Axosoft’s GitKraken gives developers an undo button for screw ups – launches private beta – update

The option to undo mistakes with the click of a button is one that software engineers haven’t had before when making changes in Git, until today. Axosoft, the project management software company, released their new developer tool GitKraken, in private beta, at Git Hub Universe in San Francisco last week. “We have been working on … Read more

Tech community mourns loss of rising star developer

The local tech community is mourning the sudden death of a rising star software developer. This last week, Ian Preston, 19-years-old, tragically took his own life according to his father Stuart Preston. “This was totally unexpected and we did not see it coming,” Stuart said in our interview. No additional details were released. Ian fell … Read more

What Valley tech companies are doing to keep engineers in AZ

Arizona’s high tech sector is on an incline with startup companies to corporations vying for software engineers to build out their products. According to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, software and IT industry job growth is projected to increase 25 percent over the next decade, compared to 18 percent nationally, and in greater Phoenix the city has … Read more

2nd annual AZTB Startup Bus Tour is ready to roll Nov. 5th – tickets on sale

Az Tech Beat is ready to roll with the 2nd Startup Bus Tour! We take 40 of the top tech startups/founders around the Valley on a tour at cool tech companies and give them 1:1 time with top executives, investors and influencers in the Arizona tech community.   This year we have a tour at … Read more

Arizona makes workhorses—not unicorns—and that’s a good thing

Guest Blog by Hamid Shojaee, founder Axosoft, Pure Chat & AZTB The Bay Area is overrun with horses—unicorns to be exact. And while I wish I was referring to the horned, majestic creatures of lore, I’m actually talking about privately-held startups that have $1 billion or higher valuations. Venture investor Aileen Lee coined the term … Read more

Women in tech initiatives reach international heights

Bust out the capes and computers! Women in tech campaigns and initiatives have emerged and built awareness on the national stage. Only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the 2014 U.S. workforce was held by women, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. The sheer shortage of women in the tech … Read more

#ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference Recap: Confidence, careers and capes

Over the weekend 50 girls ages 12 to 17 spent their weekend at Axosoft, learning about STEAM fields, confidence, and leadership from some of the Valley’s tech and non-tech leaders. The conference began with introductions from Axosoft’s Tania Katan, Miss Phoenix 2015 Kaitlin Vortherms, Miss Gilbert 2015 Lauren McBurnett, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Both … Read more

I'm more than a dress! Axosoft's #ItWasNeverADress campaign goes viral

Breaking down barriers of perceptions of women is something Axosoft, a technology company, is doing with their #ItWasNeverADress campaign. The company launched their campaign at the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference in Phoenix aiming to shift perceptions of women in technology, politics, or any industry to more of a superhero. The symbol is a radical transformation of … Read more

Girls in Tech Catalyst kicks off with a superhero cape

If you forgot to wear your superhero cape today, no worries, the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference has got you covered. Founder and CEO Girls in Tech (GIT) Adriana Gascoigne chose Phoenix as their first conference outside of Silicon Valley because of the thriving tech community found in Arizona. “We thought Phoenix would be a perfect location to … Read more

Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference to draw 500 geek girls to Phoenix – April 26-28

Women engineers, startups, entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, academics and more will descend on Downtown Phoenix for the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference held on April 26 -28 at the Hotel Palomar. This premier female-focused event, will draw close to 500 participants and feature over 50 influential women in the tech industry. Keynote speakers include Heidi … Read more

Calculators required – SaaS metrics you need to attract investors

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne Class was in session at Axosoft headquarters during Phoenix Startup Week when founder of Pure Chat Hamid Shojaee spoke about metrics every Software as a Service (SaaS) firm needs to know to build their business and attract investors. Shojaee said none of these metrics help out a SaaS firm if they aren’t in … Read more

Inaugural Phoenix Startup Week hits the Valley Feb 23-27 – video

Video and photo contribution from Thomas Hawthorne The time has come for the Valley to celebrate its local startups at Phoenix Startup Week. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicks off the inaugural week-long, Valley-wide celebration of startups and entrepreneurship running February 23 to 27. [youtube]http://youtu.be/PAm6UAn0fOo[/youtube] The five-day extravaganza will consist of 130 events with a multitude … Read more

Axosoft closing the STEM gap with live stream

To combat the decreasing supply of students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, the Maricopa County Education Service Agency partnered with PBS to create a program bringing STEM mentors to the classroom through a live stream. Axosoft, an agile and project management software company, was the first Arizona tech partner to host the … Read more

Know your culture to recruit the best fit for your startup – AZTB Lunch and Learn – tix limited

Last month, AZTB visited Infusionsoft for its monthly Lunch and Learn to get down to the nitty-gritty reality of owning a startup. Infusionsoft’s Vice President of Talent Anita Grantham gave an inspiring talk about her own struggles with owning a small business and gave the audience three important tips to managing their businesses. Her top tips: … Read more

ACA announces 25 semifinalists in the race for $250K

Today the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) announced the 25 AZ-based semifinalists in the Arizona Innovation Challenge all vying for a shot at the big prize money. The AZ Innovation Challenge is a semi-annual business plan competition awarding $1.5M in the Spring and $1.5M in the Fall, giving startups a shot at winning up to $250,000. … Read more

Friday Night Lights hit Scottsdale in the Battle of the Pranksters – video

This afternoon, at the Chaparral fields in Scottsdale, tech companies Axosoft and Appointment-Plus square off in a flag football game that can only be described as the battle of the pranksters. It started out friendly, as it always does,” said Steve Booze, COO Appointment-Plus, “but now it’s gotten personal.”  “It’s not just a football game anymore,” … Read more

Six cool tech places to work in Arizona

Back in June, AZ Tech Beat and Axosoft were featured on ABC’s show The List as one of Arizona’s coolest places to work. Inspired by the piece, we decided to put together a list of our own. These spots offer awesome benefits and sprinkle the workplace with lots of extras to keep employees happy, healthy … Read more

Startup Pure Chat all a buzz reaching 1M chat milestone

While larger service providers have dedicated live chat customer service representatives on hand awaiting to help you, the majority of businesses do not have that extra cash to keep someone on standby. However, in order to stay more connected to ones’ customers, smaller businesses are adding in live support software with mobile integration to their websites. Pure … Read more

CareerBuilder 2014 List – Top Places to Work in AZ

CareerBuilder recently released their 2014 list of the ‘Top Companies to Work for in Arizona’. Businesses are separated and listed by their number of employees, stretching from the 25-50 employees category to 1000 or more. As well, there are two extra categories, one for diversity initiatives and one for women’s initiatives.   Top Tech Companies … Read more

Pure Chat unveils pricing plans for popular live chat service

Pure Chat, a popular live support and sales software, announced to its users that the company will introduce a pricing plan beginning September 1, 2014. In a newsletter from the company, Founder Pure Chat Hamid Shojaee explained that the fees will help the company invest in improvements to the live chat software. [youtube]http://youtu.be/QojVN5orj2M[/youtube] Shojaee assured … Read more