The first panel of day two, Technology Innovation at the Energy, Water, Food Nexus presented by The University of Southern Mississippi. Photo source: David Tong/Getta Go Photos courtesy of Culture Pilot
April 24, 2017
By Evan Huddleson
We ventured to New Orleans for The Frontier Conference 2017. It’s the conference’s first year and we like that its “Re-Thinking Industrial Innovations Together” tagline aligns with our company values and culture.
Read our musings about his time in New Orleans below.
At The Frontier Conference I had the opportunity to listen in on panels covering topics ranging from water technology to innovations in energy, as well as how old school players in oil and gas industries are evolving for the 21st century. Also, through Techstars I networked with leadership in industry leading companies and with other startups to “speed date” our solutions and gauge interests for pilot programs.
Technology companies are emerging in every major metropolitan area outside of the traditional US West and East Coast hubs. The trend for these companies is taking a tempered methodical approach to growth. Because we (startups) are all so new, and introducing ground breaking technologies in regions like the Gulf and Midwest, the engagement for learning from one another brings a strong sense of humility and the culture of our regions.
Because we (startups) are all so new, and introducing ground breaking technologies in regions like the Gulf and Midwest, the engagement for learning from one another brings a strong sense of humility and the culture of our regions.
With regards to industry giants looking to innovate their technologies, there has never been a better time to engage. The large companies looking to innovate with startups in the Gulf and Midwest want to see small scale adoption succeed, and then develop plans to scale out successful solutions across many enterprise arms. These companies are looking at startups to cut costs and create greater efficiency across the board.
Everyone is looking to test, iterate, reshape/redefine, and then test and iterate some more. Start ups are being treated like experiments with hypotheses and result when it comes to enterprise level adoption.
Many of my own hypotheses were proven correct about corporate governance and innovation inside of enterprise level corporations. The Nexosis growth team will continue to focus our energy on driving API adoption, and then expand our solution to the next applicable part of the business where we can provide the most ROI. Partnering with other startups in the Gulf and Midwest will be critical because software has always existed as an ecosystem. That ecosystem needs to be symbiotic to grow and self-sustain.