Rackspace’s Thanksgiving Day Food Drive Helps Needy Families

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A voucher for a free turkey and a box of food items from Rackspace came as a surprise to Robin Dysart. Crestview Elementary School sent the voucher home with her daughter. “It means the world to us, we’ve been having some difficulties for the last few years,” […]

Rackspace’s Chairman Invests Millions in its Stock

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Rackspace Chairman Graham Weston has been bullish on his company since he made his initial investment to found the hosting company in 1999. And now, he’s investing even more in the San Antonio-based managed cloud company. This week, Weston announced he has purchased $2.5 million or 58,400 shares of the company’s stock on the open […]

Encouraging Girls to Become Engineers

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Luz Cristal Glangchai, a scientist and founder of VentureLab in San Antonio, spoke last month at the fifth annual TedXSanAntonio event. Glangchai wants more girls to become engineers. She runs a nonprofit organization which teaches kids as young as five to high school age skills in entrepreneurship and to experiment in the science, technology, engineering […]

WiseWear Corp. Launches Evolve, a Wearable Fitness Device

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At Geekdom Friday night, WiseWear Corp. officially launched Evolve its all in one wearable fitness tracking device. “It’s been a wild journey this past year,” said Gerald Wilmink, the company’s founder and CEO. The San Antonio-based startup, founded in 2013, plans to kick off a Kickstarter campaign to pre-sale the device, which can be worn […]

San Antonio-based Infocyte Lands $500,000 in Funding

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Infocyte Inc. just landed $500,000 in seed stage funding led by Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners. The San Antonio-based startup plans to use the funds to further develops Pulse, its cyber security assessment platform. This is LiveOak’s first investment in San Antonio. “The Infocyte team has a storied […]

TrueAbility Teams Up with DigitalOcean for a Technical Challenge

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TrueAbility, based in San Antonio, has teamed up with DigitalOcean, to launch the “Docker Puzzle Challenge” to test a competitor’s technical aptitude using basic Linux skills and Docker, an open-source technology to deploy apps. The challenge uses TrueAbility’s online technical skill assessment platform, which tests job candidate’s technical abilities by performing real-life tasks. The contest […]

WP Engine Expanding and Hiring

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WP Engine, which hosts WordPress websites, announced it has 23,000 customers, up 130 percent during the past year. The Austin-based startup now hosts more than 200,000 WordPress websites. And it has expanded its workforce and offices. The company recently opened an office at Geekdom in San Antonio. It also has an office in San Francisco. […]

Texas Approves Equity-Based Crowdfunding Rules

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By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Texas companies will soon be able to raise money from the average investor. The Texas State Securities Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve new intrastate equity-based crowdfunding rules. The rules are expected to go into effect in late November, said Bob Elder, the board’s spokesman. “The […]

TEDxSanAntonio Sparks a City of Ideas

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By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News San Antonio has evolved into the City of Ideas, said Graham Weston, chairman of Rackspace. “The whole genesis of TED is about sparking ideas and spreading ideas and that happens every year at TEDxSanAntonio,” Weston said This is a culture Rackspace wants to be a part of, […]

TedXSanAntonio Takes Place Saturday at Rackspace

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For five years, a group of San Antonio’s best and brightest have put on TedXSanAntonio and it’s quite a show. This year, the theme is “Ideas in Action” and features a variety of speakers on diverse topics ranging from cultivating a hacker culture to nurturing girls in technology to how to tackle the growing epidemic […]