Rundavoo: A New Facebook Application To Remove The Stress From Event Planning

Adam Ayers, a graduate from Arizona State University, and founder of Entrepreneurs@ASU, has embarked on a new journey, with a new startup. He is on a team along with six others that are taking a new approach to event planning. Using the “majority rules” concept, the team has developed a new Facebook application called Rundavoo. … Read more

ZocDoc Opening a Phoenix Office?

After every natural disaster citizens and businesses have to find a way to recuperate from the damage and how to improve things for the future. After Hurricane Sandy created havoc in New York and datacenter outages started hitting New York’s high tech scene, ZocDoc became much more serious about opening a new office in Arizona. … Read more

Tallwave Launches "High Tide" Start-up Competition

Tallwave is full of new activity. They have recently added two prestigious names to their advisory board: Craig Barrett, retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of Intel, and Roy Vallee, Executive Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Avnet. Along with these two important additions to the company, they are launching “High Tide” which … Read more

Arizona Furnace Accelerator Unveils First Ten Startups

On Friday, at the Arizona Commerce Authority’s offices, the Furnace Accelerator unveiled its first batch of ten startups. With the level of startup activities and tech company launch events in recent months, I am starting to wonder if we are finally on the verge of a mini silicon valley  taking off in the Phoenix area. … Read more

Doc It Now Wins Gangplank’s Extreme Pitch Contest Against 5 Other New Valley Startups Last Friday Night

Ben Hall, Benson Garner, and the rest of the crew at Gangplank hosted an Extreme Pitch Contest for their “RoadMap To Launch” and “Semester To Launch” company participants. This biannual event is a culmination of each company’s hard work in developing a ‘lean startup’ with the help of their leader’s mentorship. This time, six new startups … Read more

Lunar IT Solutions Provides Businesses with Affordable Web Designs

It can be difficult to build a small business in an age of corporations. However, the internet has made it possible for companies of any size to be successful. Social media is a large part of marketing for companies big and small and many exist because of sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Companies like … Read more

AZIMA Event Recap: Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz Speaking on Inbound Marketing

Rand Fishkin, Founder and CEO of SEOmoz (based in Seattle, WA) packed the place out last night at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort for his talk on Inbound Marketing. With over 200 people in attendance, the room was riveted on his every word. Rand took us through a diagnosis of the eight irrational biases in the … Read more

Techiepalooza 2.0 Recap: Fewer People, More Free Stuff

We headed down to ASU SkySong yesterday for the second installment of Techiepalooza, a networking event hosted by ASU Venture Catalyst that is designed to bring the Phoenix entrepreneurial and tech community together. Our first impression was that the event felt more organized and relaxed than the previous Techiepalooza this summer, when the RSVPs doubled on the day of … Read more

It's Official: Uber has Launched In Phoenix!

Last month we mentioned that on-demand driving service Uber had soft launched in the Valley, enabling anyone who signs up for an Uber account to take full advantage of the service. As of yesterday, the company “officially” made Phoenix its 18th location, and it did so with a launch event at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, where … Read more

Scottsdale-Based SpyFu Launches Convertasaurus – Marketing Tool that Determines Which Phrases Generate More Clicks

Say hello to Convertasaurus. It’s a new tool that has just been launched by the Scottsdale-based internet marketing firm, SpyFu. Mike Roberts, Founder & President of SpyFu, has compiled copious amounts of information regarding what specific keywords perform better when placed in an ad situation. For instance, if you were trying to sell a product … Read more

Key Takeaways From Pressnomics 2012 Day 1

Page.ly’s conference, Pressnomics, quickly sold out of the 150 available tickets, so if you weren’t able to attend, here are a few things that I took away from each of the speakers on day 1. Fun fact: It would have cost $10,000 to remove that giant chandelier that is right above the projection screen (you … Read more

Simpleview Streamlines CRMs to Market Destination Marketing Organizations

Arizona has always been a hotbed for CRM companies (think Act,SalesLogix, Infusionsoft), and Tucson-based Simpleview has quietly joined that growing list. Simpleview has emerged as another rapidly growing software company that creates a CRM and CMS solution specifically for destination marketing organizations (or DMOs). Simpleview is a company that helps destination marketing organizations (DMOs) with conventions … Read more

AlphaStripe Levels Up From Beta, And Prepares For A Full Platform Launch This Veteran’s Day

This past Memorial Day, AZ Tech Beat reported on the beta launch of AlphaStripe. The founders, who are U.S. Military Veterans themselves, created a private platform for service men and women of all ages to share, connect, and honor one another. With emotionally charged content like photos, videos, and stories of war, social sites such … Read more

PressNomics 2012: The Economics of WordPress Conference Sells Out

With the outrageous success and adoption of WordPress, and approximately 72 million active websites powered by the service, PressNomics has been created as an annual event to bring those together who know it best. Developing a community for learning and collaboration seems to be the theme, which will be lead this year by a talented … Read more

JDA Gets Acquired for $1.9 Billion

It turns out the rumors that JDA was looking for a buyer were not only true, but they were quite a bit late. Yesterday, JDA announced that it was being acquired by RedPrairie for $45 per share which was more than a 30% premium over its trading price over the last few weeks. The $1.9 Billion … Read more

On-Demand Driver App Uber Soft Launches in Phoenix

We were recently tipped off that San Francisco-based startup Uber has started “secretly” offering its on-demand driver services in the Phoenix metro area. Founded in 2010, Uber is a service that connects passengers with drivers, predominantly through its mobile application (available on iPhone and Android). The app displays a real-time map of Uber cars nearby … Read more

Want Your Startup to Learn From Legends? Now There's an App for That!

The just-launched ‘Startup Videos’ iPhone App allows users to harness the knowledge and experience of those who have created some of the most successful companies in the world. Creator of the app, Matt Smith, shares your same passion in learning from others. So, Matt has hand-picked over 200 videos to help entrepreneurs build their business. … Read more