Author: Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez is a writer based in San Antonio, Texas, covering innovation in emerging tech, cybersecurity, and bioscience startup companies in San Antonio.
What’s Changed in Co-Working Spaces? How San Antonio is Adapting to the Pandemic
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What’s Changed in Co-Working Spaces? How San Antonio is Adapting to the Pandemic

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic changed how we use co-working spaces. At first, we stayed home and worked in our sweatpants. But as the months wore on, the desire for a quiet, uncrowded workspace is driving the transformation of co-working spaces. One-way hallways, fewer desks in common areas, measures to limit how many can access spaces, and clear plastic screens to guard against airborne viruses are becoming office standards as more are seeking out co-working spaces again, say experts who predict trends in co-working. It's no longer about the growing number of new co-working places but rather, the quality of these spaces as they evolve to meet public health demands. In San Antonio, we lost several co-working spaces in 2020, including Annex Co-Working, The Garage, the Boerne-based Co...
Seno Medical Breast Imaging Technology Receives FDA Pre-Market Approval
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Seno Medical Breast Imaging Technology Receives FDA Pre-Market Approval

The commercial pathway for a San Antonio-based medical technology company that began its development over 15 years ago is closing in on the U.S. market. Seno Medical Instruments Inc. has gotten pre-market approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday for its medical imaging tool to diagnose breast cancer. Seno Medical’s imaging system uses opto-acoustic technology combined with laser optics and conventional ultrasound technology to provide an image of breast tissue in real-time. The company developed its Imagio breast imaging device to give physicians a way to examine breast tissue via images to rule out the need for invasive, expensive biopsies in patients with benign breast masses. About one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast canc...
Irys and Dutch Design Firm Arcadis Partner on Global Community-Engagement Solutions
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Irys and Dutch Design Firm Arcadis Partner on Global Community-Engagement Solutions

A San Antonio startup has forged a global partnership that will allow these innovators to leverage its award-winning engagement digital tools in communities worldwide. Arcadis, a leading international design firm focused on infrastructure, sustainable water, buildings, and environmental solutions, announced Monday its partnership with San Antonio-based Irys, a startup focused on improving the quality of life in communities through the use of technology. The Dutch design company stated they would incorporate Irys’ innovative citizen-driven engagement tools within its own infrastructure, mobility, and building projects to increase community involvement and collaboration and improve decision making in development projects. “People who live, work, play, in a specific place or city kno...
JustAir Launches Portable Powered Face Mask To Protect Against COVID-19
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JustAir Launches Portable Powered Face Mask To Protect Against COVID-19

Thanks to an entrepreneurial doctor, a recently relocated startup has brought to the market a new kind of face mask that protects wearers from airborne pathogens like COVID-19. JustAir, Inc. has launched its patented advanced face mask system that uses a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) in a more portable version of what's used in medical or industrial grade systems. The mask protects both the wearer and surrounding people, filtering the user's inhaled and exhaled air. The face mask is made of electrostatic felt and two fabric layers and can be adjusted to fit your face. A small rechargeable, battery-powered blower supplies fresh, cool air to the mask. The positive pressure airflow technology pushes air through a medical-grade HEPA filter that traps 99.97 percent of viruses, a...
Level Effect Cyber Tool Acquired by Maryland-Based Company Huntress
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Level Effect Cyber Tool Acquired by Maryland-Based Company Huntress

Huntress, a Maryland-based provider of managed detection and response to cyber threats, announced Tuesday its acquisition of network-aware endpoint detection and response technology from cyber startup Level Effect for an undisclosed amount. Level Effect co-founders Greg Ake and Robert Noeth will join the Huntress team as part of the acquisition to support the initial integration and ongoing development of their Recon network-aware endpoint detection software. Like the founding team at Huntress, both Ake and Noeth have strong backgrounds in the U.S. intelligence community, having worked within the National Security Agency, Air Force, and other institutions. The duo has over 20 combined years of experience as intelligence analysts, offensive and defensive cyber operators, and software ...
Wrapping up 2020: How Did San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Change?
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Wrapping up 2020: How Did San Antonio’s Startup Ecosystem Change?

San Antonio's entrepreneurial ecosystem has evolved in 2020, but our predictions at the end of 2019 certainly didn't account for a global pandemic. What has changed in San Antonio's startup ecosystem since the beginning of 2020? We've been tracking San Antonio's startup landscape to maintain the San Antonio Startup Ecosystem Map (an entrepreneurial 'life cycle' graphic listing local resources for those interested in the startup life) since our first map version (February to November 2018).  We noted five significant trends emerging in San Antonio over the past year. 1. There's venture funding for San Antonio startups "Startups end the year in a surprising deal frenzy." It's the fitting headline of a December New York Times article on startup investing trends. Investors ...
WellAware Launches a Smart Indoor Air Purification Service For Businesses
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WellAware Launches a Smart Indoor Air Purification Service For Businesses

A San Antonio tech startup focused over the last eight years on industrial remote monitoring of devices at oilfields is now working with local businesses to help protect staff and customers from COVID-19. WellAware launched its hardware and software solutions in 2012 to help oil and gas companies remotely monitor drilling equipment, well production, and pipeline operations. Since the pandemic impacted the oil and gas industry, CEO and co-founder Matt Harrison has been busy expanding WellAware's customer base. Harrison said his goal is to help connect "people to the things that matter" in manufacturing, logistics, and now, local San Antonio businesses. The tech startup launched an initiative earlier this month called Breathe Puro San Antonio. It is focused on helping restaurants a...
Need Co-Working Space in San Antonio? Check Out Our List
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Need Co-Working Space in San Antonio? Check Out Our List

Co-working spaces are adapting new sanitation, floor layout strategies, even free testing for members in order to create safe environments for startups and smaller businesses. If you're not ready to sign an expensive, long-term lease, you can find a co-working space in San Antonio that will suit your needs for location, access, budget, benefits, and vibe. Many co-working spaces offer additional benefits such as conference meeting spaces, mailboxes, and (mostly virtual) workshops. The rise in San Antonio over the past couple of years of specialized spaces for other industries means founders can now rent space in commercial kitchens, film and video studios, leasable bioscience wet labs and manufacturing facilities, and maker spaces across San Antonio. Check the website for each ...
Soilworks Grows Regenerative Agriculture Companies Wholesome Meats and Grazing Lands
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Soilworks Grows Regenerative Agriculture Companies Wholesome Meats and Grazing Lands

Soilworks Natural Capital has been growing its portfolio since its launch in June. Lew Moorman and Ed Byrne, co-founders of Scaleworks, have been busy investing in, incubating, and acquiring companies that can accelerate the adoption of regenerative farming practices. Moorman and Byrne launched Soilworks in June to focus on regenerative agriculture, a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and supports agricultural ecosystems. By September, Soilworks launched Wholesome Meats, a local business selling grass-fed beef supplied by local Carbon Ranchers who use regenerative grazing to create carbon-negative foods.  The Soilworks founders, along with Frates Seeligson, executive director at San Antonio River Foundati...
Modern Managed IT Lands $1M Seed Investment from Geekdom Fund
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Modern Managed IT Lands $1M Seed Investment from Geekdom Fund

Information Technology (IT) services provider Modern Managed IT announced Tuesday it had closed a $1 million seed funding round led by the San Antonio-based venture capital firms Geekdom Fund, which provided $750,000.  186k Ventures, an early-stage venture fund in San Antonio that makes investments in technology companies, also participated in the round. Modern Managed IT plans to use the investment to grow its IT staff as it expands operations in San Antonio and across Texas, Modern Managed IT CEO Luis Rodriguez told Startups San Antonio. “Top grade, cost-effective IT used to be a luxury for small businesses – not in a COVID-impacted world," stated Geekdom Fund managing director Don Douglas. "The new normal requires more online selling, remote operation, and modern technology for bu...