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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership
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VelocityTX Announces New Leadership

Jorge Varela has stepped down as CEO of VelocityTX as announced in a March 21 statement from Texas Research and Technology Foundation (TRTF).Varela was hired May 2017 to lead VelocityTX, the innovation arm of the longstanding TRTF. Both are tasked with promoting economic development and investing in San Antonio-based businesses. VelocityTX’s focus is to accelerate the process of commercializing ideas, products, services, or processes and guides both domestic startups and international companies entering the market in the U.S.Varela confirmed his departure with Startups San Antonio via text but did not provide further comment.Varela spent the last five years as the director of the startup incubator Tech Fort Worth and was the associate director of entrepreneurship at the UNT Hea...
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...
The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups
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The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups

How can healthtech startups leverage artificial intelligence, cloud-based services, innovative software, and other solutions to help transform healthcare? One way is to encourage different industry specialists to work together, guided by expert mentoring, to get an integrated team all the way to successful product development.The Health Cell is providing exactly this jump-start with its HealthTech Boot Camp May 11 to 13, 2018. The three-day weekend event to be hosted at Geekdom is designed to help those early-stage companies focused on disrupting the healthcare industry by leveraging cloud-based technology applications.To register, fill out The Health Cell application form here by May 1, 2018. The cost for the weekend workshop is $150 and $75 for students to cover the costs of all ...
FunnelAI ‘s Artificial Intelligence Finds Real-time Customer Leads in Social Media
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FunnelAI ‘s Artificial Intelligence Finds Real-time Customer Leads in Social Media

The best artificial intelligence (AI) systems extract insights from extremely large datasets. What if AI could tell a company which customers were ready to buy specific services or products, searching across all social data, including social media posts, regardless of platform or forum?Co-founder Sridhar Kamma created the first automated sales funnel company to use AI. FunnelAI provides companies targeted data on potential customers who post about their readiness to buy certain products or services, down to their ZIP code. FunnelAI’s algorithm can sort through millions of social data posts daily, generating sales leads for many different types of companies.Kamma, who is a mechanical engineer and data scientist, found himself looking online for prospects when working on his prior st...
Jungle Disk Announces Acquisition of TeamPassword
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Jungle Disk Announces Acquisition of TeamPassword

Jungle Disk announced Tuesday its acquisition of TeamPassword, a password manager that simplifies password management security for users of its service. Jungle Disk provides encrypted cloud backup for small businesses up to 250 employees, as well as a network firewall to protect against ransomware, malware, and denial-of-service attacks.As businesses use more cloud-based services, the number of accounts and passwords each person needs to maintain is growing. “The average TeamPassword customer has 147 passwords to manage within their business,” said Brian Sierakowski, CEO of TeamPassword. Sierakowski is planning to move to San Antonio later in 2018.The addition of TeamPassword to the Jungle Disk product portfolio provides customers a data security tool that can generate secure uniqu...
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...
Seasoned Entrepreneurs on the State of San Antonio’s Startups
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Seasoned Entrepreneurs on the State of San Antonio’s Startups

Local ‘techpreneurs’ were in the audience and on the panels at San Antonio Tech: Seizing the Momentum, Xconomy's first public event in San Antonio. The half-day forum at the Pearl Stables united some of Central Texas’s most successful entrepreneurs and innovative technologists to discuss San Antonio's tech ecosystem and its future prospects.For a company that has grown from three Trinity University students founding a startup in 1998 to the industry leader in the multicloud managed service market as independently assessed by Gartner analysts, Rackspace is the indisputable anchor in San Antonio’s tech community.Rackspace’s chief operating officer David Meredith focused on the company’s vision of a seamless single “pane of glass” across public and private cloud computing that provide...
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...