CareerBuilder 2014 List – Top Places to Work in AZ

CareerBuilder recently released their 2014 list of the ‘Top Companies to Work for in Arizona’. Businesses are separated and listed by their number of employees, stretching from the 25-50 employees category to 1000 or more. As well, there are two extra categories, one for diversity initiatives and one for women’s initiatives.   Top Tech Companies … Read more

Tweeples learn how to avoid social media fails at #SMDayPHX

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, you name it! Newsfeeds went ablaze on June 28, for the fourth annual #SMDayPhx (Social Media Day Phoenix). The Mashable created event brought together people from all walks of social media for an evening of networking and lighting fast seminars surrounding online media. The night kicked off with three 20-minute talks that focused on IP use, advertising … Read more

Silicon Valley's Reputation.com expands to Tempe and brings 150 jobs

Arizona is welcoming another Silicon Valley company into its lively tech community. Reputation.com, a company specializing in online reputation management and digital privacy technologies, expands its operations to a 20,000-square foot facility in Tempe, and intends to hire 150 people by 2015. Founded in 2006 by Michael Fertik, Reputation.com develops patented digital privacy and online reputation management … Read more

WebPT brings in the capital from Battery Ventures

WebPT, a web-based provider of electronic medical record (EMR) for physical therapists, just landed a large investment deal with capital firm Battery Ventures. The undisclosed amount will be used to grow WebPT’s customer and user base which has so far been adopted by more than 35,000 therapists and 6,000 clinics across the U.S. and Canada. … Read more

Summer lovin' had me a blast with these dating apps

Dating – easy or not – we all have our rituals. Some try new activities, go to networking events, log online or giving in to the latest trend of dating apps to find that special someone. While these social dating apps are dime-a-dozen, there are a few that stand out from the crowd. Grouper The Grouper app brings together … Read more

Winners of Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge take home $250K

Twice a year the Arizona Commerce Authority awards up to $1.5 million in grant funding capital to a group of startups to help them grow their business and fuel innovation. Today the ACA announced the winners of the Spring 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge, and each one will take home $250,000. Sandra Watson, President and CEO, … Read more

Google's Android Auto OS talks to your car and Android TV to rival Apple, Amazon & Roku

Google held their annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today in which they unveiled a plethora of updates to its Android mobile operating system (OS) and the announcement of Android Auto and Android TV. Android Auto Android Auto is the newest, innovative platform coming out of Google and it promises to revolutionize a … Read more

Google unveils latest Android update "L" at I/O conference

At the Google I/O 2014 developer conference in San Francisco, Google released it’s new operating system, simply called “L.” The new system brings 5,000 new APIs as well as a fresh, bold look courtesy of a new design language called “Material Design.” The language focuses on bringing realism to flat design with bright colors, careful … Read more

Google's Android Wear released today on LG G and Samsung Gear

At the Google I/O 2014 developer conference, David Singleton, director of engineering for Google showcased Android Wear, Google’s software for smartwatches. According to the IDTechex report, wearables are projected to be the dominant sector of tech, especially in North America, and the industry is expected to spend over $14 billion in 2014 and $70 billion … Read more

Domain turf wars – Google launches invite-only web registration site

Tishin Donkersley, M.A. & Carlene Reyes, AZTB After seemingly gobbling up everything in its sight, Google had yet to get its hands on one service: domain name registration. But now, Google is quietly, but most certainly, invading the GoDaddy dominant territory with the launch of Google Domains. While this beta site might be a surprise … Read more

Phoenix's Internet Information Technologies appoints new CEO

Internet Information Technologies, dba SMART Service Desk, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Thaddeus (“TC”) J Crawford as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors effective immediately. “TC is a proven leader in implementing enterprise information technology with deep expertise in service management. His vision for cloud-based, ITIL compliant … Read more

Boost your writer rep with startup ClearVoice content ranking platform

Today, iAcquire co-founders Joe Griffin and Jay Swansson launched a new venture called ClearVoice, a content marketing platform that helps connect brands, publishers and writers via an authorship scoring system. ClearVoice provides an index of popular web content producers with an objective measurement of their influence by way of a numerical score. Essentially, it’s like … Read more

New Startup challenges the online addict to get unplugg'd

Think about how many times you use your mobile devices in a day–whether it’s to connect to others via social media, listen to music, or stare at arbitrarily to avoid awkward situations–these portable electronics fill up a good portion of one’s day. According to a study by eMarketer, a market research company that provides insights … Read more

41st Parameter expands and plan to add 70 new jobs

41st Parameter, a company of Experian, and a leader in securing online relationships, officially opened the doors this week to its new Scottsdale office. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and Phoenix Vice Mayor and Councilman Jim Waring joined Alan Naumann, 41st Parameter’s CEO and president, and Ori Eisen, the company’s founder and chief innovation officer (CIO), … Read more

San Francisco's Prosper Marketplace brings 150 jobs to Phoenix

Phoenix is gearing up to welcome the newest addition to its ever expanding tech community. Prosper Marketplace, a peer-to-peer lending company, will open a new office in the city, the first outside of its San Francisco headquarters. Prosper is a community-based loans and lending banking platform that cuts out the middleman. It allows borrowers to … Read more

Contatta completes $1.5M convertible round to take product to market

Contatta, the world’s first collaborative email, has completed a $1.5 million convertible round led by Kickstart Seed Fund II and Grayhawk Capital. In addition, all of Contatta’s current board members, including CEO and co-founder Pat Sullivan, and outside investors Desert Angels and Arizona Technology Investors Forum (ATIF) participated in this latest round of investment. “Desert … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru-Bluetooth speakers showdown

Here at AZTB, we have received some very cool bluetooth speakers. Here is a quick review of all these speakers.     Ultimate Ears Boom (UE Boom) The UE Boom portable bluetooth speaker is great for every occasion. With a water and stain resistant acoustic skin,  the UE Boom is perfect for the beach and pool … Read more

New co-working space The Office Pile caters to Hispanic/Latino startups

Co-working spaces have been popping up all over Arizona to accommodate our growing number of entrepreneurs and small businesses. A recently opened co-working space, The Office Pile (TOP), particularly caters to the Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurial community and offers a unique twist of artistry. For TOP founder and CEO Francisco Aguirre, this workspace doubles as an art … Read more

OnPik – new social media app embeds tweets into photos

OnPik, a new mobile app and social networking community, announced availability in public beta on Android in the Google Play Store and at www.onpik.com. In its first release, OnPik allows consumers to view, create, share and communicate about Tweets embossed on photos. OnPik delivers additional context, creativity, and personalization to Tweets, fostering increased viral reach … Read more

Weekend reads: Failing, sleeping and have your cake and eat it too

Has one of your ideas ever seemed like a good one at the time…until things went bad, your company lost money, and you lost face? So what did you learn? Author Megan McArdle says that most schools teach kids the basics but there’s no ‘How to Deal with Failure’ instruction, even though that’s something that … Read more