Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m coming to you from the Gulf Coast Regional Family Forum. With me today is Russ Capper, Executive Director of Houston Exponential. Russ, welcome to the guest side of the Playbook.

Russ: Well, it’s great to be here.

Jen: For our viewers who aren’t quite familiar with Houston Exponential, can you share a little bit about what that is?

Russ: I’d love to. Houston Exponential is a non-profit initiative put together by the Greater Houston Partnership and, really, the Mayor and the City Council. They both seemed to come together simultaneously and felt like, “My goodness, we have to do something that really champions our innovators and accelerates the growth of our innovation ecosystem,” meaning, trying to make Houston more fertile for development of digital technology startups.

Jen: What kind of projects do you guys have to help drive that digital innovation?

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Russ:  This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook.  I’m Russ Capper, this week’s guest host, and I’m here with R.T. Dukes, Research Director with Wood Mackenzie, and Prajit Ghosh, Global Strategy Lead also with Wood Mackenzie.  Guys, welcome to the Playbook.

Prajit:  Thank you

R.T.:  Thanks for having us.

Russ:  You bet.  Give us an overview of Wood Mackenzie.

R.T.:  Wood Mack – we’re part of a larger corporation called Verisk Analytics.  It’s a data analytics company focused in the insurance, energy and financial services sectors.  We’re part of the energy vertical.  So Wood Mack we describe as part of the energy metals and mining, really the natural resources value chain.  I’m focused in oil and gas; Prajit’s more focused on the power and renewable side, and we’ve expanded quite a bit there over the last few years.

Russ:  I remember hearing and seeing that about a year ago, too; I thought it was interesting.  To me it was more of an indication that the renewables were gaining ground these days.  So before we get to renewables, why don’t you give us an overview, R.T., of where oil and gas is today and in the immediate future?

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As promised, here are my remarks from last week’s FastTech 50.  I think you’ll find the stats and data about the winners, Houston, and the region very interesting. Again, congratulations to the FastTech 50 Class of 2012!

How about those Texans!  While we are all very proud of the Houston Texans this year and their

We’ve just finished announcing this year’s Class of FastTech 50 winners. Congratulations to everyone!

1 IPT Global
2 StratITsphere Data Center Solutions, LLC
3 Drilformance
4 Technology Support  Incorporated
5 itRobotics, Inc.
6 Cimation
7 Soteica Ideas & Technology, L.LC.
8 Tradentrix
9 Encore Health Resources
10 Z-Terra, Inc.
11 Miracle TV Corporation
12 Commercial

FastTech 50 is rapidly approaching (November 2nd this year), and is shaping up to be another great event! We’ve secured Nilofer Merchant, columnist, best-selling author and tech guru as our luncheon keynote this year.

Tim Monzingo wrote an excellent article in the Houston Business Journal covering Merchant’s thoughts on social media. A former executive

Well after waiting for what seems like an eternity, I finally got something to see and look at as it pertains to the iPhone 5.  Followers of my blog know that I have been raving about this product for well over 4 years now using an iPhone 3 GS.  I skipped the iPhone 4 in