Viva Fiesta! Second Annual Tech Trek

Last night, the San Antonio Chamber, in partnership with Geekdom and Tech Bloc, hosted the second annual Fiesta Tech Trek downtown in San Antonio Tech district. As always, I felt privileged to co-host people at Jungle Disk’s headquarters, and I met a wide variety of people from all over San Antonio who are either involved in or interested in what the San Antonio tech community has to offer. The SA Tech Trek is always organized to feel similar to a pub crawl but with attendees having the opportunity to talk about technology plans for their companies or hearing about critical tools their businesses need with technologies developed in their very own home town.

Similar to last year, people started trickling in to check out Jungle Disk at 5:00 p.m. on the dot. The Tech Trek itself is set up for people to start at the Rand building (on Houston and Soledad) and end at The World Trade Center building (at Broadway and Houston), or you can always do the reverse. I personally liked the idea of starting at The Rand because of the sheer volume of businesses represented. You’ve got Jungle Disk, WP Engine and the Rivard Report on floor two. You’ve got Google on floors three and four. You’ve got Rackspace Open Cloud Academy on 5. And of course, there is Geekdom on floors seven and eight. Geekdom has made a name for itself in San Antonio as one of the most collaborative co-working spaces in the city. Functioning truly as the “heartbeat of the startup ecosystem,” it houses and incubates innovative businesses hoping to launch a plethora of products and services. In one building (even on one floor), you can talk to a data security specialist, a medical credential management system CEO, and a freelance coder. The conversations were as valuable as the drinks were potent.

Speaking of the conversations, I have to say, the trekkers this year came with their game faces on, ready to ask some pretty pointed questions about Jungle Disk and how we are affecting the data security landscape. One conversation that stood out for me was with a local attorney who had been hacked the day before the event. She had been a victim of a phishing attack and had lost control of her email and didn’t have the time, nor the energy to really focus fixing the issue. Naturally, I offered our assistance, as I recommend for almost all businesses, she needs the FULL data security suite. She needs us to help manage her Microsoft Office365 account, so that we can turn on encryption measures, since she deals primarily with her clientele through email. She needs email archiving, so she has a backup of all of that email data. Since she works primarily remotely, she needs a VPN, so that she can securely do business on-the-go. Also, since she has many passwords to use on various online tools, she needs a password management tool like TeamPassword. She uses Quickbooks Online to manage her accounts, so she most certainly needs to back that up, as well. And naturally, since she has really critical business data, she needs to backup her laptop and desktop to ensure she can recover data should a loss or attack occur. As a busy attorney servicing clients, she doesn’t have time to waste and we can help her.

Yet again, SA Tech Trek delivered on the “party with a purpose” Fiesta mission, and connected people with a mutual interest in technology to one another. It’s always a pleasure acting as party hosts, and we look forward to another successful year! Viva Fiesta!

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