YellowBird closes seed round with more than $1.7 million in funding

Co-founders of YellowBird, a Phoenix-based gig economy marketplace YellowBird

YellowBird, a gig economy marketplace headquartered in Phoenix, has closed its seed capital raise with more than $1.7 million in funding. The YellowBird marketplace connects businesses with vetted Risk and Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) professionals on-demand for projects of any size. The professionals are vetted with a five-step process that includes background and accreditation … Read more

Arizona Technology Council wins major awards in Greater Phoenix Chamber IMPACT Awards

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Arizona Technology Council was awarded the 2021 IMPACT Business of the Year, as well as the Exceptional Innovator Award in the Small to Medium Business category from the Greater Phoenix Chamber. The Arizona Technology Council was founded in 2002 and is the major trade association in Arizona for science and technology companies. It’s designed to … Read more

Ibrahim Mesbah says he’s hoping to build the Amazon of buying and selling car parts in latest AZ Tech Podcast episode

Ibrahim Mesbah wasn’t planning to build a multimillion dollar company. While he worked at PayPal, he developed a passion for finding e-commerce solutions. He was helping a friends’ brother source auto parts a few years ago at a Honda dealership here in the Valley and he saw how complicated and inefficient the process was. From … Read more

India-based Zensar Technologies to acquire M3bi in Scottsdale

Scottsdale-based M3bi has closed a deal with Zensar Technologies, a publicly-traded software and services technology company based in India. Zensar’s US subsidiary, based in San Jose, Calif., will conduct the acquisition. The company will pay an upfront payment of $21.6 million and performance-based deferred payments of no more than $9 million over 36 months. The … Read more

Raising capital in Arizona? Here’s a list of venture capital firms to consider

Over the past two years, Arizona startups have received more venture capital than ever before. According to ClearData, Arizona is still trailing the major U.S. startup hubs by a fairly wide margin. And yet, the tech startup industry here is growing fast. Arizona appeals to both local founders and founders originally based out-of-state, thanks to … Read more

Botco.ai wins TiE50 Award for innovation in AI technology

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Botco.ai has been named a 2021 winner in TiEcon’s TiE50 Awards Program. The company is one of 152 winners worldwide, but the only winner from Arizona.  Winners of this award gain visibility and exposure to sponsors, partners and investors, including venture capitalists and angel investors. Winners also have access to thousands of dollars in credits … Read more

How to land a meeting (or ten) with venture capitalists

What do all good business ideas have in common? That’s easy. They all need money, from thousands of dollars to even millions, to get off the ground.  Maybe you can fund your idea by yourself. Perhaps you can ask family and friends to invest in the beginning. You might even be able to find some … Read more

The most important slide in your fundraising pitch deck

Pitching to investors is intimidating at best, devastating at worst. Founders can spend hours building just the right presentation. But the reality is, potential investors really only need to see one thing. Veteran tech entrepreneur and investor Hamid Shojaee told April 2021 PHX Startup Week attendees that in order to be successful at fundraising, all you … Read more