20 game studios showcase latest projects at Phoenix Comicon

Warriors, moles, motorcyclists and turtles were among some of the main characters found within video games showcased at the Arizona Video Game Showcase hosted by Game CoLab at Phoenix Comicon. From well-known studios such as Rainbow Studios known for their motocross games to indies, 20 Arizona-based game studios came together to demo their latest projects this weekend … Read more

CEO ClearDATA Darin Brannan on $25M Series C raise

ClearDATA, the leading healthcare cloud computing platform and service provider, announced the closing of an over-subscribed $25 million Series C led by Heritage Group, HLM Venture Partners and Flare Capital Partners. Darin Brannan, President, CEO and co-founder ClearDATA, told us the funds will be used for sales and marketing as well as iterative platform development. … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Get Ready for Summer

Jam out to tunes, play outside, and perfect your golf swing this summer. Enjoy the dog days with these awesome tech gadgets.     iSwimband With summer just around the corner, kids are ready to splash in the pool. One of the top concerns for parents is pool safety. iSwimband is a portable and personal … Read more

Eventinterface builds cash flow and communities for event planners

For organizations putting on an event that draws hundreds to thousands of participants, event planners need a way to organize and manage the masses. Startup Eventinterface is a SaaS end-to-end event management platform that enables planners to build revenue and their communities simultaneously. Since we last talked with CEO Eventinterface Al Wynant, the company has grown … Read more

ADOT's new radar technology to prevent wrong-way accidents

The Arizona Department of Transportation is looking at new ways to prevent wrong-way crashes. Their newest research involves some cool technology — radar-based detectors. The wrong-way detection devices and warning systems are part of an ongoing study, according to azfamily.com.   Currently, the detectors are being tested at along the loop 101 at two off-ramps. … Read more

Vestafy, animal welfare software co., acquired by Pethealth

Pethealth Inc. recently acquired Vestafy, a workflow management software product serving the animal welfare industry and a recent incubee at the socially-conscious incubator Seed Spot. Vestafy will become an essential part to Pethealth’s suite of animal care services. Their platform helps animal shelters streamline their workflow, manage data, aggregate reports and more, all through mobile … Read more

New CrunchBase report shows female founders on the rise

Anyone that has been paying attention to the challenge women face in the tech industry knows there is a gap in the representation of female founders and engineers. While local CEOs such as Blake Irving, GoDaddy, are pushing for change by placing more females in C-suite positions and leading girls in tech efforts, there is … Read more

Before you build an app, get to know your user base – Ryan Allen, Dapper Gentlemen

With over 2.5 million mobile apps in the market, how will your app stand out and gain users? This month’s Lunch and Learn speaker, ADDY award-winning, mobile and web developer Ryan Allen, co-founder Dapper Gentlemen, engaged our audience about the ins and outs of designing a mobile application. [youtube]https://youtu.be/m92WwN5oQiA[/youtube] Before you go out, spend money … Read more

Tech companies flock to the Valley of the Sun

Arizona has proven itself to be at the forefront of technology innovation and out-of-state companies have taken notice. Numerous companies have recently expanded their operations and opened up offices in the Valley of the Sun because of our thriving technology ecosystem, low cost of living, and high quality of life. Here are the tech companies … Read more

Weekend Reads: Improve thyself this Memorial Day Weekend

Since it’s a long holiday weekend, due to Memorial Day on Monday, AZTB has some books to help you kick back, relax and learn a few things along the way. These books offer tips on improving your workplace environment, improving your workplace demeanor, and…well…improving yourself.   You just bought the perfect item. It was just … Read more

eVisit lets patients follow up with doctors from their couch

Next time you have a cold or a post-op concern, you can check in with your doctor via smartphone from the comfort of your living room. Arizona-based telehealth startup eVisit, a web-based software that connects doctors with their patients, is expanding its horizons by introducing a mobile app and transitioning into a more inclusive patient … Read more

Wasabi Ventures announces expansion to Arizona

Early stage venture capital firm Wasabi Ventures announced the formal launch of its Arizona operations Tuesday after a nine month due diligence process. Wasabi Ventures’ offices will be located in Phoenix, with cohorts in Flagstaff and Tucson. “We see great potential in the Arizona ecosystem,” said Wasabi Ventures General Partner Tom “TK” Kuegler. “The combination of … Read more

Seed Spot Demo Day attracted zombies, dogs and geniuses

From natural smoothie pops to paraffin wax gloves, Seed Spot’s fifth Demo Day showcased startups with a wide variety of goals and social impact areas. Twelve startups presented their ideas Tuesday night to a packed house at downtown Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center. Seed Spot, an incubator in Phoenix for ventures with social impact, has helped 143 … Read more

IRIS, public relations management software co., raises $1 M equity seed round – interview with CEO Aly Saxe

Founded by a veteran public relations professional, IRIS, a cloud-based public relations management SaaS platform, helps streamline an agency’s administrative tasks and get pros back to doing what they love-creating buzz for their clients. Today the company announced a $1 million equity seed-preferred round, bringing their total funding to $1.25 million. CEO and founder Aly … Read more

ZocDoc “Get Better Better” comedic campaign exposes the awkward of booking doctor appts

It could take days to weeks to book a doctor’s appointment. If need be some patients might exaggerate their condition to cut the long line, even say they have rabies. The headaches of the healthcare system is the foundation of ZocDoc’s, the online doctor booking service, new ad campaign Get Better Better that brings humor to … Read more

Shelvspace raises $1M seed round to help consumer product reps ditch spreadsheets

One startup is helping sales representatives make sure your favorite chips, gum and bottled water are ready to go at the local convenient store. Shelvspace, a SaaS solution for the consumer packaging goods industry, today announced they closed on a $1 million seed round of funding led by Tallwave Capital with participation from high-profile* California- and … Read more

Science Fiction and Science Fact event coming to Phoenix May 27

Science fiction, giant squids, settling Mars, and how pop culture and the arts can be used to develop new technologies. What do these topics have in common? Mason Peck and Richard Peck will be discussing these topics and more on May 27 in their scientific discussion “From Science Fiction to Science Fact: How the science … Read more

Booker, all-in-one service commerce platform, expands to Scottsdale bringing jobs

For many small business owners like Renee Moore of SpaFly, a mobile spa, she spends more than a desirable amount of time on administrative tasks rather than going out and getting clients. New York City-based Booker, an all-in-one service commerce platform, has expanded to Scottsdale and ready to help small businesses like SpaFly streamline daily tasks … Read more

Babies and skin care win at BioAccel Solutions Challenge

The Scorpion Pit sounds like a place that came out of a summer blockbuster movie, but for upcoming startups in the biotechnology field, it’s just the right amount of venom they need to help move their business forward. At the BioAccel Solutions Challenge, seven startups competed for a cut of $100,000 in funding and pitched … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: Graduation edition

It’s that time of year again! High school and college seniors who have successfully completed a chapter in their academic careers move on to the next chapter in their lives. Here are some cool tech gadgets to ease their transition.   Logitech Wireless Mouse M320 The Logitech Wireless Mouse M320 is the perfect combination of functionality, aesthetics and … Read more