Silicon Valley Comes to Phoenix: A Tribute to Arizona’s Tech Growth

Silicon Valley is making its way to Phoenix next week, as more than three dozen leading technology executives are scheduled to present at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference. “This will be the second consecutive year the April 17-19 conference will be hosted at Hotel Palomar due to its massive success last year and Phoenix’s … Read more

Infusionsoft attracts new CPO from Silicon Valley

Infusionsoft, the leading sales and marketing software for small businesses, added Chief Product Officer (CPO) to their executive team and attracted former executive of Intuit Terry Hicks to fill its shoes. “One of the reason I joined Infusionsoft is because the team here is so passionate about small businesses and uses this passion to help … Read more

20 game studios showcase latest projects at Phoenix Comicon

Warriors, moles, motorcyclists and turtles were among some of the main characters found within video games showcased at the Arizona Video Game Showcase hosted by Game CoLab at Phoenix Comicon. From well-known studios such as Rainbow Studios known for their motocross games to indies, 20 Arizona-based game studios came together to demo their latest projects this weekend … Read more

Greg McKeown says stop having priorities and have one priority – ICON15

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne Greg McKeown, New York Times best selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, packed a punch a ICON 15 with his powerful message about how having one priority is the key to success. Entrepreneurs can typically be the type of person who will take on everything and make it all … Read more

Sally Hogshead pours a shot of fascination into small businesses – ICON15

“Different is better than better,” said author, speaker and former advertising executive Sally Hogshead during her keynote speech at Infusionsoft’s ICON15 small business conference. Hogshead, emphasized that honing in on what makes you different helps you compete in your market without having an extravagant marketing budget. Hogshead founded Fascinate, Inc. and created The Fascinate System, … Read more

Rohit Bhargava on removing the noise from content marketing – ICON15

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Emails, postcards, blogs, text, posts, tweets and videos are just some examples of communication noise that is being directed at customers to buy products and services-but how much of this content is meaningful and connecting with the customer over the long-term? To help small businesses owners maneuver through the world … Read more

Small businesses matter, new mobile products and Cold Play – CEO Clate Mask kicks off ICON 15

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Cold Play’s Sky Full of Stars lyrics filled the Phoenix Convention Center as CEO and co-founder Clate Mask of Infusionsoft made his way to center stage and kicked off ICON15 to a crowd of over 3,000 attendees. “Small business has changed, and the world is finally starting to notice it,” … Read more

Silicon Valley and Southwest venture capitalists to speak at TiE VC Funding Roundtable event

Prominent venture capitalists will be coming to Arizona February 17th for TiE AZ 13th Annual Venture Capital Funding Roundtable to network, meet local entrepreneurs and critique local startup’s pitches. Aside from all the networking and panel discussions, local startups Force Impact Technologies, Endovantage and Primo IAS will present their product to a panel of visiting venture … Read more

eMoneyPool wins at Silicon Valley accelerator, takes home $50K

If you could pool together a bunch of money from your friends and family to buy a car would you? Depending on your location and culture, money pools are known as tandas, cundinas or Su Su, which allow friends and family “pool” a portion of their income together for an established number of pay periods … Read more

Silicon Valley Bank to dedicate $100M to AZ tech and life science cos

Silicon Valley Bank, a worldwide provider of commercial, international and private banking, announced today its plans for further expansion in Arizona. According to an official press release, the banking firm will create more IT and finance jobs at its Tempe facility and expects create 250 new jobs over the next three years. In addition, $100 … Read more

Silicon Valley's Reputation.com expands to Tempe and brings 150 jobs

Arizona is welcoming another Silicon Valley company into its lively tech community. Reputation.com, a company specializing in online reputation management and digital privacy technologies, expands its operations to a 20,000-square foot facility in Tempe, and intends to hire 150 people by 2015. Founded in 2006 by Michael Fertik, Reputation.com develops patented digital privacy and online reputation management … Read more

Robots attack! High school robotics teams demo at Phoenix Comicon

Local high school robotics teams let Phoenix Comicon goers sneak a peak at their battle-ready robot creations throughout the weekend. These teams get to build, design and battle their robots in local and national competitions. The students are associated with the program FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) which inspires student interest in science and … Read more

It's never too early to build robots -Comicon panel shows how students can make it happen

Parents may worry that today’s tech is robbing their children’s attention span, but Mesa’s champion Westwood Robotics high school team knows how tech can be used to enrich a kid’s life: just build wicked awesome robots with your friends. At the 2014 Phoenix Comicon convention in downtown Phoenix, the team presented “How Robots are Taking Over High … Read more

Embrace your inner geek at Comicon 2014 – AZTB coverage

Starting today, the Downtown Phoenix area will be invaded by elaborate costumes, comic book nerds, anime enthusiasts, and video game fanatics as Phoenix’s 2014 Comicon commences. The AZTB team has the pleasure of teaming up with the University of Advancing Technology (UAT) to discover the techie side of what Comicon has to offer. Demonstrations of … Read more

Seth Godin – we need to create better art and aggregate the weird – ICON14

If you’ve ever listened to Seth Godin’s lectures or read his work you know that this speech at Infusionsoft’s ICON14 was going to be eclectic, fast pace and filled with weird – and that’s what makes him Seth. Godin is the founder of squidoo.com and the author of 17 books, including the bestseller Linchpin, Tribes, … Read more

Infusionsoft CEO Clate Mask and author Simon Sinek kick off #ICON14

Infusionsoft’s ICON14 conference for small business success kicked off Wednesday morning at Phoenix Convention Center with opening remarks from the CEO of Infusionsoft, Clate Mask. Mask fired up the audience with his energy, passion and insight on how to make a small business prosper. “It means something to be a business owner, and it’s something … Read more

Infusionsoft announces finalists for Battle of the Apps – winning app TBA at #ICON14

After a lengthy review process of over 41 contenders, Chandler’s Infusionsoft has named their top 5 finalists in their Battle of the Apps contest. The winner will be announced at the ICON14 event on April 23-25. Battle of the Apps is a competition that attracts developers to create meaningful solutions for the Infusionsoft Marketplace. HipDash by … Read more

Integrate Secures $12.5M from Silicon Valley Bank

Integrate, the first closed-loop marketing software and media services provider, announced today that it has secured $12.5 million in credit facilities from Silicon Valley Bank. This funding adds to the $7M raised in October led by the Foundry Group with participation from Comcast Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures and their $11M they received in March from … Read more

Pat Sullivan on “Building Silicon Desert” – VIDEO

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the Arizona entrepreneurial scene. With his new company Contatta, he is passionate and pumped to grow his business in Silicon Desert. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund … Read more