Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Local Business Owner Honored By Cosmopolitan For Latinas

Magaly Chocano, a San Antonio business owner in the high-tech industry has been honored nationally by Cosmopolitan for Latinas.

Chocano is one of 12 women business owners in the U.S. honored by Cosmo for Latinas as a “Fun, Fearless Latina.” Chocano is recognized for her creation of the first build-your-own-app platform for iOS, called Sweb Apps.

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Geekdom hosts #iMarch for Innovation event

As many San Antonio’s tech company executives will tell you, finding enough highly skilled, talented employees often is an uphill battle. That’s downright frustrating in a city gunning to gain ground in the tech industry.

And as some of San Antonio’s brightest tech minds — who moved here from other countries and are fighting for either renewal of a temporary work visa or permanent citizenship — will tell you, resolving residency issues is a long emotional battle.

So, in support for “smart and comprehensive immigration reform,” some of San Antonio’s key innovators and leaders will take part in an honest discussion on Wednesday night, May 22nd at tech coworking organization Geekdom from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, April 5th, 2013

Small businesses are an important voice

A diverse delegation of San Antonians attended the Chamber of Commerce sponsored SA to DC trip last month.

As expected, sequestration was a primary topic of conversation, as members tried to determine the effect that spending cuts would have on San Antonio’s economy.

As these cuts trickle down into the budgets of various agencies, we know that the largest firms will be advocating and lobbying for their own industries.

However, the voices of small businesses must also be heard — especially since they represent the backbone of our local economy. Therefore, it was energizing to be a part of a very strong Alamo City contingent that joined forces in Washington, D.C., to make sure that the voices of small businesses were also represented in conversations with legislators and agency staff.

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Monday, March 25th, 2013

Critical Mass Coast to Coast March 21, 2013 Magaly Chocano, David Fuller

Magaly Chocano, CEO and Founder of SWEB Development discusses how she built her company into a premier web and app development company during economic difficulties. With a passion for team building, Magaly has created a work environment around transparency in which her team is there because they love what they do and they collaborate well together. SWEB Development’s clients include advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The 2013 Revolucionario Winners Have Been Announced

Today The Social Revolución, the official Latino event at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival celebrating online Latino trendsetters, is announcing the winners of the 2013 Revolucionario Awards. Seven award recipients from the United States and Latin America will be recognized at the Revolucionario Awards at The Social Revolución on March 12, 2013 at Ballet Austin.

Now in its second year at the SXSW Interactive Festival, The Social Revolución continues to recognize Latinos utilizing social media as a platform to create and inspire change. After over 23,000 online community votes and the evaluation of a panel of industry leaders serving as judges, seven winners were selected from the 170 nominations received in the following three categories. The New Americano recognizes trendsetting individuals and organizations impacting the Latino market online. The Mobilizer salutes Latinos using social media as a strategy to mobilize their audience behind local or international causes. Individuals redefining how Latinos are reached online, whether through a new app, website, or other digital tool, are celebrated in The Innovator category. The Líder of the Social Revolución is awarded to a recipient who embodies all three categories.

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The 2013 Revolucionario Award Winners Have Been Unveiled

Today The Social Revolución, the official Latino event at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival celebrating online Latino trendsetters, is announcing the winners of the 2013 Revolucionario Awards. Seven award recipients from the United States and Latin America will be recognized at the Revolucionario Awards at The Social Revolución on March 12, 2013 at Ballet Austin.

Now in its second year at the SXSW Interactive Festival, The Social Revolución continues to recognize Latinos utilizing social media as a platform to create and inspire change. After over 23,000 online community votes and the evaluation of a panel of industry leaders serving as judges, seven winners were selected from the 170 nominations received in the following three categories. The New Americano recognizes trendsetting individuals and organizations impacting the Latino market online. The Mobilizer salutes Latinos using social media as a strategy to mobilize their audience behind local or international causes. Individuals redefining how Latinos are reached online, whether through a new app, website, or other digital tool, are celebrated in The Innovator category. The Líder of the Social Revolución is awarded to a recipient who embodies all three categories.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Accion Texas launches new website designed by Sweb

Microlender Accion Texas Inc. is sporting a groovy new online look thanks to a website designed by San Antonio’s Sweb Development.

Accion Texas Inc. provides loans and entrepreneurial assistance to small businesses that can’t get capital from traditional banks and lenders. Loans range from $500 to $250,000, and its SBA 504 program offers loans up to $5 million. The nonprofit operates in eight states.

Since applying for a loan and understanding credit is complicated, the site specifically works to simplify the education, application and online payment process.

A few highlights of the new website include individual sections tailored to entrepreneurs, customers, donors, and employees and a live chat for customer service. The site is also integrated with Eventbrite, an events creation and reservations system.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Slideshow: Meet this week’s 40Under40 San Antonio

Looking for the future of San Antonio’s business community? Look no further than the San Antonio Business Journal’s annual 40Under40 publication.

There you’ll find 40 young, dynamic community and business leaders — who already are taking responsibility for the city in which they work and live.

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

What Makes Texas Bigger… and Better, for Startups

Last Friday, as a couple hundred people descended upon the world-famous Cowboys Stadium (referred to by many as Jerry World, after famed owner and innovator Jerry Jones), the anticipation was palpable. They were about to witness a pitch contest featuring Texas-based startups, but no one had ever held a “pitch contest” in such a large and extraordinary space. Normally the home to 108,000 football fans on Sundays, on Friday the Stadium was to be a hub for innovation, ideas, and dreams. All played out on a 600 ton JumboTron hanging 90 feet above the field.

Attendees weren’t quite sure what to expect, only that like all good things in Texas, it would be BIG. Hosted by Startup Texas, a region of the Startup America Partnership, this pitch contest, affectionately titled the “Startup Texas: 2 Minute Drill” was created to feature some of the brightest startups from across the state. With eight young companies from Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, the event was an opportunity to showcase the amazing innovation taking place all over our huge state.

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