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…

The Startup Geography Question

Dealing with lots of startups in San Antonio, one topic we discuss regularly is whether San Antonio is the right place for them to be. Sometimes it is; sometimes it is not. In general, startups have two options: 1) pick the correct business to where geography is a strategic advantage…

Cheap Parking Options Near Geekdom

Many people ask where one can park cheaply near Geekdom in downtown San Antonio.  There are three cheap surface parking lots nearby.  One is $2/day, another is $3/day and a last is 25 cents/hr. See the marks in the map below: Geekdom Cheap Parking Options…

How I made bicycle commuting work in San Antonio

When I lived in San Francisco, I rode public transport and bicycled exclusively.  My car sat unused for 3 months until I finally decided to give it to charity. Bike commuting in San Antonio is much harder.  My route goes through Alamo Heights*, which is a bike commute nightmare.  The…

An Alternative Proposal for a Downtown San Antonio Grocery

Instead of spending government money to bring a grocery downtown, there’s another option that wouldn’t need any help: crowdfunding.  And by “crowd,” I mean the residents of downtown and San Antonio. Here’s how one motivated entrepreneur could get a downtown grocery going with zero startup capital and…

Why San Antonio's Future is Bright

(This article also appeared in the Rivard Report here.) Every city government loves to trumpet that Good Times are ahead and San Antonio is no exception. Having lived here most of my life, I’ve long heard the rhetoric. But, it wasn’t always clear that our city was truly…

Think 'Houston Street Mall'

In 1991, a committee of three San Antonio public interests formed a cooperative venture to revitalize Houston St and several other downtown areas.  They had seen the decline of Houston St from its perch as the preeminent retail destination in the 1950s to a ghost town in the 1980s.  What…

How to Make San Antonio Awesome

Here’s the formula: Start telling everyone it’s awesome.  On a plane.  With relatives.  On your blog.  To customers.  Everywhere.   (I’m not saying you should lie.  Just focus on the positives!) Here’s the secret: where communities are concerned, changing people’s common belief will change a community’…