Month: July 2019

Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio
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Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio

Spend some time in San Antonio and it’ll be impossible for you to miss the vibrancy and feeling of change that permeates all of downtown. From the rebuilding of the downtown to the people, San Antonio is optimistic about its future prospects. Nowhere is this feeling of exuberance more profound than in San Antonio’s startup community. The Austin-based accelerator program Newchip sent its video producer Armando Vera Carvajal to accompany me on our visit to San Antonio to interview investors for a Newchip series that we are calling “Investor Talks.” It soon became apparent that rather than only talking with investors, we wanted to take the pulse of San Antonio’s startup community. We wanted to know why entrepreneurs decided to build their businesses in San Antonio and get their take on ...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 29, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 29, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to 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 Sessions: Fall Program Presented by Launch SA The Break Fast & Launch Program is a...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 22, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 22, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to 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 Sessions: Fall Program Presented by: Launch SA The Break Fast & Launch Program is ...
What You Need To Know About New Texas Cybersecurity Laws And GSA Contracting Changes
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What You Need To Know About New Texas Cybersecurity Laws And GSA Contracting Changes

Representatives from San Antonio cybersecurity companies such as Webhead, IPSecure, and Inflow packed a standing room only room at a San Antonio Chamber of Commerce cyber networking event Thursday evening to learn about the latest cybersecurity and information technology (IT) laws and federal contracting innovation. The Chamber invited Amanda Crawford, executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) and Government Services Administration (GSA) regional administrator Robert "Bobby" Babcock to share news about the latest Texas state legislation and changes in federal government contracting. Future events will feature other state and federal experts who can help inform San Antonio's cybersecurity community about relevant developments, Chamber president and CEO Ric...
Why You Need to Manage Your Cap Table Plus Free Tools to Help
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Why You Need to Manage Your Cap Table Plus Free Tools to Help

Bookkeeping is tedious, confusing, and often the last thing on an entrepreneur's mind. Yet, understanding the basic elements of startup finance is critical. That comprehension starts with learning how to manage your startups’ cap table. Let’s talk about what a cap table is, how founders typically manage it, and three free online tools you can use to make managing your cap table easier. What Is a Cap Table? A capitalization or “cap” table is a spreadsheet showing the equity capitalization for a company. Most commonly used by startups and early-stage businesses, the cap table breaks down the distribution of a company’s shareholders’ equity. A basic capitalization table lists out each type of equity ownership capital, the individual investors, and the share prices. Your cap table shou...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 15, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of July 15, 2019

Interested in San Antonio startup events? Here are some entrepreneurial events this week in San Antonio of interest to 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 Sessions: Fall Program Presented by Launch SA The Break Fast & Launch Program is a...
CANopener Labs Launches R&D, Prototyping Services for San Antonio Innovators
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CANopener Labs Launches R&D, Prototyping Services for San Antonio Innovators

Startup founders interested in creating a technology product start with an idea. What if that founder lacks specific skills, highly specialized equipment, space, and manufacturing contacts to turn that idea into a working prototype? San Antonio's startup ecosystem now has a pre-fabrication service that can help early-stage innovators who lack the resources to develop technologies on their own. CANopener Labs is the first local company designed to help tech founders get their product idea ready for the market. Co-founders Drue Placette, Dale Bracey, and David Elam opened a 7,000-square-foot warehouse, located at 1235 Safari St. near the San Antonio International Airport. The trio bootstrapped opening their prototyping space, building many of its features and often reusing materials an...
Fast-Growing CNF Technologies Opens Cyber Lab at Port San Antonio
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Fast-Growing CNF Technologies Opens Cyber Lab at Port San Antonio

One of the fastest-growing cybersecurity companies in San Antonio opened a state-of-the-art cyber research and development (R&D) facility. CNF Technologies launched its new cyber lab in Port San Antonio's first specialized cyber-capable Project Tech building Wednesday. The new CNF cyber lab is 6,000 square feet with another 12,000 square feet to be added by 2020 for cybersecurity operations support.  CNF Technologies is one of the 100 fastest-growing companies in San Antonio for 2019 and is a leading source of specialized cybersecurity expertise nationwide. In 2015, CNF Technologies had only 26 employees and annual revenue of $4.5 million. The early projections for 2019 are about 155 employees and annual revenue of $32 million, according to chief operations officer Stephen Barish. ...
UTSA Names Former Cyber Command Commander as National Security Collaboration Center Director
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UTSA Names Former Cyber Command Commander as National Security Collaboration Center Director

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) named U.S. Air Force (USAF) Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy M. Walsh as the founding director of its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) Wednesday. Walsh begins his new role at UTSA immediately. The university’s new National Security Collaboration Center will be co-located with UTSA’s School of Data Science and next to the university’s new location for its College of Business. Construction of the $33 million, 80,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin in 2020, with an anticipated opening in 2021. The new center will focus on cybersecurity, data analytics, and cloud computing research and education to help develop the much-needed workforce for many high-technology jobs. Walsh previously led the U.S. Cyber Command, the Depart...
Six Ways To Kill a Startup
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Six Ways To Kill a Startup

It isn't difficult to get online and find tips for startup success. What often isn't discussed are the unforced errors founders often make when running and scaling a startup. There are six deadly sins that will kill any startup regardless of industry, client-type, size, tenure, or founder skill set. Commit one or more of these mistakes, and it often marks the beginning of the end for a startup. These are extremely difficult to recover from and make the chances of long-term success slim. Failing to establish your startup’s culture and values from the start Successful startups create an engaging culture for all employees from day one. A company culture based on a definable set of values often sets it apart from the companies that will scale up and attract talent and investmen...