Amazon Prime Now one-hour delivery launches in the Valley

Whether you’re a procrastinator or just want something now, getting items on-demand is becoming the new norm. Today, Amazon announced its Prime Now one-hour delivery service available in Phoenix and surrounding areas such as Tempe, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, Glendale and Chandler.   This service is offered exclusively as a benefit to Prime members and the company can … Read more

Seed Spot received $330k Kauffman Foundation Grant

Arizona-based business incubator Seed Spot was announced as one of eight companies awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant was given to organizations that help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. READ: Female founders dominate Seed Spot fall 2015 venture class “We are incredibly excited to bring funding from the Kauffman … Read more

Painful Pineapples is taking over my life thanks to Wiblits

If you have a few minutes in between meetings and want to test your thumb skills at Pork Torque, where your pig eats more jelly beans than your competitor, head over to the Wiblits app. Co-founded by two brothers Colin and Adam Turner, Wiblits is a mobile platform for HTML5 mini-games where users can challenge … Read more

TASER partners with Microsoft, expands AXON platform for interrogation rooms

Video evidence collected by police officers using the TASER AXON system is shifting to a new cloud home in the near future. TASER and Microsoft announced a partnership where their combined capabilities of Microsoft’s Azure and Windows 10 devices and TASER’s Axon platform and Evidence.com solution will provide security-enhanced digital evidence management for law enforcement agencies. … Read more

AZTB Tailgate Giveaway – UofA vs ASU Rivalry Game in Tempe

Who’s going to the UofA vs ASU football game on November 21st? Do you have tailgate plans? Now you do! Tailgater Concierge has teamed up with AZ Tech Beat on a Tailgate Giveaway! One lucky fan will win a Field Goal Package tailgate (valued at $395.00) for the UofA vs ASU game on November 21st … Read more

Phoenix Smart City App Hack winner heads to Barcelona

Last night five app makers pitched their businesses to a panel of local influencers in the tech space all vying for the opportunity to represent the City of Phoenix in Barcelona at the Smart City Expo in November. The mission of the Phoenix Smart City App Hack was to help solve five of the main urban … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Simplify Your Life

Tech gadgets are fun and sometimes entertaining, but they can also be useful. Here are some gadget suggestions that can transform any hectic life into a simplified techie experience.   VIS Tiger The VIS Tiger is a one-of-a-kind gadget that acts as the ultimate power bank and jump-starter. It features a battery power of 8,000 … Read more

Farm-to-table meal service raises $4.5M, expands to AZ

Meal delivery service Sun Basket combines two markets — the demand for fresh, non-GMO groceries and the delivery system to provide these items to a customer’s door. The startup raised $4.5 million last month from 25 investors in its first round of funding. The operation began in January 2015 and has been growing 17% a … Read more

2nd annual AZTB Startup Bus Tour is ready to roll Nov. 5th – tickets on sale

Az Tech Beat is ready to roll with the 2nd Startup Bus Tour! We take 40 of the top tech startups/founders around the Valley on a tour at cool tech companies and give them 1:1 time with top executives, investors and influencers in the Arizona tech community.   This year we have a tour at … Read more

Turning kids into CodaKids – video

Video contribution Xavier Smith Instead of your child hanging out on the couch in front of the Xbox for hours on end managing their Mod, what if they could design their own Biomes and give Creepers superpowers? Scottsdale-based CodaKid, a dynamic computer programming and video game design organization that teaches children from 6 to 14 years … Read more

Twazer, a Craigslist for college students, launches at UA

There’s Craigslist, eBay and Amazon, and now there’s an e-commerce app that’s tailored specifically to the college student population. Peer-to-peer and geo-location marketplace Twazer has created a space where users are required to have an .edu login email in order to download the app and sell their stuff.  [youtube]https://youtu.be/IqkhrRqktAg[/youtube]   “Twazer is a mobile app … Read more

Top 25 semifinalists for Fall 2015 ACA Innovation Challenge announced

Over 131 applicants were considered before the judges narrowed it down to the top 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge. Led by the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Challenge is a bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries where early-stage startups vie for a slice of the $1.5 … Read more

Arizona makes workhorses—not unicorns—and that’s a good thing

Guest Blog by Hamid Shojaee, founder Axosoft, Pure Chat & AZTB The Bay Area is overrun with horses—unicorns to be exact. And while I wish I was referring to the horned, majestic creatures of lore, I’m actually talking about privately-held startups that have $1 billion or higher valuations. Venture investor Aileen Lee coined the term … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Selfie edition

Capturing quick snaps has swiftly transitioned into a full-fledged industry in which tech companies are actively creating gadgets geared towards taking the ultimate selfie. Here are some trendy and innovative tech gadgets that can help any individual capture memorable moments like eating a hot dog or a churro.   Mobile Apps Frontback With the Frontback … Read more

Crowd engagement app wins jackpot at #ETY15

Arizona-based Crowd Mics won this year’s inaugural Event Technology of the Year in Las Vegas held by Event Manager Blog. Mobile app Crowd Mics turns smartphones into wireless microphones for live events by allowing the audience to talk into their phones and be heard over a sound system. This makes it possible for text commenting, … Read more

The Startup Journal: Getting pre-orders to attract investors

Video contribution by Xavier Smith For startups with capital intensive products, it’s one thing to have your product demoed, used on a trial basis and liked, but once it comes to converting the customer, many enthusiasts won’t pull out the checkbook. In this edition of The Startup Journal, founder Aqwastream, Mare Van Dyke, shares insight … Read more

CEO GoDaddy gets props from Grace Hopper '15 goers

Last year at the Anita Borg Institute Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in Phoenix the “Male Allies” panel consisting of execs from Facebook, GoDaddy, Google and Intuit was less than well received. It got so bad that the audience started heckling the speakers and Twitter blew up from attendees criticizing how these men … Read more