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.
Doctor Turned Career Coach Shares 3 Tips on Career Change
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Doctor Turned Career Coach Shares 3 Tips on Career Change

Dr. Michelle Mudge-Riley, D.O, is a career coach who works with those navigating the transition to another profession.  She is a physician by training and underwent her career transition 15 years ago. Mudge-Riley has since served as Entrepreneur in Residence for Trinity University and teaches a course there on traditional and nontraditional options for a career in science.  Join her email list on her website to access stories of professionals who have started side gigs, transitioned to other careers, or figured out how to get what they want out of life.  How do you know if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  Every week several people tell me they hate their jobs and want to do something different, but they aren’t sure what they want to do or how to do it. These are profession...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of May 7, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of May 7, 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. How Are You Valued As An Employee or Employer? Presented by Geekdom Larry Reyes, CEO and Founder of Rewarding Culture, will address challenges around valuing employee contr...
Co-working Spaces, Startup Programs, and Investors in San Antonio
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Co-working Spaces, Startup Programs, and Investors in San Antonio

San Antonio is experiencing a boom in startup activity. The downtown co-working community at Geekdom has grown to over 1,700 members since it opened its doors in 2011. Newly announced programs for entrepreneurially minded founders include incubators, pre-accelerators, accelerators, even a civically engaged residency program with the City of San Antonio. To help you keep track, let's look at the three basic categories of resources any startup founder will eventually look for when starting a business: co-working spaces, startup programs, and investors in San Antonio. San Antonio Co-Working Spaces What are the different options for co-working spaces in San Antonio? San Antonio has a variety of available co-working spaces that suit a founder's needs for location, access, budget, benefits...
Blue Duck Launches Transportation Sharing Startup with Dockless Scooters
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Blue Duck Launches Transportation Sharing Startup with Dockless Scooters

The next wave of transportation innovation is coming, and it’s originating from a San Antonio-based startup. Blue Duck Scooters will soon offer rentable electric-powered scooters at college campuses and city downtowns, with the imminent launch of its first 1,000 scooters in San Antonio’s urban areas “within days,” according to Blue Duck co-founder and president Eric Bell. The company tested its dockless scooters at SXSW in March and at the SA Tech Trek last week during Fiesta. Read more: SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District A user downloads the free Blue Duck Scooter app to locate the nearest scooter, then scans its QR code to unlock and rent it. Each scooter weighs 24 pounds and when fully charged, has a range of 18 miles at a maximum speed of about 16 ...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of April 30, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of April 30, 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. San Antonio SCORE Small Business Summit: Presented by SCORE Join other entrepreneurs and business owners to learn, network, and participate with agencies and businesses sup...
SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District
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SA Tech Trek Brings Fiesta to San Antonio’s Downtown Tech District

SA Tech Trek was bigger this year, with more startup companies, more stops, and more people who came to check out San Antonio’s growing startup scene. The tech-oriented Fiesta event designed to showcase San Antonio’s tech ecosystem drew larger than expected crowds of local entrepreneurs and visitors curious to visit startup companies in the downtown tech district. Tech Bloc and Geekdom co-hosted the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s second SA Tech Trek, with AT&T serving as the event’s title sponsor. In 2017 SA Tech Trek logged over 1,000 total entrepreneurs, executives, students and tech employees visiting startups in the Rand Building on 110 E. Houston Street and the Vogue Building on 600 Navarro Street. Geekdom estimates 2018 turnout will be almost double, given that registration...
An Innovative Winch, AR App, and Medical Device Win UTSA CITE Competition
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An Innovative Winch, AR App, and Medical Device Win UTSA CITE Competition

Just outside the entrance to the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) Convocation Center, UTSA mechanical engineering students Caleb Lansdale, Kris Carlton, Yannis Routsas, and Marcus Haraway stood next to a truck explaining their innovation to Alamo Angels director Chris Burney. The team of student mechanical engineers devised a vehicle-mounted electric winch with a universal design that can be used with any vehicle. Their patented winch spools the line cleanly onto the drum every single time, preventing costly cable tangles that are the leading cause of expensive winch motor failure. Undergraduate students pitched their innovative prototypes to business leaders for a chance to start their own companies Tuesday at the annual UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneur...
San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of April 23, 2018
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San Antonio’s STEM Startup Events for the Week of April 23, 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. Why Local SEO Is Vital To Your Business: Presented by San Antonio Online Marketing Group If you are a local business owner, it's essential for you to implement local SEO te...
Nonprofit SAMSOC Opens Cyber Range, Training Lab at Port San Antonio
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Nonprofit SAMSOC Opens Cyber Range, Training Lab at Port San Antonio

Cybersecurity professionals new to the field become experienced by honing their skills, finding vulnerabilities and defending against massive cyber-attacks. Companies and software startups also need to test tools and apps in a realistic but virtual environment to see how well they work and make adjustments before going to market. The place for these activities ideally is not within a company’s active computer system, but at a cyber range—a controlled virtual environment where “white hats” or cyber professionals in training can practice their skills or test their product in a simulated, robust computer infrastructure. Port San Antonio is now home to a new cyber range that operates as part of a collaborative nonprofit organization called SAMSOC or the San Antonio Multidiscipline Security ...
The IMG Studio Develops First VR Basketball Game for Adaptive, Paralympic Sports
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The IMG Studio Develops First VR Basketball Game for Adaptive, Paralympic Sports

Virtual reality (VR) sports content is being used increasingly for training typical athletes and encouraging people to work out and be more active. For Paralympic athletes, those VR training tools have been lacking—until now. A San Antonio digital media content development company has created the first-ever VR basketball game that gives players wearing VR goggles the perspective of playing basketball as a wheelchair athlete. The IMG Studio developed this game as a powerful recruiting tool for South Texas Regional Adaptive & Paralympic Sports (STRAPS) and Morgan’s Wonderland to recruit new basketball players, both with and without disabilities, as well as to train users before they play on the court. “We at STRAPS are so excited that this emerging technology is putting players in ...