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The Man Who Reads Thousands of Books: Interview with Read It For Me CEO Steve Cunningham
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The Man Who Reads Thousands of Books: Interview with Read It For Me CEO Steve Cunningham

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information.It is not every day you interview a voracious reader who has consumed over 2,000 business and personal development books and continues to read a book every day.Steve Cunningham condenses the top points from a book each day into a 12-minute video recap for Read It For Me, his book summary service for entrepreneurs and business executives. Cunningham headed a digital marketing agency until 2016 and provided book summaries at first as a side project. The Canadian native launched his San Antonio-based startup in July 2017 after noticing how many marketing vice presidents and business owners he’d meet lacked time to read the business books in their offices. Read It For Me has t...
San Antonio Startup Community Has Podcast Fever
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San Antonio Startup Community Has Podcast Fever

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information.There’s no denying it—podcasts are more popular than ever. The debut of Apple’s podcast analytics earlier in 2018 has helped confirm that podcast listeners are hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences. The podcast audience has consistently grown at a rate of 10 to 20 percent annually, a trend which seems likely to continue. Startups often launch a podcast because founders can tell their story directly to listeners and it doesn’t take a significant investment to get started.Many startup founders decide to launch podcasts to share their expertise. San Antonio-based innovators in the science, cybersecurity, and tech sectors share passions on web development, cryptocurrency, bios...
Cannabis Startups Growing Like Weed in San Antonio
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Cannabis Startups Growing Like Weed in San Antonio

In case you haven’t noticed, cannabis entrepreneurship is exploding. As of today, the sale of recreational marijuana is legal in Canada. In the U.S. projections of legal sales of cannabis products range from $8 billion to $10 billion for 2018.San Antonio has had several dispensary shops selling legal cannabis-derived products open in late 2017 and 2018. The interest in the legal cannabis market is now taking root with the emergence of cannabis startups, including a cannabis startup program for founders looking to scale.Read more: Cannabis Accelerator Launches in San AntonioThe most recent startups to open in San Antonio offer different types of cannabis products as well as services tailored to the cannabis industry. Hemp, CBD, and Marijuana: Different Products and Regulations ...
Geekdom Media Debuts Podcast About Finding Your Strengths
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Geekdom Media Debuts Podcast About Finding Your Strengths

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information.Geekdom Media has released Obey Your Strengths, a new podcast series that examines the Gallop-created methodology. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google podcasts, and Stitcher, Obey Your Strengths features host Kathy Kersten, a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach for over 12 years and one of the first to implement the use of the StrengthsFinder approach at Rackspace.Based on a 40-year study of traits in humans, Gallup developed the Clifton StrengthsFinder approach to help people discover their top talents. The initial version of this assessment is described in the 2001 management book, Now, Discover Your Strengths. The philosophy behind StrengthsFinder is that everyone has natural...
Scaleworks Company Chargify Debuts New Subscription Billing Service
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Scaleworks Company Chargify Debuts New Subscription Billing Service

The payment management service company Chargify has launched a new tool for billing management.  Called WhoPays, Chargify developed this to address a common pain point for subscription-based businesses looking to manage subscriber payments on an enterprise level. "Chargify was born to solve our own pains and the market's pains," Chargify CEO Tom Rotem wrote in his company blog post. "Almost a decade later, we have helped thousands of businesses manage over 20 million subscriptions and collect over $3 billion in recurring revenue." The San Antonio-based Scaleworks portfolio company specializes in selling its online billing software. Tom Rotem joined the startup as CEO in September and has been busy implementing this new service to address the shift in how customers pay for subscription se...
San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development
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San Antonio Hub To Foster Pediatric Medical Device Development

The San Antonio-Austin hub of a pediatric medical device consortium announced Monday it is actively looking for innovative pediatric medical device entrepreneurs in need of investment and development resources.The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) recently received a U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) five-year grant for $6.75 million. Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), the largest children’s hospital in the U.S., and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), one of the largest recipients for pediatric federal research funding in the U.S. anchor the consortium. The FDA grant went into effect Sept. 1. and will enable the consortium to support pediatric medical device innovators with product, technology, and business acceleration services both regionally and nationally....
Mind Science Foundation Awards Neuroscience Researcher $30,000 at ‘Magical’ Pitch Competition
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Mind Science Foundation Awards Neuroscience Researcher $30,000 at ‘Magical’ Pitch Competition

The Mind Science Foundation event at the Pearl Stable Tuesday evening was truly magical—a mixture of science and illusion fueled by how our brains can misperceive reality.The Foundation's BrainStorm connected neuroscience researchers directly to those funding their proposed groundbreaking research in a novel manner—in a pitch competition. After listening to three finalist team pitches, audience members voted for Dr. Michael Anderson and researcher Subbulakshmi Sankarasubramanian from the University of Cambridge. They received the top award of $30,000 for their proposed research on how the brain suppresses traumatic memories that cause emotional pain. Sankarasubramanian is a graduate student in the cognitive neuroscience research lab Anderson oversees at Cambridge.Two finalist teams...
Codeup Launches Data Science Program to Meet Demand in San Antonio
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Codeup Launches Data Science Program to Meet Demand in San Antonio

San Antonio-based career accelerator Codeup announced Monday it would offer a new data science training program. Codeup plans for two cohorts in 2019. The inaugural class begins Feb. 4, 2019, with 25 available slots. Codeup recently expanded its space on the third and sixth floors in the downtown Vogue Building at 600 Navarro St. to accommodate growth and make room for the new program.Michael Girdley, Jason Straughan, and Chris Turner opened Codeup in 2013, offering its 18-week coding boot camp-style workforce development program for aspiring software developers. Since launching, the company has grown from its roots as a boot camp into a local institution focused on meeting demand for talent in San Antonio's growing technology ecosystem."Codeup is building a data science program in...
Trinity $25,000 Stumberg Competition Yields A Winner AND Runner-Up
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Trinity $25,000 Stumberg Competition Yields A Winner AND Runner-Up

Trinity University student entrepreneur team Quick Sip, producer of a specialty cold brew bottled coffee, won the $25,000 grand prize in funding Thursday in the final round of the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition.But that is not the entire story.The competition was fierce among the four finalist teams. The Stumberg competition is a two-part pitch event hosted each spring and the fall. This year’s finalists emerged out of 10 original teams that competed in the seed round last fall and included the grand winner of the $25,000, Quick Sip cold brew bottled coffee. The four finalists each won $5,000 in seed funding in March and participated in Trinity’s accelerator program over the summer.Read more: Trinity University Awards Seed Money at Stumberg CompetitionOf the r...
Easy Expunctions Seals Deal with Goodwill, Lands $1.6M in Funding
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Easy Expunctions Seals Deal with Goodwill, Lands $1.6M in Funding

Easy Expunctions, a software as a service (SaaS) company that expedites the clearing of criminal records for certain minor offenses, has signed a deal with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. The startup has also raised nearly $1.6 million from 18 equity investors, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. There is a total of $2.2 million in the expected funding round.The San Antonio-based startup has recently formalized a partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for its internal use of Easy Expunctions software."We built them a custom portal that they [Goodwill] can use so their agents can internally run intelligent background checks on the clients they serve,"  Easy Expunctions CEO Yousef Kassim said. "Goodwill provides workforce counsel...