Austin-based OutboundEngine expands to Scottsdale bringing 60 jobs

Austin-based social media and content marketing platform, OutboundEngine, has expanded to Old Town Scottsdale bringing 60 new jobs over the next year. CEO of OutboundEngine Branndon Stewart said he chose Arizona and more specifically Scottsdale because, “Arizona has a friendly business climate and is an easy flight from our headquarters in Austin. As for Scottsdale … Read more

Small businesses matter, new mobile products and Cold Play – CEO Clate Mask kicks off ICON 15

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Cold Play’s Sky Full of Stars lyrics filled the Phoenix Convention Center as CEO and co-founder Clate Mask of Infusionsoft made his way to center stage and kicked off ICON15 to a crowd of over 3,000 attendees. “Small business has changed, and the world is finally starting to notice it,” … Read more

GPEC and BioAccel awarded federal grants to fuel AZ innovation

Federal grant money is headed for Phoenix to help fuel the startup scene. Today, the U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced that BioAccel and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) were two of the first 26 recipients to receive a portion of the $10 million grant from the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. According to … Read more

Forbes names AZ companies in America's Best Employers 2015

Forbes unveiled their list of America’s Best Employers for 2015 and several Arizona companies ranked high on the list of the 500 companies recognized across 25 industries. A few of these companies have their headquarters in Arizona while the others on the list have a strong presence and employ a large number of people in … Read more

Southwest Maker Fest hope to create culture of makers – wrap up

Inventors from across the Valley gathered over the weekend in downtown Mesa for the second annual Southwest Maker Fest. Exhibitors displayed robotics, artistic pieces and more for everyone to come and enjoy. The event has doubled in size and aims to enhance Arizona’s “maker” culture where inventors can gather and collaborate, according to Thomas Sollars, … Read more

Raising money? Then you better know your numbers – women in tech wrap-up

With more women entrepreneurs emerging in the tech market, raising capital is first and foremost on the minds of founders. During the AZTB women in technology breakfast, a panel of founders and an investor shared their secrets to getting funded. Numbers are one of the most important thing for any entrepreneur to know, Cathleen Raffaeli, … Read more

Arizona school ranked best for online programs in 2015

In a recent ranking by Bestcollegereviews.org, Northern Arizona State University was listed as the number one online school of 2015. NAU made the number one slot by offering 45 bachelors degrees that can be completed entirely online. Overall, the school offers more than 80 bachelors degrees and 50 graduate degrees. Cost for an online program … Read more

Healthiest You launches app to keep you out of the ER

Healthcare just became a little bit easier with the recent launch of Healthiest You‘s new mobile app. Healthiest You, a Scottsdale-based telehealth company, built the app to offer both mobile and desktop users free consultations with doctors, area-based procedure cost comparisons, provider directories, drug pricing and insurance information. Healthiest You’s application is meant to bring innovation and … Read more

UA Online to offer 21 new undergrad degrees

The University of Arizona has launched a new online educational platform where students choose from 21  undergraduate degrees under the new UA Online campus. “We are thrilled that prospective students — from busy professionals advancing their careers and parents returning to the workforce to active military and veterans, community-college transfer students and others — can … Read more

Cypress Growth Capital invests $2 million in Genius Monkey

Texas-based Cypress Growth Capital made its first Arizona investment at a Tempe-based digital advertising consultant, Genius Monkey. The investment of $2,000,000 was royalty-based. Genius Monkey will use the funding to further develop its artificial intelligence behind its advertising software, according to CEO Clint Ethington. Along with general support of their existing software, Ethington hopes to use … Read more

Cloud solutions provider TrueCloud hires industry veteran as new VP

Tempe-based NetSuite services provider TrueCloud announced Monday the appointment of a new vice president of service delivery and operations. Susan Silberisen, previously the chief operating officer at BestIT, will work as to “provide and implement high quality solutions,” to the companies clients, according to TrueCloud. Silberisen has worked for 25 years in corporate management and … Read more

AZ teens celebrated at White House Science Fair

Today, Arizona student science winners will be recognized at the 2015 White House Science Fair. President Obama will be the emcee and celebrate the range of winners from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. Anvita Gupta, 17, from Scottsdale Arizona, is a strong advocate for getting girls into science. Since she … Read more

6 secrets to enhancing your customer's experience – Lunch and Learn – March 27

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was all using video to boost your business. The Director of Strategy at WireBuzz Marcus Krieg emphasized to not skimp on quality and said the benefits of a well-produced, strategic video could out-weigh the risk of customers clicking off if the video is just bad. The musts of a … Read more

GoDaddy files new IPO papers

GoDaddy, a leading small business solutions provider, is getting closer to an initial public offering (IPO) this week with plans to price shares at $17 to $19 and plans to offer 22 million shares in all. The website host and Internet domain registrar aims to raise as much as $418 million with the planned IPO. … Read more

OrbHealth raises $650,000 in first seed round

Phoenix based healthcare mobile application OrbHealth has raised $650,000 in their first round of seed funding, according to its CEO and Founder.   OrbHealth rose from the ranks of Dallas healthcare accelerator and has launched mobile applications for both patients and physicians to collect, disseminate and provide health data for both parties, said Paul Oran, … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: USB-C the new standard

Take a stroll around your house and you’ll probably find that most of your tech devices have a Universal Serial Bus connection. If you’re not familiar with the Universal Serial Bus, it’s also known as the USB. Over the years the USB has gone through a variety of changes from faster speeds to smaller ports, … Read more

The Startup Journal – Bootstrapping your business

Launching this week, AZ Tech Beat has a new web-series offering business advice and work experiences, from the startup world to the startup world. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal will feature a variety of founders who are in different stages in their startup. Each episode will be a short, two to three minute video … Read more

Bridge Optix smartphone accessories bring a twist to the ultimate selfie

Phoenix based iPhone case and lens manufacturer Bridge Optix, formerly Smart Phocus, has returned with their next level of products with a myriad of phone cases, attachments and lenses. There’s no secret the smartphone accessories and lens attachments market is well established, but CEO Phillip Felice looks to bring a twist to the current choices. … Read more

Phoenix Children's Hospital brings tablets to each bedside

Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) announced they will provide tablets geared with an educational-based mobile app to every patient bedside by Fall 2015. While it might be tempting to download Instagram to stay connected, sorry kids, the tablet will house their multilingual Journey Boards app designed to provide information to parents and patients about the “journey” … Read more

Innovate UA announces 1st cohort of startups in Innovative Minds Challenge

Innovate UA, in partnership with the Arizona Center for Innovation and Perkins Coie law firm, announces the first cohort in the accelerator program Innovative Minds Challenge at the University of Arizona (UA). UA is a prominent leader in generating entrepreneurs that partake in many initiatives to provide the world with a variety of solutions to … Read more