Gangplank Chandler to host 6th Startup Weekend

Entrepreneurs around the Valley who are looking to create a business will soon have another opportunity to do so in their own backyard. Coworking space Gangplank Chandler is hosting their 6th Startup Weekend November 20-22. Entrepreneurs and creatives are encouraged to attend and take on the challenge of building a business in a weekend. “Since … Read more

Coffee, collaboration and co-working – AZ Co-working Guide

Co-written with Carlene Reyes A 9-5 workday just isn’t what it used to be—especially for entrepreneurs and small businesses when it comes to getting work done. The day-to-day needs and lifestyle for this demographic are a little different from the average office worker, so why should they expect to work in the same ho-hum environment? … Read more

Local Motors unveils new 3D printed car design

Video contribution from Austin Paetow We’ve seen 3D printed wood, chocolate, and even pizza, but the future of 3D printing includes something bigger and more powerful — cars. Manufacturing technology company Local Motors announced their winning 3D-printed car design as part of Project Redacted Tuesday. The 3D car designed by Kevin Lo will be highway … Read more

Infusionsoft ranked in Fortune's top 25 workplaces for 3rd time

When it comes to great places to work in Arizona, look no further than Infusionsoft. The Chandler-based software company was ranked 13th in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the best medium-size companies to work for. Infusionsoft produces sales and marketing software targeted at small businesses and employs about 500 people. It was the only Arizona … Read more

Garmin expands to 60,000 square-foot facility in Chandler

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, formally opens its new 60,000 square foot research and development facility in the Chandler Corporate Center on Friday. “We are delighted to open such a state-of-the-art research and development facility here in Chandler,” said Merlin Smith, Director of Auto OEM Software, … Read more

Startup Weekend Chandler begins July 18

Startup Weekend, an event where entrepreneurs are challenged to create a business model over a few days (and long nights), will be hosted by local coworking space Gangplank in Chandler starting on July 18. If you haven’t been a part of one, it goes like this: experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, etc. are invited … Read more

Hackers Putting Public Data to Good Use – "Hack for Change" Recap

This weekend, Gangplank Chandler hosted the National Day of Hacking. The two-day event consisted of community members brainstorming ways to use public data in order to improve their own community without the need of help from politicians or businesses. On Saturday, participants conceptualized new ways to use census data, work with local farmers’ markets, and … Read more

48 West Is Calling The Valley’s Top Entrepreneurs To Join ‘Startup Camp’ At Chandler City Hall This February 15th & 16th

48 West, lovers of food, music, and technology, are bringing everyone together once again for their annual ‘Startup Camp’ event. Taking place this year at the Chandler City Hall on February 15th & 16th, 48 West wants to show you the best things that our 48th state has to offer! With a heavy emphasis on … Read more

Vuurr Rolls Out New Service Called Connectalytics To Consolidate Online Ad Data

Things just got simpler for online advertisers and agencies. Vuurr, located out of Gangplank Chandler, has released this new service, Connectalytics. It allows you to send all of your campaign, keyword, ad, impression, and click data from your Bing Ads account, right to your Google Analytics account each night. For free…well sort of, up to … Read more

Startup Out Of Gangplank Chandler Disrupts The Recruiting Space, Making It A Lot Easier To Find Talent Online

Shon Burton, created his company HiringSolved out of necessity, and a desire for increased efficiency. Shon had been living and working in downtown San Francisco as a team leader for a recruiting firm, and was met with consistent challenges. As he trained each new recruiter, the initial time investment was large, and he was subject … Read more

Athlinks Keeps Track Of All Your Race Event Results So You Don’t Have To

Chandler-based Athlinks.com is a user-friendly tool for consolidating all of your race event history. Track anything from ½ marathons to Ironmans, and even mud races, then see the results on your athlete profile page within 7-10 days after the event. Can’t remember what races you have completed? Go to their homepage, type in your full name, … Read more

Doc It Now Wins Gangplank’s Extreme Pitch Contest Against 5 Other New Valley Startups Last Friday Night

Ben Hall, Benson Garner, and the rest of the crew at Gangplank hosted an Extreme Pitch Contest for their “RoadMap To Launch” and “Semester To Launch” company participants. This biannual event is a culmination of each company’s hard work in developing a ‘lean startup’ with the help of their leader’s mentorship. This time, six new startups … Read more

PressNomics 2012: The Economics of WordPress Conference Sells Out

With the outrageous success and adoption of WordPress, and approximately 72 million active websites powered by the service, PressNomics has been created as an annual event to bring those together who know it best. Developing a community for learning and collaboration seems to be the theme, which will be lead this year by a talented … Read more

Event Recap: AZEC12 – The End Of Business As Usual

With the reality of “business as usual” being gone by the wayside, AZEC12 gathered a talented lineup of speakers to challenge today’s entrepreneurs, investors, and organizational leaders to begin seeing things differently. They brought a new perspective, and good insights into how we can operate, profit, and flourish in today’s technology-driven, fast-paced “social sharing economy”. … Read more

The Seventh Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference Being Held Next Tuesday at Gangplank HQ

Next week, Tuesday, October 30th, the Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference will run all day at the new and improved Gangplank HQ building in Chandler. For the seventh year in a row, this event has strived to bring entrepreneurs together, share pertinent and valuable knowledge, benefit the surrounding communities, and develop strong relationships between one another. Stated … Read more

Gangplank’s RoadMap To Launch Starts Again, Now Partnered with ASU Venture Catalyst

Remember the Extreme Pitch 2012 event that we reported on back in May? Well, the annual event hosted by Gangplank Chandler is the culmination of a program called RoadMap To Launch. This program consists of 10 weeks of training led by local experts that guide budding entrepreneurs through the process of transitioning their latest and … Read more

Local University Student Launches Useful Service to Conjoin With Social Media Site

What social media site has over 500 million active users, handles over 1.6 billion search queries per day, and is often called the “SMS of the Internet”? If you guessed Twitter, you’re right! So that means, if you guessed anything else . . . you’re wrong! Launched in July of 2006, Twitter has risen to … Read more

It’s Official: Loyalty Reward Program, TruePoints, Launches In The Valley

Remember TruePoints? AZTechBeat first met up with their team when we attended the Extreme Pitch 2012 Event at Gangplank. After taking 2nd place at the event, TruePoints was gearing up to officially launch their reward tracking program in Phoenix. Well my friends, that day has arrived! You can now sign up to use their service, … Read more

Pearson Is The World's Leading Learning Company

We started AZTechBeat for one reason–we want to bring more attention to the local tech scene and the diverse group of companies that operate here. It baffles us that the scene is largely ignored by local and national press. After all, there are some highly successful companies in Arizona–and a whole bunch of startups doing … Read more

Vuurr – Metric Driven Digital Marketing Strategy

Vuurr provides PPC, SEO, and Development services that optimize digital marketing efforts. Vuurr partners Scott Yacko, Jonathan Kressaty, Joshua Ziering, Chris Conrey, and Chuck Reynolds have jettisoned the traditionally touchy-feely approach to marketing. Instead of focusing on the more nebulous aspects like branding or perception, Vuurr maximizes digital marketing campaigns with a metrics-driven approach focused on … Read more