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Startup Spotlight: FunnelAI

FunnelAI.co uses artificial intelligence to help companies grow and manage their sales funnel. It's a big endeavor as much of this work is done by hand today. Their first product is a lead generation system that monitors social media and turns those people into leads. Check them out here: htttp://FunnelAI.co Sridhar and his team are part of the RealCo program right now. They've been a real joy to work with. If you know a business that needs more leads, definitely have them consider FunnelAI. Some of their…

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San Antonio Startup Community: We aren't done yet?!

Not even close. We have a long road ahead of us to transform San Antonio into a startup city. Building a startup community from scratch is a 20-25 year process. It can be longer depending on the gaps that need to be filled. Look at this chart of large tech employers in the Austin region: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/subscriber-only/2016/02/26/tech-employers-2016.html Except for Apple, all started in the 1980’s or 1990’s. Only 30 years later is Austin at a scale that matters to…

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San Antonio's Museum District

There’s a little secret about the tech scene here: It’s actually really tiny. In our best years, we’ll get about 10% of the total investment an Austin or Houston gets put into tech annually. So, why does it feel so real? Other industries like medical startups are much bigger. But, there’s no concentration of them. No branding of the area where they’re located. We have a great opportunity to repeat what’s happened in San Antonio’s tech district. It’s on Broadway from the…

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Why aren't we more passionate about our city parks?

My opinion is that today’s city parks are designed to appeal to everyone. So, they appeal to no one. In San Antonio, it seems every park has the following: Some benches Some walking trails Some water fountains A lawn or two Some fences Some trees So, our parks seem to be mostly just generic and boring.  I don’t know anyone that is truly passionate them. It’d be great to see some city parks be designed to appeal to more specific communities so we have public spaces that…

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RSVP For My Talk at Geekdom Next Week

I’ll be giving a workshop at Geekdom next week (May 16th, 2017). I’ll be talking about the options for funding a tech-related business. It’s free and not just for VC-backed businesses. 5/16/2017 – 3:30PM Facilitator: Michael Girdley Funding Your Tech-Based Startup Have questions about the types of funding that are available to your tech-based business? Come join Michael Girdley, the managing director of the Geekdom Fund and learn about how to fund a tech-based business through various funding models (i.e. venture capital, bootstrapping, and…

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