Startup Grind San Antonio David Spencer
David Spencer is a huge advocate for San Antonio's technology community. He was a founding board member and co-chair of the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative, known as SATAI. He also served a two year term as chairman of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, which invested in early stage technology companies in Texas. Aside from his public advocacy for the technology industry, Spencer is an entrepreneur. He founded OnBoard Software with a friend in 1996 when his employer, Kelly Air Force Base shut down. The software development company grew to $17 million in annual revenue providing engineering, software and other services to the Department of Defense and other military contractors. In 2005, Spencer sold OnBoard Software for $34 million to MTC Technologies. Spencer then launched Mandelbrot Ventures to provide pre-seed and seed-stage investments in Texas-based technology companies. He also launched Texas Intrepid Ventures, aimed at fostering medical startups. In addition to tech startups, Spencer also co-founded The Bank of San Antonio in 2007 and he remains on its board. Spencer's philanthropic efforts are focused on community, and board involvement is focused on wounded warriors, trauma, technology commercialization, K-12 public education, information assurance and security and the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Spencer and his wife, Jennifer, have four sons and live in San Antonio.
AGENDA 6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
Laura Lorek, Director of Startup Grind
Laura Lorek is the founder of Silicon Hills News, an online technology news site covering entrepreneurs and companies in the Austin and San Antonio region. Founded in 2011, SHN won a New Media Women Entrepreneur grant to provide seed stage funding to launch the site, which now has a staff of five reporters and is growing dramatically. She also launched Slice of Silicon Hills News, an online Web show, which spotlights a local technology startup every Friday. Previously, she worked as a senior writer covering technology and business news at the San Antonio Express-News, a senior writer for Interactive Week Magazine and a specialty writer and technology columnist at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Laura is interested in startups, entrepreneurship, technology and storytelling. She is a slow but determined runner who completed the Chicago Marathon in 2012 and has done 8 half marathons , 4 sprint triathlons and plans to run the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon in July. She lives in Wimberley, in the Texas Hill Country, with her husband, Charlie, teenage son, Teddy, and two Labradors, Apollo and Zeus.
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What is Startup Grind?
Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 35 cities and 15 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.
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