Innovation is Everywhere! AZTB Partners with GROW Conference

Technology pioneers, founders, executives, investors and influencers come together to help build companies and nurture innovation and growth at the GROW conference. From August 14 to 16, in Vancouver, B.C. the conference focus is about designing and building mobile and web products, trends in business and finance. Over 1,200 attendees and 25 venture firms (primarily … Read more

Doug Nicholas, CEO of Hard Dollar, Steps Down

Hard Dollar CEO Doug Nicholas will be leaving the company and returning to Greentree Partners. Nicholas has been with Hard Dollar since 2004 and has become one of the fastest growing software companies in the nation. A leader in the project cost management software business, Hard Dollar focuses on infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, and … Read more

AudioEye Delivers an Audio Internet for the Visually Impaired

AudioEye (AEYE.OB) the creator of Audio Internet™ is a patented Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) audio browsing and automated publishing technology platform that works to enable Internet access for the blind and visually impaired. This year AudioEye was voted Gold Edison Award winner for innovation in the category of “Lifestyle and Social Impact; Quality of Life.” This concept … Read more

CareerBuilder 2013 List – Best Places to Work in AZ

CareerBuilder recently released their 2013 list of the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona. Businesses are separated and listed by their number of employees, stretching from the 25-50 employees category to 1000 or more. As well, there are two extra categories, one for diversity initiatives and one for women’s initiatives. On top of their … Read more

Page.ly Acquires Competitor BlogDroid

Page.ly, a managed WordPress hosting company, announced the acquisition of competing service BlogDroid in an all cash deal* with the goal to diversify their customer profile. During the transition, Page.ly will manage the BlogDroid domain name and move customers from the existing BlogDroid infrastructure to their hosting platform. BlogDroid customers will immediately benefit from Page.ly’s … Read more

Desarrollo, Not Your Typical Incubator, Launches Today

desarrollo, a community-based initiative, launched today and has its eyes on the prize of developing Arizona into the premiere destination for entrepreneurs. Inspired by incubator programs around the world, desarrollo aims to “develop a community of collaboration, growth, knowledge and inspiration” to set Arizona on the fast track to becoming THE entrepreneurial-focused ecosystem and “do … Read more

Tap the Future – Entrepreneur Competition with Daymond John open for entries

Tap the Future™, Miller Lite’s business competition, officially opened for entries on June 13th. The competition puts entrepreneurs against each other for a prize pool of $400,000. There are three phases to the process: Phase 1-the National Launch, Phase 2-Live Pitch Events and Phase 3-National Finals. Groups will present and be advised by multiple businesses … Read more

MoneyClip Mobile – Helping Customers Buy Stuff through their Smartphones

The concept of a “virtual wallet” has been developed and practiced for years, but there’s nothing quite as efficient and effective as MoneyClip Mobile. A two-part app for merchants and customers, MoneyClip Mobile negates the need for carrying a wallet full of credit cards. Created by Joshua Cross in 2011, the application allows customers to … Read more

Smaato to release IQzone's Postitial software to over 70,000 developers worldwide

As more companies try to capture customers through their mobile phones using banner, pop-up and video ads, one Scottsdale-based company, IQzone, has technology that can identify when a user leaves an app and automatically displays a large-format advertisement. Through their patent-pending product Postitial, Android developers and publishers can work in synergy to embed the smart … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru

The TaskOne iPhone case contains 22 different tools while maintaining a thin appearance.  TaskOne case features a removable 2.5” knife for flying or small cutting tasks, a small flathead screwdriver, a medium Phillips screwdriver, pliers, a wire cutter, six metric Allen wrenches, a 120mm ruler, a bottler opener, a kickstand and more. The tools are … Read more

Mobivity Secures $11 Million from Private Financing

Mobivity Holdings Corp. (OTCQB: MFON), a chandler-based, award-winning provider of proprietary mobile marketing technologies and solutions with over 11,000 local advertisers currently using their technology and the inventor of C4, a unique, enterprise-grade platform empowering brands to engage mobile consumers across multiple channels, announced today the completion of $11,013,208 million in private financing. The money breaks … Read more

Developers of the "Ugly Meter" team up to create "Monsters Invade OZ"

Developers of the “Ugly Meter” app Jo Overline and Ryan Allen joined lifelong friend Bryan Mitchell (Geared) to form Little Box app and create Monsters Invade OZ, launching globally on iOS today. The game is an RPG based on the world from the Wizard of Oz. Players can battle over 100 monsters, explore six unique … Read more

Shipping Auction Site Post.Bid.Ship. Finalizes New Round of Funding

Post.Bid.Ship. recently closed its third round of angel funding, getting a little over $600,000 from Desert Angels, according to Chairman Curtis Gunn. These funds will help expand the business of linking companies with shippers, co-founder and chief operations officer Jarret Hamstreet said. The Tucson-based company is looking to transform how the shipping business is conducted … Read more

BizAnytime: A Collaborative Cloud-Based Workspace for Small Businesses

BizAnytime, an online collaborative workstation, is moving out of beta and into the world of mobile workspaces. I spoke to CEO Leif Hartwig last week about the past, present, and future of his company, why it’s important to have online workspaces, and the process of creating this kind of complex concept. Hartwig’s background in financial … Read more

Arizona Mining Software Company Wins Presidential E-Award

Mintec, a mining management software company based in Tucson recently received the President’s E-Award for Exports, the highest honor a U.S.-based company can receive for expanding exports. MineSight, their flagship product is a comprehensive modeling and mine planning software platform, was one of 57 winners in 22 states and the only one based in Arizona. … Read more

How Do Entrepreneurs Come up With Their Ideas? – Hart Cunningham, CEO Integrate – Guest Blog

  GUEST BLOG BY HART CUNNINGHAM, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF INTEGRATE While I can’t speak for other entrepreneurs, nor do I subscribe to a universal process for developing successful business ideas, I have identified patterns among my personal endeavors and those of others. First, very few lucrative businesses have resulted from an individual that only … Read more

Startup Connects Homeowners and Pool Service Providers – Homely

Triple digit temperatures are here and staying cool in the pool is on the to do list. Unfortunately, so is cleaning the pool. Homely, is a company that connects homeowners with contractors to provide a weekly pool service and book instantly online to allow them to enjoy their pools without the annoyance of maintenance. Co-Founders … Read more

CEI's "Ready Set Launch!" Introduces Entrepreneurship to High School Students

High school students on the brink of entering college often aspire to be, engineers, doctors, journalists, policemen, teachers and more. Rarely, if at all, do you hear the word “entrepreneur” come out of their mouths. The inaugural “Ready Set Launch!” Youth Week, hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), will introduce the world of … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru

These over ear headphones from Grain Audio feature ear cups made of FSC certified walnut wood with hand-applied oil finish. These headphones deliver pure, natural sound using 2x40mm proprietary loudspeakers with Neodymium magnets and a CCAW voice coil. The headphones are compatible with any device with a 3.5mm headphone jack. They also come with an … Read more