean joins the show today to discuss his company’s recent partnership with Microsoft and why he’s running his energy business as a tech company to make the biggest impact in the space.  ..read more
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Episode 228 - Fresh funding for female founders - Stephanie Campbell and Diana Murakhovskaya of The Artemis Fund
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
1M ago
Stephanie Campbell and Diana Murakhovskaya are co-founders of The Artemis Fund, a Houston-based, female founder-focused venture capital firm that just announced its $36 million fund II. Stephanie and Diana share how this second round of fundraising went and some of their new portfolio companies they are excited about — as well as why they are optimistic about the future of women in VC ..read more
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Episode 227 - Marc Nathan of Michael Best
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
1M ago
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Episode 226 - Calling for collaboration - Scott Gale of Halliburton Labs
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
1M ago
Scott Gale is the executive director of Halliburton Labs, which has a unique mission of incubating early stage climate tech companies. Scott joins me to talk about Halliburton Labs, as well as the recently announced Houston Energy and Climate Startup Week 2024 which is taking place in September. The week of events is being spearheaded by Halliburton Labs, the Rice Alliance, and Greentown Labs, but Scott says they are looking for more organizations and events to join the initiative to truly spotlight Houston’s innovative energy transition community.  ..read more
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Episode 225 - A new market for energy storage - Emma Konet of Tierra Climate
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
1M ago
Emma Konet is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Tierra Climate, an energy transition software technology that’s creating a new market within energy storage. She shares what led her to starting her company and the challenges within energy storage, as well as what the business is focused on this year. Emma, who led her company to fourth place in the Rice Business Plan competition, also gives her tips and advice for perfecting a startup pitch ..read more
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Episode 224 - Finding and funding the future energy transition workforce - Dave Pruner of TEX-E
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
2M ago
Dave Pruner is the executive director of the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy, known as TEX-E, a nonprofit housed out of Greentown Labs that connects Texas college students on a mission to innovate within the energy transition. Dave joins the show today to share how TEX-E has expanded beyond just an annual student startup competition, and he also weighs in on how Houston is doing as a leader within the energy transition.  ..read more
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Episode 222 - Running the marathon of life science innovation - Atul Varadhachary of Fannin
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
2M ago
Atul Varadhachary is the managing partner of Fannin, a Houston organization that’s commercializing early stage life science innovations by optimizing capital efficiency for these promising health tech treatments and medical devices. Life science innovation takes a significant amount of time and money to accelerate, and Atul shares how the Fannin model approaches these challenges while also contributing to developing Houston’s life science innovation ecosystem.  ..read more
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Episode 221 - Pivoting XR tech for government contracts - Lori-Lee Elliott of Dauntless XR
Houston Innovators Podcast
by InnovationMap
2M ago
Lori-Lee Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Dauntless XR, a software company that provides extended reality solutions for aviation, aerospace, and other industries. Lori-Lee originally founded her company in 2018 to work on industrial solutions within the energy industry. Last year, she rebranded the business and pivoted to new industries, and she shares on the show today about how she navigated this process and her tips for working on government contracts ..read more
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