Scottsdale-based Defendry hopes to use AI and drones to stop active shooters

Scottsdale-based Defendry is using technology to identify and reduce the number of mass shootings across the country. These kinds of tragedies were once fairly rare, but now there’s a news alert much too often about a gunman shooting up a school, church, movie theater or grocery store.  This year, at least 104 mass shootings have … Read more

ASU ranks among universities with most patents pending, startups

Arizona State University receives high ranks in a survey of universities without a medical school. The Tempe-based university was ranked fourth in most patents pending and number of startups launched, and third in number of inventions disclosed. These strong ratings are thanks specifically to ASU’s SkySong Innovations, the intellectual property management and technology transfer organization … Read more

RevolutionParts plans major hiring in 2021, launches partnership with automaker

RevolutionParts, a Phoenix-based SaaS company that provides e-commerce solutions for buying automotive parts, has announced plans to increase its staff by 40% to meet the company’s accelerated growth that’s not expected to slow down.  “We have significant growth plans over the next three years,” says RevolutionParts Founder and CEO Ibrahim Mesbah in a press release. … Read more

New genetic testing facility coming to Scottsdale

Tesis Labs, a Phoenix-based biotech company that provides genetic sequencing to healthcare providers, has announced plans to expand to Scottsdale.  The new Scottsdale lab will expand the company’s presence in the Valley as Tesis headquarters are located in Phoenix. The company has three other testing labs in Denver, Lafayette, Colo. and Houston.  The Scottsdale facility … Read more

Ruby expanding in Arizona, hiring up to 100 new employees

Ruby, a Portland-based live virtual receptionist and chat company, is looking to expand its presence in Arizona by hiring a number of positions here. Positions range widely from virtual receptionists to sales and marketing. The company is also looking to hire account executives and a VP of revenue operations. The majority of the open positions … Read more

MedTech company to build $65 million facility in Tucson

Global medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) has announced plans to build a $65 million state-of-the-art facility in Tucson.   The new 120,000 square-foot facility will be a hub for the company’s supply chain and will serve as a final-stage manufacturing and sterilization center. The site is 32 acres and located on the northeast … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 11: Kelly Smith, Founder & CEO, Prenda

Kelly Smith is changing the way America thinks about education. He founded Prenda, a company that empowers parents to choose the learning that’s best for their children and gives students the confidence to be whatever they want to be. Kelly believes that, if you teach children to follow their passion, they will grow up to … Read more

DynoSafe to be featured on Shark Tank to pitch solution to porch pirates

Arizona-based DynoSafe will be featured on Shark Tank to pitch a solution to limit the increasing number of porch pirates and ruined packages.  On April 2, East Valley entrepreneurs Rebecca Romanucci, DynoSafe CEO and Founder, and her husband Eric Romanucci will stand in front of the infamous Shark Tank panel in the hopes of securing … Read more

Emerge, named one of America’s Best Startup employers, looks to double headcount in 2021

Emerge, a Scottsdale- based logistics technology startup named #23 on Forbes list of “America’s Top Startup Employers” plans to double headcount in 2021.  Emerge is looking for local people to fill a variety of roles in multiple departments, including IT, engineering and sales and operations. This move is more evidence of Arizona’s growing tech industry. … Read more

Hownd acquires Australian Mesh Wifi platform

Hownd, a tech startup based out of Tempe, announced today it will acquire PoweredLocal, a mesh WiFi platform based out of Australia.  Hownd is designed to help brick and mortar businesses get more foot traffic by delivering promotional offers to existing and nearby customers through various channels, including the merchant’s social media, website and email. … Read more

Offerpad to go public through SPAC deal

Offerpad has announced plans to go public through a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) deal in a reverse takeover with Supernova Partners Acquisition Company (NYSE: SPNV). The Chandler-based real estate tech company will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol “OPAD.” Supernova is led by Spencer Rascoff, an entrepreneur who’s co-founded … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 8: Brad Thomas, Co-Founder, Evercast

Brad Thomas’s company Evercast, which sells a media software that allows creative professionals to collaborate from anywhere, grew more than 10x during the pandemic. But he hasn’t always seen such success. He has a picture on the home screen of his phone that helps him never forget where he’s come from. It’s a photo of … Read more

COVID-19 can’t stop PHX Startup Week 2021

PHX Startup Week will be a month this year, kicking off at the beginning of April with virtual events for three weeks and ending with five days of keynote speakers, workshops and tactical learning sessions. PHX Startup Week is partnering with Startup Together AZ to expand statewide to help support and grow Arizona’s startup ecosystem. … Read more

ElectraMeccanica selects Mesa as its U.S. base of operations

ElectraMeccanica, a Canadian-based electric car company, has selected Mesa as the company’s U.S. based assembly facility and engineering technical center. ElectraMeccanica worked with BDO USA’s Site Selection & Incentives Practice to find the for the selection process, which began February 2020. BDO initially identified seven potential candidates and sent requests for proposals from local authorities … Read more

Arizona tech industry grows, even in pandemic

Arizona is holding its own as one of the country’s major tech hubs. Tech jobs and tech salaries saw significant increases last year, even during a global pandemic. In fact, the growth likely came because of the pandemic.  As the country was forced into quarantine and work-from-home scenarios, technology became more important than ever.  “At … Read more