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Tech Bloc and Bexar County Launch Competition for Local Startups

Do you have the next big tech idea? If so, there could be a few thousand dollars with your name on it. Bexar County and Tech Bloc, the burgeoning grassroots movement meant to strengthen San Antonio’s tech movement, today announced the details of Tech Fuel, a startup competition they’re jointly sponsoring to give grants to

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Geekdom and San Antonio tech industry continue to grow

SAN ANTONIO – With close to 800 members and about 45,000 square feet of work space, Geekdom is helping establish San Antonio as a growing tech ecosystem. Geekdom opened four years ago and been growing ever since. “We see our numbers increasing. We see the number of startup companies increasing,” said Geekdom Director of Business

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Merge VR ‘a Geekdom story’

A few years ago, Merge VR founder Franklin Lyons was in a university lab working with scientists on top-secret futuristic virtual reality technology. But it was his prototype of a soft virtual reality headset made with drugstore lenses and a hacked-up yoga block that most captured everyone’s imagination. “This little foam thing that I was

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Geekdom says expansion will make it No. 1

In just four years since its founding as a place to attract young talent, San Antonio tech incubator Geekdom is poised to become the largest co-working space in the nation, Geekdom leaders said Monday. “As soon as the eighth floor, which is under construction, is completed, we’ll have right about 45,000 square feet of co-working

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SA tech growth prompts expansion at Geekdom

SAN ANTONIO – It is a sign of the times for the rapidly emerging tech scene in in San Antonio: Geekdom is expanding. The self-proclaimed “collaborative co-working space” rents offices to entrepreneurs and start-up companies. The companies don’t have to worry about setting up the small things like Internet and phone connections or copy machines.

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Geekdom donates its Geekbus to SASTEMIC for youth learning opportunities

Geekdom, the co-working and collaborative workspace in downtown San Antonio, is gifting its 37-foot mobile education unit known as the Geekbus to local nonprofit SASTEMIC (San Antonio Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Connectory). In addition, the 80/20 Foundation is providing a matching grant to fund operations of the Geekbus and provide resources for its use.

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González and Mosier is Hacking the Law at Geekdom

The legal industry is facing disruption. Outsourcing legal services abroad is becoming increasingly common. Online companies such asLegalzoom and WireLawyer are making documents more accessible to casual legal consumers. And in the midst of all the change, a San Antonio law firm is blazing its own trail in true startup fashion. González & Mosier is

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Downtown Dispatches: Downtown needs San Antonio’s wealthy

Turning around downtown San Antonio will take a village — specifically the one where the millionaires reside. As the city of San Antonio embarks on its effort to revitalize downtown, to correct the tourist-local imbalance, it’s becoming clear to me that it can not happen without a philanthropic nudge here and there. Having a champion,

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Geekdom garden growing up fast

The Little Patch Garden, a project initiated by Geekdom members, has come a long way since a few picket signs were planted in the tiny parcel at North Flores and West Pecan streets. The garden’s contents — a mixture of fruits, vegetables and herbs — already have been harvested. On Sunday, there were habanero peppers,

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Jason Seats Featured on We Are Austin Tech

Jason Seats, managing director of the TechStars Cloud program was featured recently on We Are Austin Tech. Seats, cofounder of Slicehost, a cloud hosting company, has helped countless entrepreneurs through the TechStars Cloud program. He is also an active angel investor. In 2008, Rackspace acquired Slicehost. Seats moved from St. Louis to San Antonio. For

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Soloshot wins first prize at annual Beta Summit, slideshow

Soloshot, a San Antonio company that has developed a tool to assist photographers at sporting events, took the top prize at the 2013 Beta Summit, part of the Innotech San Antonio conference held this past week in San Antonio. The company’s invention uses radio-tracking technology to keep an unmanned camera on a tripod constantly focused

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TechStars Cloud Class of 2013 Shines at Demo Day

TechStars Cloud Demo Day is like a debutante ball in which each company is formally introduced into society in a formal “debut” presentation. On Thursday, the founders of 11 tech startups donned their finest hoodies, t-shirts, jeans and tennis shoes and took to the stage of Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in downtown San Antonio. Read

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Skit!’s App Lets You Create Animated Stories

Skit!, based in Boston, has created an app that lets anyone take photos and drawings and create an animated story to share online. Robin Johnson pitched the company Thursday at the TechStars Cloud Demo Day at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in downtown San Antonio. Several hundred people attended the event. Read More @ Silicon Hills

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ParLevel Systems Makes Vending Machines Smarter

ParLevel Systems, founded by Walter Teele and Luis Pablo Gonzalez, created a monitoring system for vending machines. San Antonio-based ParLevel installs wireless meters inside vending machines so that operators can generate real-time data on the machine’s inventory. ParLevel Systems gives vending machine operators more information about their customers and products. ParLevel pitched before several hundred

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Soloshot Wins the Innotech San Antonio 2013 Beta Summit

Soloshot took home first place at theInnotech San Antonio Beta Summit on Wednesday afternoon. “The first motion picture camera was invented over 125 years ago,” said Scott Taylor, co-founder of Soloshot. “And since then there have been tremendous improvements in camera technology from color film to video cameras, to digital cameras, to cameras that are

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Startup Grind San Antonio Launches Featuring Interview with Jason Seats

Startup Grind, based in Mountain View, Calif. seeks to foster entrepreneurship through storytelling. Derek Anderson founded Startup Grind, which now has chapters in 40 cities and 20 countries around the world. One of the latest chapters is Startup Grind San Antonio. The values of Startup Grind are important ones to foster an entrepreneurial environment. Read More

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Downtown Upsurge

From the roof of the city’s tallest office high-rise last week, team Geekdom looked out over San Antonio with Viking bravado. As well they should. Only little more than a year ago, the startup incubator set up camp in the Weston Centre downtown. Techie entrepreneurs multiplied beyond the building’s capacity. So business leader and Geekdom

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Geekdom moving to historic site

The 100-year-old Rand Building downtown has a new owner and soon will be filled with geeks. Weston Urban, headed by billionaire entrepreneur and Rackspace Hosting Inc. Chairman Graham Weston, said Monday it has purchased the historic building at 100 E. Houston St. The real estate investment and development firm bought the eight-story building and a

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Graham Weston buys historic downtown property for Geekdom

Weston Urban LLC has bought the Rand Building from Frost Bank with plans to establish a permanent home for San Antonio’s Geekdom program. The purchase price was not disclosed. The Rand Building is a historic, eight-story building located at 100 E. Houston St. near the corner of Soledad. Frost Bank will lease back all but

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