Top 10 Startup Confessionals

Every entrepreneur needs a little bit of expert advice at some point on their journey from idea to established business. These startup founders offered up their advice to help their peers through the process.   Click on each quote to watch the full webisode of The Startup Journal.    “Being an entrepreneur is not only … Read more

AZ Tech Council elects four new directors

The Arizona Technology Council names four new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms; the current Board includes 36 members, five of which are officers. “We have a deep bench of seasoned executives on our Board and are delighted to add these technology leaders,” said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the … Read more

The Startup Journal: Building genuine relationships

Whether it be in life or business, building relationships is a critical component to success and happiness. For those that can expand their business networks will ease, the most common skill sets among these individuals include being genuine, honest and professional. [youtube]https://youtu.be/z5bimDh3VQc[/youtube]   In the latest edition of The Startup Journal, founder Localwork.com Ryan Naylor offers … Read more

eVisit raises $1 Million in seed funding – Updated

Contributions from Chloe Nordquist Gilbert-based telehealth software startup eVisit announced the raise of $1 million in seed funding this week led by Alan Ram, Founder of Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions, Chris Reap, Investor at Northstar Capital, LLC, and Sam Blackham, an SaaS Advisor and Investor. The eVisit software platform was built with two goals in … Read more

Gourmet food delivery Freshly raises $7 M, moves headquarters to NYC

Back in the day, when you thought of food delivery, Chinese food and pizza came to mind. Today, the idea of having eggplant parmesan, kale salad and Mongolian beef delivered to ones’ home is more the norm. This trend comes from the high adoption rate for on-demand and subscription food delivery services. Tempe-based startup Freshly, a … Read more

The Startup Journal – Going through an acquisition

When another company is interested in acquiring your business, there are some challenges and critical decisions to make in the process. [youtube]https://youtu.be/4VOY_c4BHT0[/youtube]   We sat down with Steve Zeidman, founder of Vestafy, in the latest edition of The Startup Journal. Zeidman provides advice on going through an acquisition and to not settle for less on the … Read more

Data mining platform Expanded.IO releases Beta, raises $2.5M

Robocog known for its flagship recruitment search engine HiringSolved, is releasing their latest creation Expanded.IO, a data mining platform for lead generation, in beta July 15. In addition, they recently closed on $2.5 million round led by private investors outside of Arizona, bringing their total funding to $3.5 million. Co-founder Robocog, Shon Burton, said the … Read more

Personal cocktail vending machine Barbotics pours mojitos in seconds

Let’s be honest…mixing a good cocktail takes some level of talent, and finding right balance between tequila, juice and Triple Sec can be a hit or miss. But, what if a machine could do it all for you? Soon you will be able to plug in your personal cocktail vending machine and sip on a tasty margarita in … Read more

The Startup Journal: finding the right team

Every business has a purpose and every founder knows the problem they are trying to solve. One common problem for founders is how to find others who possess the same mindset and share your vision. So how do you find the right people? For this Startup Journal entry, Meghan Martinez, CEO and Founder of Keasy, gives her advice on … Read more

Top 10 finalists revealed for Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

It’s coming down to the wire for the Spring 2015 Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Arizona Innovation Challenge. Who will win the $250,000 to build their business? Today, 10 finalists were announced, and software and science took the majority of spots as finalists.   Beacon Biomedical –  is a medical diagnostic device that provides easy, accurate and affordable blood … Read more

Eventinterface builds cash flow and communities for event planners

For organizations putting on an event that draws hundreds to thousands of participants, event planners need a way to organize and manage the masses. Startup Eventinterface is a SaaS end-to-end event management platform that enables planners to build revenue and their communities simultaneously. Since we last talked with CEO Eventinterface Al Wynant, the company has grown … Read more

Wasabi Ventures announces expansion to Arizona

Early stage venture capital firm Wasabi Ventures announced the formal launch of its Arizona operations Tuesday after a nine month due diligence process. Wasabi Ventures’ offices will be located in Phoenix, with cohorts in Flagstaff and Tucson. “We see great potential in the Arizona ecosystem,” said Wasabi Ventures General Partner Tom “TK” Kuegler. “The combination of … Read more

Shelvspace raises $1M seed round to help consumer product reps ditch spreadsheets

One startup is helping sales representatives make sure your favorite chips, gum and bottled water are ready to go at the local convenient store. Shelvspace, a SaaS solution for the consumer packaging goods industry, today announced they closed on a $1 million seed round of funding led by Tallwave Capital with participation from high-profile* California- and … Read more

DeskHub acquires Salt Lake City-based co-working space Holodeck

Entrepreneurial workspace DeskHub acquired coworking campus Holodeck in Salt Lake City this week. The transition will happen over the summer months. DeskHub Salt Lake City will become the largest coworking space in the city. “We are acquiring the Holodeck brand and rebranding it (under) DeskHub,” Founder DeskHub Jay Chernikoff said. “We are really trying to focus our … Read more

Recoleta Digital Media raises Series A-2 funding led by ATI and Desert Angels – updated

How often do the grocery checkout coupons and weekly circulars end up in the trash? To combat this challenge, one Tucson-based startup is helping grocers target price-conscious shoppers through their mobile devices. Recoleta Digital Media, a personalized grocery circular system, has raised an undisclosed sum of Series A-2 funding. Their platform creates digitally driven personalized circulars with … Read more

Startup Birdytell helps you overcome generic gift giving

Admittedly I’m a notorious gift card giver. It’s not that I don’t want to give an actual physical, meaningful item, I just don’t know what to buy. To combat generic giving, gift registry sites such as CheckedTwice and Thankful have popped up to help shoppers pinpoint what a person wants for their special occasion. CEO … Read more

eCommerce startup RevolutionParts hits $100 million milestone

RevolutionParts, an automotive eCommerce platform that simplifies the online selling process of automotive parts by dealerships, has reached a huge company milestone. Since its inception, the startup has processed $100 million in online parts sales, which validates the consumer demand for a streamlined method to buy auto parts that are guaranteed to fit their car. Due … Read more

Get to the front of the nightclub line with Tipsy

Nightlife goers won’t need to be on “the list” to avoid long lines at their favorite club. Tipsy, a nightlife app, gives users a VIP experience by offering vouchers to clubs redeemable for a free drink, no cover charge or getting to the front of the line. Co-founder Eli Chmouni, and a team of ASU alumni … Read more

Google acquires Athena Wireless Communications – interview with CEO Eduardo Tinoco

Google confirmed they have acquired telecommunications company Athena Wireless Communications based in Surprise, Arizona. Google declined to comment further on the terms of the deal. Athena Wireless is known for their affordable and compact digital radios that have the capability of performing at fiber-like speeds. Athena’s technology could essentially help bring high-speed Internet wirelessly to a … Read more

The Startup Journal – Pitching with Confidence

For the third entry of the AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal, we spoke to Gregg Scoresby, CEO of CampusLogic, an education technology company delivering transformative software solutions across the student life cycle and the winners of the recent Venture Madness competition, about pitching with confidence. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal features a variety of founders … Read more