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Houston Exponential (HX) was created by the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Round Table, Mayor Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task Force, and the Houston Technology Center to serve, organize, champion, and grow the region’s innovation ecosystem. HXTV is one of the ways to share Houston's innovation stories.

Houston Exponential (HX) was created by the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Round Table, Mayor Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task Force, and the Houston Technology Center to serve, organize, champion, and grow the region’s innovation ecosystem. HXTV is one of the ways to share Houston's innovation stories.
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Houston Exponential (HX) was created by the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Round Table, Mayor Turner’s Innovation and Technology Task Force, and the Houston Technology Center to serve, organize, champion, and grow the region’s innovation ecosystem. HXTV is one of the ways to share Houston's innovation stories.






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Diana Murakhovskaya, Leslie Goldman, and Stephanie Campbell - The Artemis Fund

Houston’s innovation ecosystem now has its own women-focused fund that seeks to invest $20 million in woman-led tech startups. Is your company gaining traction and looking to grow? Our super-collaborative startup community continues to diversity, seeking to include support for all entrepreneurs from silver tech to baby tech. The Artemis Fund is a female-led and female-focused investment fund in Houston. The group is raising $20 million for investment in women-led startups. Houston...


Blair Garrou - Co-founder and Managing Director of Mercury Fund

The Houston Ecosystem is fertile ground to grow the many startups, and to support the innovators and entrepreneurs coming to the area. Venture capital investors like Blair Garrou keep things moving. So, what does it take to build an innovation ecosystem? Blair and Gina revisit the early days of Houston Exponential and the major players, investors, accelerators and competitions active today in Houston. Blair Garrou is Co-founder and Managing Director of Mercury Fund, a Houston-based...


Nick Carnrite - LetsLaunch

You don’t have to be a millionaire to invest at LetsLaunch. It’s the Angie’s List of online crowdfunding! Say you’re trying to launch a tech startup in Houston; would you know where to start? Or who’s investing? Nick Carnrite has created a community where startups can pitch and equity investors can support them. Nick Carnrite is Co-founder and CEO of LetsLaunch, an online crowdfunding site for startups. Houston Exponential (HX): Innovation Lives Here.


Dean Kamen - Founder of FIRST

America lags the world in student skills and strength in science and technology. That’s all about to change! Entrepreneur Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, runs the most incredible science and technology (robots!) competition you never heard of. High school students worldwide compete for more than $50 million in scholarships. An amazing story! Dean Kamen is an American engineer and inventor and has been called, “The Pied Piper of Technology.” He holds more than 440 US and foreign patents,...


Stephanie Campbell - Managing Director of the Houston Angel Network

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! The Houston Angel Network serves both investors and those seeking funding by interacting with investor groups and accelerator programs; it is also active in the Houston Ecosystem, which makes for a strong deal flow network. Type and stage varies. Stephanie Campbell is Managing Director of the non-profit Houston Angel Network, the oldest and...


Greg Powers - Vice President of Global Innovation for Halliburton

You’re drilling four miles below the earth’s surface and something down there breaks. What do you do? Greg Powers wants you to have the answer before you ask the question. As Vice President of Global Innovation, Powers seeks technology that could help his company, even if the technology is not meant for the oil and gas industry. Sound like he’s searching for needles in a haystack? He is! Greg Powers is Vice President of Global Innovation for oilfield services company Halliburton. He joined...


Samantha Lewis – Director of the GOOSE Society

Could your startup use $1.2 million from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs? You betcha! Most Houston entrepreneurs know about the GOOSE Society—a group of uber-successful entrepreneurs who banded together in 2005 to provide angel investment and support to startups. But over time, as their “investments” have matured, their role is changing. Samantha Lewis is Director of The GOOSE Society Venture Group, a super angel investment group of venture capital and private equity...


Nic Radford – Co-founder and CTO of Houston Mechatronics

Few topics fire the imagination like undersea technology and this man is a deep sea rockstar! Engineer Nic Radford develops subsea robots. Houston Mechatronics wants to take underwater robotics to a new level by developing an untethered way to work underwater. Its Aquanaut is like a subsea robot transformer; it moves through water like an AUV, then transforms into an ROV to perform its duties. You’ll love this interview! Engineer Nic Radford is a serial entrepreneur and roboticist. He...


Trevor Best - Founder and CEO of Syzygy Plasmonics

Incredible game changing innovation! Syzygy has cracked the code to create a totally new process that cuts the cost and emissions of commodity chemical production. This photocatalytic process uses light with aluminum, glass and plastic to create common chemicals and fuels—even hydrogen—onsite, at reduced cost and with fewer emissions in the process. It’s a game changer! Trevor Best is Founder and CEO of Syzygy Plasmonics, a tech startup that is developing a new photocatalytic chemical...


John Lovell – MicroSilicon

Another incredible product of the IoT—real time chemical analysis in the middle of an oilfield! John Lovell explains how award-winning startup MicroSilicon is miniaturizing chemical lab equipment to analyze chemical operations at the oilfield wellhead. More game-changing technology from the Houston Innovation Ecosystem! John Lovell is VP Technology & Strategy at MicroSilicon Inc., a spin-off of Rice University. The company analyzes chemical data taken from the oilfield and, through IoT,...


Ben Jawdat - Founder and CEO of Revterra

Remember what digital did for music? These guys want to do the same for energy storage. Think outside the battery! Revterra is developing a zero friction flywheel energy storage system using high temperature superconductors. Sound like the future? It is! Ben Jawdat, physicist, is Founder and CEO of Revterra, a startup energy company developing a long-duration energy storage system based on a passively-stable flywheel technology. And he’s part of the Houston Innovation Ecosystem. Houston...


Panos Moutafis – Co-Founder and CEO of Zenus Biometrics

Facial recognition stands to revolutionize every segment of our lives from rock concerts to hotel stays to home security. Panos Moutafis is using it to radically change the convention business. This Houston startup is also using facial recognition to take on the world of user experience and feedback in ways you may not have expected. It’s a wide-open field for creative minds! Panos Moutafis, Ph.D., is Co-founder and CEO of Zenus Biometrics, a facial recognition software firm currently...


Nwamaka Imasogie - GitLinks

Another H-town entrepreneurial success story, software engineer Nwamaka Imasogie is riding high. How did she do it? She bootstrapped her first tech company while still a student at Cornell. Another company, GitLinks, won a business plan competition, eventually resulting in acquisition. An innovator’s insights on her startup journey. Nwamaka Imasogie co-founded GitLinks, a SaaS product that automates application security and license compliance for open source software. The company was...


Ashok Gowda - Co-Founder and CEO of Biotex Inc.

He used lasers to change the way epilepsy is treated when he developed a radical new device. Now he advises other life-changing medical startups. Ashok Gowda developed a device for minimally-invasive laser neurosurgery to treat epileptic seizures. Having experienced the hand-to-hand combat of medical device creation and commercialization, he helps other early-stage medical technology startups through Biotex. Ashok Gowda is Co-Founder and CEO of Houston-based Biotex Inc., a developer and...


Daniel Cotlar - COO of Apartment Butler

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 that may change the way you think about apartment living. Apartment Butler offers easy-to-access pet care, housekeeping, and laundry services in almost 200 buildings in Houston, Dallas, and Austin. It’s been a bootstrap journey that will inspire you! Daniel Cotlar is COO of Apartment Butler, an apartment services...


Regina Vatterott - Co-founder and COO of EllieGrid

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! The company’s first product, “Ellie,” is a smart pillbox that uses an app to track medication usage, providing peace of mind as it organizes pill-taking. The company expects $2 million in sales this year and they’re just getting started! Regina Vatterott is Co-founder and COO of...


Baird Capital - Nicole Walker and Tim Marx

Baird Capital is actively investing in healthcare startups and early-stage technology ventures. Here’s what else they are doing to build the Houston innovation ecosystem. Nicole Walker and Tim Marx discuss Baird Capital’s investing strategy, what they are looking for and how they are doing more for Houston startups. Nicole Walker, Partner, joined Baird Capital’s Venture Capital team in 2013 and focuses on early-to-growth stage healthcare investments. Tim Marx, Venture Partner, is an...


Matthew Fiedler - re:3D

Another Houston game-changer: Matthew Fiedler, a former NASA neuroscientist, is pioneering 3D printing in an innovative way. And he’s changing everything! Fiedler’s Gigabot printer uses recycled plastic waste, open-source technology and a unique business model to remove waste from our oceans, provide economies for destitute countries, save our coral reefs and support our military families. How can one person do all this?! It’s a great story. Matthew Fiedler is Founder & CTO of re3D, a...


Sheel Tyle - Founder and CEO of Amplo

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. Houston Exponential (HX): Innovation Lives Here.


Allison Thacker - Rice Management Company

It’s another major step in building Houston’s technology ecosystem. Remember the old historic Sears building near the Medical Center on Main? Where it’s headed is incredible! The Rice (University) Management Co. has big plans for this site: incubators, accelerators, collaborative spaces, maker space, green space and big views, a 24-hour live/work/play community for startups. President Allison Thacker discusses plans, connectivity and how the Innovation District will affect Houston’s...