SA’s Tech Scene is Powered Up – San Antonio Journal

SA’s Tech Scene is Powered Up – San Antonio Journal

Within the shadow of Austin, San Antonio is constructing a rising tech scene that goes far past Rackspace. Get to know 27 tech firms working with industries starting from well being care and cybersecurity to training and enterprise administration.

By Edmond Ortiz and Claire Winesett

When individuals consider San Antonio’s tech sector, Rackspace—the website hosting firm launched within the late 1990s—is usually the very first thing to come back to thoughts, and for good rea-son. Present and former Rackspace staff (higher often called “Rackers”) have been behind a lot of the native and town’s forward-thinking progress. Former chairman and co-founder Graham Weston, for instance, helped discovered the 80/20 Basis and coworking house/startup incubator Geekdom whereas additionally contributing to funding and growth that’s reworking downtown into a spot tech firms need to function.

Rackspace, although, is simply the beginning of town’s rising know-how scene. San Antonio and its navy bases boast the nation’s second largest focus of cybersecurity specialists, in line with Port San Antonio. A lot of that’s pushed by the mil-itary’s longtime presence and rising partnerships with the FBI, Secret Service and Nationwide Safety Company. However it is also being fueled by initiatives and incubators together with CyberSecurity San Antonio and Construct Sec Foundry, each of that are serving to to develop an ecosystem of civilian and company cybersecurity and knowledge know-how.

Add to that the handfuls of well being care–associated tech ventures, apps and training initiatives, and San Antonio’s tech scene has develop into one of many metropolis’s main financial and cultural drivers.

Tech Bloc CEO David Heard, who leads the advocacy group that works to develop a pipeline of native expertise, says he’s hopeful that issues like CAST Tech Excessive College and Tech Expertise Central are indicators that the will proceed to develop. “Constructing a vibrant native tech and innovation financial system is totally crucial to San Antonio’s future prosperity. The driving force of all of that is entry to expertise,” Heard says. “So, our hope at Tech Bloc is to create an lively motion that, together with our companions, helps San Antonio be a part of the brand new financial system and develop into a lead metropolis for know-how training, innovation and employment.”—EO

Cyber Safety

Denim Group has been serving to prospects to develop attack-resilient software program since 2001. Their ThreadFix vulnerability administration platform assesses the danger stage of a shopper’s purposes and their supporting infrastructure. In 2018, Denim Group’s house owners offered a minority stake to India-based Wipro—a transfer that would assist the native firm prolong its attain.

Digital Protection Inc. offers safety danger evaluation Safety-as-a-Service (SaaS) options to massive and small companies world wide. With its trademark Frontline suite of merchandise, the Northeast San Antonio firm that’s celebrating 20 years this 12 months affords vulnerability scanning and penetration testing plus safety consciousness coaching for his or her shoppers’ staff. It additionally not too long ago partnered with UTSA to permit laptop science college students to make use of its Frontline Cloud platform within the classroom.

InfoCyte’s  workforce likes to say it performs offense in a world that’s usually centered on protection. Which means it equips safety professionals to search for, discover and reply to threats. Its automated platform, HUNT, was developed by Infocyte’s founders, who as soon as led the Air Power Pc Emergency Response Crew. The headquarters moved to Austin in 2018, however its Safety Operations Heart stays in SA.

Innové LLC helps U.S. authorities and infrastructure shoppers sort out sophisticated points like danger administration. In offering options by way of cyber safety, digital actuality and information analytics, the corporate permits its shoppers to scale back prices whereas turning their focus to no matter mission they’ve forward. Innové operates at a number of navy installations, together with a San Antonio software program growth and coaching facility.

Jungle Disk launched in 2006 and moved to San Antonio in 2010, the place it operates from the Rand Constructing. It affords a cybersecurity suite that options automated information backup, password administration and safety consciousness coaching for small to midsize companies. The explanation? Its leaders say that almost half of “main information loss” victims exit of enterprise. Jungle Disk serves greater than 25,000 prospects worldwide and has information facilities within the U.S. and Europe.

SiloTech Group’s shoppers vary from small companies to the U.S. Division of Protection (particularly the 24th Air Power in San Antonio). It offers countermeasure growth, menace and vulnerability evaluation, community operations monitoring and response, amongst different providers. Its academy trains the general public and shoppers on cyber protection.

Cyber Issues

“Our public-private partnership, CyberSecurity San Antonio, exists as a result of our group uniquely acknowledges the necessity to convene, join and model the second largest focus of cybersecurity professionals in america,” says Amanda Lee Keammerer, vp of cybersecurity for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “Our navy roots maintain us grounded and united with a ‘workforce San Antonio’ and ‘workforce USA’ mindset, which pushes us to seek out modern methods to guard our companies, our communities and our nation, whereas growing the subsequent era of cybersecurity leaders.”

Misc. Enterprise Administration

Dauber’s one-stop, easy-to-use cell app is trucking reimagined. By simplifying fleet efficiency reporting, digital ticketing, route optimization and even faster pay for drivers, this app helps enhance effectivity for trucking firms which ends up in extra hundreds per day.

FunnelAI makes it doable to submit a Fb standing a few new car and obtain solutions to your particular query from a neighborhood dealership. The app filters by way of over 200 million public social media posts to seek out potential prospects for companies. Utilizing their software program, companies are then linked with potential shoppers and might reply to their social media posts instantly.

Grok Interactive makes apps for companies, organizations, occasions and initiatives. The corporate, which opened in 2013, affords scalable internet providers, too. Notably, Grok has constructed merchandise for native firms resembling MassVenture, Soloshot and Select San Antonio, town’s official promotional marketing campaign that twice participated at South by Southwest.

HelpSocial was based by former Rackers Matt Wilbanks and Robert Collazo. The corporate works to do what the identify implies: assist. Its open utility programming interface (API) that brings collectively feedback, tweets and different on-line actitivies collectively in order that firms can reply, whether or not by way of bots or customer support personnel, extra rapidly and effectively. Earlier this 12 months it signed a deal to work with Virgin Cellular Mexico.

Koedal can also be a part of the Geekdom portfolio and develops apps for a wide range of people and companies. Firm founder Collin Beck beforehand labored at USAA, the place he helped to develop the long-lasting company’s go-to app so he is aware of his stuff. He’s serving to to unfold that data as chief for the native iOS developer meetup and an iOS bootcamp that he conducts in collaboration with Codeup.

Parlevel Techniques, based mostly in Southtown (after getting its begin at Geekdom), goals to “construct higher workplaces,” says Christopher Blomquist, director of promoting. It does that by way of a cohesive platform of and software program applications that assist merchandising machines, kiosks, workplace espresso operations and extra. By offering real-time information, its applications can higher monitor stock, scale back theft and handle the snacks and caffeine being offered in workplaces in over 22 nations. Seven-day-a-week customer support and tech assist is offered so a snack that will get caught within the merchandising machine doesn’t put it out of service all day.

Scaleworks is a enterprise capital agency centered on the tech and based by former Rackspace exec Lew Moorman plus Ed Byrne, who made his identify launching and managing tech companies. The agency seems to amass SaaS companies which have massive, sustainable progress potential and thru its Enterprise Finance program additionally present companies with the loans wanted to fund particular initiatives.

TrueAbility was based by former Rackers who noticed the necessity for a brand new technique of assessing recruits when cellphone interviews weren’t slicing it for sure tech jobs. Their firm tackles that concern by way of digital skills-based assessments that assist firms discover new hires who can deal with the job for which they’re making use of. TrueAbility additionally affords performance-based testing for certifications.

WellAware works with oil and fuel firms to eradicate the necessity to sift by way of a number of spreadsheets and applications to research their progress, pipeline capability and chemical providers. It offers information assortment, administration and evaluation so power firms can concentrate on what issues: their product.

Well being Care

Conceptual Mindworks, Inc. offers health-related scientific and technical providers to the U.S. Air Power, the Division of Well being and Human Providers and the personal healthcare group. Purchasers depend on the corporate that was based in San Antonio in 1990 for offering outpatient physicians with digital medical data, affected person portals, medical information mining, testing and manufacturing, pharmaceutical growth and extra.

MR3 Well being needs to assist diabetes sufferers with a typical complication of the illness: foot ulcers, which when not correctly monitored and cared for can result in amputation. Its in-home distant affected person monitoring system collects information on foot temperature every day in order that caregivers can detect and reply to issues rapidly even when sufferers aren’t feeling bodily ache.

InnerAlly Inc. founders know psychological well being issues even if you don’t have time to attend a mindfulness meetup. Because of this cell app, you possibly can work on constructive self-talk and your personal inside dialogue by way of character-driven video games that when used repeatedly are supposed to enhance relationships and assist lower despair and nervousness.


Enflux makes huge information much less intimidating and tedious for universities due to its automated information extraction, group and evaluation. Led by CEO Alejandra Zertuche, who has an MBA from St. Mary’s College and a grasp’s in biomedical informatics from UT Well being at Houston, Enflux integrates and analyzes information  throughout a number of platforms, offering a holistic view of a better training establishment, program and even the effectiveness  of a scholar. The Enflux strategy to information additionally reduces or eliminates accreditation challenges (assume for medical or pharmacy faculties), which could be quite a few for establishments that had been manually accumulating and analyzing information in-house.

MERGE goes past a digital display within the classroom with experiential studying by way of its augmented and digital actuality (VR) merchandise meant for youths, educators and professionals. By VR, kids can discover the photo voltaic system, research fossils and extra. Half toy and half instructional software, their MERGE Dice (out there for buy on-line) has received awards from the American Library Affiliation and Tech & Studying for the accessibility and ease at which it permits college students to just about entry the intricacies of virtually any material.

Tech Academics

5 applications serving to to develop the subsequent era of curious leaders

CAST Tech Excessive College

This industry-led, constitution highschool in San Antonio ISD is the primary of its type and focuses on making ready college students to confidently enter high-demand careers (or larger ed applications) in laptop science, info know-how, consumer expertise and enterprise. faculties.saisd.web

UTSA’s B.B.A. in Cyber Safety  

An interdisciplinary program that teaches the significance of cybersecurity in enterprise, this program is obtainable absolutely on-line or in-person (on the soon-to-expand downtown campus). It’s been ranked the nation’s prime cybersecurity program by Ponemon.


Whether or not your experience is in laptop science, communication or customer support, Codeup can prepare you for a brand new profession as a pc programmer, information scientist or data-driven drawback solver with its two 20-week applications.

Open Cloud Academy

Another choice for individuals who purpose to get into tech, Rackspace’s Open Cloud Academy equips college students for an entry-level IT profession in as brief as 13 weeks. Instructors come from Rackspace and about 35 p.c of graduates discover employment there, says Academy director Marcus Benavidez, including that different graduates have helped fill demand for workers at tech firms all through the world.

Youth Code Jam 

Former mother blogger Debi Pfitzenmaier  created this nonprofit so that each one youth would have entry to “the crucial literacy of coding.” To assist construct the subsequent era’s coding expertise, the group holds a free annual group “code jam” (this 12 months’s is Sept. 28 at ESC Area 20), by which over 1,000 college students, dad and mom and volunteers come collectively to code utilizing a wide range of instruments. It additionally hosts summer season camps, after-school coding golf equipment and trainer skilled growth.

Digital Advertising/Web site Internet hosting

Dryden Labs is a digital advertising and marketing company that develops apps and web sites plus an entire host of different providers—from social media administration and search engine marketing to e mail advertising and marketing, cloud internet hosting and branding and design.

iNNOV8, based mostly at Geekdom, offers web site assist for every type of companies. Suppose web site theme customization, content material group and administration and implementing finest practices so firms present up in Google searches. CEO Stefanie Younger is a former FrontEnd developer with Grok Interactive and she or he’s joined within the enterprise by COO Lorne Barfield, one other Grok veteran.

Pear Analytics has workplaces in Dallas and Houston however its headquarters is in San Antonio, the place it was based from a house workplace in 2008. Now a boutique digital advertising and marketing agency, it helps shoppers with promoting administration on Google, LinkedIn and Fb, e mail advertising and marketing, HubSpot automation, search engine marketing, model technique, superior analytics in addition to internet design and growth. It received a contract to coach the U.S. Military on analytics in 2015, rebuilt the Fiesta San Antonio web site in 2017 and final 12 months launched an Applicant Administration System for nonprofit basis teams.

Pressable, is likely one of the oldest startups from Geekdom. Founder and former CEO Vid Luther initially launched the corporate as ZippyKid in 2010. The WordPress internet hosting firm skilled unimaginable progress and Luther rebranded as Pressable in 2013 in response to the corporate’s increasing clientele, which has included Fortune 100 companies, nonprofit companies, freelancers, builders, entrepreneurs and WooCommerce operators.

Tech Chief: Chief Modern Officer Brian Dillard

Third-generation East Aspect San Antonian turns into tech group advocate 

Whereas the tech is a spotlight of Brian Dillard’s function as chief modern officer for town of San Antonio, it’s not what fuels him. “One of many issues my workforce and I imagine in is that San Antonio will not be tech-driven. It’s all community-driven,” says Dillard, who grew up on the East Aspect and initially joined town in 2018 as its Sensible Metropolis administrator. “We do issues to handle what our group wants on a day-to-day foundation, whether or not meaning site visitors congestion, air high quality or addressing the digital divide.”

By doing that, he says, they’re serving to create a metropolis that won’t solely entice tech firms and entrepreneurs but additionally be the type of place individuals in plenty of industries need to dwell and work.

The management function will not be one Dillard noticed for himself when he enrolled at UTSA in 2002 to check aerospace engineering. He failed one in all his lessons that first semester and, understanding he couldn’t afford to remain if he didn’t succeed, went to an Air Power recruiter to enlist. The recruiter beneficial Dillard pursue cybersecurity within the navy, partly due to an IT certificates he’d earned at Sam Houston Excessive College, and his profession developed from there.

After incomes his diploma on-line and serving 10 years on lively responsibility as a cybersecurity operations specialist, Dillard went into the personal sector, working with locations like Chevron, Delta Danger and Lockheed Martin. He realized throughout that point, although, that the most important distinction he was making in San Antonio was not at work however as president of the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood Affiliation.

In his present place, he’s in a position to mix his expertise within the tech world along with his ardour for build up his hometown. “It’s a must to prioritize what’s most necessary for the group and take an equitable strategy to fixing these points,” Dillard says.—CW

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