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.
Mind Science Foundation Features Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier March 19
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Mind Science Foundation Features Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier March 19

The Mind Science Foundation (MSF) is bringing the Silicon Valley pioneer who coined the phrase "virtual reality" (VR) to San Antonio.  Jaron Lanier will headline MSF's Distinguished Speaker Series March 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pearl Stable. Tickets are available for sale online or at the door. Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left Atari and founded VPL Research, Inc. in 1984. Lanier's startup created the first commercial VR products, avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, prototypes of surgical simulation, and VR applications for medicine, design, and other industries. As one of the first companies ever to sell virtual reality products, VPL also introduced some of the first VR applications, including a p...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 11, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 11, 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. Small Business Legal Bootcamp Presented by LiftFund Join us for this eye-opening series of what every business owner needs...
Global Cyber Alliance Debuts Free Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Businesses
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Global Cyber Alliance Debuts Free Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Businesses

Joshua Lawton-Belous is the Director of Project Management at the Global Cyber Alliance and contributes today's guest post.  He is a serial entrepreneur and investor and works with startups in San Antonio and across the state of Texas. The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector nonprofit organization founded by a partnership of law enforcement and research organizations to combat systemic cyber risk with solutions. GCA has debuted an online Cybersecurity Toolkit resource that includes a wealth of free and effective tools businesses can start using immediately to reduce cyber risk. Building a business is hard enough. From investors to employees to generating revenue, a founder is juggling a lot of balls in the air to create a show that no one will ever forget. B...
Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator
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Cityflag One of Ten Startups in New Techstars Arcadis Accelerator

San Antonio-based Cityflag, a startup that develops civic engagement technological platforms for local governments, has been chosen as one of 10 companies participating in a new Techstars accelerator program. The global entrepreneurial network announced Wednesday the launch of its Techstars Arcadis City of 2030 accelerator program designed for companies pioneering far-reaching technologies that will define the quality of life for residents in cities. Arcadis, a leading global design firm focused on infrastructure, sustainable water, buildings, and environmental solutions, has partnered with Techstars on the accelerator program to support companies developing innovative ideas that will shape the future of cities. The new three-month accelerator program is based in Amsterdam, The Netherla...
Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio
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Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio

Lockheed Martin has opened its development center in Port San Antonio's new cybersecurity-centric building known as Project Tech. The largest U.S. defense contractor is leasing 15,000 square feet in the 90,000-square-foot cybersecurity-focused facility located on the Port’s campus across the street from the 24th Air Force’s cyber command. The first tenant to sign a lease in the Project Tech building, Lockheed Martin has designed the space to serve as laboratories for the exploratory work they do for clients such as the 24th and 25th Air Force in San Antonio and the National Security Agency (NSA) location in Texas, according to Lockheed Martin vice president of spectrum convergence, Deon Viergutz. His division is one of two (the other being cyber solutions) teams that will work at the ne...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 4, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 4, 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. Brash Breakfast: March Presented by Brash When you wear all the hats in your business, you need systems in place to keep y...
Rapamycin Holdings Becomes Emtora Biosciences, Gains New CEO
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Rapamycin Holdings Becomes Emtora Biosciences, Gains New CEO

San Antonio-based Rapamycin Holdings, Inc. announced its rebranding Tuesday as Emtora Biosciences with Dr. Carole Spangler Vaughn as its new chief executive officer. Dan Hargrove recruited Spangler Vaughn as his replacement after hiring her as a consultant for the privately-held drug development company about six months ago. The drug company is commercializing a ground-breaking cancer prevention drug, eRapa™, a proprietary reformulation of the generic drug Rapamycin. The changes reflect the company's goal to get the drug through the regulatory approval process faster for a quicker market launch. “I’ve brought drugs to the market before,” Spangler Vaughn told Startups San Antonio. “With my background and experience, I can ask detailed questions about the science, then ask about the dr...
Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities
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Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities

Plans for an ambitious innovation campus at Port San Antonio have gotten one step closer to realization. Port board members voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a pre-development 120-day agreement with American Triple I Partners, LLC. The memorandum of understanding outlines how the Port will work with American Triple I Partners to build the innovation center on the 1,900-acre campus first proposed in 2018. Sundt Infrastructure Development will support Triple I during the pre-development phase. American Triple I Partners is an infrastructure private equity firm that focuses on transportation, information technology, and smart city investments. The same partners will also work on the concept development for a second facility as part of the Port’s Project Tech complex. The new build...
Port San Antonio Unveils Plans for STEM Innovation Campus
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Port San Antonio Unveils Plans for STEM Innovation Campus

Port San Antonio ‘s conceptual plan for a proposed innovation campus is garnering attention, and not just for its planned technology arena. The Port is leveraging its existing structures to refine its vision of connecting the capabilities across their entire campus to innovators throughout San Antonio, the state of Texas, and globally, Port San Antonio president and chief executive officer Jim Perschbach said. “It’s not just about these buildings, it’s about capturing the spirit of innovation so we can provide solutions for a connected world,” Perschbach said. “They are tremendous opportunities here in San Antonio—one of the world’s largest communities of cybersecurity experts—to work closely with big industries and have a better understanding of the cyber threats that could cripple the...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of February 25, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of February 25, 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. Bizwomen Mentoring Monday Presented by San Antonio Business Journal Make the one connection that can change everything at ...