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RealCo Adds Startups FastVisa and Totem to Its Accelerator Program
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RealCo Adds Startups FastVisa and Totem to Its Accelerator Program

The RealCo long-term accelerator program added two more new companies to its portfolio last week: FastVisa and Totem. The San Antonio-based accelerator works with business-to-business (B2B) companies in the technology space looking to grow into larger, stronger businesses.FastVisa is a legal technology software startup based in Dallas, TX. Co-founders Paul Kang and Ethan Jeong launched FastVisa in March 2016 after their first-hand experience with the issue they are solving.The duo first met as students attending the John Hopkins Carey Business School. By 2014, they had started an education tech platform called The Given that provided on-demand tutoring for students. Then, Kang dealt with the U.S. immigration system when sponsoring his wife for a green card, while Jeong applied...
RealCo Adds HackNotice and BetterYou Companies to Its Accelerator Program
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RealCo Adds HackNotice and BetterYou Companies to Its Accelerator Program

The San Antonio-based RealCo long-term accelerator program announced the addition of two new companies to its portfolio — BetterYou and HackNotice.BetterYou is based in St. Paul, MN, while HackNotice is located in Austin, TX.Founder of HackNotice Steve Thomas has over ten years of security experience. Previously, Thomas launched PwnedList in 2011, the first enterprise credential service, which was acquired in 2013.Thomas learned much from his first startup and is now on a “bigger and better cybersecurity mission with HackNotice,” he told Startups San Antonio.The company provides threat intelligence, specializing in data breaches as well as leaked credentials and identities. HackNotice’s real-time notifications help businesses stay one step ahead of potential security ri...
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...
Portland-Based Time Tracking Startup Tali Joins RealCo Accelerator
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Portland-Based Time Tracking Startup Tali Joins RealCo Accelerator

Kara Killinger is a student journalist at Trinity University where she reports for the weekly student-run newspaper, the Trinitonian. She is working this summer as a Students+Startups marketing intern at RealCo long-term accelerator. Killinger wrote this profile on Tali, RealCo’s newest portfolio company.Tali, a Portland-based time tracking startup with revenue-generating customers, became RealCo long-term accelerator’s eighth portfolio company in June.Matt Volm, Matt Anthes-Washburn, and Matt Hoiland were co-workers at a large healthcare company in Portland, Oregon when Volm came to them with a problem. His wife Kimberlee is a lawyer who has to track every billable six-minute increment of her work day. She tracked her time on Post-It notes and would spend up to two hours nightly...
RealCo(n) Will Connect RealCo Founders with Broader Startup Ecosystem
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RealCo(n) Will Connect RealCo Founders with Broader Startup Ecosystem

The RealCo Long-Term Accelerator program entered its second year with an ambitious idea. Soon after arriving at RealCo in April managing director Rich Grote began exploring how to create a way for the program’s distributed founders, mentors, and investors to engage deeply with each other in person and connect with the surrounding tech and startup ecosystem.That idea has now become realized with the launch of RealCo(n).The first recurring quarterly RealCo(n) mini-summit will be July 9 through July 11 in San Antonio. RealCo(n) will feature multiple closed events such as hands-on workshops, founder-bonding exercises, and mentor-matching activities organized to help founders, investors, and mentors connect and share ideas about startups.One RealCo(n) event will be open to the publi...
Construction Trucking Loaded with Opportunity for Tech Startup Dauber
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Construction Trucking Loaded with Opportunity for Tech Startup Dauber

The first startup to join the RealCo accelerator program may not appear to be your typical tech startup at first glance.Dauber Applications Inc. was co-founded in 2015 by longtime construction industry executive Brian Jones who had worked at Bartlett Cocke General Contractors for 16 years. He, along with software developer (and brother) Travis Jones, and Ward Dow, owner of local utility contractor Ella SA Contracting LP, saw untapped potential in the unpredictable world of construction trucking, specifically, dump trucks.By 2017 the Dauber team had launched their web and mobile applications to help dump truck fleets better serve their customers, including aggregate material suppliers, general contractors, and earthwork contractors.A major challenge for all trucking companies, i...
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...