They also want to promote and build the local technology industry.
So several founding members created “SATechBloc,” a grassroots movement to bolster the industry here and shine a spotlight on everything going on.
“It came out of the frustration the community had around Uber and that’s what got people together,” said Lew Moorman, former president of Rackspace who is one of the organizers.
Last month, Uber ceased operations in San Antonio when the ridesharing company could not come to an agreement with city officials over regulation of its business. Uber got mismanaged from the beginning from the City of San Antonio, Moorman said.
Uber is one of the services important to a modern city, Moorman said. As members of the tech community started talking they decided to have a unified voice to advocate for issues important to the technology industry, he said.
“We don’t necessarily promise to change the world,” Moorman said. “We just want to do a few things and get people talking to each other.”
The founding members include Lorenzo Gomez, executive director of the 80/20 Foundation, Pat Matthews with 81 Ventures, Tom Cuthbert, founder of Adometry, Rodney Rice, founder and CEO of Blue Yonder Labs, Clint Watson, founder of Boldbrush, Lanham Napier with BuildGroup, Peter French, president of Café Commerce and dozens more.
The corporate sponsors include Rackspace, Codeup, Giles-Parscale, SecureLogix and Geekdom.
The kick off event is Tuesday, May 19th at 5 p.m. at Southerleigh Brewery at 136 E. Grayson.
The main focus right now is to bring ridesharing to San Antonio and to create a comprehensive tech directory and to bring Google Fiber to San Antonio, Moorman said.
“It can be whatever the city needs,” Moorman said.