SA New Tech: Increasing Your Awareness Of What’s Possible

New Tech meetups are nothing new. San Francisco and New York City are well known as booming tech scenes. An argued driver for their success is the density of likeminded, tech-focused individuals. Attributing to that density is the tight urban core of the cities where much of the activity lies. For example, NY Tech Meetup was established in 2004 and has a standing membership of over 26,000. SF New Tech is among the Bay Area’s largest, longest-running technology events, now serving over 10,000 tech industry movers and shakers, journalists, VCs, hackers, developers, recruiters and more.

Geographically, San Antonio might be the exact opposite. The city is spread out across a large stake of land without a dense residential urban core. SA New Tech, a new monthly meetup for the technology scene, is setting out to target the communities of likeminded people that San Antonio has to offer. The real benefits of SA New Tech, in the context of increasing community density, comes from the spillover effect of having all of these likeminded people in one room, which results in a huge spike in serendipitous events occurring and an increase of knowledge share amongst and within the communities.

“The SA New Tech meetup is being built off a known model of success and should be a great addition to the San Antonio tech scene,” explains Cole Wollak, the inspiration behind SA New Tech. “SA New Tech sets out to heighten awareness of what is happening in your backyard and increase your awareness of what is possible. We are striving to increase collaboration among early stage companies and an increase in quality contacts being made. Finally, it could inspire individuals sitting on the fence, considering doing a startup, to take the leap and go do it. I am passionate about doing what I can to positively impact the tech and startup community in San Antonio.”

Wollak, an Engineering graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, has always had a burning interest in entrepreneurship, startups and technology. While attending school, he helped establish the Entrepreneurship Club at Trinity; was on staff as a Program Manager with the inaugural TechStars Cloud accelerator in San Antonio; and currently helps run Geekdom, the downtown collaborative co-working space. Keeping pace with his burning interest in entrepreneurship, startups and technology, he is also working on a tech startup of his own, headquartered at Geekdom.

SA New Tech meetups will provide a venue for the community to gather once a month and see the latest and greatest technology being built in their own backyards.  SA New Tech will embrace the flavor, the culture and the commitment of San Antonio’s growing tech community. With SA New Tech, featured companies each month will pitch the technologies they are working on. They will be on the Geekdom stage for 10 minutes — five minutes reserved for their pitch and five minutes for questions and answers from the audience following their pitch.

San Antonio’s first SA New Tech meetup will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at Geekdom, 112 E. Pecan St. on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre downtown. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with some fantastic tech talk from Rackspace Founder Dirk Elmendorf, and his new venture,, which provides cloud-based software to manage small trucking companies. Rackspace Director of Cloud Compute Engineering Troy Toman will educate on the advancements, features and benefits of the Rackspace open cloud and OpenStack. Rounding out this month’s talent are Eric Larson and Richard Ortega, who will talk about their startup, Grapevine Reviews. Register now for SA New Tech!

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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