Mental tracker headband helps you fine-tune your brain – startup – video

It seems that having a wearable on your wrist isn’t enough to help gain optimal performance, we have to put one on our noggin as well. One startup has a new wearable that pairs with a mental training app designed to help you gain focus, find your optimal mental state or simply chill out. Melon is … Read more

Startup Tucson awarded $1.44M to launch Thryve Next accelerator

Startup Tucson was awarded a $1.44 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program to launch their Thryve NEXT accelerator for second stage companies. Startup Tucson was one of only seven successful applicants nationwide out of over 60 proposals and was the only applicant west of the Mississippi River to receive ScaleUp … Read more

Co-founder Random Order Audio shares lessons learned from Kickstarter fail

AZ-based startup Liquid Llama Soft., LLC recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their product Random Order Audio, a program that allows artists and producers to add infinite possibilities and texture to their songs, giving them the ability to test out their song in different genres, mixes or instrumental additions, and raise $60,000. Although the campaign totally failed, … Read more

Top 5 funniest commercials from GoDaddy

Here are some of the funniest and catchiest ad campaigns that GoDaddy has created to engage customers and further their service offerings that help small businesses grow.   Stick It – what you can say to naysayers who doubted your business [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIBfctISM9M[/youtube] Related – when someone other than your mom buys your product [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXNUNQo86ho[/youtube] Puppet Master … Read more

Restaurants serve up spicy tech across the US

Would you like a side of tech with your meal? Across the country, restaurants are spicing up their offerings by quickly implementing new ordering systems, payment systems and entertainment via tablets, apps and interactive tables. In an effort to make customers’ dining experience easier and more relaxed, as well as to cut service costs, chain … Read more

Calling from a Shopping Cart: Amazon Fire Phone Review

The Amazon Fire Phone attempts to offer a new perspective on the way we interact with our phones. In many ways, it works. But the phone falls short on delivering on some of its core strengths and goals. After building a name for itself with the Kindle Fire line of tablets, Amazon launched their smartphone … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Music Madness edition

“One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley. Here are some gadgets for all you music lovers out there.     Sol Republic Master Tracks These noticeably big, over-ear headphones are comfy and come with excellent sound. The ‘big’ parts of these headphones are the over-ear cups that … Read more

GoDaddy's brutal honesty wins the hearts of small biz owners

Moving away from its girls in tight t-shirts and its sex-sells attitude, GoDaddy is continuing to shift its strategy to campaigns that feature strong women in small businesses who are typically outshone by the market’s top dogs. In an effort to help small businesses across the world grow and become successful, GoDaddy rebranded itself in 2013 under … Read more

JDA Software pays hefty fine for SEC charges

Today JDA Software Group’s wallet will be a bit lighter as the Securities and Exchange Commission slapped the Scottsdale-based, supply chain planning and execution, software company with a $750,000 fine for having inadequate internal accounting controls over its financial reporting-which ultimately meant misstating revenues in public filings. The investigation found that JDA didn’t report revenue … Read more

Tucson startups in it to win it at Startup Weekend Tucson

Last weekend, Tucson’s premiere entrepreneurship development organization, Startup Tucson, hosted the fourth annual Startup Weekend Tucson. The event brought together aspiring entrepreneurs to collaborate and bring their business ideas from concept to launch in 54 hours. Teams presented their new ventures to a public audience and a panel of investor-judges for feedback, awards, and some sweet prizes. The … Read more

Data centers, event planning and dog sitting among finalists for Spirit of Enterprise Awards

Arizona State University is recognizing businesses that have played a part in bolstering the state’s economy with the 18th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W.P. Carey School of Business. The university announced ten finalists and will reveal the winners later this year. The awards recognize excellence in customer service, innovation and community impact … Read more

Soldiers hope to gain superpower speed with new jetpack

Ever wonder what it might be like to be the fastest superhero in the world? Well that dream is getting closer to reality through the work of several Arizona State University students on a jetpack designed to help soldiers run faster. The project is called 4MM, which represents the jetpack’s goal: to help soldiers run … Read more

CampusLogic appoints industry veteran as new COO

CampusLogic, an education technology company delivering transformative software solutions across the student life cycle, welcomes Chris Chumley as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In addition to his tenure of more than a decade of experience in the higher education technology industry, Chumley brings his passion for creating software that allows colleges and universities to operate optimally. … Read more

GoDaddy + Microsoft team up to help small businesses Get Online for $1

What can you really buy for a buck these days? A lottery ticket, something from the dollar menu at McDonald’s or a bottle of water at a high school football game. But what if you could build your business online for $1? Today, two technology giants, GoDaddy and Microsoft, announced their latest creation, Get Online … Read more

From jetpacks and LEGO sorting to better barbecues, ASU eProjects excite – slideshow

Arizona State University students are building everything from jetpacks to LEGO sorting machines as part of the eProjects program. The eProjects initiative, formerly known as iProjects, challenges students to take innovative ideas and work with university faculty and outside sponsors to address real-world issues. Check out some of the stand-out ideas from years past in … Read more

The secret sauce to raising money on Kickstarter

You may be a food aficionado or a technology geek, but unless you’ve been living under a rock in the last few months, you’ve probably heard about the potato salad guy who raised over $55,000 on Kickstarter and launched the first-ever PotatoStock charity festival. However, most Kickstarters are not as lucky when trying to raise … Read more

Workshops, media lab, mentorship and more – free resources to grow your business

Building connections and utilizing free resources are two excellent ways to drive results for today’s entrepreneurs. Whether you are seeking access to basic office space or need to find 3D printing stat, we’ve rounded up the best locations to check out some FREE resources: Digital Solutions Lab, Cronkite School’s newest addition, gives the ASU community and … Read more

AZ Tech Beat free Lunch and Learn – How to become a top influencer and build your brand

Entrepreneurial energy filled the room as a panel of startups who ran successful Kickstarter campaigns, some raising $600K, shared their secrets and advice on how you could raise money on this crowd funding platform at the August AZTB Lunch and Learn. This month we have marketing ninja Matthew O’Brien, CEO Mint Social sharing Top 5 Secrets to … Read more