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.
Free Tools and Resources for Startups
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Free Tools and Resources for Startups

It's always stressful launching a startup.  Add in any number of planning complications during uncertain times, and what do you get? A driving need to control costs until your new company is generating revenue. To get you started, we've compiled a list. Be sure to check websites for changes to features or pricing structures. Typically, as your number of users grow along with your company, you will reach a certain threshold that will trigger costs. By that time, hopefully, you're generating enough revenue to afford to pay for that tool or service. Do you use a free tool or resource for startups that we missed below? Post a comment, and we'll update the list with your addition, thanks! Hosting and Communications Google Cloud Platform: Google Cloud for Startups is designed to help...
4 San Antonio Startups Win Air Force SBIR Contracts to Fund Innovation
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4 San Antonio Startups Win Air Force SBIR Contracts to Fund Innovation

Four San Antonio technology companies have won an Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 contracts for $50,000. The businesses that received awards over the past several weeks are: Olifant Medical, a startup commercializing a new airway device, Hatchbed, a robotics research and development (R&D) engineering startup, Inflow, a cybersecurity startup focused on national security, and Elevate Systems, a product design and development company specializing in mechanical engineering services. The highly competitive U.S. government program awards non-dilutive funding for companies to develop advanced tech innovation for the market. The R&D must have the potential for commercialization and meet an Air Force need. San Antonio companies are starting to...
Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact
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Geekdom Launches Incubator Program for Startups Focused on Social Impact

Aspiring entrepreneurs spoke excitedly to attendees at the Geekdom inaugural launch for its incubator cohort Tuesday evening. The three teams are participating in an inaugural 12-month-long incubator program designed to help launch civically-focused tech startups. The three teams are: Polis, which is developing a Bluetooth network-based navigation solution for the San Antonio River Walk, solovaGo, which is creating an app that uses crime data to help users evaluate the safety of neighborhoods, and, Pawtify, which is working with San Antonio's animal care services department to increase the number of pet adoptions. The incubator is run in partnership with the city of San Antonio's Office of Innovation and Information Technology Services Department. Geekdom's pre-accelerator...
Port San Antonio Board Approves ASM Global as Operator for New Innovation Center
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Port San Antonio Board Approves ASM Global as Operator for New Innovation Center

Port San Antonio announced venue management company ASM Global as the operator for the Port's planned innovation center after board members approved plans in a meeting on Wednesday, according to Port officials. ASM Global is a venue management and services company with a global portfolio of more than 300 of the world's most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, such as the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. ASM will be responsible for the management and booking of the Port's innovation center, as well as for the food and beverages in the center's food hall. Port San Antonio will retain full ownership, paying ASM a monthly fee. The Port's re-development agreement with American Triple I Partners, an infrastructure private equity firm focused on transportatio...
RealCo Adds Startups FastVisa and Totem to Its Accelerator Program
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RealCo Adds Startups FastVisa and Totem to Its Accelerator Program

The RealCo long-term accelerator program added two more new companies to its portfolio last week: FastVisa and Totem. The San Antonio-based accelerator works with business-to-business (B2B) companies in the technology space looking to grow into larger, stronger businesses. FastVisa is a legal technology software startup based in Dallas, TX. Co-founders Paul Kang and Ethan Jeong launched FastVisa in March 2016 after their first-hand experience with the issue they are solving. The duo first met as students attending the John Hopkins Carey Business School. By 2014, they had started an education tech platform called The Given that provided on-demand tutoring for students.  Then, Kang dealt with the U.S. immigration system when sponsoring his wife for a green card, while Jeong applied...
HelpSocial Founder Matt Wilbanks Talks About Being Too Early and the Long Game
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HelpSocial Founder Matt Wilbanks Talks About Being Too Early and the Long Game

How do you know when it’s time to shut down your startup? HelpSocial chief executive officer Matt Wilbanks and chief technology officer Robert Collazo decided in late 2019 to close the company after six years of operations. The duo met while working at Rackspace. They developed a platform that collects social media comments into one dashboard to make it easier for companies to track and respond to customer service concerns. They launched their startup in 2014 to help enterprises address customer service issues on social media channels, selling its software to corporate call centers and other large businesses.  Over six years and six venture capital raises totaling $3.2 million, a business model pivot, and software as a service (Saas) platform redesign, the founders discovered t...
San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2020
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San Antonio Startups to Watch in 2020

San Antonio startups had a good year in 2019. If you looked over the list of San Antonio startups to watch in 2019, you'd see how many of these were in the news over the past 12 months. Some received significant investments, such as Cyberfortress's $3 million or Plus One Robotics' $11.5 million.  Others experienced significant growth such as FunnelAI and Chargify, two software as a service (SaaS) companies that landed on San Antonio's list of fastest-growing companies in Texas as part of the first-ever Growjo Industry Awards last May. We recommend you keep watching these startups for news of more promising developments. Changes in our ecosystem since last year include an increase in the number of co-working spaces, more student entrepreneurial programs, more investor interest ...
Easy Expunctions Shares Vision for Social Impact
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Easy Expunctions Shares Vision for Social Impact

Being the first founders to create a new kind of legal technology solution can be daunting. San Antonio-based startup Easy Expunctions launched its software solution in 2015 to help users identify and clear their criminal records for certain minor offenses. Four years later, Easy Expunctions still leads with its legal tech expunction service as the only affordable, automated online solution for about 77 million Americans, or 1 in 3 adults, who have a criminal record. People with criminal records often cannot get hired for jobs, especially for tasks requiring an occupational license. Legal fees starting at $1,500 for an expunction to permanently remove certain types of minor arrests from a person's public records can be out of reach for the people who could benefit the most. Founde...
Renu Robotics Uses Crowdfunding to Scale Autonomous Robotic Tractors Company
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Renu Robotics Uses Crowdfunding to Scale Autonomous Robotic Tractors Company

Renu Robotics is crowdfunding its line of autonomous robotic tractors to provide maintenance at large-scale solar farms. The San Antonio startup is developing mowers that don’t need supervision to help solar power operations reduce their maintenance and labor costs. Wind and solar make up more than three-quarters of the electricity capacity coming online in the country this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2020 Annual Energy Forecast. Globally, wind and solar energy generation is expected to grow four to five times faster than every other source of power between now and 2050, this McKinsey study concluded. Company founders Michael Eyman and Tim Matus launched Renu Robotics in 2018 after they recognized the opportunity posed by the rapidly growing so...
Active Capital Leads $1.5M Seed Round for Social Media Management Platform Cloud Campaign
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Active Capital Leads $1.5M Seed Round for Social Media Management Platform Cloud Campaign

Cloud Campaign, a social media management platform for marketing agencies, announced it closed a $1.5 million seed funding round Friday.  Active Capital, a San Antonio-based seed venture firm for business-to-business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) companies, led the round. Also investing were Colorado-based Access Venture Partners, AdEspresso founder Armando Biondi, Datalogix chief operations officer Eric Kirby, and former Google vice president of marketing Scott Epstein. Ross Gray and  Ryan Born founded the company in 2017. Cloud Campaign has nine employees and is based in Portland, Oregon, with a second office opening in Boulder, Colorado, in the coming months. They previously received $20,000 in pre-seed funding.  Social media has become an essential element in marketing campa...