AZ Tech Podcast Episode 3: Mike Roberts, Founder and CEO, SpyFu

Mike Roberts may not seem like the typical businessman with his surfer hair and motorcycle jacket, but he’s got a handle on what he thinks the world needs. His ultimate goal is “to create something of value,” no matter what that might be. A self-proclaimed data nerd, Roberts created SpyFu, an ad-tech and SEO tools … Read more

Packed hopes to make it easier to pay your restaurant check with new app

Packed wants to make it quicker and easier than ever before to close your tab or pay your check. Founder and CEO Dylan Munn enthusiastically describes his company’s mission to “elevate the dining experience.” He says research has shown that paying the bill has the potential to sour even the best meals. So, instead of … Read more

Schola raises $2.5 million to help get children in the best schools

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Schola did $125,000 revenue in 2020. The amount has been updated. Schola founder and CEO Jaime Martinez says it took a couple years’ worth of conversations to raise $2.5 million for the company’s second round of seed money. And yet Martinez says it was much easier … Read more

Qwick makes a comeback after taking huge losses during the pandemic

When your whole business model relies entirely on one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic, you’re in for uphill battle.  Tech startup Qwick is an on-demand staffing service for the food and beverage industry, an industry that nearly disappeared for the first months of the pandemic. Qwick nearly died, too, but it’s slowly … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 2: Todd Belfer, Managing Partner, Canal Partners

Todd Belfer is no stranger to risk. In fact, he thrives on it. On Episode 2 of AZ Tech Podcast, Hamid Shojaee and Belfer discuss investing strategies, the stock market and Bitcoin. Belfer also opens up about the wins (and losses) he’s seen in his long investing career. Don’t forget to subscribe to the video … Read more

Don’t forget: Subscribe to AZ Tech Podcast

The first episode of AZ Tech Podcast is live and the second episode drops this Friday! Each week, Hamid Shojaee talks to investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and other experts on all things tech in Arizona. Shojaee digs deep, pressing his guests on topics ranging from the stock market to Bitcoin, from politics to electric vehicles. Do … Read more

ReSuture wins $256K for R&D funding

ReSuture, a medical technology company based in Surprise, has been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. ReSuture will receive $256,000 in funding for research and development to improve its unique system used for surgical training.  The SBIR award program looks to support innovative proposals that have the potential to … Read more

Lucid Motors looks to grow workforce from 600 to 1500 employees in Arizona in 2021

Lucid, a Tesla-like EV startup, plans 1,500 jobs in Arizona by the end of this year. The Silicon Valley company currently has three buildings in Arizona, including the main manufacturing facility in Casa Grande.  Arizona provides close proximity to Lucid’s headquarters in Newark, California. The company employs 600 people in Arizona now, but plans to … Read more

Simply Noted launches new website and product upgrades

Sending handwritten notes is a thing of the past, right? Tempe-based Simply Noted says no. Even in this age of email and instant messaging, a handwritten note goes a long way.  Simply Noted sends automated handwritten notes to customers, clients or employees on behalf of businesses to improve communication and build relationships.  Founder and CEO … Read more

AerialSphere provides bird’s-eye view of Waste Management Open

Phoenix-based AerialSphere used its XP360 to provide data to Waste Management Open planners that helped them develop the Scottsdale tournament site.  AerialSphere designed the XP360 “to change the way people deliver and interact with maps,” according to the company’s website. The XP360 combines 360-degree aerial imagery with location data to give a detailed, bird’s-eye view … Read more

Gregslist now shows 600+ AZ software companies

Greg Head is a major champion of Arizona’s growing tech community. One of his main goals has been to help build relationships and make connections. Head has been keeping a public list of software companies in Arizona, and that list is now a thriving network of people. Today, Gregslist.com (a play on Craig’s List, get … Read more

Third round of EmergeAZ grant winners announced

StartupAZ and invisonAZ have announced the third round of EmergeAZ Fast Grant winners.  The EmergeAZ Fast Grant program pulls from a $1 million fund, with grant amounts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Grants were awarded this third round to ten Arizona tech companies with a wide variety of products ranging from platforms managing Cannabis operations … Read more

More than 1 Million COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled using AppointmentPlus

At least a million COVID-19 vaccine appointments have been scheduled using AppointmentPlus, an appointment scheduling technology company based in Arizona.  Online scheduling is more important than ever as the COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed to facilities across the country. Vaccine administrators have been working hard to schedule vaccine appointments as fast as possible and the … Read more

Synapse Studios launches new QA service

Synapse Studios has launched CarbonQA, which is designed to assist Arizona start-ups improve products and user experience.  The Tempe-based company is a custom software consulting company that provides a variety of services, including web and mobile app development, healthcare software development and quality assurance and automated application testing. With CarbonQA, Synapse Studios hopes to expand … Read more

Phoenix startup YellowBird receives $25K grant

YellowBird, a Phoenix-based startup, has been awarded a $25,000 EMERGEAZ Fast Grant which was created to provide financial support for startups that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. InvisionAZ and StartupAZ partnered with the Arizona Governor’s Office to create the EMERGEAZ Fast Grant — a $1 million fund to be distributed on a rolling basis until … Read more

Founders of Axosoft plan $10 Million investment in Arizona startups

Axosoft founders Hamid & Lawdan Shojaee have announced plans to make a $10 million investment in Arizona startups, especially in their early stages of development. Hamid has also announced a revamp of the AZ TechBeat website and the launch of his new podcast, AZ Tech Podcast. AZ Tech Beat is committed to being a trustworthy … Read more

Andrew Steele appointed as new LighthousePE CEO

LighthousePE has appointed Andrew Steele as the company’s new CEO. This announcement marks a new chapter for the Phoenix-based mobile engagement platform.  Steele has more than 25 years of experience behind him. He’s founded and led several Arizona-based companies, including BeckonCall, Growthplane and Breezing Co., as well as a few California-based companies. The company boasts … Read more