Sourcewater’s mission is to build digital technologies that improve the reliability and efficiency of the upstream energy water supply chain while reducing environmental and community impacts.
Sourcewater was conceived by founder Josh Adler when he was a Sloan Fellow for Innovation and Global Leadership in the Energy Ventures program at MIT in 2012. Fascinated with the rise of unconventional energy development in the U.S., Josh saw that the water supply chain would become the primary constraint on and impact of the shale revolution and believed that the innovative application of new digital technologies could reduce the cost, risks and impact of upstream energy growth. Josh started recruiting a team and founded the company in early 2014, and moved to Houston, Texas in 2016, where the company is now headquartered.
Since its founding, Sourcewater has engaged with every aspect of the upstream water supply chain, from sourcing to logistics to recycling to disposal. We have over 1,000 registered users, with over 100,000 water and disposal listings online representing billions of barrels of capacity.
Sourcewater has been honored by IHS CERAWeek as an Energy Innovation Pioneer, by Imagine H2O as a Global Finalist, by the Oil & Gas Awards as New Technology of the Year, by Tudor, Pickering, Holt as an Energy Disruptor, by the CleanTech Open with the first CTO Water Prize, by SxSW Eco, by the Rice Energy Alliance, by MassChallenge, by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and by the Northeast Water Innovation Network, which named Adler its first Water Innovator of the Year.
Joshua A. Adler is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor, and veteran dealmaker who has founded energy, real estate, medical technology, and Internet companies, and served as a senior U.S. economic policy official for President George W. Bush. He is a graduate of Yale and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ben has expertise working in a multitude of verticals ranging from mobile tech, oil and gas, online marketplaces, digital publishing, real estate, finance, personal fitness, non-profits, and politics. Ben was part owner in Energy Media Group, which owns the largest diversified oil and gas publications in the world. Ben was instrumental in building bakken.com, marcellus.com, permianshale.com, hayenesville.com, and 300 other oil and gas focused websites that are visited by more than 3 million unique visitors each year and have over 250,000 social media followers. Ben’s passion and professional focus is on building, scaling, and sustaining successful early stage startup ventures. Digital marketing, sales, product design, and partner acquisition are his specialty. Ben has a unique ability to bridge the gap between product development, marketing, and sales to ensure the customer is always served. His ultimate goal in business is to provide immense value to his customers and clients.
Victor is a full stack developer with 14 years of experience having lead multiple development teams to success. Victor has worked on projects ranging from corporate reporting to telecommunications and has worked on a variety of geospatial and data science projects overseeing development on frontend and back end web applications. Victor is versed in neural network integrations, training, analysis, computer vision, and a variety of advanced machine learning use cases. In his free time, Victor enjoys building drag race cars and exploring microelectronics.
Kal Walkden is a technology executive and marketing technologist with 20+ years of experience delivering successful digital products to market. He is a results-oriented, principled leader with proven ability to build highly productive, happy teams that drive growth, improve effectiveness, and leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage. He is a well-rounded professional with experience in software engineering, user experience design, content marketing, project management, product management, sales, and finance. For most of his career, he has been building products, leading teams (some small some very large) and delivering quality software to market quickly. Kal spent his untanned youth in South Florida. Forgoing the beach and boating to spend significant hours taking apart hardware, hacking code, and being a Maker long before it was an obvious option to make a career out of it all. He was developing software professionally before the Internet was a household name and has been a leader in organizations ranging in size from start-ups to behemoths like IBM and Philips Electronics. He holds a Master’s degree in parallel and distributed computing from Northwestern University as well as a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Northwestern University.
Maria graduated with honors from Boston University with a degree in Marine Sciences and has worked at an Earth Sciences and Coastal Biogeochemistry lab, assisted in government-funded research, and engaged in oyster aquaculture studies. Maria gained customer support experience while working at Apple as a Specialist prior to joining Sourcewater as a Customer Success Manager. Maria has since taken on the Product Manager role at Sourcewater and leads the Product Development team using sprint and lean methodologies.
Michael is currently a Sales Development Representative for Sourcewater, developing business strategies and executing growth of new accounts. Prior to joining Sourcewater, Michael worked internationally as an offshore exploration drilling consultant for various E&P companies and has 8 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Michael received a Bachelors of Science in Geology from Texas A&M University.
Over the past eleven years, Natalia has enjoyed a varied career in the energy industry. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelors in Economics and a masters in Energy and Mineral Resources, Natalia became a Land Analyst for Shell. From Shell she joined Wood Mackenzie’s research division to analyze upstream activity in the Rockies, Canada and Alaska. She then moved to a more strategic role in downstream, managing Vopak’s market analysis and from Vopak, Natalia moved to a trading desk where she was Phillips 66’s global gasoline trading strategist. This experience has provided her with a deep understanding of all parts of the oil value chain – Upstream, Mid-stream and Downstream. A dedicated wife and mother, Natalia and her husband Ed have two young daughters, Izabela and Alexandra. In her spare time Natalia likes to travel and volunteer to help the underprivileged. She is also a member of the Houston Symphony Chorus. Her hobbies include classical music, playing the piano and baking.
Sean Smith holds advanced degrees in water engineering from the University of Houston and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, where he researched improved wastewater treatment processes. As a Data Scientist at Sourcewater, he is putting this knowledge to work creating algorithms to improve data sets of water sources and applying computational statistics to discover the future of water markets in West Texas. Sean is also an active member of the Rotary Club in Houston, working with them to finance and implement water and sanitation projects abroad.
Pradip has a Master’s degree in Geophysics and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and has previously worked for Geophysical Insights, Halliburton, Schlumberger and RSI. Pradip’s analytics research with Halliburton was awarded the Best of SPWLA award and published in Petrophysics. His interests include inverse problems, optimization, big data analysis, data analytics product development, scientific computing and technical team building. He is a member of SEG and GSH.
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