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Orlando Means Business

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Conversations with leaders shaping Orlando’s thriving business landscape

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Celebrating Orlando’s Spirit of Progress and Innovation

‘Orlando Means Business’ is a podcast featuring industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are shaping the Orlando region’s thriving business landscape.

In the first season, we’re taking a closer look at Orlando’s vibrant tech hub and how the region is creating the future of innovation and technology.

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“Through this podcast, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of Orlando’s tech ecosystem, while also celebrating the spirit of progress and innovation that defines the region…”

– Laureen Martinez

Vice President, Marketing, Branding and Communications, Orlando Economic Partnership

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Season 1, Episode 1

Falcon’s Beyond Reimagines Immersive Entertainment in Orlando

Get ready to be transported! This episode takes you on a journey into the captivating world of Falcon’s Beyond, an Orlando-based company pushing the boundaries of entertainment.

We’ll dive deep into Falcon’s Beyond’s cutting-edge technology, from groundbreaking immersive experiences to their global reach. Discover how they’re redefining the entertainment landscape, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Join us as we explore their commitment to innovation and imagination, showcasing how Orlando is becoming a hub for the future of entertainment.

Episode Guest

  • Simon Philips, President, Falcon’s Beyond

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Season 1, Episode 2

How ThreatLocker is Leading Orlando’s Cybersecurity Charge

This episode shines a spotlight on ThreatLocker, a rising star in the cybersecurity world – and it all started right here in Orlando!

Discover how ThreatLocker became a global cybersecurity innovation leader and learn how it’s protecting businesses from cyber threats. We’ll also explore how ThreatLocker is contributing to Orlando’s emergence as a dominant force in the cybersecurity industry. Join us for a fascinating conversation about safeguarding the digital world, all fueled by Orlando’s growing tech talent pool.

Episode Guest

  • Danny Jenkins, CEO & Co-Founder, ThreatLocker

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Season 1, Episode 3

AR/VR Orlando: Game On with 302 Interactive’s CEO

Join us as we delve into the world of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) and game development with Kyle Morrand, CEO of 302 Interactive! This Orlando-based company is making serious waves in the industry, and we’re here to find out why. We’ll explore the unique advantages of Orlando as a game development hub, with its thriving tech scene, talented workforce, and supportive resources. Discover how this vibrant ecosystem has fueled 302 Interactive’s rise to the top!

Episode Guest

  • Kyle Morrand, CEO, 302 Interactive

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Season 1, Episode 4

Plug and Play Supercharges Orlando’s Innovation Engine

Plug and Play, the global innovation platform, is doubling down on Orlando! This episode dives into the reasons behind their expansion, from NeoCity to Orange County. We explore the impact on Orlando’s startup scene, collaboration opportunities, and the exciting future of local innovation.

Episode Guests

  • Dr. Alexander Cartwright, President, University of Central Florida
  • Saeed Amidi, CEO, Plug and Play

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Season 1, Episode 5

Disney Imagineer Dives into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure!

Get ready to sing “Dig a Little Deeper” as we explore the magic behind Walt Disney World’s newest attraction: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! We’ll chat with a real-life Imagineer about the creative process, uncovering the inspiration and storytelling secrets that make this ride truly immersive.

Plus, we’ll delve into the connection between Orlando’s booming tech scene and Disney’s legendary Imagineering. Discover how the region’s talented pool of innovators is helping Disney push the boundaries of storytelling and entertainment. Buckle up for a magical journey into the heart of Tiana’s Bayou and beyond!

Episode Guest

  • Charita Carter, Walt Disney Imagineer, Walt Disney Imagineering

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Season 1, Episode 6

AdventHealth’s AI Revolution is Reimagining Healthcare

This episode explores how AdventHealth is using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) to transform patient care in Orlando. We’ll delve into their pioneering methods that improve efficiency, safety, and ultimately, patient outcomes.

Discover how AdventHealth is empowering healthcare providers with AI tools, from faster stroke diagnoses to real-time sepsis alerts. We’ll also discuss the responsible use of this emerging technology, balancing the benefits with potential risks. Join us for a glimpse into the future of healthcare, where AI is revolutionizing how we stay healthy.

Episode Guest

  • Dr. Victor Herrera, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for the Central Florida Division, AdventHealth

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Season 1, Episode 7

Orlando Magic Scores Big in Sports Tech

Step onto the court of the future! This episode explores the dynamic world of sports tech with the Orlando Magic.

Renowned for its forward-thinking approach, we’ll dive into how the Magic is leveraging technology to revolutionize the NBA landscape. Hear how the Magic harnesses AI, data engineering, and analytics to propel the franchise’s business initiatives to new heights. From enhancing fan experiences through digital ticketing solutions to fostering innovation through its annual Magic Innovation Challenge, hear how these innovative technologies are not just transforming the franchise, but reshaping the entire sports industry. This is one podcast you won’t want to miss!

Episode Guests

  • Jay Riola, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Orlando Magic

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Season 1, Episode 8

How Lockheed Martin is Unlocking Innovation in Orlando

Long before Orlando was known as the theme park capital of the world, Lockheed Martin was here working on the ultimate thrill ride –flying to the moon.

Decades later, Lockheed Martin continues to be a cornerstone of the region’s economy and a trailblazer in high-tech innovation. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover how Lockheed Martin’s presence has not just propelled Orlando to the forefront of the high-tech industry, but has also served as a catalyst for community development and growth.

Episode Guest

  • Steven Botwinik, VP, Lockheed Martin

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Season 1, Episode 9

OUC’s Green Revolution in Orlando is Powering the Future

Forget the cape – Orlando’s real superheroes wear hard hats! This episode dives into the groundbreaking work of the Orlando Utilities Commission, the city’s leading force in green innovation.

We’ll uncover the visionary leadership behind OUC’s impactful initiatives, from harnessing the power of the sun to promoting sustainable building practices. Discover how OUC is shaping the future of energy sustainability, not just for Orlando, but for generations to come. Join us as we explore OUC’s cutting-edge strategies and groundbreaking projects, showcasing how they’re powering tomorrow with a focus on environmental stewardship.

Episode Guest

  • Clint Bullock, CEO, OUC 

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Season 1, Episode 10

Building a Tech Titan: Orlando’s Rise in Semiconductors

From scratch to powerhouse? This episode explores how Osceola County’s NeoCity is building a complete ecosystem for semiconductors and microelectronics. We uncover the nearly half-billion dollar investment fueling this reshoring initiative, and dive into what makes NeoCity unique, including its focus on nurturing future tech talent through NeoCity Academy.

Episode Guests

  • Jay Galbraith, CEO, BRIDG
  • John Allgair, Chief Technical Officer, BRIDG
  • Yvette Ponzoa, Principal, NeoCity Academy

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Discover Orlando’s Innovation

Explore how the nation’s top metro for STEM job growth combines a superior quality of life, passionate creative culture and high value cost of operation to power the one of the nation’s fastest growing tech markets.

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Orlando is Home to Magic & Microchips

Discover how NeoCity, the region’s 500-acre advanced manufacturing and innovation district, has become the nation’s epicenter of semiconductor manufacturing reshoring.

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