Technology & Entrepreneurship

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Courtesy photo / University Texas San Antonio

The University of Texas San Antonio held its fifth annual Innovation Awards Wednesday. The 34 awards celebrated professors who have received patents and revenue from their research, the director of the Commercialization and Technology Transfer Office Christine Burke said.

Courtesy of Geekdom

People go to animal shelters with a specific dog in mind: age, color, breed, temperament, etc. And when they don’t find it, says Kate Mason with the city’s Office of Innovation, they leave.


“And the onus is on them to continue to come back or look online, and lots of times they lose interest,” Mason said.

Courtesy Google Fiber

“Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio,” has been an oft-repeated phrase for more than two years.

During that two years, the gigabit-speed internet provider has been forced to remove infrastructure from a north side park in a public dust-up with surrounding residents and was forced by the city to temporarily freeze construction of its fiber optic network.

The second annual San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week kicks off Monday and, according to organizers at LaunchSA, it will be bigger and more dispersed than its first.

Currently, LaunchSA has 50 percent more people registered than last year, with 600.

Paul Flahive

Jim Smith squinted at his checklist. Before renting out one of his properties, he walks through to ensure it is in good condition. Crouching next to the toilet, he checks for extra toilet paper. He makes a note about the soap stain on top of the washing machine that the maid he pays missed.

Smith has been renting vacation homes on the VRBO website for more than a decade.

He remembered the first time he rented a house on the popular vacation home platform. It was a family visiting from Mexico.