Misleading slides are a really bad idea

This particular slide came across my inbox recently in a pitch deck. What's funky here? (I've removed names and details to protect the innocent.) Hint: it's the word "cumulative" at the bottom of each graph. Well, what's wrong with that? Plenty. People looking at revenue growth graphs like…

Biggest San Antonio Tech Wins in 2017

There have been some negative feelings in our tech scene lately. I agree that everything isn’t rainbows and unicorns. However, we’ve had some really amazing wins recently. I made a list of the most impactful things to happen this year. Biggest San Antonio Tech Wins in 2017 (most…

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:…

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…

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…

Turning Freeways Into Parks

For good or bad, San Antonio has a ring of downtown freeways. They certainly make transport easy. But the negative impact on walkability is real. People just don’t walk here. A few years ago, I posted here about an idea to repurpose the areas underneath our highways as innovative…

Why Snooze Matters So Much to San Antonio

My Codeup cofounder, Jason Straughan, led a TEDxSanAntonio talk about how the pioneering entrepreneurs in any market are more valuable than regular entrepreneurs. The reason is that pioneers do something new that hasn’t been tried before. If they succeed, others copy them and a vibrant market is created. Jason…