So you want to build an app – Lunch and Learn -Thursday – May 21

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was town hall style with a superstar panel of experts who spoke about funding, AZ tech culture, social media and app development. This month’s speaker is mobile and web developer Ryan Allen. He is co-founder of Dapper Gentlemen where he and his team design applications and focus … 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

6 secrets to enhancing your customer's experience – Lunch and Learn – March 27

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was all using video to boost your business. The Director of Strategy at WireBuzz Marcus Krieg emphasized to not skimp on quality and said the benefits of a well-produced, strategic video could out-weigh the risk of customers clicking off if the video is just bad. The musts of a … Read more

Lights, camera, action – using video to boost your business – Lunch and Learn

Our guest expert is Director of Strategy at WireBuzz Marcus Krieg. By combining his study of psychology with the latest digital marketing techniques, Marcus works directly with clients to design video strategies that reach the right audience, at the right time, with the right message. Marcus shares some insight to what you’ll learn this month … Read more

How to use video to amplify your business – AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn – Feb 27

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was all about managing your online reputation. Transparency, timeliness and being a good representative of your business were key points from our experts. For February, we are going to help you grow your business through the use of video. Our guest expert is Director of Strategy at … Read more

Manage your company's online reputation – AZTB Lunch and Learn Jan.

Last month, at AZ Tech Beat’s December Lunch and Learn, Annette Zinky, president and CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, offered advice on building an effective company culture and raising employees’ mojo to the max. Zinky touched on many topics explaining what it means to create a distinctive business culture and … Read more

Know your culture to recruit the best fit for your startup – AZTB Lunch and Learn – tix limited

Last month, AZTB visited Infusionsoft for its monthly Lunch and Learn to get down to the nitty-gritty reality of owning a startup. Infusionsoft’s Vice President of Talent Anita Grantham gave an inspiring talk about her own struggles with owning a small business and gave the audience three important tips to managing their businesses. Her top tips: … Read more

The good, bad and suck of owning a startup – AZTB Lunch and Learn Nov.

Last month at the AZTB Lunch and Learn, AZ Tech Beat invited local data experts to discuss how to sift through an abundance of data to effectively grow a business. Tracy Diziere, a veteran marketing consultant, and Don Simpson, a business insights and analytics manager at Appointment-Plus, hacked into the key elements of data decision-making … Read more

Growth hacking with your data – AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn October – tix limited

Last month at AZTB Lunch and Learn, Matthew O’Brien, Founder Mint Social, was the super ninja with his advice on how to build out one piece of content into a full-blown campaign using 10 plus social media platforms, as well as boosting your influence online. O’Brien said content needs to be organized into three buckets … Read more

AZ Tech Beat free Lunch and Learn – How to become a top influencer and build your brand

Entrepreneurial energy filled the room as a panel of startups who ran successful Kickstarter campaigns, some raising $600K, shared their secrets and advice on how you could raise money on this crowd funding platform at the August AZTB Lunch and Learn. This month we have marketing ninja Matthew O’Brien, CEO Mint Social sharing Top 5 Secrets to … Read more

AZ Tech Beat Free Lunch and Learn is Kickstarted! Startups reveal secrets to a successful campaign – tickets limited

We’re back! The AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn is geared up for startups and small biz! We have an exciting 2014-15 year lined up for you, from talks about how to raise money, the latest marketing techniques to build your business, employee engagement, the latest technology on the market and personal development. August we kick … Read more

Pay for school lunch and field trips in one click with edutech startup Skookii

When it comes to parents paying for their children’s school items, it’s often 5 dollars here for lunch, 10 dollars there for a field trip, and keeping track of it all can be a challenge. One Arizona startup is creating an all-in-one school payment system for parents to manage such school-related items. Skookii, an engaging … Read more

Know when it's time to fire yourself – lessons learned from Matt Pittinsky, CEO Parchment

While startups and CEOs might be glamorized in TV shows and the media, the honest truth is that, “It often sucks to be an entrepreneur,” Matt Pittinsky, CEO Parchment said. When you own a business, you have to deal with competitors, raising money, putting out fires, hiring and firing people, try to have a work/life … Read more

Priorities, purpose and coffee stains: 3 things to know when running a startup

This month, the AZTB Lunch and Learn made its way to Infusionsoft where the company’s vice president of talent Anita Grantham gave an inspiring talk about the reality of owning a startup and down to the nitty-gritty truth of the business. Before Grantham joined the Infusionsoft team, she was — and still is — a … Read more

Data centers, event planning and dog sitting among finalists for Spirit of Enterprise Awards

Arizona State University is recognizing businesses that have played a part in bolstering the state’s economy with the 18th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W.P. Carey School of Business. The university announced ten finalists and will reveal the winners later this year. The awards recognize excellence in customer service, innovation and community impact … Read more

Scott Salkin and Jerrod Bailey co-present 'Visual Storytelling' at FLFPhoenix May 9

Last month, the room was “ignited” by an inspirational talk from Tom McDermott, founder of Ignite, who expressed his principles on how individuals should be passionately curious in everything you do. Our next #FLFPhoenix event will feature a new method of innovating your product. For our May event, we are heading back to Axosoft in … Read more

How to be passionately curious in life and work – Tom McDermott – FLFPHOENIX talk

You’ve probably heard it from motivational speakers, entrepreneurs or maybe your mom, “follow your passion.” While this phrase resonates with many, including myself, there is another perspective of passion that Tom McDermott, founder of Ignite, posed to our audience at Free Lunch Friday Phoenix. “What about being passionately curious?” he asked. [youtube]http://youtu.be/7pAFY1wMEI8[/youtube] Tom explained that … Read more

Learn to go where Google is headed – Todd Hartley, CEO WireBuzz – #FLFPHOENIX talk

At the January Free Lunch Friday, Todd Hartley, CEO of WireBuzz, discussed a major topic that every small business and entrepreneur should be well informed in, how to move up in Google rankings through authentic content at the sold out Free Lunch Friday Phoenix event at Axosoft. Hartley says, “A definitive indicator of relevance is … Read more

What made Free Lunch Friday 2013 awesome – slideshow

One of the first events we launched in 2013 was our Free Lunch Friday series. Founder Danny Beckett Jr. wanted to put together a national movement that not only celebrated entrepreneurs and their hunger for growing a business, but to bring them together to network, learn, collaborate and even make friends. On March 29, 2013 … Read more

Greg Head, Chief Marketing Officer for Infusionsoft, to speak at November Free Lunch Friday

Our audience is still pumped up from the last FLF talk with Brian Mohr, COO and co-founder of Y Scouts, who inspired and energized the audience with his talk “Building Purposeful Companies.” Mohr motivated the audience to find their “Y” and purpose in the workplace, and shared how to incorporate a purpose-driven recruiting process into … Read more