Contratool a Texas startup allowing contract collaboration

Sara Inés Calderón | May 24, 2015 | 2:47 pm
Contratool is a startup based in San Antonio, Texas that allows mutual parties to work on contracts without having to send email attachments back and forth. The cloud-based tool essentially allows folks to redline, edit, assign to dos, add expiration dates, and finalize contracts using just this tool. The co-founders are Franz Pereira and Gerardo Canales, and the company’s main focus is attorneys. The tool is currently live, check it out here. The company considers itself in the early adoption phase, focusing on a single vertical, but Canales said, “We [hope to] attract some investment to escalate adoption and build the roadmap then we will go to the next vertical.” We spoke to Canales about his work, and what advice he’d have for other entrepreneurs.… more

Yondster is a platform by Latinos, for Latino job opportunities

Sara Inés Calderón | | 1:54 pm
We had a chance to catch up with the CFO of Yondster, Joe S. Garcia recently and asked him a few questions. Yondster is:
an employment tech website with a splash of social networking. What makes us special and unique is that we specifically focus on those that are between the ages of 14-24. We have created a social space that provides an inclusive environment where teenagers and young adults have the chance to show the world all of the different things they have achieved and what makes them unique.

Operation Code wants veterans to work in tech

Sara Inés Calderón | April 25, 2015 | 9:08 pm
Operation Code is a Portland, Oregon-based organization working to enable more veterans to learn to code and work in the tech industry. The organization is the brainchild of veteran David Molina, who is currently getting the word out about the organization, and aiming to raise $7.5 million to fund veteran code school education. Although there are several important issues Operation Code aims to address, one of great importance is the fact that veterans cannot use the G.I. Bill to pay for their code school educations.… more

UnLtd USA Seeking Businesses to Promote Change

Sara Inés Calderón | December 4, 2014 | 1:07 am
UnLtd USA is a business incubator with a mission: “seek out, fund and support start-up social entrepreneurs—individuals with the ideas, passion and entrepreneurial skills to create long-term solutions for some of the world’s toughest social, environmental and civic problems.” The Austin-based organization is currently seeking applicants for its second cohort from December 1 through January 19, 2015; you may apply here. We spoke to UnLtd USA and asked them a few questions about their work.… more

Central Texas Latino Entrepreneur Meet & Greet in San Marcos

Sara Inés Calderón | August 18, 2014 | 11:02 pm
We’re excited to be sponsoring a Latino and Latina meet and greet in San Marcos — smack dab in between San Antonio and Austin — on September 18. We’re hoping the event will attract Latino and Latina entrepreneurs (both tech and non-tech) from both San Antonio and Austin. Our goal with these meetups was always to create a regional network for all Latino and Latina entrepreneurs, so please help us spread the word! You can RSVP here. Our last events have been a blast, but also a great way for Latinos all over Central Texas to meet new people, hoping we’ll see you there!… more

SpaceCadet is the Airbnb of Storage

Sara Inés Calderón | July 12, 2014 | 3:24 pm
Networking is awesome — we had a chance to meet Steven Quintanilla at our San Antonio meet and greet, and he told us about his startup based there, SpaceCadet. Quintanilla is one of the co-founders of the company which bills itself the “Airbnb of storage.” An MIT grad, Quintanilla spent time in Boston, and Austin, before settling in San Antonio to start building companies. He told us that he feels his education helped him understand the need for him to not only work, but create jobs by starting his own company.… more

wind2share: a startup taking Miami’s tech scene by storm

Gretel Perera | June 17, 2014 | 2:49 pm
Miami is quickly becoming a hot technology hub for new startups and entrepreneurs. A recent Forbes article discussed Miami’s potential for becoming the next Silicon Valley due to the area’s high caliber of startups, the city’s proximity to Latin America and its diverse population. One of these hot startups is wind2share, a social referral network focused on connecting companies with industry leaders to generate business opportunities. The company, based in Miami, has been in the works for the past five years and are self-funded.… more

Nowistar opens services to the sharing economy

Elaine Rita Mendus | May 7, 2014 | 9:40 am
Finding a local place that provides specific services can be a chore. You can try browsing the classified ads of a newspaper, or search Craigslist. However, neither of these services offers easy access to reviews, nor do they offer an easy way to see where these services are. Nowistar (“Now I Star”) is a new alternative site to find people with specific talents, along with reviews by other users that’s been rolled out in selected cities in the U.S. Más Wired took some time to conduct a Q&A session with the founder of Nowistar, Andre Telles.… more

Infographic: smartphone use by race

Sara Inés Calderón | March 2, 2014 | 4:44 pm
The U.S. Census Bureau released data about smartphone and Internet usage. The agency created an infographic to illustrate the most pertinent findings, you can see it here. We broke down the smartphone use by race, please feel free to share. As you can see, both smartphone and Internet access for Latinos lags behind other ethnic groups. You can find more information about age, geography, race, and other different parameters with the complete reports here. more

HUB101: startup accelerator for diversity

Elaine Rita Mendus | January 8, 2014 | 8:49 pm
A new startup accelerator in the Los Angeles metropolitan area is looking for creative people who aren’t “fresh out of college and eating ramen”. HUB101 is trying to create a mentor-driven program that helps user-entrepreneurs make the first step into bringing their ideas to the real world. HUB101 provides entrepreneurs with experienced mentors, programs to bring their product to life, and office space. All of this will be available at night and weekend – allowing the entrepreneur access to these valuable assets on their own time.… more

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