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.
Jungle Disk Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Training in a SaaS Platform
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Jungle Disk Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Training in a SaaS Platform

A new approach to providing cybersecurity awareness training is launching in San Antonio. Jungle Disk announced Thursday it has added cybersecurity awareness training to its suite of services designed for small businesses.  The employee training and tools will be available to customers as a monthly subscription service, a first in the cybersecurity awareness training industry. Jungle Disk is a cybersecurity company that caters to small and midsize businesses that spun out of Rackspace in 2016 with an $11 million investment. The company has 27 employees and about 25,000 customers. Launching these training tools as a recurring Software as a Service or SaaS service works well for small business owners who usually cannot afford expensive one-time training costs or cannot staff a robus...
Cancer Insight Helps Biotech Startups Win over $31M in CPRIT Funding
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Cancer Insight Helps Biotech Startups Win over $31M in CPRIT Funding

Developing new drug therapies for cancer treatment can be difficult, expensive, and take years before successfully reaching the U.S. market. Where do biotech companies find funding to support research and development? Many researchers apply for federal grants out of the $2.5 billion annually set aside for the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program, also known as SBIR, and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or STTR. These two initiatives are the largest source of federally funded early-stage, high-risk funding for startup companies. Read more: What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR Funding The state of Texas also contributes early-stage funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for bioscience economic devel...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of September 2, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of September 2, 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. 1 Million Cups Presented by: Launch SA This event averages 40 - 50 people each week - irrespective of the attendance liste...
Dura Software Acquires Nordic IT, Moves HQ to San Antonio
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Dura Software Acquires Nordic IT, Moves HQ to San Antonio

Another acquisition is resulting in a new information technology (IT) company moving to San Antonio. San Antonio-based Dura Software announced Friday its acquisition of the Denmark-based Nordic IT, Inc. The company provides email software for enterprise-size teams and is considered the industry leader for the maritime shipping industry which relies upon reliable email. Hundreds of shipping companies globally use Nordic's software for communications, a Dura Software company release stated. The company was founded in 2001 and has 50 employees, according to LinkedIn. While the Nordic offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and Singapore will remain active, the headquarters of the company has moved to San Antonio and will hire staff locally in the coming months. Former Rackspace vice president...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of August 26, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of August 26, 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. Self Improv[ment] Series: NetWork It! Presented by: Improv To Grow Networking That Works For You! ...More Details on Event...
Bexar County Funds TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas
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Bexar County Funds TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas

Bexar County is teaming up with Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit on TechFuel, a non-dilutive, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition open to early-stage tech startups located across the state of Texas, Tech Bloc announced Thursday. The competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. To apply, eligible companies must have a product or service that is live and on the market, have received less than $1 million in outside funding, produce less than $1.5 million in revenue, and intend to grow their companies primarily in Bexar County. Early-stage companies with an innovative technology-based business, including biotechnology, finance, and clean energy startup...
Big Data Analytics Startup Quickpath Scaling as Machine Learning-Powered AI Demand Grows
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Big Data Analytics Startup Quickpath Scaling as Machine Learning-Powered AI Demand Grows

When you use Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google, you can thank machine learning (ML) powering the artificial intelligence (AI) for the targeted ads, personalized content, song recommendations, and more that you get in personalized services. That exploding demand for big data-driven enterprise applications is what is fueling Quickpath's rapid growth.  The San Antonio big data analytics software startup uses its cloud-based software application program interface, or API, to help businesses lacking the specialized AI expertise to connect the different datasets that fuel machine learning AI. The proprietary Quickpath platform debuted in late 2018 for midmarket and enterprise companies implementing ML hardware and software packages.  "We wanted to make it 10 times easier for companies to acces...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of August 19, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of August 19, 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. CyberTexas Job Fair | Join Us. Get Hired. Presented by ClearedJobs.Net CYBERTEXAS JOB FAIR Cybersecurity professionals and...
Scaleworks Buys E-Commerce Search Company Nextopia, Names Pete Messana as CEO
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Scaleworks Buys E-Commerce Search Company Nextopia, Names Pete Messana as CEO

San Antonio-based venture equity firm Scaleworks has acquired  Nextopia, an e-merchandising software company specializing in search and navigation solutions. The company is the second purchase for the San Antonio private equity firm’s second $80 million fund announced in February. Nextopia is also in the online search and navigation space as is competitor SearchSpring, which Scaleworks acquired in May. Read more: Scaleworks Acquires SearchSpring, Leader In E-commerce SearchSpring “Every step of the customer journey in e-commerce has a big impact on sales – from search to landing pages to merchandising, said Lew Moorman, Scaleworks general partner and co-founder. "With Nextopia and SearchSpring we are assembling the best-of-breed toolset to help merchants of all size sell as effective...
UTSA National Security Collaboration Center Director Guy Walsh Shares 100-Day Plan
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UTSA National Security Collaboration Center Director Guy Walsh Shares 100-Day Plan

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Retired) Guy M. Walsh has been hearing from many stakeholders since The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) named him as the founding executive director of its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) July 10. Walsh is experienced in building strategic alliances between federal and state government, academia, and industry partners. He is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in national security. Walsh served as the strategic initiatives lead for U.S. Cyber Command, the Department of Defense’s newest Combatant Command, co-located with the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort George Meade, Md. His expertise includes cybersecurity operations, international affairs and partnerships, risk mitigation and crisis response, strategic planning and ex...