SXSW 2023

Building our Innovation Ecosystem w/Austin Next


Austin is the new innovation powerhouse, not the next Silicon Valley, but the first Austin. Our ecosystem is adapting to that future in real time. The Austin Next Podcast features voices of investors, executives, civic leaders, and academics building the ecosystem that will impact Central Texas and beyond for the next generation.
Michael and Jason will host this special live SXSW episode of the Austin Next Podcast. They will discuss Austin's superpowers, the people and companies driving our growth, and the macro and microtrends that come together to create Austin today and tomorrow.

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  1. What differentiates Austin from established and emerging hubs throughout the nation.
  2. Austin’s challenges from our current growth trajectory and those we must face in order to maintain our growth.
  3. Emerging regions should lean into their own special sauce and be the first X not the next Silicon Valley or even the next Austin.


  • Jason Scharf, Early Stage Investor and Podcast Host, Austin Next
  • Michael Scharf, Podcast Host and Non-Executive Director, Austin Next


Jason Scharf, Early Stage Investor and Podcast Host, Austin Next

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Markets & Economies
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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