Nixxi’s PopNatal aims to help doctors and patients treat high-risk pregnancies

What if you could predict if your pregnancy was high-risk simply by taking a quiz on your phone?  That prediction is exactly what Nixxi, a Phoenix-based women’s health startup, aims to provide with its new web app PopNatal.   What is PopNatal? PopNatal is a simple 15-minute assessment women can take either on the phone or … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 4: Jenny Poon, Founder & CEO, CO+HOOTS/HUUB

Entrepreneurship is in Jenny Poon’s DNA. Her parents own and run a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant in Minnesota and they worked hard so that Jenny could go to college and get a good job. They didn’t want her to have to start a business like they did.   But, that’s exactly what she did.  Jenny’s been running … Read more

Lucid Motors on its way to becoming a publicly traded company

Lucid Motors announced a merger agreement Monday night with special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Churchill Capital IV Corp. (CCIV) propelling the EV company toward an IPO.  After the announcement, CCIV stocks plummeted for two days in a row, closing down 18.5% at $28.70 a share on Wednesday. As part of the deal, Lucid will receive approximately … Read more

ApostleTech selected to develop CRM tool for national home builder

ApostleTech, an Arizona-based startup, has been selected to develop and implement a custom Salesforce CRM tool for Beazer Homes, a national home builder based in Atlanta.  The Cloud-based tool will be used to connect more than 130 Beazer Homes communities across the U.S., including Arizona. The implementation will update Beazer’s current Salesforce tool and add … Read more

ASU considering tech and science experts for innovation fellowship

Arizona State University’s Office of Applied Innovation is looking to hire up to four new fellows for its 2021-2022 Fellowship in University Innovation.  The fellowship is geared toward early and mid-career professions from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, including technologists, developers, engineers, communicators, writers, researchers, designers and more. Still, fellows will be decided … Read more

Chassi hopes to give business leaders a view of their processes from 10,000 feet

Chassi, a SaaS startup based out of Phoenix, has launched their new Orders Center to help business leaders analyze and understand their operations from 10,000 feet up.  Founded in 2017, the company targets manufacturing, distribution and supply chain organizations who use SAP’s Business One.  The Orders Center is designed to help businesses understand what’s going … Read more

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

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

AZ Founders Fund named most active VC in Arizona

According to a recently published report from CB Insights, Arizona Founders Fund was named the most active Venture Capital firm in Arizona. Lead by Romi Dhillon, AZ Founders Fund has made investments in a number of Arizona startups, including: With a focus to help founders and tech startups in Arizona, AZ Founders Fund boasts that … 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