Jeff Reichman

My Favorite Spotify Hacks (so far)

By Jeff Reichman / March 24, 2014 / Comments Off on My Favorite Spotify Hacks (so far)

I love Spotify. Since I joined in 2011, I’ve changed the way I share music with my friends, how I discover new artists, and even how I pay for music. I pay ten bucks a month for a premium account. I listen to a lot of music. Despite Spotify’s contribution to shrinking artist royalties and…

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Collaboration Season: 6 Weeks of Awesome Events in Houston

By Jeff Reichman / April 20, 2014 / Comments Off on Collaboration Season: 6 Weeks of Awesome Events in Houston

I’m really excited to be a part of something special here in Houston this spring. Over the last couple of years, our community has seen a rise in collaborative events like hackathons and startup weekends. But for the next six weeks, we’re moving at light speed. We didn’t plan it this way. Collaboration Season isn’t…

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My Summer with AMRI – Open Source Research

By Jeff Reichman / May 12, 2014 / Comments Off on My Summer with AMRI – Open Source Research

There were six of us huddled around a pasta press, cranking dough as if our dinner depended on it. We were guests at a penthouse apartment overlooking the Texas Medical Center, and our hosts kept our drinks full. None of us had ever made pasta from scratch before. It doesn’t take six people to make pasta.…

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Recap of the Second Annual Houston Hackathon

By Jeff Reichman / June 9, 2014 / Comments Off on Recap of the Second Annual Houston Hackathon

On May 31, over 150 people converged at the Houston Technology Center for the second annual City of Houston Open Innovation Hackathon. Over the course of 24 hours, they formed teams, worked all night, and presented 18 different projects to Mayor Parker and her senior staff. You can check out all 18 projects here. Once…

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Building a Community with a Mission Statement + Hackathon

By Jeff Reichman / July 2, 2014 / Comments Off on Building a Community with a Mission Statement + Hackathon

In the months following the first Houston Hackathon, several organizations approached us.  They read about the city hackathon in the newspaper or they heard about it online, and they wanted one of their own.  From the first email, there were always little clues that something didn’t quite add up.  But we took every meeting.  One by…

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Arduino-based Aquaponics Hold Promise

By Jeff Reichman / August 21, 2013 / Comments Off on Arduino-based Aquaponics Hold Promise

For the last ten years or so, I’ve read a lot about the politics of food. The industry is totally messed up, with systemic problems in production and distribution. Did you know that a fast food hamburger likely contains meat from over 50 different cows? Gross. This is not news. For years, the slowfood loving locavores have been watching GMOs,…

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A Day in DC: Startups and the State of the Union

By Jeff Reichman / February 12, 2013 / Comments Off on A Day in DC: Startups and the State of the Union

I’m writing this blog on a rainy Monday afternoon in Houston, Texas. Tomorrow night, the President will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address. Over the course of an hour, he’ll talk about the year ahead. It’s a good amount of time to celebrate success and define challenges, but really, it’s only an hour.…

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7 Hours in Houston: My Day with the Jobs Council

By Jeff Reichman / August 1, 2012 / 6 Comments

Last week, I had the opportunity to accompany the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to three roundtable meetings in Houston, Texas. We met with over 50 leaders from business, government, and academia. Together, they tell the story of Houston for the last 30 years, from boom and bust to recovery…

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Learning About Craft Beer (One Pint at a Time)

By Jeff Reichman / September 18, 2012 / Comments Off on Learning About Craft Beer (One Pint at a Time)

There were a dozen of us, elbow to elbow around the dining room table. It was August, it was hot, and we were about to drink a few test batches of a soon-to-open craft brewery in Houston.  Around me was a diverse group of young accountants, lawyers, graduate students, doctors — all brought together by…

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Houston and Beyond: The Rise of Startup Communities

By Jeff Reichman / October 25, 2012 / Comments Off on Houston and Beyond: The Rise of Startup Communities

Over the last few years, entrepreneurs across the country have self-assembled into regional startup communities.  These communities provide a fabric of support that keeps entrepreneurs engaged, and resources to help them succeed.  The Startup America Partnership connects these regional communities and creates a national network, making our world a little easier to navigate.   At…

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