Key Speaker

Venture Houston
2022 Conference Agenda

Breakfast

7:30 - 8:45am

Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:00am

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Sandy Guitar

Managing Director
HX Venture Fund

Gwyneth Paltrow and Dana Settle: A Conversation About the Entrepreneur’s Journey in Today’s World

The Entrepreneur’s Journey, and the role of the venture capitalist in building a tech ecosystem.

9:00 - 10:00 am

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Melinda Spaulding

Vice President for Advancement & Communications, Texas Southern University

MODERATOR

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Gwyneth Paltrow

CEO & Founder, Goop

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Dana Settle

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Greycroft

Consumer-Focused Company Building and the Growth of E-Commerce

A discussion of the trends in consumer-focused company building and connected commerce, from the venture capitalist and Founders’ perspective.

10:05 - 10:50am

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Chris Rizik

CEO & Managing Partner, Renaissance Venture Capital

MODERATOR

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Caitlin Strandberg

Partner, Lerer Hippeau

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Omair Tariq

CEO & Co-Founder, Cart.com

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Morgan Flager

Managing Partner, Silverton Partners

Scaling Startups in Houston: What It Really Takes

You are past Founder Market Fit, and you’ve crossed the Penny Gap with funding beyond the friends and family round. Now you have customer traction, and you are ready to scale.  What does it take to scale, and what might that look like for a Houston entrepreneur specifically?

11:15am - 12:00pm

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Urvish Vashi

Chief Operating Officer, HighRadius

MODERATOR

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Lainy Painter

Partner, Craft Ventures

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Martin Kay

CEO & Co-Founder, Entera

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Kyle Judah

Executive Director, Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie), Rice University

Lunch

12:00pm - 12:45pm

The Investment Climate for the Entrepreneur and the Venture Capitalist Today

The IPO window opens and shuts in periods of certainty and uncertainty. Where are we now in the cycle, and what does that mean for the entrepreneur and the investor?

12:45 - 1:40pm

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Andrea Course

Venture Principal, Shell Ventures

MODERATOR

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Mitchell Green

Founding Partner,

Lead Edge Capital

Houston, A Destination for Innovation: Predictions for our Future

Hear from Houston’s leaders about the growth of Houston’s tech ecosystem. We are now over $2 billion in venture funding in 2021, and yet we have room to grow. Where do we need to improve as an ecosystem, and what does the Houston innovation landscape look like in ten years?

1:45 - 2:30pm

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Bob Harvey

President & CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

MODERATOR

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Gina Luna

Managing Partner, Genesis Park

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Paul Hobby

Founder & Managing Partner, Genesis Park

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Charles Tate

Chairman, Arva
Intelligence & Founder,
Yonder Hospitality &
Newton Nurseries

Revolutionizing the Energy Transition

Houston is the Energy capital of the world, and has the potential to lead the world in the energy transition. Do we have the venture capital, corporate base and talent we need to revolutionize the Energy Transition from Houston? What will that look like?

2:45 - 3:30pm

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Ron Haddock

Vice President Strategic Planning & M&A Transactions, LyondellBasell

MODERATOR

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Trevor Best 

CEO & Co-Founder, Syzygy Plasmonics

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Gaurab Chakrabarti

CEO & Co-Founder, Solugen

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Jim Kim

General Partner, Builders VC

Innovating the Future of Healthcare

How can we translate strong federal funding and superior academic leadership to fast growing tech companies solving some of the largest problems in the world in the life sciences? Thinking forward, what is the future of healthcare? Will Houston be home to that innovation wave?

3:50 - 4:35pm

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Dr. Peter Pisters

President, MD Anderson Cancer Center

MODERATOR

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Kush Parmar, M.D., Ph.D.

Managing Partner, 5AM Ventures

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Paul Cherukuri

Vice President of Innovation, Rice University

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David Hall

Managing Partner, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Funds

Innovations in Mobility Across Land, Sea, and Air

What are the biggest barriers to mobility and what are the enabling technologies that will help break down those barriers? How can the entrepreneur and venture capitalist partner to advance mobility across land, sea and air?

4:40 - 5:20pm

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Douglas Terrier

Associate Director for Vision and Strategy, NASA Johnson Space Center

MODERATOR

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Nic Radford

CEO, Founder, & Chairman, Nauticus Robotics

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Tess Hatch

Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

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Adam Sharkawy

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Material Impact

Closing Remarks

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Reginald DesRoches

President, Rice University

5:20 - 5:30pm

Cocktail Reception

5:30 - 6:30pm