Today, was not a sad day. Today was beautiful.
Alan Weinkrantz was a staple in the San Antonio and Tel Aviv tech communities. He always had a smile on his face whether he was sarcastically giving hope to some up-and-comers or if he was hearing the latest from his children, Aaron and Lauren.
Geekdom was his latest venture here in San Antonio. This was his fresh start from all the other startups and established companies who he helped lift up and succeed. Aside from being personally invested in the tech industry, he also was a mentor to many.
Tweeting, blogging, vlogging and sharing his advice on tech forums were activities that filled his daily roster. Most notably, his thoughts were published on major news outlets such as Times of Israel, The San Antonio Express-News and Geektime.
Never bowing down to anyone’s nonsense made Alan the businessman that everyone knew and loved. He was also a consummate musician as well as a collector of fine and rare violins. Alan was a drummer at his core. He picked up the drums early in his life and quickly too, though when he began learning how to play guitar more recently, he became fluent on the six strings just as fast.
On this day, friends, family members, students, coworkers and acquaintances gathered together at Paper Tiger in San Antonio to pay homage to this great man.
During the ceremony, a young Jewish woman took the stage and swooned the crowd with a beautiful Hebrew song. The whole crowd was moved and misty eyed, understandably.
Towards the end of the event, they held an auction for a signed Paul McCartney microphone. While this may sound a bit unorthodox, let me assure you a couple of things.
- His favorite band was the Beatles and he owned his fair share of Beatlemania memorabilia.
- The money bid during the auction will be donated to his two beloved children, Aaron and Lauren.
The auction was tense, but all in good fun. Bidding started out low and it began with about five bidders. $50, $100, $300, $1,000 were the jumps that each bid made as the friendly war progressed. By the end of it all, the winning bid was placed by a young man (pictured left) who blew everyone away with his generous $5,000.00 final bid for the signed microphone. Yes, you read that right – $5,000.00!
When asked about why he bid so much, he credited his love for the Weinkrantz family and Alan’s teachings that brought him so much success. He felt this was a small way to pay it forward, although his distraught demeanor spoke volumes about how he wished that Alan was still with us.
At the end of the ceremony, a really great Beatles cover band took the stage to bring the night to a fun and respectful close.
Rest in peace, Alan. Your work is now complete.