Technology & Entrepreneurship | Texas Public Radio

Technology & Entrepreneurship

Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Technology and Entrepreneurship News Fund including The 80/20 Foundation, Digital Defense, Rackspace, The Elmendorf Family Fund, UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, SecureLogix, USAA and Giles Design Bureau.

A screenshot from a YouTube video of SpaceX's Starship Mk1 prototype experiencing a failure during cryogenic pressure testing.
NASASpaceflight

SpaceX’s Starship prototype Mk1 suffered a catastrophic failure on its Boca Chica launchpad in South Texas Wednesday afternoon.  

Lyft officials announced plans to pull scooters from San Antonio and other major cities.
Lyft

Officials with Lyft announced on Thursday it will remove its scooters from San Antonio later this month. It is also exiting Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio.

SpaceX successfully launched 60 communications satellites on Monday using a single rocket.

It's the second time in less than a year that Elon Musk's company has made such a launch, marking a dramatic increase in the number of satellites in orbit.

Courtesy of Geekdom

San Antonio City Council voted to fund a $250,000 grant to the for-profit, co-working space Geekdom on Thursday to pilot a civic technology incubator.

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio City staff recommended three companies be given exclusive licenses to operate scooter rentals.  Lime, Razor Scooter and Lyft may be given the exclusive rights to operate in San Antonio if council approves the choices. 

"Negotiations are underway and staff will make a final recommendation at the B-Session," said a notice posted on the city's website referring to the Nov. 13 council hearing.

Ildar Sagdejev / WikiCommons | http://bit.ly/2xW20Ub

Updated Nov. 7, 2019

An East Texas jury found Wells Fargo willingly infringed on mobile check deposit patents held by USAA.
 
A jury found unanimously in favor of the United Services Automobile Association Wednesday and ordered Wells Fargo to pay USAA $200 million.

Related | Texas Court May Decide Who Owns Mobile Check Deposit

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Inside a noisy Brick at Blue Star, 11 food company startups give samples of their wares from salsa to vegan baked goods as part of LaunchSA’s “Break, Fast and Launch.”  The small business center program for culinary startups, offers mentorship, operating space and advice for budding food entrepreneurs.  

Court Documents

Thousands of banks, millions of customers and billions of dollars rely on remote deposit capture (RDC) through smartphones or tablets. San Antonio-based USAA went to federal court this week against Wells Fargo over who owns mobile check depositing technology. 

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Updated: 10/31/19 9:21 am

Local startup company Plus One Robotics opened its new facility at Port San Antonio Wednesday. The company that teaches robots to see is already eyeing more space next door. The company may need it as it looks to double its workforce in the next year.


Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Electric pallet jacks rush in and out of the many 24-foot high warehouse aisles at Johnson Brothers Bakery Supply. Workers pull supplies that will later become that cake you ordered for your grandmother’s 90th birthday or that jelly filled roll you pretended not to eat at work last week.

Pages