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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...
From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub
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From Invention to Innovation: San Antonio’s Future as a Tech Hub

Jim Brazell is a high-technology start-up veteran who worked for software and Internet companies locally since 1989. Brazell provides technology forecasts for the State of Texas, public policy reports including a book chapter featuring San Antonio cybersecurity, and writes essays on education and technology for national publications. Brazell presented on 'San Antonio, City of Innovation (1718-2018)' at CyberTexas 2018. Brazell shares his perspectives on how San Antonio can become recognized as a city of innovation. San Antonio is not well-known as a city of innovation, but it should be. In fact, in its November 2018 issue, Inc. Magazine argued the Alamo City has been a tech hotspot since 1985 when the U.S. Air Force consolidated its electronic security mission at Lackland Air Force B...
San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’
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San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’

“Cybersecurity as an industry is still in its infancy, and San Antonio is among the elite locations poised for growth," a Deloitte report found. What are the next steps for San Antonio as the city leverages its strengths in cybersecurity? Natalie Wilson is a senior associate in the Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy Practice Group in the San Antonio office of Langley & Banack, Inc. Her colleague, Lui Chambers, recently moderated a multidisciplinary panel discussing San Antonio’s cybersecurity future. Hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth, the Oct. 30 discussion included panelists Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio CEO and president, Bret Piatt, Jungle Disk CEO, Dr. Greg White, director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at UTSA, and Michael ...
Pros and Cons of Startup Financing Sources
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Pros and Cons of Startup Financing Sources

Margot Slosson is director of the LiftFund Women’s Business Center, a program of LiftFund, the largest micro and small business lender in the U.S. The nonprofit organization is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and provides loans and business training to enterprises of all kinds—from startups to established businesses—in 14 different states. As director of the Women’s Business Center, Slosson helps entrepreneurs successfully launch and grow their businesses with individual consultation, training, and targeted programs. She shares insights into the pros and cons of financing sources for startups or small businesses. Whether you are launching a new business or growing an existing one, capital is essential to success. Founders have a growing number of funding options available—but whi...
Doctor Turned Career Coach Shares 3 Tips on Career Change
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Doctor Turned Career Coach Shares 3 Tips on Career Change

Dr. Michelle Mudge-Riley, D.O, is a career coach who works with those navigating the transition to another profession.  She is a physician by training and underwent her career transition 15 years ago. Mudge-Riley has since served as Entrepreneur in Residence for Trinity University and teaches a course there on traditional and nontraditional options for a career in science.  Join her email list on her website to access stories of professionals who have started side gigs, transitioned to other careers, or figured out how to get what they want out of life.  How do you know if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  Every week several people tell me they hate their jobs and want to do something different, but they aren’t sure what they want to do or how to do it. These are profession...
How Collaboration Contributes to Innovation
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How Collaboration Contributes to Innovation

Dale Bracey has been with Rackspace since 2004 when he started working with the company’s data center hardware inventory. Today, Bracey is a technical account manager who has worked with many San Antonio startup entrepreneurs over the years. Bracey shares his views on the evolution of San Antonio’s startup scene and how he has seen firsthand the benefits of collaboration fostering innovation. San Antonio’s innovation startup community is growing and relatively young in its evolution. In the early stages of most startup ecosystems, you see specialists emerge to focus on their area of expertise. We now have many entrepreneur and innovator groups focused on a single interest, like filmmaking, video game production, bioscience, or information security. Each is hyper-specialist in their resp...
Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Startup
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Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your Startup

Debra Innocenti-Placette of Innocenti Jones, PLLC is one of the top internet and cyber lawyers in Texas. Based in San Antonio, she maintains a diverse legal practice for emerging companies in technology and internet-related industries, using her tech expertise to guide clients unfamiliar with tech through complex legal issues presented by emerging technologies. In her two-part guest post series, Innocenti-Placette frames the foundational decision every entrepreneur faces: How to determine the best legal structure for one's startup. Part 1, which you can read here, focused on understanding the differences between different types of founder's purpose. It is an illuminating exploration of how the 'why' determines the legal 'how' for your business. Part 2 concludes with appropriate lega...
Your Startup Purpose Determines its Legal Structure
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Your Startup Purpose Determines its Legal Structure

Debra Innocenti-Placette of Innocenti Jones, PLLC is one of the top internet and cyber lawyers in Texas. Based in San Antonio, she maintains a diverse legal practice for emerging companies in technology and internet-related industries, using her tech expertise to guide clients unfamiliar with tech through complex legal issues presented by emerging technologies. She advises startups and business owners of established companies looking to scale, or grow their companies.  In her two-part series, Innocenti-Placette frames the foundational decision every entrepreneur faces: How to determine the best legal structure for one's startup. In part 1, she starts with the 'why' or founder's purpose. It is an illuminating exploration of how the 'why' determines the legal 'how' for your business. Part...
Collaborate and Learn From Your Industry Competitors
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Collaborate and Learn From Your Industry Competitors

James Chandler and his wife Heather Chandler decided to start their own video production company in 2007. IMG Studio is a San Antonio-based company that has won many awards, including three Emmys. IMG Studios also develops virtual reality and augmented reality content for various applications, such as helping wheelchair-bound users enjoy normally inaccessible experiences like playing certain sports. James Chandler shares his thoughts as a first-time founder on what he discovered as he developed a creative company steeped in technology. When I first started IMG Studios, I was focused on excelling in those skills needed to produce cutting-edge content, leveraging the latest advances in VR and AR while still telling a good story. What I’ve learned is that you can be really good at wh...