Praise be the Pioneers: How These Entrepreneurs Change Communities
We call San Antonio a “City on the Rise,” and indeed it is. Our population, history, and vision embrace growth and change. A melting pot of artists, technologists, military, and industry, favored by tourists and historians, our city is built on diversity and inclusion.
We all benefit from the vision, risk, and determination of the pioneer. Yes, entrepreneurs matter. But, it’s the first pioneering entrepreneur who demonstrates that something can work, after which the explosion follows behind them.
Just look around our community and you can see the works of the pioneers: Geekdom proved that San Antonio was ready for co-working. Now we have several co-working options around town.
Andrew Weissman showed us that San Antonio was ready for world class food. Maverick Music Festival, Geekdom, and Rackspace all pioneered new concepts for our city, and all were followed by others with similar visions.
We need to support our pioneers, and use them as inspiration. How can you be a pioneer for your community? Did you ever experience something in another city and wish we had it too? How can we help you bring those great ideas to San Antonio, and join the pioneers that make all our lives better?
Jason is the Co Founder of Grok Interactive and Codeup, two companies focused on software development based in San Antonio. A life-long programmer, he fell in love with computers in elementary school and has been hooked ever since.
As CEO of Grok Interactive, he leads a team of web and mobile application developers creating custom software solutions. They have worked on applications with clients including the Wounded Warrior Project, the US Army, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as many startups.
Jason also Co-founded Codeup, a career school focused on training web developers to meet the growing demand for programming talent in San Antonio. Codeup is a career accelerator that uses an immersive approach to train software development to students with little to no prior programming experience.
Jason serves an advisory board member for Café Commerce, mentor for Techstars Cloud, co-organizer of the San Antonio Web Developer group, and acts as a technical advisor for several local startups.
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