Arizona company collects highly-valued data on baseball movement

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Everyone knows that two eyes are better than one. Images are more precise with both eyes open. Phoenix-based Yakkertech, which is named for an old term “yakker,” describing a big-breaking curveball, took this idea and applied it to cameras watching baseball and softball. Since its founding in 2014, Yakkertech has created a stereo vision imaging … Read more

Looking for a job in tech? Here’s a list of tech startups hiring this year

You no longer need to move to Silicon Valley to have a successful career in tech. Arizona’s tech ecosystem is growing fast. Arizona tech startups are announcing raises, major semiconductor and EV companies are expanding here and local capital is increasing. Arizona’s tech sector even continued its rapid growth during the pandemic, ranking eighth in … Read more

Arizona’s Parchment acquires Ireland-based Digitary as part of a global expansion strategy

Parchment, a Scottsdale-based digital credential service, has announced its acquisition of Digitary, also a digital credential service, which is used in hundreds of higher education institutions around the world.  Parchment and Digitary are both edtech companies designed to allow students, academic institutions and employers to request, verify and share credentials, like academic transcripts, safely and … Read more

It’s SHARK WEEK: Watch for UArizona professor’s invention to be underwater with the hammerheads

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Does any entrepreneur ever expect their invention to be … shark bait? Probably not … unless the whole purpose of it is to get up close and personal with sharks in their natural habitat. On Sunday, a University of Arizona professor will be watching his Ocean Space Habitat underwater with some hammerheads on “The Great … Read more

Arizona’s biotech community opposes waiving intellectual property rights of Covid-19 vaccines. Here’s what you need to know

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Over the last couple months, you may have heard talk about waiving intellectual property protections of Covid-19 vaccines, in order to allow the manufacturing of these vaccines in other countries.  This is a complex issue, so let’s break it down. What is a TRIPS waiver and what would it do? The World Trade Organization (WTO) … Read more

Mesa startup Desert Valley Tech awarded NSF SBIR grant for mobile blood banking system

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Mesa-based Desert Valley Tech was awarded a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to fund research and development of a smart container for use in cold blood storage and transport in extreme environments. The company, founded in 2018, began after a chance meeting between co-founders Travis Witzke and Burt Skiba. … Read more

Phoenix-based incubator accepting applications for impact accelerator program

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Phoenix startup incubator Seed Spot is accepting 15 companies looking to scale in this year’s Impact Accelerator program. This year, the program will be completely virtual and open to entrepreneurs from around the world.  The six-week program offers a curriculum that focuses on topics including pitching, financial projections, customer acquisition and team development. Seed Spot … Read more

Lucid Motors’ Air on track for second half start of production

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Lucid Motors, the Newark, California-based company that operates a factory in Casa Grande, is on schedule to begin production and deliveries of its debut EVs, like Lucid Air, this year.  Bloomberg reported that Lucid CEO Peter Rawlinson told investors on a call Tuesday that “testing and validation of Lucid Air is progressing well” and the … Read more

Struggling with hiring and people management? Kate Rogers Sieker has you covered

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Entrepreneurs don’t know everything. The first step is admitting it. All founders have strengths and weaknesses. Some people are really great at marketing the heck out of their product and others might have a knack for innovating and thinking outside of the box. Kate Rogers Sieker’s talent — and greatest passion — is bringing people … Read more

Fundraising platform Virtuous closes $18M Series B raise to support major growth and hire locally

Virtuous, a fundraising platform for nonprofits, has closed an $18 million Series B raise, which will be used to further support the company’s goal to hire locally and expand the team nationally.  The money will also help support the company’s fast growth trajectory and improve product offerings. The raise was led by Fulcrum Equity Partners, … Read more