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Smart Water-Bottle Lid Company Sapphire Wins Stumberg Competition $25,000 Prize at Trinity University
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Smart Water-Bottle Lid Company Sapphire Wins Stumberg Competition $25,000 Prize at Trinity University

Trinity University student entrepreneur team Sapphire won the $25,000 grand prize in equity-free funding in the final virtual round of the Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition Thursday evening. Sophomores Tara Lujan and alumnus Zachary Taylor developed the first-to-market smart lid that tracks water consumption and replaces the standard lid found on most water bottles. Thoughtfull, a company offering a line of healthy snacks, came in the runner-up position. Sophomores Cannon Wilson and Amy Platter will receive $5,000 in funding. The six finalist teams have wide-ranging businesses: Sapphire was co-founded by sophomore Tara Lujan and Zachary Taylor who graduated in May. Sapphire is a smart replacement lid that fits most bottle brands. The lid automatically records fluid intake to...
Trinity University Adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Virtual Stumberg Competition
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Trinity University Adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic with Virtual Stumberg Competition

Instead of pitching to the usually packed audience of students, entrepreneurs, and judges, 10 Trinity University student entrepreneur teams presented their business ideas to judges via a Zoom video call Thursday evening in the annual Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition. Of the 10 competitors, six Trinity University student entrepreneur teams each won $5,000 in seed funding. Since its launch in the spring of 2015, this two-part university-wide competition typically features 10 venture teams pitching their business concepts before a panel of judges with entrepreneurial expertise. The six winning teams have wide-ranging businesses: Chiropack was founded by sophomore Neha Kapur who is majoring in business analytics and technology. Her idea is to reengineer the daily-wear backpack ...
Easy Expunctions Shares Vision for Social Impact
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Easy Expunctions Shares Vision for Social Impact

Being the first founders to create a new kind of legal technology solution can be daunting. San Antonio-based startup Easy Expunctions launched its software solution in 2015 to help users identify and clear their criminal records for certain minor offenses. Four years later, Easy Expunctions still leads with its legal tech expunction service as the only affordable, automated online solution for about 77 million Americans, or 1 in 3 adults, who have a criminal record. People with criminal records often cannot get hired for jobs, especially for tasks requiring an occupational license. Legal fees starting at $1,500 for an expunction to permanently remove certain types of minor arrests from a person's public records can be out of reach for the people who could benefit the most. Founde...
Scaleworks Startup Mailgun Announces Exit with Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo
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Scaleworks Startup Mailgun Announces Exit with Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo

Mailgun Technologies, Inc., a provider of email infrastructure software, announced Monday it sold a majority stake in the company to private equity firm Thoma Bravo, a leading software-focused private equity investment firm. The transaction closed on March 26, as reported by Thoma Bravo financial advisor William Blair. Mailgun is a leading email automation platform provider for software developers and was one of eight startups in Scaleworks' portfolio. The San Antonio firm is a  hybrid venture capital and private equity fund that uses its capital to help grow the business-to-business technology startups it acquires. It was co-founded by former Rackspace executive Lew Moorman and investor Ed Byrne. The companies did not share terms, but this is the second owner for Mailgun. The compan...
Geekdom Co-Founder Launching Startup School in the Rand Building— ‘The District’
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Geekdom Co-Founder Launching Startup School in the Rand Building— ‘The District’

Geekdom is launching an entrepreneurship school with one of its co-founders as “headmaster.” The District will offer a repeating six-week entrepreneurship course of nighttime classes. Geekdom co-founder Nick Longo founded the new school to teach students “about the entrepreneur’s toolbox and how to use those tools effectively,” he told Startups San Antonio. Cost for Geekdom members will be $299, $499 for nonmembers. There are 100 available slots for the three cohorts scheduled in 2019. The first class of 36 students debuts Feb. 4, 2019. To get on the application list, email TheDistrict@geekdom.com or visit The District’s website. The course will take place in the newly renovated basement in the Rand Building on Houston Street. Geekdom CEO David Garcia explained how Geekdom's basement...
Geekdom Media Debuts Podcast About Finding Your Strengths
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Geekdom Media Debuts Podcast About Finding Your Strengths

This post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you. Please read my disclosure for more information. Geekdom Media has released Obey Your Strengths, a new podcast series that examines the Gallop-created methodology. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google podcasts, and Stitcher, Obey Your Strengths features host Kathy Kersten, a Gallup-certified Strengths Coach for over 12 years and one of the first to implement the use of the StrengthsFinder approach at Rackspace. Based on a 40-year study of traits in humans, Gallup developed the Clifton StrengthsFinder approach to help people discover their top talents. The initial version of this assessment is described in the 2001 management book, Now, Discover Your Strengths. The philosophy behind StrengthsFinder is that everyone has natural...
Scaleworks Company Chargify Debuts New Subscription Billing Service
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Scaleworks Company Chargify Debuts New Subscription Billing Service

The payment management service company Chargify has launched a new tool for billing management.  Called WhoPays, Chargify developed this to address a common pain point for subscription-based businesses looking to manage subscriber payments on an enterprise level. "Chargify was born to solve our own pains and the market's pains," Chargify CEO Tom Rotem wrote in his company blog post. "Almost a decade later, we have helped thousands of businesses manage over 20 million subscriptions and collect over $3 billion in recurring revenue." The San Antonio-based Scaleworks portfolio company specializes in selling its online billing software. Tom Rotem joined the startup as CEO in September and has been busy implementing this new service to address the shift in how customers pay for subscription se...
Codeup Launches Data Science Program to Meet Demand in San Antonio
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Codeup Launches Data Science Program to Meet Demand in San Antonio

San Antonio-based career accelerator Codeup announced Monday it would offer a new data science training program. Codeup plans for two cohorts in 2019. The inaugural class begins Feb. 4, 2019, with 25 available slots. Codeup recently expanded its space on the third and sixth floors in the downtown Vogue Building at 600 Navarro St. to accommodate growth and make room for the new program. Michael Girdley, Jason Straughan, and Chris Turner opened Codeup in 2013, offering its 18-week coding boot camp-style workforce development program for aspiring software developers. Since launching, the company has grown from its roots as a boot camp into a local institution focused on meeting demand for talent in San Antonio's growing technology ecosystem. "Codeup is building a data science program in...
Easy Expunctions Seals Deal with Goodwill, Lands $1.6M in Funding
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Easy Expunctions Seals Deal with Goodwill, Lands $1.6M in Funding

Easy Expunctions, a software as a service (SaaS) company that expedites the clearing of criminal records for certain minor offenses, has signed a deal with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. The startup has also raised nearly $1.6 million from 18 equity investors, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. There is a total of $2.2 million in the expected funding round. The San Antonio-based startup has recently formalized a partnership with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas for its internal use of Easy Expunctions software. "We built them a custom portal that they [Goodwill] can use so their agents can internally run intelligent background checks on the clients they serve,"  Easy Expunctions CEO Yousef Kassim said. "Goodwill provides workforce counsel...
Filestack Builds Enterprise Platform with Acquisition of TINT
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Filestack Builds Enterprise Platform with Acquisition of TINT

Filestack announced Tuesday it acquired TINT, a user-generated content platform, for an undisclosed amount. TINT is a social media marketing platform that connects brands and customers into one social hub. Their social media content display tool helps businesses find and curate user-generated content to drive a high level of engagement with their customers. Filestack was founded in 2012 by MIT graduates and acquired in late 2015 by Scaleworks, a San Antonio-based venture equity fund that acquires and operates business-to-business (B2B) software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. The startup’s file hosting and management service helps about 100,000 app developers manage the flow of user-uploaded online content, such as images, videos, and other files. The University of Southern California...