Why we need Wheezy more than ever – founder and CEO Vicinity Health Chris Stiffler dies at 35

For many founders, their product or creation is developed out of the need to solve their own problems, and in turn it could help others. For Chris Stiffler, founder and CEO of Vicinity Health, who suffered from severe asthma attacks, he developed the software and design for a device called Wheezy that pairs with users’ smartphone to help … 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

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

Rival Ripper takes home top prize at Startup Weekend Chandler

It was an exhausting weekend for the nine competing startups at Startup Weekend Chandler. Hosted by Ed Allen, Founder and Owner of ITECH Systems, Startup Weekend is an entrepreneurial event where anyone can come and pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from peers and mentors. On Friday evening at Gangplank LLC in Chandler, about … Read more

ACA chooses four tech companies for AZ Fast Grant

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has chosen four tech companies as the recipients for the highly competitive AZ Fast Grant, a grant that provides Arizona-based early stage companies with resources to grow their business. The grant allows these companies to seek professional consulting services and commercialization assistance such as training to be more competitive for federal … Read more

Tweeples learn how to avoid social media fails at #SMDayPHX

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, you name it! Newsfeeds went ablaze on June 28, for the fourth annual #SMDayPhx (Social Media Day Phoenix). The Mashable created event brought together people from all walks of social media for an evening of networking and lighting fast seminars surrounding online media. The night kicked off with three 20-minute talks that focused on IP use, advertising … 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

AZ startups named finalists in TiE 50 Awards – one takes top honor

Two Arizona early-stage startups, Vicinity Health and SyCara Local, were accepted into The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) 2014 conference as finalists in the TiE50 Awards Program and pitched in front of tech CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world. The AZ startups were chosen out of over 2,800 applicants from 27 countries. The TiE50 … Read more