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Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats
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Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats

Cybercriminals always seize upon opportunities, especially as more employees are working remotely. While employees rely on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work from home, they are also susceptible to cybercriminals who exploit to gain access to your business website, network, and data. Because your employee isn't within easy reach of someone in information technology when working from home, help them protect themselves and your business from cyber threats. Prevent employees from going to a malicious site In 2019, 90% of all successful cyber attacks started with a phishing campaign. Cybercriminals will send an e-mail containing a malicious attachment or a hyperlink to a website that looks legitimate. Phishing emails try to trick the recipient into downloading the mal...
Check Out These Four Business Grants To Fund Your Startup
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Check Out These Four Business Grants To Fund Your Startup

Rae Steinbach writes for Funding Circle, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace that allows the public to lend money directly to small and medium-sized businesses. She contributed today's guest post on four business grants startups can use to fund an emerging company. You can't run a business (even a small one) without money. That's where business grants come in.   Grants for small business owners can help transform a business idea into reality. A little research will reveal you have many options from which to choose when seeking capital.  Here are four business grants to get you started in your search for non-dilutive funding.  IdeaCafe $1k Business Grant Some of you may be reading this because you're interested in taking an existing business to the next level. However, some of you...
San Antonio Needs a Venture for America Community Director — Here’s Why
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San Antonio Needs a Venture for America Community Director — Here’s Why

Guest author Rosalie Reuss is a product manager at Go Smart Solar. She moved to San Antonio after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2018 as a Venture for America fellow. She is passionate about energy, the environment, and building a thriving entrepreneurial community.  Venture For America (VFA) is a fellowship program for recent college graduates who want to become startup leaders and entrepreneurs. A nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City, it was founded in 2011 by Andrew Yang (yes, that Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur and philanthropist running for president). VFA's mission is to grow entrepreneurial ecosystems by placing recent graduates and young professionals at startups in cities across the U.S. — cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Antonio. ...
3 Ways to Kill a Startup
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3 Ways to Kill a Startup

Bringing something to life is hard. Ending it is easy. It's almost surprising how easy it can be to kill a startup. Each year, ambitious entrepreneurs start new businesses. Yet, small business statistics often show that half will go under by the end of their first four years in operation. In Newchip’s accelerator, I get to work with entrepreneurs in many verticals and with different business models. Some are cash flow positive. Some are funded. Some we have helped get funding. While the successful startups with whom we have worked have a multitude of reasons for being successful, all the failed startups committed the same mistakes. In the startup life, it doesn’t take a continuous calamity of errors to end your dream and business, it only takes you doing these three things. Yo...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
How to Take the Suck Out of Raising Money: Choosing an Accelerator Program
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How to Take the Suck Out of Raising Money: Choosing an Accelerator Program

Joshua Lawton-Belous is a serial entrepreneur and investor who works with startups in San Antonio and across the state of Texas. He contributes today's guest post. You can follow him on Twitter @AlertingMainSt. Raising money sucks. Bringing a team together is hard. Building your dream seems like a bridge too far. If you’re an entrepreneur or have an idea that you want to make a reality, you’ve thought at least one of these things before, if not all of these things. You may still be thinking them right now. Believe me, I have been in your shoes. Having founded companies, raised money, built teams, and invested in companies, the only thing that gets easier over time is raising money if you’ve already had a successful exit. People love investing in winners. The problem is if you ...
Global Cyber Alliance Debuts Free Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Businesses
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Global Cyber Alliance Debuts Free Cybersecurity Toolkit for Small Businesses

Joshua Lawton-Belous is the Director of Project Management at the Global Cyber Alliance and contributes today's guest post.  He is a serial entrepreneur and investor and works with startups in San Antonio and across the state of Texas. The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector nonprofit organization founded by a partnership of law enforcement and research organizations to combat systemic cyber risk with solutions. GCA has debuted an online Cybersecurity Toolkit resource that includes a wealth of free and effective tools businesses can start using immediately to reduce cyber risk. Building a business is hard enough. From investors to employees to generating revenue, a founder is juggling a lot of balls in the air to create a show that no one will ever forget. B...