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

We’re re-launching AZ Tech Beat and we need your news!

After a 4-year hiatus, we’re bringing back a slimmer, faster, no-nonsense AZ Tech Beat that focuses on the tech news you care about in easily digestible short articles. Send us your tech news using the quick submission form. We plan to re-launch on February 1st, 2021.

CampusLogic Raises $120 Million

Phoenix, AZ-based ed-tech company, CampusLogic (founded by Gregg Scorsby), received a $120 million minority investment from Dragoneer Investment Group. The company will use the funding to invest in new product development and make strategic acquisitions that will increase the scope of its student financial success platform. The company currently serves more than 750 schools with … Read more

Silicon Valley Comes to Phoenix: A Tribute to Arizona’s Tech Growth

Silicon Valley is making its way to Phoenix next week, as more than three dozen leading technology executives are scheduled to present at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference. “This will be the second consecutive year the April 17-19 conference will be hosted at Hotel Palomar due to its massive success last year and Phoenix’s … Read more

It's down to the top 16 finalists in Venture Madness

Breaking it down again from 32 to 16 startups. Venture Madness announced the top 16 finalists who will pitch in the live competition for a chance to take home a part of the $100,000 prize. “With the live event just weeks away, the final 16 are working hard to prepare for the head-to-head competition,” Karen Katzorke, executive … Read more

Noise canceling, music pumping earphones that shape to your ears – CES 2016

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Over-the-ear. On-the-ear. In-the-ear. Which music listening method is ideal for your ears? At CES 2016 we saw some awesome wireless, noise-cancelling, and high-res audio earphones that delivered optimal sound quality at affordable prices. HUSH ear buds HUSH ear buds were developed by a 23-year-old college student out of the need to get some … Read more

Blown away by XFire Audio's new speakers

With product names like the Decimator and Devastator, XFire Audio, a Gilbert-based high-end car audio company, guarantees you’ll be blown away by their new line of speakers they released at CES 2016. We caught up with co-founder Jacco Kaper who showed us the new and improved XFR-D subwoofers, 3-way speaker line and the new upgraded XFR2000.4 amplifier. [youtube]https://youtu.be/oTUvF–hTWQ[/youtube] … Read more

Pure Flix, the Netflix of faith-based entertainment, partners with Universal Pictures

With Netflix reporting close to 45 million US subscribers, 450 hours of original programming, with plans to launch over 600 hours of new content in 2016 in the 2015 shareholders report, tech companies are finding new ways to draw viewers to their platform. Scottsdale-based Pure Flix, an on-demand, faith-based entertainment and distribution company, is using their online niche … Read more

AZTB presents: Arizona Indie Video Game Movement documentary

Camera work and editing by Xavier Smith AZTB presents an original documentary “Arizona’s Indie Game Movement” that delves into Arizona’s history of the indie video game population and the explosive growth of independent developers and studios as well as what city officials and educational institutions are doing to grow and support the talent, and what leadership needs to do to keep talent in … Read more

AZ Tech Beat is Downsizing

I started AZ Tech Beat four years ago with the goal of exposing the tech activity and growth that was occurring in Arizona. Since then, the team at AZ Tech Beat has written over 1,600 articles about tech startups, funding announcements, event coverage, significant milestones, co-working openings, expansions, and more. Our coverage has gained recognition … Read more

GoDaddy sits on sideline for Super Bowl 50

So long Super Bowl 50, there will be no pumped up Danika Patrick, Jean Claude Van Dam doing the splits in mid-air or a supermodel making out with a geek. GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar, will put their game day commercials on the sidelines- the first time since 2005, according to AdAge. Elizabeth Driscoll Vice President, … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: New Year Resolution edition

Happy New Year AZ tech community! It’s that time of year when everyone sets a New Year resolution, so the AZTB team wanted to suggest a few awesome tech gadgets to help with your health, fitness and sleep goals.   Ray by Misfit Misfit’s newest addition to its line of activity trackers, Ray, is a … Read more

The Startup Journal: Building a team for a niche market

Building your team, or the right team, is probably one of the biggest challenges for a founder as success of ones’ company could ride on the talent, experience, passion and personality of team members. If you are founder who has decided to build your product for a niche market, finding talent within that space becomes … Read more

World View builds new pad at Spaceport Tucson

Mainstream spaceflight is becoming a reality in Arizona as World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company,  announces plans to build their global headquarters in Tucson. In collaboration with Sun Corridor Inc., the City of Tucson, Pima County and the State of Arizona, World View will be the anchor tenant in the County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business … Read more

Tips on building an investor-worthy prototype

You’ve got an idea, you’ve found a need, you’re solving a problem and now you want to build a prototype. What most startups don’t realize is the amount of time and funding needed to build out an MVP. Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) is known as the leading prototype engineering company in Arizona and have built everything … Read more

32 advance in 2016 Venture Madness competition

It’s down from 64 to 32 startups who will advance to Round 2 in the Invest Southwest 2016 Venture Madness competition and walk away with a piece of the $100,000 prize. Of the 32 finalists, one of them will win the 2016 People’s Choice winner and take home a $5,000 prize. Vote for your favorite company … Read more

TASER Pulse self-defense weapon packs a punch

Coming in at  5 ¼-inches long, 4 ½-inches tall, and 1 1/8-inches wide, this new version of TASER’s citizen self-defense weapon can pack the same punch as the one used by law enforcement. As part of TASER’s home and business defense line, the company released the TASER Pulse today at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, … Read more