Want to hear an inspiring story of innovation in Fort Worth? Meet Cam Sadler.
He was a Dunbar High School teacher who cashed in his retirement savings one summer and launched his own startup company. A few months later, he was in Silicon Valley, the first Fort Worth startup founder accepted into the seed accelerator that funded AirBnB and Dropbox.
Today, he is CEO of Fort Worth-based Newcraft, an online recruiting platform for software engineers, and opening an office on trendy Magnolia Avenue on the Near Southside.
Sadler is featured on Innovate Fort Worth, a new podcast created at UNT Health Science Center. The podcast is part of an ambitious effort by UNTHSC to spark innovation and entrepreneurship, not just on the six-school campus in the Cultural District but across all of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
“Fort Worth has great potential — more potential than a lot of the places I have been, including Silicon Valley,” Sadler said. “The high cost of building a company in the San Francisco bay area has put Silicon Valley at kind of an inflection point. Fort Worth is in a position to become one of the best entrepreneurial ecosystems.”
Innovate Fort Worth is hosted by Cameron Cushman, UNTHSC director of innovation ecosystems. Fort Worth has long been known as the City of Cowboys and Culture, but for the country’s 13th largest city to thrive in today’s economy, it must also become a City of Innovation.
“We created Innovate Fort Worth to ignite a conversation between the innovators, investors and entrepreneurs in our community,” said Cushman, a Fort Worth native who has a decade of experience building entrepreneurial communities. “These connections are critical because innovators are most successful when they have access to supportive resources, capital and mentors who can help guide them on their entrepreneurial journeys.”
Find Innovate Fort Worth on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts or your favorite podcast app.
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