I'm more than a dress! Axosoft's #ItWasNeverADress campaign goes viral

Breaking down barriers of perceptions of women is something Axosoft, a technology company, is doing with their #ItWasNeverADress campaign. The company launched their campaign at the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference in Phoenix aiming to shift perceptions of women in technology, politics, or any industry to more of a superhero. The symbol is a radical transformation of … Read more

Calling all techies! PHX Mayor Stanton wants you for Innovation Games – May 16-17

The PHX Innovation Games are coming! The first quarterly challenge aiming to bring the community together and innovate is taking shape as a hackathon. The event is being hosted by the Phoenix Public Works and located at the Phoenix Convention Center on May 16 and 17. Mayor Greg Stanton announced the PHX Innovation Games at this year’s State of … Read more

Pure Chat closed $1.5M seed round, plans expansion to global markets

Pure Chat, a live support and sales software company, has raised $1.5 million dollars in a seed round to continue moving up the hockey stick and help small businesses around the world connect with their customers on-the-go. With their $250,000 winnings from the Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge, Pure Chat’s total funding to date is … Read more

Arizona Technology Council revamps site to connect businesses

The Arizona Technology Council launched a new, robust website this week making it easier for members and the community to connect with Arizona’s businesses. The site was designed by Allbound, a Scottsdale based SaaS startup, which has turned into an intuitive media style platform with streaming tickers of news and Instagram feeds from local tech events. … Read more

The gender gap starts with us – Bev Crair, Intel – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Intel is just one of the larger tech companies in Arizona striving to reduce the gender gap in the tech industry, and are putting their money where their mouth is. Bev Crair, storage group vice president and general manager at Intel, spoke at the Girls in Tech Catalyst and said that Intel has invested around $300 … Read more

3 must dos for next gen of enterprise software – Heidi Williams, Box – Girls in Tech Catalyst

The enterprise software industry is projected to be a $335 billion industry. Heidi Williams, senior director of platform engineering at Box, a cloud content sharing platform for businesses, shared her experience building out products for Box and three key factors users and firms expect from the next generation of enterprise platforms. Going mobile: Everything is mobile and users want to be … Read more

Porter Gale inspires women to focus on their purpose and value – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Photo contribution Vianka Villa Dry mouth, sweaty palms, and shaky legs. At some point, you might have been nervous talking about yourself, especially when meeting new people. One expert says that in order to make networking less nerve-racking, begin by identifying your purpose and talk about yourself with a clear and succinct message in mind. Porter Gale, … Read more

Girls in Tech Catalyst kicks off with a superhero cape

If you forgot to wear your superhero cape today, no worries, the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference has got you covered. Founder and CEO Girls in Tech (GIT) Adriana Gascoigne chose Phoenix as their first conference outside of Silicon Valley because of the thriving tech community found in Arizona. “We thought Phoenix would be a perfect location to … Read more

UA student entrepreneurs rise to the Innovative Minds Challenge

The University of Arizona (UA) in partnership with student-led entrepreneurial organization InnovateUA and Perkins Coie LLP have announced the winners of the 2015 Perkins Coie Innovative Minds Challenge. The Challenge was created to connect UA students with business savvy mentors and help fund innovation. During the Challenge, UA student teams presented their innovative ideas to solve … Read more

Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference to draw 500 geek girls to Phoenix – April 26-28

Women engineers, startups, entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, academics and more will descend on Downtown Phoenix for the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference held on April 26 -28 at the Hotel Palomar. This premier female-focused event, will draw close to 500 participants and feature over 50 influential women in the tech industry. Keynote speakers include Heidi … Read more

The Startup Journal – Building an Audience

For our fourth entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Stephen Campbell and Dan Roberts, the co-founders of Tip.ly, a payment application that allows you to pay anyone, anywhere, without the exchange of personal information. The two founders touched on customer acquisition as well as challenges faced for startups in their early phases. … Read more

Ipro tech hires new vp of client strategy

Phoenix based software solution provider of litigation data, Ipro Tech, hired a new vice president of client strategy, according to a statement from the company. Paul Armbruster took the helm of client strategy at Ipro where he will maximize the firm’s return on investment (ROI) and maximize the current workflows, the statement said. Prior to ipro, … Read more

Scottsdale's OneNeck IT Solutions named to 2015 CRN Tech Elite 250 List

The Channel Company has named Scottsdale’s OneNeck IT Solutions to the CRN Tech Elite 250. This annual list recognizes an elite group of IT solution providers, who have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications from leading vendors. The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors collaborated to … Read more

Blake Irving helps produce CODE docu to expose gender gap in tech

A new documentary hits the screens exposing the gender gap of women engineers in the technology industry. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, a film by Robin Hauser Reynolds, delves into the digital divide of women and minorities entering into the technology field. With the White House predicting by 2020 there will be 1 million unfulfilled … Read more

Local gaming companies find success on kickstarter

Becoming the supreme ruler of a galaxy and competing against your friends has just become a possibility through the dice-based game, Tiny Epic Galaxies. Queen Creek-based Gamelyn Games recently completed another successful crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter, raising  $411,693 when its goal was only $15,000 for Tiny Epic Galaxies. Gamelyn Games is no stranger to Kickstarter … Read more

U of A announces new iSchool

The University of Arizona will be opening a new school in July focused on information research and technology. The School of Information, or, less formally, “iSchool,” will focus on developing solutions to information-based problems for technology and information based businesses. “Coming out of any discipline now to be competitive you need to be data literate,” … Read more

Leverage disruptive technology to boost your bottom line – Lunch and Learn – April 24

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was all about the Customer Experience (CX) with Justin MacDonald, Infusionsoft’s Manager of Customer Experience. MacDonald shared the “6 Secrets to Enhancing your Customer’s Experience” and understanding your customer’s journey as they connect with a business. A lively talk that will make you think about your outfacing communication with your … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: It's Tee Time – Golf gadgets

Arizona is known for our impeccable and world-renown list of golf courses, and let’s face it, the weather is beautiful. Book your next tee time and take these awesome gadgets along with you. Jam out to music with a portable Bluetooth speaker or figure out how to improve your score.   SupremeGolf.com Considered the KAYAK.com of … Read more

Avnet announces winners of 2015 Avnet Tech Games  

Leading global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. announced the 2015 winners of the 10th Annual Avnet Tech Games. Of the more than 200 students from universities and community colleges who competed in the games, 31 students collected $1,000 scholarships. Additionally, nine faculty advisors received $2,700 in honorariums for leading the winning teams to victory. “The 10th … Read more