Desarrollo opens co-working space in the heart of Tempe tech

Desarrollo has found a new home in Tempe with a bigger location to better serve the growing tech community. They were previously housed within Infusionsoft but the tech incubator was looking to expand and open a co-working space, and saw it as an opportunity to go out on their own. They’re now situated in the … Read more

Startup GESDATE help farmers manage herd hookups via mooobile

GESDATE LLC, a Gilbert-based startup, is getting in the agriculture/livestock industry and built a  mobile and web application to help farmers with herd management. The app and BI web portal allows breeders to manage data affiliated with their herd. “Our focus was to build an app that would serve a niche that was easy to … Read more

TASER Q2 report shows increased sales for body-cams among local police depts.

Taser International Inc., a leading Conducted Electrical Weapons used by law enforcement, military and security around the world, released their quarterly earnings for 2014 at $37.2 million, a 13 percent decline resulting from higher expenses in sales, general and administrative category. However, since they have entered the wearable technology and digital evidence management game, they … Read more

Silicon Valley Bank to dedicate $100M to AZ tech and life science cos

Silicon Valley Bank, a worldwide provider of commercial, international and private banking, announced today its plans for further expansion in Arizona. According to an official press release, the banking firm will create more IT and finance jobs at its Tempe facility and expects create 250 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, $100 … Read more

Startups, STEM and Hackschooling kick off Innovation AZ Summit 2014

Startups, STEM and SCITECH, oh my! It’s time again for entrepreneurs and educators from across the state to come together for the annual Arizona Innovation Summit on August 14, with the theme “From Inspiration to Commercialization”- this time at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. If you are a startup and haven’t been to this event, … Read more

Home cooks make money doing what they love with startup InHouseCooks

The ability to whip up a delectable delight isn’t just for the professionals, but also for the food enthusiasts that like to cook a special dish that they mastered years ago. Wouldn’t it be cool if these special talents didn’t go unnoticed, but rather were advertised on a website that employs the services of personal, … Read more

Selfie, skinny, filter, emboss – top photo apps from AZ

You don’t need to be a professional to have fun with photography; if you have a smartphone, you too can create stills that tell a story. From simple selfies to elegant snapshots, check out the following photo apps from AZ startups and let your creativity soar! SkinneePix: This app, developed by two local college professors … Read more

Startup Ruby Ride’s expansion brings new jobs to the Valley

The way we get around Phoenix has evolved over the years. We have steadily been branching out past our bus systems and taxi services, welcoming rideshare programs like Uber, Lyft and now, local newcomer, Ruby Ride. The Phoenix-born subscription-based rideshare program got off to a rocky start earlier this year, but now seems to have … Read more

Buy it or build it, drones take flight on AZ Family TV – Video

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or as many refer to as drones, are changing the way we see the world from above. From hobbyists to the weekend photographer, drones are buzzing their way into our homes, but it doesn’t come without regulations. The FAA is pushing for stricter regulations for drone users, but for now, they lump … Read more

Report reveals global sapphire market to reach $3.01B by 2020

Sapphire—Apple needs it, GT Technologies is going to make it. With the anticipation of the new iTime and iPhone 6, this precious glass is gaining more attention because of the integration with more consumer products. According to a report, “Sapphire Technology Market by Growth Technologies, Substrate Water, Devices, Applications, and Geography – Analysis & Forecast to … Read more

AZ's first Bitcoin ATM makes its debut in Tucson

Arizona now has its very first Bitcoin ATM located inside Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, the state’s chain media store that buys, sells and trades books, games, movies and music, at the Ina Road location in Tucson. It’s one of 145 Bitcoin ATMs distributed around the world and one of only 25 in the United States. Bitcoin … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru – Traveling

  EatSmart Precision Elite Thermocouple Food Thermometer Do you love cooking, baking, grilling and all things food-related? The Precision Elite Food Thermometer is designed by chef’s and cooking professionals so that you can serve up delicious meals and desserts with precision. Using EatSmart’s InstaRead technology, the Precision Elite Food Thermometer is able to read temperatures … Read more

GoCam! app let’s you take touchless Selfies and video

Wii, Connect, even a toilet can be activated with a simple hand gesture-but how about taking selfies? Crunchfish, a Swedish company that specializes in touchless interaction, released their latest creation, GoCam!, an app that can help you take the ultimate selfie with simply a wave of the hand. Think Wii technology on your smart mobile device. … Read more

ASU joins Higher Education Video Game Alliance

Could there potentially be a Department of Video Games in our government? The newly formed Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) along with the Bureau of Labor Statistics is starting to keep track of people working in the games industry and researchers performing analyses of the state of play alongside other sectors such as health, … Read more

A friendly alien and a gravity diaper – Hot Salsa Interactive releases Zander's World game for kids

While this isn’t Area 51, there are aliens lurking around the desert-luckily I found one of them to be friendly. Hot Salsa Interactive, a perfect name for this Scottsdale-based gaming company, released today a continuation of their game Zander Your Virtual Pet Alien with their next installation on the Apple store, Zander’s World. If your … Read more

How to play hide-and-seek online – tools to protect your privacy

Protecting our identity online is turning into a giant game of hide and seek. Some care about their privacy and some don’t, but the fact is, we’re being watched: Google tracks our searches, Facebook records our whereabouts and the NSA allegedly keeps surveillance on our texts, emails and phone calls. It’s been about a year … Read more

Founder of horror game GRAVE – how to get fully funded on Kickstarter

Ghastly creatures and apocalyptic wastelands will now come fully to life after the successful Kickstarter campaign from Grave–an innovative, open-world horror game. Developed by local gaming company Broken Window Studios, the project ended in April with 1,111 backers raising $37,662 of their $30,000 goal. Tristan Moore, Co-founder of Broken Window Studios and designer of Grave, … Read more

Gear up for school with these AZ-based edu tech tools

Edu tech startups have been thriving in Arizona, with many receiving funding through incubators and grants to pursue their endeavors. We gathered a list of just a few of the young educational technology companies and how they are helping students gear up for the school year. NoteBowl: a comprehensive platform for universities that goes beyond … Read more