Major Alex “Stoiky” Goldberg leads a Startup Showcase with Third Insight, ICON, Essentium, and LIFT Aircraft at Fed Supernova.

Texas-sized opportunities for Texas companies through TMDx: a Startup Showcase

Enjoy a Startup Showcase featuring startups sourced by TMDx who have found success in connecting with the Department of Defense and won contracts, moderated by Major Alex “Stoiky” Goldberg.

Capital Factory
3 min readAug 5, 2020


What you’ll find out:

  • 3D additive constructive scale manufacturing (13:55)
  • What is Lift Aircraft and how did it come to be? (19:00)
  • Third Insight (26:30)
  • “What’s your priority moving forward to continue to break down … barriers to entry?” (33:55)

Key quotes:

  • “TMDx, the Texas Military Department Innovation Unit was called into action to support the Texas governor’s strike force to help solve critical challenges in the response to COVID-19 pandemic. Which included a shortage of ventilators mass and other personal protective equipment. In partnership with Essentium, we designed and were awarded FDA emergency use authorization for a 3D printed mask with replaceable filters. They’re a ton times cheaper to produce than current supply chains. Now Texas guards and first responders around the state have the critical PPE they need to ensure their safety. Next we’re working on printing ventilators and production of material that is both antiviral and antimicrobial. ” — Major Alex “Stoiky” Goldberg, TMDx (04:16)
  • “In the future, you could own a Hexa(flying drone/car), have it in your garage, wheel it out, and fly to work.” — Matt Chasen, LIFT Aircraft (22:10)
  • “The secret about artificial intelligence is that it’s not really that intelligent. For over five decades, computers have become faster, machine learning techniques have been optimized but the world’s most advanced AI is still unable to adapt to the constantly evolving changes of the real world.” — Gareth Block, Third Insight (25:46)

Who you’ll hear from:

About Fed Supernova

Fed Supernova, presented by Deloitte, is a virtual conference highlighting defense innovation in Texas. This first-of-its-kind interactive experience will draw national attention and connect leading entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, corporations, and decision makers from around the world.

About Capital Factory

Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas, the number one startup state in the U.S. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers gather day and night, in-person and online for meetups, classes and coworking. With boots on the ground in Austin, Dallas and Houston, we meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active investor in Texas since 2013.



Capital Factory

The center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. We meet the best startups in Texas and introduce them to potential investors, employees and customers.