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AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0

AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0 with Matt Battaglia

The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business


AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

Common Topics Discussed: Startups, Founders, Funds & Venture Capital, Business, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Blockchain / Crypto, Executive Comp, Investing, Stocks, Real Estate + Alternative Investments, and more… 


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Jun 1, 2024


AZ TRT 2.0 - Best of Tech Part 1 - Data Centers, IT, EV Charging, Minerals & AI Software


AZ TRT S05 EP21 (236) 5-26-2024 


What We Learned This Week:

  • Host Matt on Data Centers + Energy Usage
  • Lucian Aguayo of Redgear on IT Infrastructure
  • Broc TenHouten of Intrinsic Power on EV Charging
  • Brian Stevens of Neural Magic on AI Software
  • Dr. Nick Sakharav of Reclaimed Minerals on Energy


‘Best of’ Clips from previous Tech themed aired in the first half of 2024




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Data Centers + AI Growth Requires More Energy, is Nuclear an Option?


AZ TRT S05 EP20 (235) 5-19-2024 



What We Learned This Week:

  • Data Centers use lots of Energy with demand growing 15% per year
  • AI Models are large software files, and this leads to more data
  • Alternative Ideas like Clean Energy, smaller Data Centers, & Cooling
  • Nuclear SMR (Small Modular Reactor) may be the Future of Energy
  • Stock Investment Ideas - How can you Make Money $ off the increase of Data Centers?

AI is poised to drive 160% increase in data center power demand

On average, a ChatGPT query needs nearly 10 times as much electricity to process as a Google search. In that difference lies a coming sea change in how the US, Europe, and the world at large will consume power — and how much that will cost. 

For years, data centers displayed a remarkably stable appetite for power, even as their workloads mounted. Now, as the pace of efficiency gains in electricity use slows and the AI revolution gathers steam, Goldman Sachs Research estimates that data center power demand will grow 160% by 2030.

At present, data centers worldwide consume 1-2% of overall power, but this percentage will likely rise to 3-4% by the end of the decade. In the US and Europe, this increased demand will help drive the kind of electricity growth that hasn’t been seen in a generation. Along the way, the carbon dioxide emissions of data centers may more than double between 2022 and 2030.


Goldman Sachs research on AI and power needs


Full Show: HERE





IT Setup & Cybersecurity w/ Luciano Aguayo of Redgear

AZ TRT S05 EP07 (222) 2-18-2024 

What We Learned This Week

  • RedGear provides turnkey IT solutions for clients. Outsource IT to shift liability
  • IT often an afterthought, when it should be a major priority - lifestyle of tech in a business
  • Data is lifeblood of a company, need security
  • Cybersecurity is just one part, need to monitor physical location, who has access, email, etc


Guest: Luciano Aguayo of Redgear

Luciano Aguayo is a Texas native, and an active member and contributor to the Southwest Technology community. His professional career spans a diverse industry portfolio and has held various titles and certifications at the senior engineering and senior management levels. Luciano specializes in designing and implementing turnkey complex infrastructure solutions.

For the past 20 years Luciano has designed and implemented numerous infrastructures for regional and local school districts, has a diverse portfolio of local and international businesses, including the federal government, and key Southwest landmarks and attractions. After several years in the private sector and after building a loyal customer base, Luciano launched RedGear in 2016. RedGear is a regional business to business technology solutions company. Since its inception, RedGear has quickly grown to 4 locations, 50+ employees, and recently opened a regional office in Phoenix, Arizona.


RedGear provides professional technology services, equipment, and consulting in the Southwest US region. Our entire culture is built around supporting business infrastructures, while building relationships and delivering an exceptional customer service experience and always keeping our customers best interest a top priority. We’ve built our success by reputation, quality of work, professionalism, and always being there for clients every step of the way whenever they need us. Our services, certifications, experience, and expertise cover the entire spectrum of Information Technology that no other regional technology service provider can match.

We manage all aspects of Technology so the customer can focus on running their business.


Full Show: HERE




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EV Charging at Home w/ Broc TenHouten of Intrinsic Power

AZ TRT S05 EP05 (220) 2-4-2024 

What We Learned This Week

  • Intrinsic Power - Next Gen EV Charger
  • EV Charging in your home will be standard
  • Electrical Panel upgrade to handle new tech
  • Electric Grid not prepared for consumer demand & EV charging needs
  • EV Infrastructure for charging stations as EV Cars w/ longer range are the Future


Guest: Broc TenHouten of Intrinsic Power



Broc TenHouten, Co-founder and CEO, Intrinsic Power, Inc.

Broc is an experienced technical leader with a general management background in the commercialization of EV technology. Broc was COO and chief engineer of Divergent 3D, developer of the 3D-printed 21C hybrid hypercar. He served as director of technology development at EnerSys Advanced Systems and led the engineering and industrialization of multiple electric vehicle and energy storage companies. 


Broc began his career at General Motors, where he held various positions in vehicle development. Broc has more than 50 vehicle technology patents issued or in process.  He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan-Ross and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.



Intrinsic’s innovation has positioned the company to become the leader in distributed energy management–and one to watch.


                     The compact Intrinsic Power charger is more powerful than the competition, 11kW charging reduces charging time by up to 830%. Perfectly optimized for your current electric vehicle, and your next one

                     Web and mobile apps allow you to review charger use and syncronise useage across a portfolio of charging stations

                     Advanced connectivity enables real-time information and grid demand response, helping to avoid local power outages

                     Machine learning enables automatic time of use management, continuously optimizing to lower power bills over time



Intrinsic Power was founded in 2015, as a Los Angeles based internally-funded startup dedicated to delivering better EV charging solutions. Today Intrinsic is conducting field demonstrations, collecting data in preparation for mass production.


Managed and staffed by a team of technical leaders in the EV space. The Intrinsic Power team is dedicated to improving residential charging though a combination of improved hardware and machine learning based algorithms for better charging performance.


Full Show: HERE



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Software Delivered AI w/ Brian Stevens of Neural Magic

AZ TRT S05 EP08 (223) 2-25-2024 

What We Learned This Week

  • Neural Magic Deepsparse software helps B2B Clients incorporate AI into their tech stack
  • Large Language Learning Models of AI can be costly & require massive computing power
  • Their clients now control their AI Model
  • Opensource AI Foundation Models for training
  • AI uses a Recommendation Model





Guest: Brian Stevens

Chief Executive Officer of Neural Magic


Brian Stevens is chief executive officer of Neural Magic. A tech veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Brian has a rich history of building/advising high-impact companies and driving disruptions that transform the industry.


In his role at Neural Magic, Brian aims to democratize Generative AI for enterprises and make it more accessible and affordable to all.


In his career, Brian has served in a variety of executive roles at world-renowned companies including VP and CTO of Google Cloud, and CTO and EVP of Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat.


Brian currently serves on the board of directors of Nutanix and Genpact, and is a former member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, IEEE, OpenStack Foundation, Data Gravity, and Pentaho.


Brian holds a master’s degree in computer systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire. In his personal life, Brian is an accomplished carpenter and woodworker with a passion for refurbishing old homes.








About: Neural Magic is an AI company, born out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on a mission to help customers innovate with machine learning, without added complexity or cost. While pursuing research at MIT, founders Nir Shavit and Alexander Matveev launched Neural Magic, a software-delivered AI solution, to address their frustration with the constraints of GPUs and existing hardware.


Using Neural Magic’s DeepSparse Inference Runtime, customers can easily deploy deep learning models on commodity CPUs with GPU-class performance.


For more information, including all of Neural Magic’s offerings, visit or follow @neuralmagic on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube. 


Open Source AI for Business-2024 Is the Year to On Ramp


Brian Stevens, CEO of Neural Magic is at the helm of this growing trillion-dollar industry (proper source)


As enterprises prepare for 2024, the growing demand for AI optimization is top of mind.


Neural Magic is fulfilling that need with software-delivered AI. Enterprises use Neural Magic's runtime and open-source sparsification tools for maximum CPU speedups of NLP (including LLMs) and computer vision models.


“It is my goal to democratize AI using optimized CPUs as the onramp to generative AI, making it faster, affordable and agile for enterprises.” – Brian Stevens, CEO, Neural Magic



Full Show: HERE



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Reclaimed Minerals, Extracting Lithium + Iodine w/ Dr. Nick Sakharav

AZ TRT S05 EP22 (237) 6-2-2024 



What We Learned This Week:

  • EV Cars charging
  • Lithium batteries weight
  • hydrogen fuel
  • Iodine
  • Mineral extraction, clean water



Guest: Dr. Nick Sakharov


Dr. Nick Sakharov, a leading expert in critical minerals extraction (lithium and iodine), hydrogen energy, and saltwater treatment.

As a passionate advocate for a sustainable future, I believe these areas hold immense potential to address crucial challenges facing USA.

My Expertise:

With over 25 years of experience in global economy, energy, sustainability, mineral mining, I have a proven track record of strategy .

Critical Element Extraction: I possess extensive experience in extracting critical minerals like lithium and iodine, vital for clean energy technologies.

Hydrogen Energy: I can discuss the development of hydrogen as a clean and efficient alternative energy storage source (and why it is not a fuel source).

Saltwater Treatment: Innovative saltwater treatment methods offer solutions to water scarcity and environmental concerns.

Global Economy and Everyday Life: I can explain how these scientific breakthroughs, like clean energy and water solutions, affect things we care about in our daily lives, such as jobs, energy costs, and even the price of everyday products.

Reclaimed Minerals





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AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0 with Matt Battaglia

The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business

AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

Common Topics Discussed: Startups, Founders, Funds & Venture Capital, Business, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Blockchain / Crypto, Executive Comp, Investing, Stocks, Real Estate + Alternative Investments, and more… 


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