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Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio
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Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio

Spend some time in San Antonio and it’ll be impossible for you to miss the vibrancy and feeling of change that permeates all of downtown. From the rebuilding of the downtown to the people, San Antonio is optimistic about its future prospects. Nowhere is this feeling of exuberance more profound than in San Antonio’s startup community. The Austin-based accelerator program Newchip sent its video producer Armando Vera Carvajal to accompany me on our visit to San Antonio to interview investors for a Newchip series that we are calling “Investor Talks.” It soon became apparent that rather than only talking with investors, we wanted to take the pulse of San Antonio’s startup community. We wanted to know why entrepreneurs decided to build their businesses in San Antonio and get their take on ...
What You Need To Know About New Texas Cybersecurity Laws And GSA Contracting Changes
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What You Need To Know About New Texas Cybersecurity Laws And GSA Contracting Changes

Representatives from San Antonio cybersecurity companies such as Webhead, IPSecure, and Inflow packed a standing room only room at a San Antonio Chamber of Commerce cyber networking event Thursday evening to learn about the latest cybersecurity and information technology (IT) laws and federal contracting innovation. The Chamber invited Amanda Crawford, executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) and Government Services Administration (GSA) regional administrator Robert "Bobby" Babcock to share news about the latest Texas state legislation and changes in federal government contracting. Future events will feature other state and federal experts who can help inform San Antonio's cybersecurity community about relevant developments, Chamber president and CEO Ric...
Why You Need to Manage Your Cap Table Plus Free Tools to Help
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Why You Need to Manage Your Cap Table Plus Free Tools to Help

Bookkeeping is tedious, confusing, and often the last thing on an entrepreneur's mind. Yet, understanding the basic elements of startup finance is critical. That comprehension starts with learning how to manage your startups’ cap table. Let’s talk about what a cap table is, how founders typically manage it, and three free online tools you can use to make managing your cap table easier. What Is a Cap Table? A capitalization or “cap” table is a spreadsheet showing the equity capitalization for a company. Most commonly used by startups and early-stage businesses, the cap table breaks down the distribution of a company’s shareholders’ equity. A basic capitalization table lists out each type of equity ownership capital, the individual investors, and the share prices. Your cap table shou...
CANopener Labs Launches R&D, Prototyping Services for San Antonio Innovators
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CANopener Labs Launches R&D, Prototyping Services for San Antonio Innovators

Startup founders interested in creating a technology product start with an idea. What if that founder lacks specific skills, highly specialized equipment, space, and manufacturing contacts to turn that idea into a working prototype? San Antonio's startup ecosystem now has a pre-fabrication service that can help early-stage innovators who lack the resources to develop technologies on their own. CANopener Labs is the first local company designed to help tech founders get their product idea ready for the market. Co-founders Drue Placette, Dale Bracey, and David Elam opened a 7,000-square-foot warehouse, located at 1235 Safari St. near the San Antonio International Airport. The trio bootstrapped opening their prototyping space, building many of its features and often reusing materials an...
Fast-Growing CNF Technologies Opens Cyber Lab at Port San Antonio
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Fast-Growing CNF Technologies Opens Cyber Lab at Port San Antonio

One of the fastest-growing cybersecurity companies in San Antonio opened a state-of-the-art cyber research and development (R&D) facility. CNF Technologies launched its new cyber lab in Port San Antonio's first specialized cyber-capable Project Tech building Wednesday. The new CNF cyber lab is 6,000 square feet with another 12,000 square feet to be added by 2020 for cybersecurity operations support.  CNF Technologies is one of the 100 fastest-growing companies in San Antonio for 2019 and is a leading source of specialized cybersecurity expertise nationwide. In 2015, CNF Technologies had only 26 employees and annual revenue of $4.5 million. The early projections for 2019 are about 155 employees and annual revenue of $32 million, according to chief operations officer Stephen Barish. ...
UTSA Names Former Cyber Command Commander as National Security Collaboration Center Director
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UTSA Names Former Cyber Command Commander as National Security Collaboration Center Director

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) named U.S. Air Force (USAF) Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy M. Walsh as the founding director of its National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) Wednesday. Walsh begins his new role at UTSA immediately. The university’s new National Security Collaboration Center will be co-located with UTSA’s School of Data Science and next to the university’s new location for its College of Business. Construction of the $33 million, 80,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin in 2020, with an anticipated opening in 2021. The new center will focus on cybersecurity, data analytics, and cloud computing research and education to help develop the much-needed workforce for many high-technology jobs. Walsh previously led the U.S. Cyber Command, the Depart...
Six Ways To Kill a Startup
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Six Ways To Kill a Startup

It isn't difficult to get online and find tips for startup success. What often isn't discussed are the unforced errors founders often make when running and scaling a startup. There are six deadly sins that will kill any startup regardless of industry, client-type, size, tenure, or founder skill set. Commit one or more of these mistakes, and it often marks the beginning of the end for a startup. These are extremely difficult to recover from and make the chances of long-term success slim. Failing to establish your startup’s culture and values from the start Successful startups create an engaging culture for all employees from day one. A company culture based on a definable set of values often sets it apart from the companies that will scale up and attract talent and investmen...
Exclusive Interview with Amanda Keammerer, New Cybersecurity VP at SA Chamber of Commerce
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Exclusive Interview with Amanda Keammerer, New Cybersecurity VP at SA Chamber of Commerce

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday that Amanda Keammerer, who has served in an acting role since January, has been named as the Chamber’s permanent vice president of cybersecurity and director of the Chamber’s CyberSecurity San Antonio. “Amanda joined my team less than two years ago and has since become one of the business community’s most important cybersecurity assets," stated San Antonio Chamber president and chief executive (CEO) Richard Perez in an announcement. “From strengthening relationships to increasing our region’s global name recognition, Amanda plays an important role in elevating San Antonio’s contributions to local and national security.” Keammerer is a native San Antonian who possesses a strong background in federal cybersecurity and information ...
UTSA Catalyst Lab Connects ‘Hire-Ready’ Graduate Students to Startups
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UTSA Catalyst Lab Connects ‘Hire-Ready’ Graduate Students to Startups

Each summer, college interns gain valuable industry experience while working on projects for startups across San Antonio. Increasingly, local founders are finding what they need are graduate students knowledgeable in advanced technology. The growing need for highly-skilled graduate students led to the creation of Catalyst Lab, a new internship program at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The executive director of the 80/20 Foundation Alexandra Frey recalled a conversation with Scaleworks co-founder Lew Moorman in 2018 that inspired the creation of the new internship program. Frey suggested Moorman consider Students + Startups, the summer internship program connecting college students from across the U.S. with San Antonio-based startups as a possible source of talent for ...
SAFE Notes Aren’t Safe — Try Revenue Sharing Instead
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SAFE Notes Aren’t Safe — Try Revenue Sharing Instead

Jarod Angehr is a finance professional from Texas State University, a start-up consultant and mentor, and entrepreneurially-focused writer on venture capital, start-up growth strategies, and start-up financing. Jarod is also a Venture Associate with Austin-based global accelerator, Newchip. He contributes today’s guest post on an increasingly used form of early-stage funding for startups, SAFE notes.     If you’ve researched funding options for your startup, you’ve come across the SAFE note. It stands for Simple Agreement for Future Equity and is a relatively new form of security the Silicon Valley accelerator program Y Combinator created in 2013. The SAFE note was designed to be a simpler alternative to convertible notes. Founders loved using convertible notes be...