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Dura Software Acquires Workforce Optimization Software Company DVSAnalytics, Inc.
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Dura Software Acquires Workforce Optimization Software Company DVSAnalytics, Inc.

Dura Software, a holding company specializing in acquiring and operating hyper-niche software products, acquired DVSAnalytics, Inc., an industry leader in developing workforce optimization solutions for contact centers.DVSAnalytics is Dura's sixth acquisition to date. DVSAnalytics provides software tools for the contact center space in the telecommunications sector, especially in demand as more employees work from home since the pandemic's start in 2020."We believe our business model will enable the DVSAnalytics team to accelerate the development and growth of its workforce optimization platform," Dura Software CEO Paul Salisbury wrote in a statement released Tuesday. "Their highly reliable solution and strong reputation for delivering great customer outcomes across multiple indus...
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 companiesIn 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,” ...
Dura Software Secures $10M Series A Round to Fund Expansion
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Dura Software Secures $10M Series A Round to Fund Expansion

Dura Software, a holding company specializing in “hyper-niche” software products, announced the close of its $10 million round of investment financing Friday. The Series A round was oversubscribed and is the largest tech equity raise in San Antonio to date for 2019, according to a company statement.The San Antonio-based holding company launched in June 2018 as Dura Holdings when it had acquired Moki Mobility Inc., which provides cloud-based software for managing large numbers of mobile devices. Founded by Paul Salisbury, Dura's CEO, and San Antonio entrepreneur Michael Girdley, executive chairman, the duo decided to change the holding firm's name earlier in 2019 to reflect its focus on acquiring and operating niche software companies.Read more: Dura Holdings Launches with First Acq...
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...
Startups Share Experiences: Inside the RealCo Accelerator Program
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Startups Share Experiences: Inside the RealCo Accelerator Program

Startups San Antonio continues its series of stories about significant startup programs based in San Antonio. You can read our story on Geekdom’s pre-accelerator program and the CivTechSA program for startups. Today, we’re sharing an inside look into the RealCo long-term accelerator program.If you have launched a startup but could benefit from guidance and help with funding, there is an accelerator program open to companies regardless of location. The RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program provides early-stage funding, mentorship, and networking resources for business-to-business (B2B) technology startup companies. Operating inside Geekdom’s co-working space in San Antonio’s downtown tech district, the program provides a $100,000 investment to companies accepted into the 15-month progra...
Dura Holdings Launches with First Acquisition—Moki Mobility
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Dura Holdings Launches with First Acquisition—Moki Mobility

A new San Antonio holding company, Dura Holdings, Inc., announced its first acquisition Friday of Moki Mobility Inc., a software startup that developed a software platform for managing single-purpose mobile devices used in multiple industries.Think of a self-service tablet at the counter in a convenience store allowing customers to directly enter their customer loyalty information or the server who uses a tablet to take your order in a restaurant. For businesses that use fleets of these shared devices (from thousands to tens of thousands), Moki provides a remote management solution that enables administrators to lock-down functionality, install apps, change profiles, perform upgrades, and control these devices remotely.Moki’s mobile device management platform does all this through ...
After 1 Year, RealCo has 7 Startups, 1 New Managing Director, and Ambitious Plans
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After 1 Year, RealCo has 7 Startups, 1 New Managing Director, and Ambitious Plans

The first year of the RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program has been extremely productive. The accelerator started in March 2017 with two companies and now has seven in its cohort. RealCo also celebrated its anniversary by announcing its latest addition to lead the company— the new managing director, Richard Grote.Grote started at RealCo Monday and joins Michael Girdley, the founding RealCo partner and co-founder and managing director for the Geekdom Fund, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage tech startups. Co-founder RealCo partner Chris Saum, who helped start MUD Geochemical Inc., a software startup that sold research and development services to the oil and gas industry, and partner Jenni White, former chief of operations at Codeup, round out RealCo’s managing team.Real...