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Welcome to The Future Lab. The podcast where we talk with, and about, the people, companies and ideas building the future. From startup founders building the next unicorn to someone leading innovation at a Fortune 500 company. Experts in emerging technologies or people creating the cities of theRead more

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61. Steve Lekas on righting the wrongs of the insurance industry with innovation

Nov 3 • 30:56

Steve Lekas is the co-founder and CEO of Columbus-based Branch Insurance. In this episode we talk with Steve about the moment that led to going all-in with Branch, building an InsurTech in Columbus, and why he's excited to be doing it here in Ohio.

Steve got his start in insurance at Allstate to put himself through school at Kent State. A decade later he went on to build th...

60. Dana Allender on building Ohio's AI ecosystem

Aug 11 • 34:36

Dana Allender is a life-long resident of Northeast Ohio and the Founder of SUN he works with emerging technology startups and small businesses to build “revenue roadmaps” to create scalable, sustainable growth. 

In this episode we talk to Dana about his passion for building Cleveland's tech ecosystem, the role AI and AI companies can play in this growth, and revenue journe...

59. Melissa Cutcher on leadership and the Dayton tech ecosystem

Aug 4 • 22:01

Melissa Cutcher is the Executive Director at Technology First, a trade association for IT professionals and technology companies in the Dayton region.  In this podcast, we talk with Melissa about leading during challenging times and get the lowdown on Dayton's tech ecosystem.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in organization management and Master’s degree in business adminis...

58. Tim Porter on security at startups and young companies

Jul 28 • 28:15

Tim Porter is a Manager within Pease & Associates Risk Advisory Services and in our latest podcast episode we talk security at startups and young companies.

Tim has dedicated his entire career to Risk Advisory Services where he provides clients with auditory reports that focus on an organization’s internal controls. Tim specializes in advising businesses on how to leverage ...

57. Steven Muszynski on FinTech opportunities and scaling companies

Jul 21 • 29:18

Steven Muszynski  is the Founder and CEO of Splash Financial, a Cleveland-based leading digital lending platform that helps borrowers easily shop and compare financial products from a Splash-powered network of credit union and bank partners. In this episode, we talk with Steven about building a FinTech company in Cleveland, business pivots, and scaling a company.

Recently n...

56. Tracy Ruberg on aligning strategic business objectives with digital transformation initiatives

Jul 14 • 31:39

Tracy Ruberg is the Founder/President of T6 Group and Executive Director of The Circuit, a non-profit IT association in Southwest Ohio. In this episode, we talk with Tracy about aligning strategic business objectives with digital transformation initiatives, the tech ecosystem in Southwest Ohio, and creating tech education opportunities. 

Throughout her career, Tracy has had...

55. Rob Moyer on solving tech talent challenges

May 19 • 31:52

Rob Moyer is the Co-Founder and President of Agility Partners, LLC an IT recruiting and consulting company headquartered in Columbus. In this episode, we talk with Rob about his path to tech, building a new business, and taking risk for greater upside. 

 Founded in 2017 in his spare bedroom, Rob (and his partner Alan) self-funded AP and immediately began to disrupt the indu...

54. Alex Frommeyer on disruption and Ohio's opportunity

May 12 • 33:29

Alex Frommeyer is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Beam Dental. In this episode we talk with Fro about disrupting the dental insurance industry, the golden age for building tech in the midwest, and why Ohio became home.

Beam Dental is a digital-first dental benefits provider that incorporates dental hygiene behavior into policy pricing, combining an easy-to-us...

53. Cal Al-Dhubaib on ethical AI and growing Ohio's data science industry

Apr 28 • 26:51

Cal Al-Dhubaib is the CEO of Pandata and in this episode we talk with Cal about ethical AI and how we can grow Ohio's data science industry.

Pandata designs and develops human-centered AI and ML solutions. Their deep expertise in human behavior is why they shine at working with innovative teams, including navigating the complexities of regulated and protected data sources ...

52. Max Brickman on connecting midwest industries with Silicon Valley

Apr 14 • 26:28

Max Brickman is the Managing Director of Heartland Ventures, a venture capital firm that connects high-growth startups with new customers in the Midwest. In this episode we talk with Max about why he brought his Venture firm to Ohio, the opportunities that come from connecting Midwest industries and leading tech companies, and scaling businesses.  

Max is a forward-thinking...

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