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Josh Adler, founding CEO of Sourcewater, is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and veteran dealmaker. Josh has founded energy, real estate, medical technology and Internet companies. He served under President George W. Bush as a senior U.S. Economic policy official and the Chief Speechwriter to the United States Treasury Secretaries Paul O’Neill and John Snow from 2002 to 2003. 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. He founded the company in early 2014, and moved to Houston, Texas in 2016, where the company is headquartered. Sourcewater has engaged with every aspect of the upstream water supply chain, and has over 1,000 registered users, with over 100,000 water and disposal listings online  representing billions of barrels of capacity. Josh is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Chinese Studies and has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Press play to learn how to break into this newly emerging field from a serial entrepreneur with decades of experience!


  • Why creative problem solving is pivotal to success in the energy business
  • Why companies appreciate loyalty from new employees and sticking around for at least 18 months can actually benefit you professionally 
  • How competitive sports (and even an a capella singing group) may help you land a job after graduating
  • Why the ability to overcome adversity is necessary, especially in the startup energy world
  • Which entry level roles benefit from a master’s degree in this field
  • Why “Game of Thrones” reflects certain aspects of this field 
  • What the “journey of failure” is and why it’s a critically important part of entrepreneurship 

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