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.
Dura Holdings Launches with First Acquisition—Moki Mobility
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Dura Holdings Launches with First Acquisition—Moki Mobility

A new San Antonio holding company, Dura Holdings, Inc., announced its first acquisition Friday of Moki Mobility Inc., a software startup that developed a software platform for managing single-purpose mobile devices used in multiple industries.Think of a self-service tablet at the counter in a convenience store allowing customers to directly enter their customer loyalty information or the server who uses a tablet to take your order in a restaurant. For businesses that use fleets of these shared devices (from thousands to tens of thousands), Moki provides a remote management solution that enables administrators to lock-down functionality, install apps, change profiles, perform upgrades, and control these devices remotely.Moki’s mobile device management platform does all this through ...
San Antonio STEM Startup Events for the Week of June 11, 2018
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San Antonio STEM Startup Events for the Week of June 11, 2018

Interested in San Antonio STEM startup events?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. On average, 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.Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering.Transition Outpost : Geekdom Orientation Presented by GeekdomGeekdom's Transition Outpost was created to provide transi...
San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology’s STEM Summer Camp Program
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San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology’s STEM Summer Camp Program

Is your child interested in flying a drone, 3D printing, or shooting a rocket this summer? What if he or she could learn the science and technology needed to do these things in a weeklong summer camp?Students are welcome to learn at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT), a nonprofit museum founded in 2016 to explore the past, present, and future of technology in San Antonio.  The museum delivers STEM education programs in partnership with area educators and other stakeholders such as SASTEMIC, a nonprofit science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education advocacy organization that collaborates with local schools to provide STEM-focused educational programs.The T.J. Natarajan SAMSAT Summer Camp Program each week features a different theme and runs Monda...
‘Bloc Bash’ Signals Growing Blockchain Community in San Antonio
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‘Bloc Bash’ Signals Growing Blockchain Community in San Antonio

You’ve heard the terms. Blockchain. Bitcoin. Coin base.Multiple groups in San Antonio have been meeting regularly to share and network about blockchain and cryptocurrencies. That growing community is coalescing into a contingent of experts and newcomers alike, one that will rally Saturday at the first Bloc Bash blockchain event.The event is June 16 from 5:30-9 p.m. There are a limited number of free tickets, RSVP here.The Bloc Quarry and the San Antonio Technology Center are hosting the Bloc Bash to give cryptocurrency enthusiasts the opportunity to network across the blockchain community and learn more about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies from the evening’s guest speakers. In addition to free beer, liquor, food, there will be DJ music, Ping-Pong tables, rooftop gol...
Pros and Cons of Startup Financing Sources
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Pros and Cons of Startup Financing Sources

Margot Slosson is director of the LiftFund Women’s Business Center, a program of LiftFund, the largest micro and small business lender in the U.S. The nonprofit organization is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and provides loans and business training to enterprises of all kinds—from startups to established businesses—in 14 different states.As director of the Women’s Business Center, Slosson helps entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow their businesses with individual consultation, training, and targeted programs. She shares insights into the pros and cons of financing sources for startups or small businesses.Whether you are launching a new business or growing an existing one, capital is essential to success. Founders have a growing number of funding options available—but whi...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of June 4, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of June 4, 2018

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. On average, 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.Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering.Building a SA-Bexar STEM-STEAM Ecosystem Presented by Maria Luisa Cesar, Dr. Rudy Reyna and Ravae SchaefferAfter hours of community input meetings and cross-sector brain...
San Antonio Venture Firm Active Capital Leads Funding for Pingboard
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San Antonio Venture Firm Active Capital Leads Funding for Pingboard

Pingboard, a business to business (B2B) Software as a Service (SaaS) company, announced its latest $5 million round of seed funding led by Active Capital. The San Antonio-based venture firm is focused on leading seed rounds for founder-led, B2B SaaS companies. Pat Matthews, founder and CEO of Webmail.us which was acquired by Rackspace in 2007, decided to launch Active Capital in 2016.This is Active Capital’s 10th deal to date. Other deals have been with startups located in cities across the U.S. like Super Dispatch in Kansas City, which automates software workflows and payments for the trucking industry.Bill Boebel and Rob Eanes founded Austin-based Pingboard in 2013 when they incubated the concept at the Capital Factory. Pingboard’s software is used to create and maintain changing...
Startups Share Experiences from Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program
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Startups Share Experiences from Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Program

The growth in entrepreneurially-minded founders developing new companies in San Antonio is driving demand for early-stage startup programs. In response, downtown San Antonio co-working space Geekdom launched its Pre-Accelerator program in April with six startups in its first cohort. The program is designed to prepare San Antonio startups for an accelerator or seed investment while learning from expert mentorship.Read more: Geekdom’s New Pre-Accelerator Program to Mentor 6 StartupsThe six teams will present at the Geekdom Pre-Accelerator Demo Day May 31 at the Aztec Theater. Register at the event link for a free ticket. Each team will pitch for three to five minutes, answer questions, and receive feedback. The Alamo Angels have committed a $25,000 minimum early-stage financing equit...
Buy a Braustin Home Using an App on Your Cellphone
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Buy a Braustin Home Using an App on Your Cellphone

On the eighth floor of Geekdom, a downtown co-working office space, brothers Alberto and Jason Piña are busy responding to customers buying a mobile home. The brothers founded Braustin Mobile Homes in early 2017 as a disruptive mobile home dealership, giving prospective customers virtual reality home model tours and sending customers drone videos of the progress on their build site.Since January, their customers have also been buying homes using what most of us carry in our hand or our back pocket—a cellphone.The co-founders soon realized the need for a documents processing app to give customers an easier way to buy a home using nothing more complicated than a cellphone for their purchase. The Braustin Docs app streamlines the home buying process from submitting the financial quali...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of May 28, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of May 28, 2018

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. On average, 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.Here are some entrepreneurial events scheduled for this week in San Antonio of interest to those innovators working in tech, science, and engineering.Social Media: Getting Started with Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook Presented by San Antonio Small Business Meetup GroupJoin the UTSA SBDC and Mark Nanez from the DG Agenc...