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Tech-Driven Braustin Homes Lands $1.9M Seed Funding Round
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Tech-Driven Braustin Homes Lands $1.9M Seed Funding Round

Braustin Homes, a San Antonio-based factory-built home business, has landed a $1.875 million seed funding round led by the venture capital fund Geekdom Fund, with participation from City Rise Ventures investors Graham Weston and Pat Matthews, and angel investor Pat Condon. Brothers Alberto and Jason Piña founded Braustin Homes in 2017 with a vision to build affordable manufactured homes in South and Central Texas. They plan to use the seed funding to scale operations across the state of Texas. A tech-fueled home-buying business model The Piñas discovered the homebuilding industry struggles with a complicated buying process. From its earliest days, the startup incorporated technology into their operations for a seamless customer experience.  Based out of Geekdom, a downtown co-worki...
What’s Happening in Venture Capital? Local Investors Weigh In
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What’s Happening in Venture Capital? Local Investors Weigh In

Startup founders know the COVID-19 pandemic has changed investor funding for the foreseeable future. Beyond the obvious shift to virtual pitching and team meetings, what else is going on in the world of venture capital (VC)? We spoke with three San Antonio investors who are tracking what’s changing during the global pandemic, and more importantly, looking ahead at the investing landscape over the next year or so. Level playing field, opportunities abound for innovative companies In April, Active Capital founder and CEO Pat Matthews said his venture firm had invested in eight portfolio companies and three new ones. “We also closed two Series As, two sidecars, and one M&A [mergers and acquisitions] transaction. I wouldn’t say it’s been business as usual, but it’s been busy,” ...
Catching Up with RealCo Accelerator Managing Director Cole Wollak
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Catching Up with RealCo Accelerator Managing Director Cole Wollak

The RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program recently moved into its new office on the sixth floor of the Rand Building, but that is not all that has changed since the beginning of 2019. In January, Cole Wollak, a San Antonio-based entrepreneur and mentor, took over as the new director.  He follows the former managing director, Richard Grote, who returned to his home in Boulder, CO. The program has been providing mentorship, networking resources, and early-stage investment in business-to-business (B2B) technology startup companies participating in the 15-month accelerator since its launch in March 2017. "RealCo takes an active approach in helping our companies," Wollak said. "We have more of a 'just in time' information model, plugging in the appropriate content and mentors when companie...