Technology & Entrepreneurship

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Google Fiber

After months of speculation about the future of Google Fiber, the company says it is time to push "pause" on expanding the high speed provider to new cities.

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When was the last time you went to Blockbuster? Or looked something up in an encyclopedia? 

The way we consume entertainment and information has changed dramatically in recent years. Established entertainment companies have been crushed the past 20 years because of these changes. 

 

Fortunes are won and lost over who can best ride the digital wave. Catching the right wave means having the right data. Companies more than ever are using big data to make decisions - Netflix produces shows based on reams of digital data they take off their customers.

 

Rackspace has been pivotal in the development of San Antonio's tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Founded in 1998, it has helped develop the tech labor force, making San Antonio a destination for top-shelf talent.

"That's probably the biggest thing I can point to. The sheer critical mass of talent," says John Dickson who works in the tech industry, running Denim Group, and also is tasked with overseeing tech landscape for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. More than that, Dickson says, they put San Antonio in the mainstream of tech companies. 

Brandon Watts http://bit.ly/1gXUTNn

UPDATED 11.4.16

Yesterday, Rackspace officially went private. It was removed from the New York Stock Exchange. The Apollo Global private-equity deal frees the company up to make big changes without the public repercussions of stock price swings. What those moves are, and what the future holds are still very much in question. 

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