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Do You Know These Latinas Making Bold Moves in San Antonio’s Tech Industry?
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Do You Know These Latinas Making Bold Moves in San Antonio’s Tech Industry?

Amanda Keammerer is the Founder and CEO of Javilud LLC and vice president of cybersecurity at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. DeAnne Cuellar is the Texas state director for OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month which runs September 15 through October 15 these co-authors seek to highlight the Latina thought leaders in San Antonio's tech industry. There's no debating it — by multiple measures Latina women are underrepresented in the world of tech.Minorities participate in just 26% of the cybersecurity workforce according to a 2018 study by (ISC)2. That same study shows only 17% of the cybersecurity workforce who identify as a minority are female.Looking at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs more broadly, Hi...
Cycling Safety Tech Startup Wins Trinity University’s Stumberg Venture Competition
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Cycling Safety Tech Startup Wins Trinity University’s Stumberg Venture Competition

LuxTurn Technologies, a device motorcyclists use to make their turn and brake signals more visible to motorists, garnered the top prize of $20,000 at Trinity University's Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition Wednesday. In a departure from past practice, the judges decided to split the $25,000 prize into two checks. Runner up StorySpread, a software that gives give young adults the opportunity to create stories and comics, received a check for $5,000."The judges wanted to recognize two strong startup teams this year and gave them both an amount that would enable them to move forward with their innovative products," said Luis Martinez, director of Trinity's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.Even more evidence of a strong showing in the finalist entrepreneur teams in this ye...
Port San Antonio To Present Plan for New Innovation Hub Nov. 30
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Port San Antonio To Present Plan for New Innovation Hub Nov. 30

Last week, a group of Texas State Legislature Representatives visited Port San Antonio to learn about its ambitious plans for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) innovation campus in San Antonio. Many eagerly anticipate the Port's proposed development concept which Port board members should receive by November 30, said Port president and CEO Jim Perschbach. In February, Port board members approved a pre-development agreement with American Triple I Partners, an infrastructure private equity firm focused on transportation, information technology, and smart city investments, to build the innovation center. The 120-day agreement has been extended to November 30, when the Port's Board members will review and vote to approve the development plan. The proposed innovation ...
Jungle Disk Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Training in a SaaS Platform
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Jungle Disk Launches Cybersecurity Awareness Training in a SaaS Platform

A new approach to providing cybersecurity awareness training is launching in San Antonio.Jungle Disk announced Thursday it has added cybersecurity awareness training to its suite of services designed for small businesses.  The employee training and tools will be available to customers as a monthly subscription service, a first in the cybersecurity awareness training industry.Jungle Disk is a cybersecurity company that caters to small and midsize businesses that spun out of Rackspace in 2016 with an $11 million investment. The company has 27 employees and about 25,000 customers.Launching these training tools as a recurring Software as a Service or SaaS service works well for small business owners who usually cannot afford expensive one-time training costs or cannot staff a robus...
Cancer Insight Helps Biotech Startups Win over $31M in CPRIT Funding
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Cancer Insight Helps Biotech Startups Win over $31M in CPRIT Funding

Developing new drug therapies for cancer treatment can be difficult, expensive, and take years before successfully reaching the U.S. market. Where do biotech companies find funding to support research and development?Many researchers apply for federal grants out of the $2.5 billion annually set aside for the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research Program, also known as SBIR, and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, or STTR. These two initiatives are the largest source of federally funded early-stage, high-risk funding for startup companies.Read more: What You Should Know about Non-Diluting Federal SBIR, STTR FundingThe state of Texas also contributes early-stage funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for bioscience economic devel...
Dura Software Acquires Nordic IT, Moves HQ to San Antonio
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Dura Software Acquires Nordic IT, Moves HQ to San Antonio

Another acquisition is resulting in a new information technology (IT) company moving to San Antonio. San Antonio-based Dura Software announced Friday its acquisition of the Denmark-based Nordic IT, Inc.The company provides email software for enterprise-size teams and is considered the industry leader for the maritime shipping industry which relies upon reliable email. Hundreds of shipping companies globally use Nordic's software for communications, a Dura Software company release stated.The company was founded in 2001 and has 50 employees, according to LinkedIn. While the Nordic offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and Singapore will remain active, the headquarters of the company has moved to San Antonio and will hire staff locally in the coming months.Former Rackspace vice president...
Bexar County Funds TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas
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Bexar County Funds TechFuel Pitch Competition Open to Startups Across Texas

Bexar County is teaming up with Tech Bloc, a San Antonio technology industry advocacy nonprofit on TechFuel, a non-dilutive, three-tiered $100,000 cash-prize pitch competition open to early-stage tech startups located across the state of Texas, Tech Bloc announced Thursday.The competition is designed to help emerging tech entrepreneurs launch innovative companies and is funded by Bexar County’s Innovation Fund. To apply, eligible companies must have a product or service that is live and on the market, have received less than $1 million in outside funding, produce less than $1.5 million in revenue, and intend to grow their companies primarily in Bexar County.Early-stage companies with an innovative technology-based business, including biotechnology, finance, and clean energy startup...
Big Data Analytics Startup Quickpath Scaling as Machine Learning-Powered AI Demand Grows
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Big Data Analytics Startup Quickpath Scaling as Machine Learning-Powered AI Demand Grows

When you use Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google, you can thank machine learning (ML) powering the artificial intelligence (AI) for the targeted ads, personalized content, song recommendations, and more that you get in personalized services. That exploding demand for big data-driven enterprise applications is what is fueling Quickpath's rapid growth. The San Antonio big data analytics software startup uses its cloud-based software application program interface, or API, to help businesses lacking the specialized AI expertise to connect the different datasets that fuel machine learning AI. The proprietary Quickpath platform debuted in late 2018 for midmarket and enterprise companies implementing ML hardware and software packages. "We wanted to make it 10 times easier for companies to acces...
Scaleworks Buys E-Commerce Search Company Nextopia, Names Pete Messana as CEO
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Scaleworks Buys E-Commerce Search Company Nextopia, Names Pete Messana as CEO

San Antonio-based venture equity firm Scaleworks has acquired  Nextopia, an e-merchandising software company specializing in search and navigation solutions. The company is the second purchase for the San Antonio private equity firm’s second $80 million fund announced in February. Nextopia is also in the online search and navigation space as is competitor SearchSpring, which Scaleworks acquired in May.Read more: Scaleworks Acquires SearchSpring, Leader In E-commerce SearchSpring“Every step of the customer journey in e-commerce has a big impact on sales – from search to landing pages to merchandising, said Lew Moorman, Scaleworks general partner and co-founder. "With Nextopia and SearchSpring we are assembling the best-of-breed toolset to help merchants of all size sell as effective...
UTSA National Security Collaboration Center Director Guy Walsh Shares 100-Day Plan
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UTSA National Security Collaboration Center Director Guy Walsh Shares 100-Day Plan

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Retired) Guy M. Walsh has been hearing from many stakeholders since The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) named him as the founding executive director of its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) July 10.Walsh is experienced in building strategic alliances between federal and state government, academia, and industry partners. He is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in national security. Walsh served as the strategic initiatives lead for U.S. Cyber Command, the Department of Defense’s newest Combatant Command, co-located with the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort George Meade, Md. His expertise includes cybersecurity operations, international affairs and partnerships, risk mitigation and crisis response, strategic planning and ex...