Cybersecurity Incubator Launches in San Antonio


The cybersecurity industry in San Antonio just got a major boost with the announcement Thursday of a new incubator, Build Sec Foundry. The incubator, which will be based at Geekdom, a technology coworking site in the Rand building downtown, is a partnership among CyberSecurity San Antonio, the Austin Technology Incubator and the 80/20 Foundation. “San […]

USAA Wins PYMNTS/Alexa Voice Activated Technology Contest


USAA won the PYMNTS/Alexa Challenge in the “Easiest to Explain to Mom” category for its innovative use of voice recognition technology. San Antonio-based USAA created a financial management program accessible through Alexa, the voice recognition program interface for Amazon’s Echo household device. “What Mom or Dad doesn’t want a little help to make ends meet? […]

Technology Advocate Alan Weinkrantz Dies in Tragic Car Accident

Courtesy Photo of Alan Weinkrantz.

Alan Weinkrantz, a longtime public relations professional and advocate for the tech industry in San Antonio and Israel died Saturday in Israel after being hit by a car in an outdoor café, according to the Times of Israel. Alan’s sudden death has shocked everyone and leaves a huge void in so many lives. I’ve known […]

San Antonio Mulls Grants to Retain Tech Startups

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday will consider adopting a new economic incentive program that would provide $800,000 of taxpayer funds to support tech startup companies. And it’s not available to just any tech startup. The pilot program would specifically support the entrepreneurs and companies participating in the Techstars Cloud accelerator program in partnership […]

Texas Lawmakers Assess the Impact of the Sharing Economy

Ridesharing photo courtesy of Lyft

By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News State lawmakers will discuss and hear testimony about the future of Texas’ sharing economy industry at the business and industry committee meeting at the state legislature on Wednesday. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, the chairman of the committee, told Silicon Hills News that the meeting comes from a need […]

Merge VR of San Antonio Raises $10 Million in Funding


Merge VR, which makes virtual reality headsets, just raised $10 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The San Antonio-based startup lists Geekdom as its headquarters. It is co-founded by Andrew Trickett, who formerly ran the San Antonio Clean Energy Incubator. Franklin Lyons is the other co-founder and the company’s chief […]

USAA Plans to Expand Downtown San Antonio Office and Open an Austin Office

The Freedom Torch inside USAA's main headquarters in San Antonio.

In 1922, 25 U.S. Army officers founded USAA to insure each others’ automobiles. Today, USAA is the second largest private employer in San Antonio with 17,000 employees, only eclipsed by another homegrown company, H-E-B, according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. USAA also occupies one of the nation’s largest office buildings at its main […]

San Antonio-based START Expands to Taiwan


South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics, known as START, announced this week that it has opened a comprehensive Phase 1 oncology clinical trials program in Taiwan. START, which runs the world’s largest Phase 1 clinical oncology trials, now operates six centers around the world. The Taiwan site is its second one in Asia. It also operates […]

H-E-B is Offering Grocery Delivery to San Antonio Customers


H-E-B is launching grocery delivery for customers in San Antonio starting this week. The San Antonio-based grocery giant has partnered with Shipt and Instacart to offer grocery delivery to customers in the San Antonio area. Orders will be filled by personal shoppers and delivered in an hour. Instacart will expand service into San Antonio on […]

Lyft and Uber Cease Operating in Austin After Proposition One Fails to Pass


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Lyft and Uber ceased operating in Austin Monday after voters rejected Proposition One, which would require the companies to do fingerprint background checks on drivers. “Whether or not Uber and Lyft choose to leave town, the city is committed to ensuring that Austinites, both drivers and riders, […]