Scottsdale based Parchment simplifies transcript exchange, college admissions

A local data company aims to make the college admissions process easier for students, and the management of education credentials simpler and safer for institutions and individuals. Venture-backed and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Parchment Inc.’s mission is to “unleash education credentials by unlocking the critical data they embody.” Through the Parchment.com website, students can request, … Read more

CyrusOne begins construction on 1-million-square-foot data center in Chandler

CyrusOne headquartered out of Houston, TX, provides data center, managed hosting, colocation, and managed IT services in North America and Europe. They are a wholly owned subsidiary of Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB). They have expanded their company into Arizona with this massive data center due to the infrequency of natural disasters in the state. Considered … Read more

Tempe-based LifeLock offers identity theft protection

We shred our documents, monitor our bank accounts and exercise caution when disclosing our personal information. But many of us still fall victim to some form of identity theft. According to a report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in November 2011, 7 percent of households in the United States, or about 8.6 million … Read more

Gilbert-based Infusionsoft Grosses $26M in 2011

Founded by local residents Clate Mask and Scott Martineau, they built and tailored the Infusionsoft platform to help small businesses reach their set growth objectives. Being former struggling small business owners themselves, both Mask and Martineau saw a need for their service. Beginning in 2001 as a custom software shop, Infusionsoft then received a total … Read more

The 10 Startups That Presented At Extreme Pitch

Ten entrepreneurs pitched their startup companies at the 2nd annual Extreme Pitch event at Gangplank in Chandler Tuesday night. After the four-minute pitches, the seven panelists selected the top three finalists and the audience chose the winner. Here’s a breakdown of the startups that participated: Plexus Controls (Winner): Presented by Zoran Medic, the company’s mission … Read more

When it Comes to Search Engine Results, AuthorityLabs Pulls Rank

No matter what you’re looking for, chances are the first place you’ll go to find it is your favorite search engine. But unlike those 30-pound phone books we now use as doorstops, all business listings online are not created equal. For today’s businesses, a low ranking in search engine results due to poor search engine … Read more

Co+Hoots Gives Phoenix Creative Professionals a Place to Call "Work"

Over the last decade years, more and more professionals have been able to forgo the corporate office environment and work from anywhere with an Internet connection. But while working from home may sound like a dream come true, it often proves to be amotivational and, frankly… lonely. Similarly, the “work from coffeehouse” model can be terribly … Read more

Plexus Controls: Winner of Extreme Pitch 2012 Startup Event at Gangplank

Last night, Gangplank Chandler hosted a second annual Extreme Pitch Startup Event. It featured ten local companies that participated in their Roadmap to Launch program. The room was filled with local talent, a group of esteemed panelists, and delicious food compliments of Chow Locally. The event began with each presentor being given four minutes of … Read more

JumpBox Takes The Pain Out of Managing Open Source Software

We’ve come a long way since the days where it could cost tens of thousands of dollars to have a simple HTML website deployed. Nowadays we have access to hundreds of open source applications that allow for quick and agile site development. However, there are still some pain points with working with open source applications. … Read more

Scottsdale-based CX.com Growing By 30,000 Cloud Users Per Week

Meet CX.com. They are a Scottsdale-based firm providing secure cloud-enabled access, aggregation, and collaboration tools. Their user interface is similar to that of Dropbox or Google Drive. Free accounts include 10GB of free file storage to sync, store, and share all in the cloud. When we asked the CEO, Bradley J. Robertson on how CX.com … Read more

Tempe-based FetchBack “Retargets” Display Advertising

One of the most common problems that e-commerce sites face is their potential customers abandoning the ordering process before fully converting. Fetchback was founded by Chad Little in 2007 to attack this issue head on. The company developed a patent-pending Retargeting technology that helps sites turn former visitors into future customers. Retargeting is a process … Read more

Local Startup Page.ly is the WordPress Host with the Most

With over 60 million users, WordPress has become an incredibly popular platform for website and blog creation. The open source software offers thousands of plugins and themes, allowing sites to be fully customizable, but also creating a learning curve that can stifle less technically proficient users in terms of setup, security and maintenance. Fortunately, the … Read more

Phoenix-based Flypaper makes digital signage easy

From restaurant menus to shopping center maps, the presence of digital signs continues to grow, and a Phoenix-based digital signage software company is at the forefront. Flypaper Studios, Inc. spun out of Interactive Alchemy, an organization established by local entrepreneur Don Pierson in 2003 to create web-based marketing and training content for Fortune 1000 clients. Pierson launched Interactive Alchemy … Read more

Extreme Pitch Startup Event Sells Out at Gangplank

Arizona’s startup scene is certainly heating up. The Extreme Pitch startup event will feature ten local companies to present on Tuesday, May 15th. The demand for creativity, innovation, and design is here, and these local companies are rising to the challenge. Extreme Pitch – Company Finalists: Intuitive Visions – Creates character driven media properties designed … Read more

Scottsdale's SpyFu Boosts Search Marketing Stats by Spying on Competitors

Choosing the right keywords is crucial for search marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) strategy; however, it can quickly become an expensive and frustrating exercise in trial-and-error for many companies and industry professionals. Thankfully, SpyFu has taken the guesswork out of keyword selection and more—by allowing its customers to spy on their competitors’ keywords, ad … Read more

Phoenix-based Bulbstorm Promises Brands a Very Long Engagement

Any company can increase its Facebook  “Likes” by giving away free stuff or spending thousands of dollars on advertisements, but getting consumers to truly engage with your brand can be a much trickier endeavor—that’s where Bulbstorm comes in. Based in Phoenix’s Arcadia area, Bulbstorm’s mission is to create a passionate bond between brands and consumers, … Read more

Local App Developers Making Millions By Telling People They're Ugly

Meet Dapper Gentlemen. Partners Jo Overline and Ryan Allen are two fun and quirky App Developers that simply chased a dream. Founded in 2010, Dapper Gentlemen is a zero-capital startup based out of Gilbert. Entering the App Development scene with no previous experience and the mindset of it being an entertaining project, neither of the … Read more

GoDaddy World's Biggest Domain Name Registrar

Recently, Scottsdale-based GoDaddy announced that they are the world’s largest provider of SSL certificates, having added more than 33,000 SSL certificates to their portfolio in the last month alone. Businesses use SSL certificates to secure and encrypt data that passes from the website to the user and vice versa. But chances are when you think … Read more