Technology & Entrepreneurship

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Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio City Council member Greg Brockhouse walked out of Thursday’s health and equity committee hearing in frustration.

“It’s a total waste of time,” he said afterwards.

Brockhouse said he was frustrated with the decision to send a package of short-term rental regulations to B session for discussion, rather than voting on whether or not it should go to council. Short-term rentals are room or home rentals that take place on online platforms like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Seven city departments are vying for a chance to collaborate with outside startups to deliver services better.

The hope is that entrepreneurs will apply for the CivTechSA program to work with city departments.

Wikicommons |

Monday’s decision by the Trump administration to put a 30 percent tariff on foreign made solar cells and modules has solar business owners worried. Most solar arrays in the U. S. have parts sourced elsewhere.


Brandon Watts

Two hundred and thirty eight communities bid with incentives packages for the next Amazon headquarters. San Antonio was not one of them. The city and county jointly sent a letter last October extolling San Antonio’s positives but passing on submitting a formal bid, saying “blindly giving away the farm” isn’t our style.

The decision drew praise from some for its fiscal responsibility and criticism from others who think the community should be swinging at every pitch.

Brian Solis |

Last quarter, social media giant Facebook set a record: In one three-month period, its advertising revenue eclipsed the $10 billion mark.

“But none of that matters if our services are used in a way that doesn’t bring people closer together,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on their November earnings call.