Month: January 2019

Active Capital Raises Over $21 Million Leading Seed Rounds for 20 B2B SaaS Startups
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Active Capital Raises Over $21 Million Leading Seed Rounds for 20 B2B SaaS Startups

In less than two years, venture capital firm Active Capital has raised over $21 million for 20 founder-led companies in the business-to-business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) market. The San Antonio-based firm’s portfolio has two companies operating in stealth mode, five startups from San Antonio including FunnelAI and Flightpath Finance, and five based in Austin, including Pingboard. The remaining companies are located in mostly metropolitan areas across the U.S. Read more: San Antonio Venture Firm Active Capital Leads Funding for Pingboard Pat Matthews is the founder of Active Capital, as well as an entrepreneur and an angel investor in more than 50 startup companies. He raised $21.5 million over the past 18 months so Active Capital could lead seed rounds for the founder-led B...
Intrinsic Imaging Radiologist Develops Artificial Intelligence Tool to Streamline Workloads
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Intrinsic Imaging Radiologist Develops Artificial Intelligence Tool to Streamline Workloads

Artificial intelligence (AI) was front and center at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show because of its capacity to influence every aspect of our lives. Now, AI’s reach is touching upon healthcare. Lance Reinsmith, M.D., is a radiologist with the South Texas Radiology Group and Intrinsic Imaging who is applying the power of AI to help those like him triage an overloaded system. Images obtained by MRI machines, CT scanners, and x-rays give clinicians the ability to look for signs of disease or injury in a patient. These digital images have so much data they take considerable time to review. That makes spotting the ones that require immediate attention from the more routine “normal” scans challenging for the radiologist with an ever-growing workload. “Most of us are operating at o...
‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth
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‘State of the Ecosystem’ Highlights Geekdom Roles, San Antonio’s Cyber Growth

Ask any startup company founder and almost all will agree it's best to exercise cautious optimism when starting a new business. That was the tone at the eight annual Geekdom State of the Ecosystem update given Tuesday morning at the Geekdom Event Centre. David Heard, chief executive of Tech Bloc and chief marketing officer at SecureLogix and Port San Antonio's new vice president for cybersecurity development Will Garrett joined Geekdom chief executive David Garcia to assess the past year for San Antonio and its technology community. You can see a copy of Geekdom's 2018 impact report here. San Antonio's economic disparities continue to pose challenges for residents. Median household income for San Antonio was $56,774 in 2017, the latest figures available. Part of the mission in buildi...
It’s Data Privacy Day—Here Are Top Five Tips for Being #PrivacyAware
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It’s Data Privacy Day—Here Are Top Five Tips for Being #PrivacyAware

Melissa Unsell-Smith is co-founder and president of Rectify, a data protection and privacy startup currently participating in the Build Sec Foundry cybersecurity incubator program. For Data Privacy Day she writes today's guest post offering the top five tips for being #privacyaware.  Data Privacy Day is an internationally observed holiday created as an annual initiative focused on raising awareness around the importance of data privacy.  With enhanced dialogue around privacy, it is vitally important to become familiar with popular privacy methods and security tips. The tips offered below are not all-inclusive, and some of them are intended to expand awareness of our ever-connected world and the possible ramifications and liabilities. Privacy Tip #1: Update software across all dev...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of January 29, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of January 29, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. Break Fast & Launch Information Session Spring Program Presented by Launch SA The Break Fast &...
GaitIQ Spots Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Your Walk
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GaitIQ Spots Early Signs of Alzheimer’s in Your Walk

Can technology help predict your risk for Alzheimer’s disease years or decades before symptoms of dementia appear? One San Antonio team is working to do just that using deep learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze a video taken in your doctor’s office. Rick Morris is the San Antonio-based entrepreneur who founded GaitIQ, an early-stage digital health Software as a Service (SaaS) company in 2017. The GaitIQ cloud-based platform will give healthcare providers an affordable, easy-to-use application to measure a patient’s gait. The technology leverages machine vision, AI, and big data analytics to evaluate subtle changes in the way a person walks that have been linked to the risk for dementia. Changes in gait are important early warning sign of cognitive decline and emerge a...
Dearduck Makes it Easier to Buy for Others
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Dearduck Makes it Easier to Buy for Others

The entrepreneur who pioneered “buying for others” marketing is helping retailers by using her knowledge of deep machine learning and psychology. Dearduck founder Katy Aucoin has created a software as a service (SaaS) recommendation platform that businesses can use to help their customers make informed purchases.  She calls this customized marketing approach BFO or buying for others which makes up 30 percent of all retail sales, according to the National Retail Federation. That 30 percent can distort the profile of a retail customer, Aucoin explained. Businesses pay money to collect data on a customer’s personal preferences, but it may reflect a customer’s needs to buy for someone else. “The way it works now we get ads generated on our past internet searches without any understan...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of January 21, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of January 21, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering, thanks to the San Antonio Business Calendar. SABusinessCalendar.com co-founders Matthew Espinoza and Michael Espinoza provide a vital resource for San Antonio’s business community listing by compiling upcoming business events in San Antonio. The SA Business Calendar lists over 150 business events every week from different industry sectors. If you are interested in their full list of business events, sign up for the SA Business Calendar weekly events newsletter at www.sabusinesscalendar.com. HR Red Flags Presented by UTSA PTAC This session is an opportunity to review general information about...
San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag
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San Antonio 311SA App Wins Smart 50 Award for Cityflag

The new year has brought exciting news to San Antonio and local technology startup Cityflag. The City of San Antonio’s 311SA interactive civic engagement application received the Smart 50 Award as one of the world’s top 50 most transformative smart projects for 2019.  The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, the Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. San Antonio is the only city on the list of 50 awardees with two projects that were recognized with a Smart 50 Award. Leaptran won the award for their San Antonio Technology Center (SATC) building energy monitoring and control for a cost-effective building heating ventilation and cooling system. In August...
SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP
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SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP

Port San Antonio has scored a strategic hire to catapult its cybersecurity business development. Will Garrett joins the Port Tuesday as its new vice president and director of cybersecurity development.  Garrett comes to the Port from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce where he was the executive director of the Chamber's Cybersecurity San Antonio for almost four years. His portfolio at the Chamber focused on the growth and development of the local cybersecurity industry and advocacy for legislative issues impacting the sector. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has promoted deputy Amanda Keammerer to acting director of Cybersecurity San Antonio. Previously, Garrett led the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department where he managed federal and state advocacy e...