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Techrides Podcast: Where industry leaders ride shotgun.

A weekly podcast hosted by Edwin Marcial featuring inspiring stories of entrepreneurship from top business leaders while riding in a cool car. Featured and upcoming guests include Jeff Sprecher, CEO and founder of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic, and The Spaceship Company, and Gil West, Chief Operating Officer, Delta Airlines.

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Episodes

Don Panoz, Legendary Entreprenuer

In this episode we revisit Edwin's 2018 conversation with legendary entrepreneur Don Panoz. Don Panoz had an amazing career as an entrepreneur and innovator. He is credited with inventing the technology behind the nicotine patch, and is a legend in motorsports racing. Edwin talk's to Don about his start in pharmaceuticals, his transition to motorsports racing, and his philosophy in business and entrepreneurship. Don Panoz passed away a few months after the recording of this episode. On the day we filmed he said he was not feeling well, but gave us no indication of his battle with pancreatic cancer at the time. Don Panoz was a family man, a true innovator and a kind and remarkable person. Don will be remembered for leaving this world much better than he found it.


Dr. Cammy Abernathy, Dean, University of Florida's Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Edwin talks with Dr. Cammy Abernathy, Dean of the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Come along as Edwin and Dean Abernathy discuss a few topics including: The University of Florida’s (UF) response to COVID-19 and their plans for the fall semester, Research that UF is conducting in the battle against COVID-19, How the university is adapting to more online distance learning, UF’s move up the national rankings of top public universities, The college of engineering's new Artificial Intelligence Initiative, The work UF is doing to improve diversity in engineering, The challenge traditional universities face from skills based training platforms and bootcamps, How students can best prepare to study and be successful in engineering, and a little Gator Football!


Part 1: George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic

Edwin takes a ride with George Whitesides , CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. George is the former Chief of Staff for NASA, and today leads Richard Branson’s company working to bring commercial spaceflight to everyday people. Edwin and George ride in a Range Rover V8 Supercharged from Las Cruces, New Mexico to the beautiful Spaceport America and discuss the future of space travel. Come along for the ride as Edwin and George discuss a few topics including: George's tenure as the Chief of Staff for NASA, The united States move to privatize low earth orbit travel which gave rise to companies like Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk's SpaceX, and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, the creation of Spaceport America, the White Sands Missile Range and New Mexico's history and role in today's commercial space program, and the potential for life on other planets


Part 2: George Whitesides, CEO, Virgin Galactic

With the beautiful Spaceport America as the backdrop, Edwin continues his conversation with George Whitesides CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. George is the former Chief of Staff for NASA, and today leads Richard Branson’s company working to bring about commercial spaceflight. George and Edwin discuss the Virgin Galactic spaceflight experience, Virgin Galactic’s journey to this point, George’s predictions for the next big milestones in space travel, and what George is most looking forward to as Virgin Galactic prepares to send every day people into space.