Jo Overline and Ryan Allen – "Embracing Disruptive Mobile Technology" for your business – video

Jo Overline and Ryan Allen, founders of Dapper Gentlemen a mobile application development company, had a healthy dose of humor and advice as they presented “embracing disruptive mobile technology” for your business at AZTB’s Free Lunch Friday. The talk began with a brief history lesson about how our society’s communication channels have morphed from the … Read more

Page.ly appoints new CTO Joshua Eichorn from StumbleUpon

Page.ly, a managed WordPress hosting site, announced the appointment of Joshua Eichorn to Chief Technology Officer. For the past five years Eichorn was the Director of Engineering at StumbleUpon in San Francisco. Previous to that he was a consultant for the Cisco Learning Institute, VP at open-source project PEAR and built the original Page.ly prototype … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru – Wearable Technology Edition

AZ Tech Beat searched for some interesting wearable technology for our readers and came back with gadgets for the adventurer, traveler, exercise enthusiast, fashion guru and gadget collector. This mountable camera allows users to shoot shake-free video, with its SteadyShot image stabilization, in full HD 1080/60p. The camera has the ability to connect to Wi-Fi or Near … Read more

Barrow brain ball app seeks to decrease concussions in young athletes

With high school football season on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important that safety precautions come into play and AZ Tech Beat has the scoop. Underreporting of concussions of young athletes remains a nationally prominent epidemic. In an effort to take action, Barrow Neurological Institute, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), and the Arizona Cardinals … Read more

Motorola celebrates 85 years of innovation

Happy Anniversary to Motorola Solutions, who are celebrating 85 innovative years today. Motorola Solutions has revolutionized the way the world communicates. Take a walk down memory lane with AZTB to look at some of their most prominent feats: For a complete overview of Motorola’s accomplishments, click here. Also, check out our review of the Motorola Moto X here. … Read more

NY-based LearnVest raises $41M, opens AZ office to scale

Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest, an online personal finance platform that allows users to check their financial goals and tracking spending via web or mobile device, recently opened a new office in Arizona following a $16.9M raise, totaling $41M in just three years. Von Tobel explained that the money will be used … Read more

Founder of Moxie Girl puts a modern twist on housekeeping

Look up “moxie” in the dictionary and it’ll say energy, confidence, and determination. Founder Amanda Thomas is using “moxie” in her company Moxie Girl to turn her housecleaning and errand running business into a household name. Moxie Girl started in 2007, not as a cleaning company, but more as an errand running and organizing business. … Read more

GPS Insight & Symmetry Software named finalists in Spirit of Enterprise Award

Entrepreneurship and startups in Arizona have played a major role in creating jobs and allowing the ecosystem to thrive. These efforts have not gone unnoticed and it has been announced that ten of the state’s best businesses are being recognized as finalists for the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W.P. Carey School of … Read more

Startup Localeikki transitions into public beta phase

Localeikki, a Flagstaff-based startup, developed a community-based mobile app and website to help travelers locate running, hiking and cycling trails around the country complete with ratings, amenity listings and photos. The unique brand name was created by Tracy McMillan and co-founder Taylor Thomas and stems from the “locavore” concept, “loca” meaning local and “leikki” meaning … Read more

ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group wins Economic Development Initiative Award

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) at ASU has been recognized with the Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development (TBED) Initiative award presented at this year’s State Science and Technology Institute Excellence (SSTI) in TBED Award ceremony at their 17th annual conference in Portland, OR. SSTI is a national nonprofit organization whose efforts are focused on improving … Read more

Incubator desarrollo adds 18 new ventures to PHX Flight Program

Desarrollo, a community-based initiative and incubator, announced 18 new ventures into their Phoenix Flight Program. Desarrollo was founded by serial entrepreneur David Rice and launched in June. Rice is in full gear as he continues to create “strategic partnerships with Arizona’s business leaders, angel to capital investors, CEOs, university presidents, foundations, and experts,” all of … Read more

Arizona Center for Innovation startup graduates gain national recognition

The Office of University Research Parks recently announced four technology startup companies that graduated from the Mentored Launch Program at the Arizona Center for Innovation. Some of their graduates have received national recognition for their companies. The Arizona Center for Innovation is a business incubator and assist start-up companies by using a series of workshops, … Read more

Early Stage software companies named recipients of the ACA AZ Fast Grant

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) selected 20 recipients for its AZ Fast Grant program, a highly competitive grant providing qualified Arizona-based, early stage technology companies with intensive training and technical assistance to commercialize their innovations, grow their business, and most importantly, create jobs for Arizona. According to the ACA, companies may use AZ Fast Grants … Read more

Foresold acquires Lezal-aims to increase digital marketing power for online businesses

Foresold, a Scottsdale-based, award-winning digital marketing agency, announced over the weekend that it acquired Lezal Marketing, a Phoenix-based, full-service marketing firm, in a mix of cash and stock options. CEO Joshua Elizetxe, an Arizona State graduate from Barrett, The Honors College, states the acquisition is part of an aggressive strategy to increase marketing efficiency within … Read more

Free Lunch Friday Welcomes Jo Overline and Ryan Allen, co-founders Dapper Gentlemen

FLF is back in full swing for the month of September! Last month’s FLF kicked off with speaker Thom Brodeur, executive vice president of venture management at Tallwave, who spoke about how Arizona’s entrepreneurial ecosystem can help the state compete on a global stage by taking innovations all the way to commercialization, faster and with … Read more

Apple projected to sell 6.5M iPhones this weekend-Tech Review & Video

This weekend iPhone lovers will get a double dose of smartphone choices with 5s and 5c. Walter S. Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal states that the 5s is “’for anyone looking for a premium, advanced smartphone.’ He calls the phone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor ‘a potentially game-changing hardware feature’ and iOS 7 ‘a radically new operating … Read more

Parchment making college admissions easier with upgrades to the eTranscript Receiving Process

Parchment, the leader in electronic transcript exchange, announced at the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) in Toronto, Canada upgrades to Parchment Receive, a web-based solution for one to request, receive and analyze eTranscripts. It is designed to enhance college admission’s productivity and support student goals. Parchment as helped more than 3 million people … Read more

Augmented reality app developers focus on the youth market

BY TRACY HOUSE Maps and information of must-see tourist sites, ratings and reviews of neighborhood restaurants, free Wi-Fi locations, the closest ATM and directions to the nearest public transportation all in one place – your phone. With all these amenities so close at hand, augmented reality (AR) app developers are making life, and leisure, easy … Read more

GoDaddy acquires Afternic, aims to boost domain name aftermarket

GoDaddy, the world’s leading domain name provider, has acquired Afternic, one of the industry’s leading domain name aftermarket companies based in Waltham, Massachusetts. The acquisition will enable buyers to quickly and easily purchase registered domain names for sale. Afternic was founded in 1999, lists more than five million premium domain names for sale, and receives … Read more