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

Postscript hopes to give Shopify companies “secret sauce” to success

Postscript is bringing one-on-one human connection to e-commerce by way of our text inboxes.  Postscript CMO Mike Manheimer says that text messaging, when done correctly, has the potential to be “magical” for e-commerce companies. And yes, he used the word magical.  Manheimer says that not only can SMS messaging offer customers a better experience, it … Read more

Cyber Dive aims to help parents keep kids safe on social media

Protecting our kids has never been harder, and the internet is one of the main reasons for that. It’s also something we can’t live without. The internet has become a hunting ground for predators, who lurk on social media sites hoping to take advantage of unsuspecting tweens and teens.  Gilbert-based startup Cyber Dive has built … Read more

Tempe’s VisualLive acquired by real-time 3D company Unity

Unity, the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D (RT3D) content, announced today the acquisition of Tempe-based VisualLive. The acquisition of VisualLive provides an opportunity for Unity to expand in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry because VirtualLive claims to be “augmented reality for construction.” VirtualLive users can push large BIM/CAD model … Read more

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

Axosoft’s GitKraken launches Enterprise edition

GitKraken, a Git GUI product from Axosoft, has launched its new Enterprise version, which is geared toward companies that need 25 or more licenses.  This is the latest of GitKraken’s products, which also include individual and pro options. GitKraken scales very quickly, easily and organically, says Lauren Witte, senior marketing manager at Axosoft. Once it … 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