We strive to transform San Antonio by issuing grants to public charities in three strategic areas:

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Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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Tech Education

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Urban Options

80% of impact comes from 20% of effort.

Based on the Pareto Principle, the foundation invests in the 20% of the nonprofits driving 80% of the social impact turning San Antonio into the next hub for entrepreneurship, promoting technology education for the high-skill jobs of our knowledge economy, and providing more urban options.

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

World-class tech companies require a strong ecosystem of resources and support to fuel growth and foster success.

The 80|20 Foundation supports impact-driven nonprofits that make San Antonio a place where entrepreneurs can thrive by building the conditions of a strong ecosystem:

Mentorship

Networking

Financial & Human Capital

Support Services

Tech Education

Human capital is the most valuable asset to a city. A strong talent pipeline between educational institutions and high-skilled jobs encourages entrepreneurship and attracts top companies.

To attract and grow top tech companies, the 80|20 Foundation invests in high-impact nonprofits that grow and enhance Tech Education efforts in San Antonio.

Urban Options

In the world’s increasingly knowledge-based economy, high-skilled workers can have their pick of cities and jobs. The Brookings Institute has argued that “talented people want to work and live in urban places that are walkable, bike-able, connected by transit, and hyper-caffeinated.”

To attract and retain the human capital needed by tech companies, the 80|20 Foundation invests in efforts to transform San Antonio’s urban core into a place where top talent want to live, work and play.

Meet the Team

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Graham Weston

Graham Weston is one of the founders of Rackspace and now serves as Chairman of the Board. Graham has been a part of Rackspace from the beginning. Born and raised in the San Antonio area, he saw entrepreneurial opportunities in everything around him. He launched his first business venture as a seventh grader, marketing organic pork in newspaper ads that read “Go Hog Wild!” In high school, he built another business that took photos at livestock shows and sold them to contestants.

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Lorenzo Gomez

Lorenzo Gomez III is an expert in ecosystem development and helped successfully convert a dormant urban sector of San Antonio into a thriving entrepreneurial hub. As CEO of Geekdom, the largest coworking space in Texas, and Executive Director of the 80/20 Foundation, a philanthropic organization, he effectively engaged others in a vision and orchestrated their skills and strengths to create a new contemporary community of technology companies.

Mr. Gomez is a compelling storyteller, a tenacious team player and a technologist with a passion for entrepreneurship. His professional experience stems from Rackspace, the largest managed cloud provider, where he worked closely with co-founder Graham Weston, to whom he still reports. He’s a co-founder of Tech Bloc, and he serves as board member, advisory board member and mentor for a variety of local and national tech and entrepreneurial organizations.

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Alex Frey

As Operations Manager at the 80/20 Foundation, Alexandra Frey works with community entrepreneurs to facilitate collaborative relationships and monitor grant funding for local applicants. Alexandra spent 5 years working in hospitality management in her hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin, before making her way to San Antonio in 2011. She spent the next 4 years working with the Austin-based Bunkhouse Group at their San Antonio property – The Hotel Havana – while working to complete her B.S. in Finance from the University of Texas at San Antonio, which she received in 2014. Alexandra joined the 80/20 Foundation in the fall of 2016 and is committed to enhancing the community through thoughtful education, investing, and relationship building.

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