C.C. Chapman: why content creation matters – Digital Summit Phoenix

C.C. Chapman, co-author of the International bestselling business book “Content Rules,” kicked off the inaugural Digital Summit Phoenix with a keynote that emphasized the importance of content, how to relate it to your audience and finding the beauty in the content-whether it be in your words or photos or a combination. As part of understanding … Read more

ASU Startup brings home the ACVC Territorial Cup and $10K

Last Friday, the top 12 startups from Arizona State, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona went head-to-head in the second Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition for a chance at a piece of the $30,000 prize money plus mentorship…and of course the Territorial Cup plus one year of bragging rights. In the end, all Arizona State startups … Read more

Weekend reads: Inventions, job searches, failing well and it's all about you

It’s been months since you’ve set your alarm clock for earlier than 8:00 a.m. and your daily ensemble is a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt. Oh, the life of the unemployed…but there’s a book to help with the job-loss blues. “Reset” by Dwain Schenck, is a book that inspires an individual to get off … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru

Ultimate Ears Boom (UE Boom) The UE Boom portable bluetooth speaker is great for every occasion. With a water and stain resistant acoustic skin,  the UE Boom is perfect for the beach and pool party. Its cylindrical shape allows for a 360-degree sound output. A subsidiary of Logitech, the UE Boom is able to provide high quality … Read more

Aspect Software announces strategic alliance with LiveVox

Aspect Software, a leading provider of fully-integrated customer interaction management, workforce optimization, back-office and award-winning cloud solutions, and LiveVox, a leading provider of cloud contact center solutions for business process outsourcers, announced a strategic alliance to deploy, market, and sell a comprehensive portfolio of cloud-based services and solutions. Under the agreement, Aspect and LiveVox will … Read more

The Art of Selfie- The Global Phenomenon

Remember the days when ‘self-portrait’ was the only way to describe a photo taken of oneself? Now ‘selfie’ has taken over the reins. Along with popular hashtags like #ootd (outfit of the day), #wiwt (what I wore today) and #tbt (throwback thursdays), we can often see heaps of selfies on social media apps like Instagram … Read more

Halo 2013 report – Desert Angels listed as top 10 most active angel investors in US

The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released the 2013 Halo Report, a national survey of angel group investment activity, and ranked Tucson-based Desert Angels (DA) in the top 10 for most active angel groups in the United States-a first for DA. Curtis Gunn, chairman of Desert Angels tells AZTB, “Desert Angels … Read more

Drone captures Haboob rolling into the Valley – video

It’s here…the haboobs. For those not familiar with the term haboob – it’s a wall of dust reaching up to 5,000-feet-tall and 100-miles-long and winds up to 100 mph. When these blankets of brown encapsulate the sky, a few things happen to Zonies: 1. The new “Dust Storm” mobile warning push notifications, similar to an … Read more

Tallwave and ethology acquire 29th Drive

Tallwave, a commercializer, and its largest portfolio company, integrated digital marketing agency ethology, announced they have signed a definitive agreement to jointly acquire the assets of Arizona-based user-centered design firm 29th Drive. The cash and stock transaction is set to close at the end of this month for an undisclosed amount. 29th Drive was founded … Read more

2nd Charity Makeover begins April 5 – techies collaborate for the greater good

Charity Makeover is a non-profit organization that helps other non-profits thrive by donating talent and time to “makeover” everything from their marketing campaigns to website and help them run more effectively. Sean Tierney, Chief Guru at Automation Gurus and mentor at Seed Spot, created Charity Makeover to bring together a collection of industry leaders, techies … Read more

Startup FreeBike Project uses tech & social to enhance its green ads

FreeBike Project is finding away to add technology to a business that does not seem like it needs it. FreeBike Project puts advertisements on bicycles and then leases those bikes to college students for free. It seems like a pretty solid advertising/marketing company, but the company’s cofounder, Scott Ferreira said “there is a whole technology … Read more

Gilbert's EZ Spaces opens – a collaborative co-working space for small businesses

If small business owners are tired of working from home or coffee shops or are tired of paying for office space they do not need, EZ Spaces might be the answer. EZ Spaces, which is located in Gilbert, gives people a professional place to work as well as access to office amenities like Wi-Fi, printers … Read more

AZIMA's 2nd annual TIM Awards announces winners

On Thursday, March 20, the Arizona Interactive Marketing Association (AZIMA) held its 2nd annual TIM Awards – named after Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. The TIM Awards celebrates the best in the Valley of digital marketing professionals and their successful marketing campaigns in the interactive realm for the calendar year 2013. … Read more

Top 3 Arizona Universities battle for the Startup Territorial Cup

The Arizona Collegiate Venture Competition (ACVC), where startups from the top three universities compete against each other for cash prizes, kicks off Friday, March 28 in Tucson. The top 12 startups from Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), and the University of Arizona (UA) will battle it out in the hopes of being … Read more

Tallwave Capital invests over $500K in startups & competitions

Tallwave Commercialization Fund I announced that it has deployed $500,000 in capital in two Tallwave High Tide business competitions and three early-stage ventures that have emerged from the latest High Tide program. The Tallwave Commercialization Fund I (Fund) is an Arizona-based venture capital fund specializing in Seed investments in early-stage technology and media companies. Tallwave … Read more

Startups to share lessons learned when pitching for money – TiE AZ – April 2

Somewhere in the repertoire of the startup cycle, co-founders will contemplate the idea of raising money, figure out how much and then develop their deck. With their business plan in hand, founders hit the streets and may enter pitch competitions, go straight to the desks of investors, hit up more friends and family, visit some … Read more

University of Arizona's MIS College launches AudioEye's Audio Internet platform

The University of Arizona’s (UA) academic department of Management Information Systems (MIS), through the Eller College of Management, is now offering its students new accessibility features on its academic websites. The new feature comes from a partnership with Tucson-based AudioEye, the creator of the audio Internet patented audio browsing and automated publishing technology platform. AudioEye’s … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru – get outdoors

iZZi Orbit Pro The iZZi Orbit Pro iPhone 5/5s case is a smartphone photographer’s heaven. The Orbit Pro features four interchangeable lens that allows you to take four different styles of photos: Fisheye, Wide Angle, Telephoto and Macro. The 180-Degree Fisheye lens allows users to take panoramic style shots, overhead event crowd shots or group shots.  Whereas … Read more

Wearables aren't going anywhere…ABC 15 Katie Raml – special report w AZTB – video

I’m constantly asked “Are these wearables a fad?” After the massive amounts of wearable tech rolled out at Consumer Electronics Show, a projected $50B industry within five years, and more consumers integrating these gadgets into their lifestyle through wristbands, smartwatches, glasses, clothes, and more, my answer is 100 percent no – it’s here to stay. … Read more