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

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 14: Mike Roberts and Bob LaLoggia return

Both Mike Roberts and Bob La Loggia have been on the podcast before, but this week we’re trying something different. We had so much fun with them that we invited them back, this time together. Mike and Bob update us on what’s been happening since the last time we talked and what they plan to … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 13: Jamie Baxter, Co-founder & CEO, Qwick

Jamie Baxter’s company Qwick was almost a casualty of the pandemic. As an on-demand staffing startup for food and beverage contract employees, the shutdown of the food and beverage industry was nearly a death sentence. But Jamie and his team made some hard decisions, like laying off 60% of their staff and the remaining employees … Read more