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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 startSuccessful 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...
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...
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...
It’s Data Privacy Day—Here Are Top Five Tips for Being #PrivacyAware
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It’s Data Privacy Day—Here Are Top Five Tips for Being #PrivacyAware

Melissa Unsell-Smith is co-founder and president of Rectify, a data protection and privacy startup currently participating in the Build Sec Foundry cybersecurity incubator program. For Data Privacy Day she writes today's guest post offering the top five tips for being #privacyaware. Data Privacy Day is an internationally observed holiday created as an annual initiative focused on raising awareness around the importance of data privacy.  With enhanced dialogue around privacy, it is vitally important to become familiar with popular privacy methods and security tips. The tips offered below are not all-inclusive, and some of them are intended to expand awareness of our ever-connected world and the possible ramifications and liabilities.Privacy Tip #1: Update software across all dev...