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.
Active Capital Leads $1.75M Seed Round for Software Startup Cloudsnap
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Active Capital Leads $1.75M Seed Round for Software Startup Cloudsnap

A fast-growing Austin-based startup quietly operating since last summer has captured the attention of one San Antonio-based venture firm. Software company Cloudsnap announced Wednesday that Active Capital, which invests in early-stage software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups, is leading its $1.75 million seed round.Cloudsnap offers mid-sized companies a cloud-computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) system.  Their platform automates the secure transfer of data between third-party software applications and a company's enterprise resource planning or ERP business process management software. Companies use their ERP software to manage and integrate their financial data, supply chain, operations, reporting, manufacturing, and human resource activities across a business.Active Capital's inve...
Active Capital-Led $1.5M Funding, Workforce Grant Fuels Growth for FunnelAI
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Active Capital-Led $1.5M Funding, Workforce Grant Fuels Growth for FunnelAI

FunnelAI announced Wednesday it received a $1.5 million seed round led by Active Capital. The investment included funding from the Geekdom Fund, Europe-based retail and consumer investor True, and angel investors from San Antonio and Houston.Chief executive Sridhar Kamma co-founded FunnelAI with his sister Sujatha Kamma, who serves as chief operations officer. Suman Poluri is the third co-founder, joining FunnelAI to lead the coding team.Founded in 2017, the marketing and sales startup created a software platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find online indications of intent for businesses looking for customer prospects. RealCo accelerator and micro venture capital fund co-founder Michael Girdley helped bring the company from Austin to San Antonio, where it continues i...
Trinity Student Teams Win $5K in Stumberg Seed-Round Venture Competition
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Trinity Student Teams Win $5K in Stumberg Seed-Round Venture Competition

Five Trinity University student startup teams each received $5,000 checks Tuesday evening in a venture competition that will culminate in a $25,000 investment for one of the groups this fall. The winning teams ranged from a school to strengthen mariachi culture and community to a proposed technology to make motorcycle riding safer. Seven teams competed in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, which is in its fifth year."Every year the teams are stronger," said Luis Martinez, who oversees the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the university. "We had teams who prepared and did their homework even before applying to the seed round of this competition."The winning student teams included:ProjecTech, a device motorcyclists and bicyclists can use to increase ...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 25, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 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.Venture Challenge Working Information Sessions Presented by Launch SAThe Venture Challenge program is an annual challenge...
How to Take the Suck Out of Raising Money: Choosing an Accelerator Program
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How to Take the Suck Out of Raising Money: Choosing an Accelerator Program

Joshua Lawton-Belous is a serial entrepreneur and investor who works with startups in San Antonio and across the state of Texas. He contributes today's guest post. You can follow him on Twitter @AlertingMainSt.Raising money sucks. Bringing a team together is hard. Building your dream seems like a bridge too far.If you’re an entrepreneur or have an idea that you want to make a reality, you’ve thought at least one of these things before, if not all of these things. You may still be thinking them right now. Believe me, I have been in your shoes.Having founded companies, raised money, built teams, and invested in companies, the only thing that gets easier over time is raising money if you’ve already had a successful exit. People love investing in winners. The problem is if you ...
San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 18, 2019
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San Antonio Startup Events for the Week of March 18, 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.Infinite Robots Monthly Meetup Presented by Infinite Robots Webdev MeetupCome discuss web development, gaming, and anime....
Scaleworks SaaS Company Keen Names Ben Kuhn as CEO
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Scaleworks SaaS Company Keen Names Ben Kuhn as CEO

One software as a service (SaaS) company in Scaleworks' portfolio has been steadily growing over the past year without an officially named chief executive officer (CEO) at its helm. Keen changed that Thursday in promoting Ben Kuhn as its new CEO.Keen offers data analytics tools to help software developers build their own analytics products.  The company built an application programming interface or API  platform that lets developers collect and study user data at a massive scale. Co-founders Daniel Kador, Kyle Wild, and Ryan Spraetz launched the startup (then called Keen.io) in 2011. Kyle Wild was Keen's CEO until Scaleworks acquired the San Francisco-area tech startup in December 2017.Scaleworks is a hybrid investment firm that mixes private equity and venture capital to acquire a...
The Green Lab Debuts Augmented Reality Cannabis App at SXSW
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The Green Lab Debuts Augmented Reality Cannabis App at SXSW

The room was overflowing with curious attendees at SXSW Wednesday as many watched The Green Lab team debut the first augmented reality (AR) application developed for the cannabis industry. Called Bleum, the AR software platform is in beta testing and will be available summer 2019.Co-founders Julian Dais and Dan Earle started the first cannabis-exclusive marketing agency in Texas in June 2018 out of Geekdom, a downtown San Antonio coworking community. In the space of 10 months, the startup of nine people has already outgrown its space at Geekdom. The company is opening its new downtown San Antonio headquarters in the Jefferson Bank building on Soledad Street April 1.Read more: Cannabis Startups Growing Like Weed in San AntonioAs the duo work with cannabis entrepreneurs, Dais and...
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 LiftFundJoin us for this eye-opening series of what every business owner needs...