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

Crowd Mics wins Startup Connect AZ with a simple Q&A

Photography contribution by Travis Arbon  At the Arizona Technology Council Startup Connect AZ event, five startups from around the state pitched against each other for cash, bragging rights and some good face time with investors, CEOs, educators and influencers. In the end, the audience chose Crowd Mics, an app that turns your smartphone into a … Read more

Crowd Mics win over Shark Tank CoatChex and holograms in latest startup battle

Co-founders and brothers Tim and Sean Holladay are on a roll and scooping up wins from SXSW V2V and now the latest from Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) 2014 Event Innovation Battlefield. SISO is a group of influential companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full service management for trade … Read more

Startup Crowd Mics bring home a win from SXSW V2Venture

Talk about hitting the jackpot! Crowd Mics, an app that turns your smarphone into a wireless microphone, is on a roll and scooping up wins at pitch competitions. At SXSW V2Venture in Las Vegas, Crowd Mics took home the trophy for the Mobile and Tablet Technologies category. Co-founders and brothers, Tim and Sean Holladay pitched … Read more

Startup Crowd Mics turns your smartphone into a wireless mic

Brothers Sean and Tim Holladay were sitting in a meeting with about 150 people, and while the presenter was interacting with the crowd “…we just couldn’t hear what the other people were saying,” Tim said. “Sean pulled out his phone and said ‘I could FaceTime someone across the world and hear them perfectly, but I … 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

Key Takeaways From Pressnomics 2012 Day 1

Page.ly’s conference, Pressnomics, quickly sold out of the 150 available tickets, so if you weren’t able to attend, here are a few things that I took away from each of the speakers on day 1. Fun fact: It would have cost $10,000 to remove that giant chandelier that is right above the projection screen (you … Read more

PressNomics 2012: The Economics of WordPress Conference Sells Out

With the outrageous success and adoption of WordPress, and approximately 72 million active websites powered by the service, PressNomics has been created as an annual event to bring those together who know it best. Developing a community for learning and collaboration seems to be the theme, which will be lead this year by a talented … Read more

Voting opens for Venture Madness top 64 startups

Time to break out the brackets for Venture Madness 2016! This event, brought to the Valley by Invest Southwest and Arizona Commerce Authority, is where the top 64 startups go head-to-head in a pitch competition and vie for a portion of the $100,000 prize and the chance to be crowned champion. The first elimination round begins tomorrow … Read more

25 startup semifinalists in Spring 2015 ACA Innovation Challenge

The list is in! Here are the 25 semifinalists for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority Arizona Innovation Challenge vying for $250,000 to help build their business. All but one startup (Matrix Medical) is Arizona-based. Since 2011, the AIC has received over 1,400 applications. This Challenge is a semi-annual business plan competition awarding $1.5M in the Spring … Read more

The Startup Journal – Bootstrapping your business

Launching this week, AZ Tech Beat has a new web-series offering business advice and work experiences, from the startup world to the startup world. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal will feature a variety of founders who are in different stages in their startup. Each episode will be a short, two to three minute video … 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

2014 AZTB Startup Wrap up

With 2014 quickly coming to an end, it is time to celebrate the successes of startups in Arizona tech! We spoke to some proud AZ startups who shared some of their major updates from the year and gave some advice for budding startups. Aqwastream – a refill water bottle dispenser with tailored digital media station … Read more

2014 in Review: AZ Tech Beat’s Top Stories

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2014, so take some time to look back on all the awesome things that happened this year. As a tribute to the year, we’ve collected some of AZTechBeat.com’s most popular and exciting stories. Enjoy! News GOOGLE FIBER is coming to the Valley– Quite possibly the biggest announcement of the … Read more

Five will enter, one will claim victory- meet your StartupConnect AZ Pitch Contest finalists

The StartupConnect AZ Pitch Contest is almost here and cold, hard cash is on the line. The Arizona Technology Council announced the five finalists that will participate in the contest at the Dec. 17 StartupConnect AZ 2014 event. The winner of the pitch-athon will be selected by the audience and will receive a cash prize … Read more

ACA announces 25 semifinalists in the race for $250K

Today the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the 25 AZ-based semifinalists in the Arizona Innovation Challenge all vying for a shot at the big prize money. The AZ Innovation Challenge is a semi-annual business plan competition awarding $1.5M in the Spring and $1.5M in the Fall, giving startups a shot at winning up to $250,000. … Read more

TiE Arizona turns up the heat, narrows down startups in Rapid Fire Pitch

TiE Arizona’s 2014 Rapid Fire Pitch competition is about to heat up! The group just announced the 15 startups that will be presenting at its Oct. 21st event. Here’s a look at the select few who were able to make it through the first round of elimination. Allbound: A mobile SaaS application that enables groups … Read more

USA Today's Jefferson Graham and EVB Live shine the light on AZ startup scene – video

This week USA Today tech correspondent, host and producer of USA TODAY’s Talking Tech video series and author Jefferson Graham, spent time with AZ Tech Beat checking out local incubators such as SeedSpot and interviewing many thriving startups who showed off their gadgets for extreme sports, mobile technology, edu tech and more. As Graham discovered, there are pros and … Read more

Speak to the Mix – 23 up-and-coming AZ Startups

Plenty of activity has been brewing from our startup community this year, bringing us a wide variety of tech ventures from different fields. From cooking apps to rideshare programs, dozens of local startups have been launching their efforts, once again reinforcing Arizona’s healthy environment for entrepreneurs, innovation and technology. Here is a quick recap of the startups that have made their way … 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