San Antonio had a roller coaster year in tech in 2016 with the sale of one of its largest technology companies, Rackspace, to Apollo Global for $4.3 billion.
It also increased the funding available to entrepreneurs through the founding of the San Antonio Angel Network. But it also saw the Techstars Cloud program leave the city.
And San Antonio lost a huge advocate for the city and its tech community this year. Alan Weinkrantz, a long time public relations professional who split his time between San Antonio and Israel, died in a tragic car accident. He is missed by so many. He truly brightened the day of everyone he met. And he worked tirelessly to help so many people and their tech companies. He always had encouraging words and sage advice to give to others. He embodied the true spirit of the #behelpful mantra everyone associated with his work.
Geekdom, a collaborative coworking space and technology incubator, turned five this year and released a report about the tremendous impact it has had in San Antonio. It now has its own building, The Rand building on Houston Street. It also has more than 1,200 members, 500 member companies and it hosted 500 events this past year. It is also the nucleus of the emerging downtown Tech District which includes about a dozen other buildings hosting startups like Codeup, Parlevel, Merge VR, Grok Interactive and others.
And now here’s the top 20 tech stories that attracted the most views on our site for San Antonio in 2016.
- Apollo Global Acquires Rackspace for $4.3 Billion
- USAA Plans to Expand Downtown San Antonio Office and Open an Austin Office
- Techstars Cloud Shuts Down in San Antonio
- San Antonio Tech Community to Host its First Startup Week
- Driverless Vehicles and Other Projects Being Developed at Southwest Research Institute
- Technology Advocate Alan Weinkrantz Dies in a Tragic Car Accident
- Ten Life Sciences Companies to Watch in San Antonio
- Cybersecurity Incubator Launches in San Antonio
- Merge VR of San Antonio Raises $10 Million in Funding
- San Antonio Investors Launch an Angel Network
- Geekdom has a Huge Impact on San Antonio’s Tech District
- San Antonio Raises Money for a New High Tech High School
- Rackspace Sells Cloud Sites Business to Liquid Web
- Google Fiber Will Continue to Roll Out in Austin and San Antonio
- Open Cloud Academy Launches Cybersecurity Program for Veterans
- Austin and San Antonio Ranked Top Metros for Startups
- TPG Capital Buys Grande Communications for $650 Million
- On the Hunt for Pokemon in San Antonio
- Google Fiber Seeking Digital Inclusion Fellows in Austin and San Antonio
- The Fourth Techstars Cloud Cohort Showed Off Their Ventures at Demo Day 2016
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