Don't try to be something you're not – Phoenix Startup Week Day 4

Co-written with Jesse Millard and photo contributions from Thomas Hawthorne Today the Phoenix Startup Week speaker theme was about knowing who you are, understanding your competencies and don’t try to turn your company into something it’s not, including the next Google. TK Kuegler of Wasabi Ventures kicked off the day at GoDaddy and gave startups advice on … Read more

Wasabi Ventures to open Phoenix offices in 2015

Video contribution by Jesse Millard and photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Wasabi Ventures, a bi-coastal venture capital firm and incubator for early stage startups, plan to open offices by the end of 2015 where they intend to fund and found 20 startups within two years, said TK Kuegler, founder and partner at Wasabi Ventures. Kuegler … Read more

Overcoming obstacles to achieve your dream – Phoenix Startup Week Day 3

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Whether it be raising capital, building your product, attracting customers or balancing work and life, there will be obstacles at every turn. Phoenix Startup Week filled the Tempe Center for the Arts with speakers who shared their motivational stories about overcoming obstacles to achieve their dream and offered advice on how … Read more

Why it's important to connect with the right customer – PHX Startup Week

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Newsletters, ads, social media, online…the list goes on about all the different ways to reach customers – and it’s not as easy as it looks. Darren Wilson, co-founder of Blind Society, presented at Phoenix Startup Week about owning the power of connection and doing it well. Too many companies try to … Read more

Building a startup nest – Phoenix Startup Week Day 2

It’s day two of Phoenix Startup Week and Scottsdale Director of Scottsdale Economic Development Danielle Casey kicked off the day’s events at the DeskHub theater in downtown Scottsdale. The City of Scottsdale is an entrepreneur’s dream, Casey said. Scottsdale is supporting startups and entrepreneurs so they can grow and find top talent through city led … Read more

Space travel to startups, 3D printing without limits – PHX Startup Week

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne While the majority of us won’t become astronauts, we can certainly learn to 3D print like one. In December 2014, NASA emailed a design file of a ratchet wrench to the International Space Station where the astronauts 3D printed the first tool in space. Back here on Earth, if you want to … Read more

Entrepreneurship re-energized, Phoenix Startup Week begins today

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne Entrepreneurs, investors, government officials and startups filled the room at 111 W. Monroe for the kickoff of the inaugural Phoenix Startup Week. The event is a five-day extravaganza consisting of 130 events spread throughout the Valley with a multitude of speakers, workshops, mentoring and more on entrepreneurial topics such as raising capital, … Read more

Bellabeat: health gadgets designed by women for women

At CES 2015 we came across a women-centric tech gadget company that is certainly ahead of the competition for design with their latest innovations. Bellabeat, a company that creates health and fitness-conscious products made by women, for women, unveiled three new products that promote a happy and healthy woman, even during a 10-month pregnancy. Leaf … Read more

Seed Spot launches nine new startup ventures

From the top of a rooftop overlooking downtown Phoenix, Seed Spot announced the nine new startup ventures who have been inducted into Spring 2015’s incubator program. To kick it off, Seed Spot CEO and co-founder Courtney Klein spoke briefly about her incubator, which has seen an 88 percent success rate of startups who have been … Read more

Arizona SciTech Festival isn’t just for kids

If you were that kid that enjoyed creating tornadoes in a bottle, making Epsom salt crystal spikes or exploding soda with a mentos, you don’t have to stop playing with science because you grew up. Arizona SciTech Festival, a statewide event, offers over 800 events including workshops, Minecraft events and much more all geared towards … Read more

Raising capital is more like a marriage – TIE AZ Roundtable wrap up

Photo contribution from Thomas Hawthorne, co-written with Tishin Donkersley The Tempe Center for the Arts was buzzing as investors, entrepreneurs and TiE AZ members networked and threw back a few cold ones at the TiE AZ Venture Capital Roundtable. The event included a panel of venture capitalists (VCs) from Silicon Valley and the Southwest who shared … Read more

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne The Sony SmartWatch 3 is sleek and snappy and has some appealing features for those on-the-go.  The review committee used this watch during activities, at work, in the sun and on-the-go, here’s what we found… Screen and Hardware: The screen looks fine when in the car or inside, but when glancing … Read more

GoDaddy names new SVP of Digital Identity

Industry veteran Lauren Antonoff was named the new Senior Vice President (SVP) of Digital Identity at GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses. Antonoff, a highly respected software industry veteran, will help to bolster GoDaddy’s efforts to building easy-to-use software that helps people get their best work done. “The best software companies … Read more

Lights, camera, action – using video to boost your business – Lunch and Learn

Our guest expert is Director of Strategy at WireBuzz Marcus Krieg. By combining his study of psychology with the latest digital marketing techniques, Marcus works directly with clients to design video strategies that reach the right audience, at the right time, with the right message. Marcus shares some insight to what you’ll learn this month … Read more

Inaugural Phoenix Startup Week hits the Valley Feb 23-27 – video

Video and photo contribution from Thomas Hawthorne The time has come for the Valley to celebrate its local startups at Phoenix Startup Week. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicks off the inaugural week-long, Valley-wide celebration of startups and entrepreneurship running February 23 to 27. [youtube]http://youtu.be/PAm6UAn0fOo[/youtube] The five-day extravaganza will consist of 130 events with a multitude … Read more

Join the Revolution at the Women INVESTING in Women Summit 2/20-21

Individuals from across a variety of disciplines will gather for the Third Annual Phoenix Women INVESTING in Women Summit to network and learn from a power-packed lineup of business and media experts. This annual conference brings together a community of men and women that want to become a part of a global economic revolution geared … Read more

Toaster size artificial heart system bridges transplant gap- video

SynCardia Systems, a privately-held owner and manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart, is helping patients of all generations transition as they await a heart transplant. Their device is used as a bridge for heart transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both … Read more

How to use video to amplify your business – AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn – Feb 27

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was all about managing your online reputation. Transparency, timeliness and being a good representative of your business were key points from our experts. For February, we are going to help you grow your business through the use of video. Our guest expert is Director of Strategy at … Read more

Phoenix says to feed the meter with your smartphone

Instead of rummaging through your car’s upholstery for spare change to feed the parking meter when you’re in downtown Phoenix, try Pango Parking. The City of Phoenix recently partnered with Pango USA, a mobile application, to make paying for parking as easy as a click on your phone. Pango Parking, which is available for Android, … Read more