Episode 13

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 4: RE Cooling Tech

Brittany Soeder and Robert Maher of RE Cooling Tech sit down with Alex Gras to discuss how they’re keeping athletes cool during the hot summer months. RE Cooling Tech has created a collar to be worn around the athlete’s neck that sends cold fluid to create rapid cooling.

Episode 12

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 3: Perch

Nate Rodman and Nika Oullette of Perch sit down with Alex Gras to discuss what their product is and how it’s innovating weight room training. Perch is a camera system that helps quantify weight room performance without detracting from it.

Episode 11

Braden Kopp On Student Athletes, NIL, and Monetizing Yourself

Braden Kopp of Pivots Pro sits down with Alex Gras to discuss what athletes can do to maximize their new freedoms regarding name, image, and likeness. Pivots Pro is a small yet wide ranging community of candid people across industry and professions that will serve as a resource for athletes.

Episode 10

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 2: Miro AI

In Week 2 of our spotlight on Pokatok Labs’ inaugural cohort, Taylor Host sits down with Alex Gras to discuss how Miro AI is taking computer vision to the next level.

Episode 9

Chasing Watts On Creating Community Through Cycling

Scott and Jason from Chasing Watts sit down with Alex to talk about the community they’ve been building around cycling. They discuss why the sport is uniquely centered around community, and how the community has evolved with the sport over recent years.

Episode 8

Pokatok Labs | Spotlight Week 1: Reflexion

In Week 1 of our spotlight on Pokatok Labs’ inaugural cohort, Matt Roda and Matt Campagna sit down with Alex Gras to discuss how they are innovating neuro-training with Reflexion.

Episode 7

William Labanowski On Sports Betting

William Labanowski, founder and CEO of WagerLab, sits down with Alex Gras to talk about how his app facilitates friendly sports bets and more. They discuss the trends and correlations he and his team have noticed, as well as some of the fun stakes he’s leveraged with his friends.

Episode 6

Chris Canetti On Bringing The World Cup To Houston

Chris Canetti sits down with Alex Gras to discuss Houston’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. Former President of the Houston Dynamo, Canetti has spent much of his life dedicated to the game of soccer, and now is heading the efforts to bring the World Cup to Houston.

Episode 5

Houston Dynamo Legend Brian Ching Talks Life After Soccer

Brian Ching sits down with Alex Gras to discuss how he’s transitioned from being a star MLS player to being a businessman and entrepreneur. A 6x MLS All-Star, Brian played with the Houston Dynamo from 2006 to 2013, and is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals.

Episode 4

Metaverse, NFTs, Robotics, and The NFLĀ 

Natara Holloway-Branch sits down with Alex Gras to talk about the NFL product, Houston as a sports city, and of course, Texas BBQ. The NFL’s first African-American woman to hold a Vice President position, Natara gives her perspective on why Houston could be the sports tech capital of the world.

Episode 3

Apollo Media Takes One Giant Leap for Houston Sports

In this episode of Pok-A-Talk, host Alex Gras sits down with co-founders Dez and Josh of Apollo Media to discuss Twitch, community through content and the importance of authenticity.