Startup SimpleWan launches affordable cyber defense system for small businesses

Christmas Day. People are at home, businesses are closed and all is quiet on the streets. However, tucked away, hiding behind a computer, a hacker is busy at work finding weak points in a company’s system and capturing information to sell. CEO Erik Knight of SimpleWan said that December 25th is one of the biggest … Read more

Toaster size artificial heart system bridges transplant gap- video

SynCardia Systems, a privately-held owner and manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart, is helping patients of all generations transition as they await a heart transplant. Their device is used as a bridge for heart transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both … Read more

EyeTech DS releases multi-user eye tracking system for gaming – video

Video contribution from Thomas Hawthorne As technology progresses further and further, those with life-changing medical conditions are increasingly impacted in a meaningful and helpful way. Mesa-based Eyetech Digital Systems has been creating eye tracking technology since 1996, and their eye tracking digital systems have primarily helped the lives of ALS patients, Keith Jackson, director of sales and … Read more

Air Force promotes STEM edu with full-motion simulator at Fan Fest Scottsdale

Video contribution Thomas Hawthorne Flying through the desert at high speed, jumping out of an airplane then taking off on a dirt bike to a remote location to launch a drone strike. This isn’t an XBox game, it’s the Rapid Strike full-motion flight simulator the Air Force brought for the public at Fan Fest Scottsdale. [youtube]http://youtu.be/4HuuIFeKSTw[/youtube] Watch … Read more

Lisa Falzone, CEO and co-founder Revel Systems, on why expand to AZ

Earlier today, we posted about Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based iPad point-of-sale provider, announced their expansion to Scottsdale and adding 160 new jobs over the next three years. Since then, we’ve had a chance to hear from CEO Lisa Falzone on their expansion and why AZ? Falzone indicated that the 160 new jobs will primarily be … Read more

SF-based Revel Systems expands to Scottsdale bringing jobs

Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based iPad point-of-sale provider, announced their expansion to Scottsdale and adding 160 new jobs over the next three years. The Revel mantra is to empower merchants by providing a complete end-to-end commerce platform that can fit any size of business. Their systems can be found in enterprise food service and retail … Read more

Axosoft closing the STEM gap with live stream

To combat the decreasing supply of students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, the Maricopa County Education Service Agency partnered with PBS to create a program bringing STEM mentors to the classroom through a live stream. Axosoft, an agile and project management software company, was the first Arizona tech partner to host the … Read more

AZ-based Eyetech Digital Systems & Saccadous have their eye on each other – CES 2015

Video contribution by Travis Arbon Blink…change the channel….Look right…switch to Apple TV…Blink. At CES, more eye tech tracking companies are emerging and pairing their tech with everything from TVs to iPads to enhance your experience. For Mesa, Arizona-based Eyetech Digital Systems, they released the first multi-user eye tracking system. Though still in its infancy stage, Eyetech’s … Read more

Apriva’s new mobile security system becomes NSA worthy

Apriva, the leading provider of secure end-to-end wireless transaction and information solutions, announced today a new milestone for the company with its software solution MESA VPN Gateway being added to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s (NSA/CSS) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Approved Products List. This distinction indicates that the VPN Gateway underwent a comprehensive government … Read more

Avnet VP selected as one of STEMconnector 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced that Beth McMullen, vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was selected as one of STEMconnector® 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM. McMullen was honored in the STEMconnector® publication featuring top executives who have demonstrated a commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and diversity initiatives. … Read more

Doctor office wait times reduced with new cloud sharing system

If you’ve ever had to visit multiple physicians, hospitals or specialists for medical attention, the drama of getting your records sent over can be an exhausting process. Fortunately, the cloud is providing more healthcare providers the ability to share ones’ medical history and save the patient time and grief. One company that is making headway in … Read more

Startups, STEM and Hackschooling kick off Innovation AZ Summit 2014

Startups, STEM and SCITECH, oh my! It’s time again for entrepreneurs and educators from across the state to come together for the annual Arizona Innovation Summit on August 14, with the theme “From Inspiration to Commercialization”- this time at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. If you are a startup and haven’t been to this event, … Read more

Startup Weekend EDU to improve AZ education system – April 25-27

Are you passionate about improving education through great ideas? Come to Startup Weekend EDU on April 25-27th. This 52-hour event brings together educators, developers, designers, product managers, marketers, and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams, build products or services, and launch startups! [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/53366381[/vimeo] Startup Weekend EDU is an event where individuals can come together … Read more

3D Systems and Hershey's partner up to print chocolate

As if 3D printed candy wasn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, 3D Systems has announced a multi-year joint development agreement with Hershey, the largest producer of chocolate in North America and global leader in chocolate, sweets and refreshments. The dynamic duo will come together to explore and develop innovative opportunities for using 3D printing … Read more

Startup Worthworm launches today – the first web-based pre-money valuation system for early stage ventures – video

Worthworm, the first web-based valuation system for early stage ventures designed to generate a realistic, defensible and credible pre-money valuation (PMV) for founders seeking investment from angel investors, launched today. Co-founders Alan Lobock (also co-founder of SkyMall) and Paul Jackson tapped into their experience on both sides of the negotiating table and designed the tool … Read more

Arizona company raises $5M to try to become the “Henry Ford of Space”

Tucson-based startup Phantom Space recently raised $5 million in seed investments in order to fund their ultimate goal to become the “Henry Ford of Space.”  Talk about ambition. Remember Henry Ford? He founded Ford Motor Company and introduced the Model T, which was the first car that middle-class Americans could afford. He developed the assembly … Read more

Lithium-ion battery recycling plant coming to Gilbert

Li-Cycle, the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, has announced plans to build its third recycling facility in Gilbert.  This “Spoke 3” facility will be able to process up to 10,000 tons of dead batteries and battery manufacturing scrap a year. The company’s other two “spokes,” or facilities, are located in Rochester, N.Y., where … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 11: Kelly Smith, Founder & CEO, Prenda

Kelly Smith is changing the way America thinks about education. He founded Prenda, a company that empowers parents to choose the learning that’s best for their children and gives students the confidence to be whatever they want to be. Kelly believes that, if you teach children to follow their passion, they will grow up to … Read more

Emerge, named one of America’s Best Startup employers, looks to double headcount in 2021

Emerge, a Scottsdale- based logistics technology startup named #23 on Forbes list of “America’s Top Startup Employers” plans to double headcount in 2021.  Emerge is looking for local people to fill a variety of roles in multiple departments, including IT, engineering and sales and operations. This move is more evidence of Arizona’s growing tech industry. … Read more