Tallwave has a new CFO and promotes three to VP

Tallwave, a Scottsdale-based early growth stage venture services company, announced Tuesday that Vickie Wittie has been appointed to be their new Chief Financial Officer. Wittie has served as CFO at a number of other tech companies and has experience leading financial teams from a startup phase through the initial public offering. Read: Tallwave Capital raises … Read more

Bosse Tools receives $200K to build its production

One of the oldest tools — the shovel — is changing its look and, in the process, is digging up some cash from local venture funds to support its designers. Bosse Tools, a Scottsdale-based shovel and tool company, recently received a whopping $200,000 from the Maricopa County Manufacturing Venture Fund, bringing the startup to a running total … Read more

Startup Broken Window to release Grave on PS4 and XBOX One in 2015

Prepare to scream and be completely terrified by ghoulish and gruesome creatures, as Grave, an open world, procedural survival horror game, will be available on PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One simultaneously in 2015. This year has been one fast-paced, energy drink-induced, lack-of-sleep, but infinitely rewarding, year for the husband and wife team and co-founders … Read more

Apriva’s new mobile security system becomes NSA worthy

Apriva, the leading provider of secure end-to-end wireless transaction and information solutions, announced today a new milestone for the company with its software solution MESA VPN Gateway being added to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s (NSA/CSS) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Approved Products List. This distinction indicates that the VPN Gateway underwent a comprehensive government … Read more

JDA Software fixes its identity crisis, gets a facelift, and is ready to deliver

JDA software, the leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail and supply chain planning and execution solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide, is full steam ahead and overhauled its image to appeal to the next generation of execs and customers. Let’s face it JDA hasn’t updated their logo in forever, their outfacing messaging is meh, customers have lost … Read more

Google exec breaks world skydiving record jumping from space

For all of you adrenaline junkies out there who skydive and jump from extreme heights, there is a new kind of rush…space jumping. Alan Eustace, a Google vice president, broke a world record for parachute jumping after diving from the stratosphere with the help of Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation. [youtube]http://youtu.be/T711k05nJmw[/youtube] Eustace was carried into … Read more

Startup Avirtek combats hackers by scanning your cyber-DNA

Every time you use a computer, you leave behind a record of what you do, what programs you use and plenty of personal information. Tucson-based startup Avirtek wants to harness those digital fingerprints to help protect you. They call it user cyber-DNA. The company, born in a University of Arizona laboratory, offers software solutions to … Read more

Growth hacking with your data – AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn October – tix limited

Last month at AZTB Lunch and Learn, Matthew O’Brien, Founder Mint Social, was the super ninja with his advice on how to build out one piece of content into a full-blown campaign using 10 plus social media platforms, as well as boosting your influence online. O’Brien said content needs to be organized into three buckets … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Back-it-Up edition

This week’s edition of Gadgets for the Guru is all about securing your personal content.       Eggcyte The Egg, a personalized web server, aims to solve the issue of relying on big data companies for cloud storage, without the privacy concerns or monthly fees. The device itself is rather small and feels smooth and … Read more

Weekend Reads: The Glass Cage, Glass Jaw & Marketing to Millennials

This week’s edition of Weekend Reads focuses image management, work styles and marketing to the puzzling millennial generation. Snarky commenters on social media, computers taking over our professions, and the most influential generation of consumers ever.   Sometime overnight, your world exploded. Everything was fine when you left work yesterday. But while you were sleeping, some … Read more

National Venture Capital Association ranks Phoenix among top 20 cities for tech startup funding

The National Venture Capital Association released their Q3 2014 Venture Capital Investments report of the top 20 metropolitan areas receiving funding through September 30, 2014. As expected, startups in the tech bubble, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, received about half the funding. According the report, investments focused on startups in SaaS, telecom and business services. … Read more

Apple to recover $439 million from GTAT in settlement

It’s settled, GT Advanced Technologies Inc has reached an agreement with Apple Inc. According to a statement from GT, they would be released from all exclusivity obligations under its various agreements with Apple. While GT will retain ownership of all production assets from Mesa, they will recover Apple $439 million pre-payment made to GT over … Read more

Mouthguards, Mining and Medical win at TiE AZ Fast Pitch Event

Two minutes, 15 companies, three winners. Last night 15 Arizona startups competed and pitched to a room full of investors and entrepreneurs at the TiE AZ Fast Pitch Event to win a slot in the upcoming Venture Madness competition, where startups have the opportunity to win a piece of the $50,000 prize, and TiE AZ Venture Capital pitch event, … Read more

Women in Tech panelists agree – Boosting your reputation online starts with quality content

This morning, the panelists at the AZ Tech Beat Women in Tech event put some spice in everyone’s coffee with a side of real and raw discussion about managing your reputation online. In the digital world, we have our personal and our professional image, and the panelists offered advice on how to best manage these … Read more

GTAT reaches “consensual accord” with Apple

The details have been sparse, but today we finally found out GT Advanced Technologies’ (GTAT) fate. GTAT’s attorney stated earlier today that the split is an ‘amicable parting of ways,’ and that the accord will save millions of dollars and solve most issues. Related: GTAT cuts hundreds of jobs from Arizona employees GTAT’s attorney also disclosed … Read more

Tallwave Capital raises $13.51M to commercialize new ventures

Tallwave Capital, a commercializer, announced today the closing of a $13.5M Tallwave Commercialization Fund I. This seed fund is focused exclusively on investing in startups in SaaS, mobile, digital media, ad tech and eCommerce. Investments can range from $125K to $400K in early-stage differentiated consumer and enterprise focused businesses in most industry vertical markets. “This is … Read more