Year in Review: AZ Tech Events of 2015

2015 was an awesome year for the Arizona technology community. Infusionsoft treated Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients and their families to the NFL Pro Bowl, Axosoft launched an internationally renowned campaign #ItWasNeverADress to shift perceptions of women in technology and encourage STEAM education, local co-working spaces and incubators continued to sprout promising technology startups and much … Read more

Concierge service for seniors Envoy expands to Phoenix, raises $3M

From running errands to picking up groceries, simple tasks can become increasingly difficult for seniors. Envoy, the senior care concierge platform designed to aid in everyday duties, expanded to Phoenix. “Envoy is a family concierge service designed for seniors and their loved ones,” Envoy CEO Justin Lin said. Based on the customer’s needs, the platform … Read more

Wearable health tech startup teleScrypts expanding pilot to Africa

A Phoenix-based med tech startup is working to provide healthcare access for low resource communities, starting with a pilot community in Tanzania. TeleScrypts is piloting with 5,000 of the last hunter gatherers called the Hadza population in Tanzania. This is the first mobile health platform they have used according to founder Omron Blauo. “At teleScrypts our … Read more

Diagnose epilepsy through a mobile device – chat with Neel Mehta, co-founder EpiFinder

The CDC reports that about 5.1 million people (adults and children) have a history of epilepsy and about 2.9 million people have active epilepsy in the United States, with the most common causes being a stroke, brain injury, or a brain infection, among others. Neel Mehta, co-founder and chief strategy officer of EpiFinder, a diagnostic app that … Read more

Best Santa tracking apps for kids

Christmas eve is approaching and Santa will be filling his sleigh to deliver all the toys to the little boys and girls around the globe! This year NORAD is celebrating its 60th year anniversary of tracking Santa’s flight, and their app has some cool new features for the kids. We have more apps that will bring … Read more

Winner! Winner! ACA Innovation Challenge Fall finalists announced!

There’s a week or so left before the new year and these startups have more money to kick off 2016 with a bang and build their business. The ACA Innovation Challenge announced their Fall finalists who will take home $250,000 in grant money to grow their business. Let’s find out who’s celebrating tonight…   Beacon … Read more

Incubator for Veterans expanding to Phoenix

Bunker Labs, an incubator that helps entrepreneurial Veterans, is expanding their efforts to Phoenix. The nonprofit currently has locations in Philadelphia, Austin, and Kansas City among others. “There were a handful of us who were involved in Veterans entrepreneurship and we would be invited out to all of these conferences and conventions,” Bunker Labs executive … Read more

The Startup Journal: Minimizing risk

Risks are part of the game for any entrepreneur. However, taking small, calculated risks will be key to minimizing risks that could effect your business. In this edition of The Startup Journal, CEO and founder Greg Rudolph Board Blazers talks about how he has reduced risk for his business.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/i-D1mft2Ru0[/youtube] Want more inspiration? Head over to … Read more

Pitching on an international stage – Ross Shanken ParkX

Video contributions from Xavier Smith  It’s one thing to pitch on stage at the Phoenix Orpheum Theater, it’s another to travel halfway around the world to pitch in Barcelona. The Smart City App Hack 2015 was a global event where 11 cities, Phoenix included, held a competition where participants were to present an app that offers a solution to … Read more

Crowd Mics closes $1M seed round led by Sand Hill Angels

Drop the mic, not the smartphone. Crowd Mics, the startup that turns your smartphone into a wireless microphone, announced today they closed a $1 million dollar seed round led by top angel investment group, Sand Hill Angels. Other participants in the round include Keiretsu Capital, Arizona Technology Investors, Desert Angels, and other private investors. Tim … Read more

Tech community mourns loss of rising star developer

The local tech community is mourning the sudden death of a rising star software developer. This last week, Ian Preston, 19-years-old, tragically took his own life according to his father Stuart Preston. “This was totally unexpected and we did not see it coming,” Stuart said in our interview. No additional details were released. Ian fell … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: In a galaxy far, far away edition

Celebrate the long-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with these Star Wars-inspired tech gadgets. From 3D printed Jedi jewelry to an R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, geek out with these tech gadgets that will transport you to a galaxy far, far away.   Azmara Asefa jewelry Emerging fashion designer Azmara Asefa, who showcased her laser … Read more

Top 10 most funded Arizona tech companies 2015

What Arizona companies brought home the bacon for their company? Here are the Top 10 funded tech companies for 2015 that came out of Arizona.     We’ve been following them all year, learn more about these companies below and more news about startups raising capital at AZ Tech Beat. 2015 AZTB headlines for Top … Read more

Have to miss your kid's game? Live stream it with Urepp

Co-written with Chloe Nordquist For those parents that aren’t able to make their child’s sport game, there’s a new app to help bring the game to them. Urepp gives parents the option to watch customized live highlights of their child’s game or live stream the complete game via smartphone.   “Instead of live streaming an … Read more

Google's Project Sunroof launches in Arizona

The Phoenix Metropolitan area averages 211 clear days and 85 partly cloudy days each year according to azcentral.com, making our sunny state a perfect candidate for Google’s Project Sunroof.   Project Sunroof is a solar power initiative and an online source for households interested in utilizing solar energy to power their homes and cut electricity … Read more

Software sector leads in deal flow for angel groups

Today the Angel Resource Institute at Willamette University released the Q3 2015  HALO report and software companies are leading the charge for deal flow, with the healthcare sector realizing an increase in overall funding. For number of deals, California blows the country away with 21.1 percent, with the Great Lakes and New England region tying … Read more

Social Venture Partners AZ and Seed Spot team up for boot camp

Twenty semifinalists from Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) Fast Pitch Competition, will be entering one of the most exclusive startup boot camps in the Valley. Seed Spot, one of the leading social conscious incubators in the country, is teaming up with SVPAZ to help prepare these 20 startups for their next step in the competition by taking … Read more

Beepi partners with UBER for a ride home

Beepi, a leading peer-to-peer marketplace that allows customers to seamlessly buy and sell their car from the comfort of their home, has teamed up with Uber to give the first 100 sellers on the platform $350 worth of free rides home. The company rolled out this promotion in 14 cities, Phoenix and Tucson included, and … Read more

Finding your secret sauce to success with Betsy Rafael – GoDaddy Women in Tech series

“Everyone’s journey is different. Everyone’s skill set is different. Everyone’s secret sauce to success is different,” Betsy Rafael, GoDaddy Board Member and former Chief Accounting Officer Apple said at the GoDaddy Women in Tech speaker series. Rafeal shared her inspiring recipe about discovering your secret sauce through leadership, collaboration and mentoring.   While not everyone might … Read more

Dude, what’s up with your mouse flow?

That moment you are on the clock to complete the online sale and the website decides it’s the time to stop working. Are. You. Kidding. Me! Frantic mouse clicks around the site begin, then yelling, then back to clicking and a prayer…finally, your purchase goes through. Phew. For web developers, understanding where users become frustrated … Read more