E-bikes zoom through Super Bowl XLIX

If you’ve seen dozens of people effortlessly zooming by on bicycles at this week’s Super Bowl festivities fear not, they are not Tour cyclists showing off. They’re probably riding one of EVantage USA’s Polaris electric bicycles. EVantage teamed up with former Cleveland Brown’s running back Jim Brown and his charity Amer-I-can. Amer-I-Can helps individuals meet … Read more

Find a beer, sandwich and Tiger Woods at PHX Open with this app

Co-written by Tishin Donkersley, M.A. and video contribution Thomas Hawthorne  If you missed a PGA tour player sink that amazing put because you were looking down at the Waste Management Phoenix Open mobile app to find your next beer, not all was lost. The new improved app has a new “Take Me There” GPS tracking feature … Read more

Tech cos. show their stoke for Super Bowl XLIX – VIDEO

Video & photo contribution from Thomas Hawthorne As the Super Bowl gears up and the entire Valley is buzzing, we checked in with some tech companies in Arizona, YELP, Weebly & Yodle, on how they are getting hyped for the big game. [youtube]http://youtu.be/Vo-jqrp37Jo[/youtube] YELP As Scottsdale Fan Fest kicks off at Fashion Square, the folks … Read more

Valley prepares for Super Bowl upload haboob

Nachos? Check. Drinks? Check. High-density secure wireless network to help upload every Tweet, Instagram picture and Facebook post? Check. This year’s Super Bowl will put the Valley to the ultimate test as an estimated 100,000 visitors and their smartphones arrive to watch the big game. Cities have been preparing for the Super Bowl for months … Read more

Waste Management Phoenix Open turns into one giant hot spot

Golf fans attending the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open can selfie and upload with speed  during tournament with help from additional cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots. This year Cox Business has turned the entire golf course into one giant Wi-Fi hot spot. They also added more than a dozen new Wi-Fi wireless access points between the 16th and … Read more

MRAM manufacturer Everspin closes $29 million Series B

Chandler-based MRAM manufacturer Everspin Technologies Inc. closed on a $29 million Series B round after more investors joined in the round. Everspin’s added two more investors, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Western Digital Capital, to reach the $29 million finish line. The other investors in the deal include New Venture Partners, Lux Capital, Sigma Partners, Epic Ventures, and Draper … Read more

Air Force promotes STEM edu with full-motion simulator at Fan Fest Scottsdale

Video contribution Thomas Hawthorne Flying through the desert at high speed, jumping out of an airplane then taking off on a dirt bike to a remote location to launch a drone strike. This isn’t an XBox game, it’s the Rapid Strike full-motion flight simulator the Air Force brought for the public at Fan Fest Scottsdale. [youtube]http://youtu.be/4HuuIFeKSTw[/youtube] Watch … Read more

Online rep goes beyond the hashtag – video

If your Twitter profile picture for your startup or business is still the egg, then you’re doing social media wrong. In today’s growing world of social media you’ll want to make sure your online reputation is popping and at this month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn panel you’ll want to pay attention. During the … Read more

Phoenix Children's Hospital patients give Infusionsoft two thumbs up

Fist pumps, huge smiles and thumbs up were a plenty at Infusionsoft’s Pro Bowl event where patients from Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) interacted with former NFL players, an astronaut and received a trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Infusionsoft, creator of the leading sales and marketing software for small businesses, didn’t hold back on this … Read more

Software cos. win big at ACA Innovation Challenge

There’s no secret that software companies are bubbling up in the Valley and making headway in the Arizona tech space. Today, software companies from around the state dominated the ACA Innovation Challenge winner circle. Today, the Arizona Commerce Authority announced its six winning companies in the Fall 2014 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awarding each $250,000 to … Read more

UofA to host Startup Weekend – Jan. 30 – Feb. 1

InnovateUA a new program at the University of Arizona that promotes a student-led culture of innovation and entrepreneurship across the entire campus, will be hosting their inaugural Startup Weekend January 30th – February 1st. The 54-hour event in which students and professionals from the community representing all disciplines will come together to share ideas, form teams, build … Read more

Get Super Bowl ready with these apps

With the biggest game of the year coming to town you’ll want to make sure there are plenty of apps loaded up on your phone in order to have the ultimate experience. Whether you’re visiting Phoenix to see your team kick off or a native you’ll want to make sure these apps are on your … Read more

32 startups advance in Venture Madness

This round of brackets have closed leaving 32 of the original 64 startups from around the Southwest to compete head-to-head to win their share of $50,000 in 2015 Venture Madness. From here, it’s down to the final 16 companies who will compete in a live-demo event held between March 4-6, 2015. Jonathan Ariano, chairman of … Read more

GPEC votes in new president

Greater Phoenix Economic council (GPEC) selected Chris Camacho as their newest President in an announcement today. After serving as executive vice president of GPEC since 2008 Camacho will take the helm and help bring more companies to Phoenix. Camacho replaced former president and CEO Barry Broome who left Phoenix in December for to take over … Read more

Third annual PressNomics conference brings together WordPress Community

The third installment of the annual PressNomics conference kicked off today with hundreds of guests and more than 15 speakers at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center. The event brings together companies from the WordPress community to engage in conversation centered around the success and failures of running a business. The conference is … Read more

New executive chairman appointed at Mobivity

Mobivity Holdings Corp., a smart receipt provider, announced the appointment of new Executive Chairman William Van Epps, Tuesday, who will relocate to Phoenix to work at the company’s headquarters. Van Epps will be leading Mobivity’s sales, marketing, support and financial departments as executive chairman. Read: Mobivity privately financed $11 million in June 2013. With their … Read more

Let me take a 4K Selfie – CES 2015

It’s the year of 4K – 4K TVs, 4K streaming, 4K cameras and 4K camcorders. With smartphones slowly replacing traditional cameras, companies are looking for new ways to attract customers. Lets take a took at the different cameras and camcorders unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sony FDR-AX33 Sony released the FDR-AX33, … Read more

Lisa Falzone, CEO and co-founder Revel Systems, on why expand to AZ

Earlier today, we posted about Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based iPad point-of-sale provider, announced their expansion to Scottsdale and adding 160 new jobs over the next three years. Since then, we’ve had a chance to hear from CEO Lisa Falzone on their expansion and why AZ? Falzone indicated that the 160 new jobs will primarily be … Read more

SF-based Revel Systems expands to Scottsdale bringing jobs

Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based iPad point-of-sale provider, announced their expansion to Scottsdale and adding 160 new jobs over the next three years. The Revel mantra is to empower merchants by providing a complete end-to-end commerce platform that can fit any size of business. Their systems can be found in enterprise food service and retail … Read more

Top 10 finalists named in ACA Innovation Challenge

It’s come down to ten companies all vying for a chance to win up to $250,000 in the Fall 2014 Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is a bi-annual competition where startups and early-stage companies compete for capital to grow their business and advance innovation and technology opportunities in Arizona. READ: Who won the … Read more