Startup co-founder Contatta Pat Sullivan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of Contatta and formerly co-founder and CEO of SalesLogix and ACT!, will receive yet another award for his contribution to the business world and this time its the OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc., AZ Tech … Read more

Pat Sullivan's Startup Contatta launches platform to streamline the way business people make contact

Stealthmode is over and Contatta, the visionary new company co-founded by Pat Sullivan of ACT! and SalesLogix acclaim, officially launched as a public beta at the DEMO Fall 2013 conference. In a survey by McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends more than a quarter of their day in their email inbox, and the average corporate … 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

Pat Sullivan talks "The Myths of Raising Capital" – video

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the concept of raising capital. Now with his new startup Contatta, he approaches raises differently. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund II. According to Contatta, all of their … Read more

Lessons I've Learned – Pat Sullivan

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix, one of the “80 most influential people in marketing history,” by Sales and Marketing Management magazine, two-time winner of the Ernst & Young “ Entrepreneur of the Year” award and CEO of Contatta, lit up the room with personal stories about growing his businesses and … Read more

Pat Sullivan To Speak At Free Lunch Friday

Standing room only, laughing, learning and networking-and a free lunch! Just a snap shot of what you missed at our Free Lunch Friday Phoenix (FLF) event. FLF is a non-profit organization that has one simple goal-to provide community, content, connections and access to capital to the startups and entrepreneurs who fuel the ecosystem. Our program runs … Read more

Tim Sullivan CEO of MicroVentures Speaks at The Skool Startup Bootcamp

The Skool Startup Bootcamp, founded by Jose Caballer, is a two-day educational program that brings leaders from the local-to-national tech space to share advice and stories about building a business, and offers a series of workshops to fine-tune ones’ business and technical skills in web and app development. The program kicked off Friday at Arizona … 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

Ryver takes aim at Slack, launches free team communication platform

Ryver, a team communication software platform, is looking to make their mark in the team collaboration tool market and have their crosshairs on Slack. Ryver came out of beta last week and released their product for all to use for free. While the company plans to convert Slack users, they are also targeting small businesses that use … Read more

Communication platform Ryver launches public beta to help teams find their flow

After scrolling through multiple collaborative channels and reading through hundreds of emails, the endless time suck leaves little room for actual work. Ryver, a new cloud-based, team collaboration, communication platform launched its public beta to compete in the enterprise tech market and bring some sense of sanity to our overloaded inboxes. The company formerly known as Contatta, … Read more

Shelvspace raises $1M seed round to help consumer product reps ditch spreadsheets

One startup is helping sales representatives make sure your favorite chips, gum and bottled water are ready to go at the local convenient store. Shelvspace, a SaaS solution for the consumer packaging goods industry, today announced they closed on a $1 million seed round of funding led by Tallwave Capital with participation from high-profile* California- and … Read more

Cardiac health, batteries and big data win at AZ Tech Council Governor Celebration of Innovation

Hearts, data collection and rechargeable batteries stole the stage at the Arizona Technology Council 2014 Governor Celebration of Innovation. It is here that the AZ tech community comes together to honor science and technology innovators that create leading-edge solutions. INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS Startup winner – Clairvoyant The Chandler-based Clairvoyant is known for data … 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

Shovels, hearts and ebooks among finalists for Governor's Innovation award

Every year, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards recognize people and organizations that drive technology forward in Arizona. This year, the collection of winners and finalists includes everything from shovels and mining, to cloud software and biotechnology. “Every year, the buzz and the crowd grows and I have to say the food couldn’t get much … Read more

Contatta completes $1.5M convertible round to take product to market

Contatta, the world’s first collaborative email, has completed a $1.5 million convertible round led by Kickstart Seed Fund II and Grayhawk Capital. In addition, all of Contatta’s current board members, including CEO and co-founder Pat Sullivan, and outside investors Desert Angels and Arizona Technology Investors Forum (ATIF) participated in this latest round of investment. “Desert … Read more

Weekend reads: entrepreneurial success, trimming messages, conquering procrastination

Local entrepreneur Pat Sullivan has just released a free ebook titled “10 Keys to Entrepreneurial Success from a Two-time Entrepreneur of the Year.” The 10-chapter book showcases personal anecdotes and tips and tricks for an individual to become a successful entrepreneur. Get it free here. With endless knowledge and skills in his field, Sullivan has co-founded several companies including … Read more

Pinnacle Transplant wins Venture Madness, $30K

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, a Phoenix-based biotech company, and client company at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), was named the Venture Madness champion and took home the grand prize of $30K. The competition began with 64 startups and drilled down to one winner. “It’s been a fun experience,” said Gabriel Hyams, Pinnacle Transplant CEO. “This opens my eyes … Read more

Startup Contatta debuts at ShowStoppers CES2014

Guestimate how many emails you receive per day. 100, 200, maybe more? Now take that number and times that by five work days, then by four weeks, how many emails is that now? Sickening. One local startup aims to fix this broken record of email hell, get us organized and build a relationship with our … 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