13,900 jobs added to Arizona economy as technology booms

Over the past year, Arizona has been a hot spot for technology and business expansion. With the national eye watching what’s brewing in the Valley of the Sun, companies large and small have chosen to expand in a hotbed of new innovation, bringing both jobs and investments with them. According to data collected by the … Read more

IO data center sold their desert dirt to REIT for $125M

Selling off desert dirt is the latest move from the worldwide leader in software-defined data centers. Today the company announced a partnership with Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT (CVMC, REIT) who acquired a 100 percent interest in the Phoenix and Scottsdale data centers for $125M. Within this transaction, IO immediately leased back the property and … Read more

Shovels, hearts and ebooks among finalists for Governor's Innovation award

Every year, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation awards recognize people and organizations that drive technology forward in Arizona. This year, the collection of winners and finalists includes everything from shovels and mining, to cloud software and biotechnology. “Every year, the buzz and the crowd grows and I have to say the food couldn’t get much … Read more

Startup Traklight raises $350K from east coast angels

It’s your baby, you develop it, market it, and are building your customer base, and you don’t want someone stealing it-but how do you protect your intellectual property on a bootstrap budget? Startup Traklight, a self-guided, cloud-based, software platform that creates your custom intellectual property (IP) strategy, aims to help other founders from losing their … Read more

Apriva partners with GoCoin to boost digital currency payments via smartphone

With new cryptocurrency weaving its way into the marketplace and new Bitcoin tellers popping up around town, more business owners are considering taking online currency as payment. One local business, Apriva, a secure end-to-end wireless transaction and information solutions company, announced today a partnership with GoCoin to process digital currencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin for … Read more

Startup co-founder Contatta Pat Sullivan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of Contatta and formerly co-founder and CEO of SalesLogix and ACT!, will receive yet another award for his contribution to the business world and this time its the OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc., AZ Tech … Read more

Your next fender bender might get 3D scanned by the police

New 3D scanners are bringing a futuristic look and feel to Yuma Police Department crime scene documentation, the Yuma Sun reports. The system, called FARO, uses lasers and mirrors to produce a panoramic 3D scan of an area.  Once transferred to a computer, the scans are stitched together in a Google Street View-like rendering that … Read more

Campus shooting survivor launches safety app for ASU students

With campus shootings and crime rattling the country in recent months, tech firms and universities have taken an advance turn to supply students with in-palm methods of alerting authorities about on-campus crimes. Last week Arizona State University announced its launch of the school’s LiveSafe app, which allows users to report tips to the ASU Police … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru – Home Automation

Turn your house tech-savvy with these home automation gadgets! Kwikset Kevo Bring your home into the 21st century with Kwikset Kevo by UniKey. Yout smartphone will be transformed into a key used to unlock the doors of your home. The Kevo is the market’s first Bluetooth enabled touch-to-open smart lock so you don’t have to fumble … Read more

Local startups help college students earn extra cash

Are you a struggling college student who is on a ramen noodles diet? Did you spend a huge chunk of change on this semester’s textbooks? Have your parents put you on a strict budget? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then these local startups can help you earn extra cash during college! Pet … Read more

OBD Solutions co-founder shares how they exceeded Kickstarter goal by $600K

Article co-written with Becky Brisley When a company sets out to raise money on Kickstarter, the founders hope they raise enough to make it and continue their project. For OBD Solutions, a company that specializes in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of OBD cables, interfaces, software, and development tools, they had an overwhelming response for their Kickstarter campaign. … Read more

Edu-tech startups launch apps to help college freshmen succeed

As the summer season fizzles and the autumn colors flourish, college students across the nation will begin to embark on another semester of school. Here are some apps and web services that can ease the transition back into endless hours of homework and studying. GetSet GetSet, a new educational startup focused on reducing the college dropout rate in … Read more

GoDaddy acquires the scrappy and happy email marketing co. Mad Mimi

Gary Levitt, co-founder and CEO, Mad Mimi, began his business with music in mind. Levitt, a bass player, and his brother, wanted to develop an app that helped musicians create online press kits. About six months into it, they switched and developed a product that allowed people to produce marketing emails in a simple, musical-like … Read more

Garmin expands to 60,000 square-foot facility in Chandler

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, formally opens its new 60,000 square foot research and development facility in the Chandler Corporate Center on Friday. “We are delighted to open such a state-of-the-art research and development facility here in Chandler,” said Merlin Smith, Director of Auto OEM Software, … Read more

Inc. 5000 lists Phoenix tech companies among the fastest-growing in US

In their 33rd year running the Inc. 5000 list was released today, and Arizona high tech and digital media companies made a strong showing. The list presents the fastest-growing private companies by percentage of revenue growth over a four-year period. According the report, industries that represented the highest percentage growth includes software (182%), IT services (122%) and … Read more

UofA's driverless CAT vehicle takes students for a spin

No brakes, no steering wheel, no gas pedal, and no driver. The concept of a driverless car has been one of the more popular initiatives at Google, and this summer, students at the University of Arizona worked on their own version of a self-driving car in an effort to advance driverless technology.   Eight engineering and … Read more

AZ Tech Beat Free Lunch and Learn is Kickstarted! Startups reveal secrets to a successful campaign – tickets limited

We’re back! The AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn is geared up for startups and small biz! We have an exciting 2014-15 year lined up for you, from talks about how to raise money, the latest marketing techniques to build your business, employee engagement, the latest technology on the market and personal development. August we kick … Read more

Virtual keyboards, headphones, home automation – gadgets for dorm life – video

Not long ago, a pen, notepad and flip phone was what a college student needed to get through a day on campus. Today’s students are eminently tech savvier and the gadgets they are buying reflect the importance of traveling light, music, security and staying powered up.   [youtube]http://youtu.be/WcbZyrO_aVc[/youtube]   Want em? Here’s a closer look at the … Read more

TASER stock spikes in the midst of Ferguson

While the instability in Ferguson, Missouri continues over the police shooting of Michael Brown, stocks at Taser International, a leading Conducted Electrical Weapons used by law enforcement, military and security around the world, has had it’s own fluctuations, but suddenly spiked in the midst of this turmoil. Since January 2014, Taser stock (TASR) has been … Read more

HUT HUT HIKE! 5 apps to help achieve Fantasy Football success

The NFL is currently playing preseason games with the regular season set to begin on September 4th when the Green Bay Packers go head-to-head with last year’s Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some mobile apps to help you build a winning fantasy football team and gather exclusive content surrounding the nation’s biggest sport. … Read more