Startup co-founder Contatta Pat Sullivan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of Contatta and formerly co-founder and CEO of SalesLogix and ACT!, will receive yet another award for his contribution to the business world and this time its the OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc., AZ Tech … Read more

Contatta completes $1.5M convertible round to take product to market

Contatta, the world’s first collaborative email, has completed a $1.5 million convertible round led by Kickstart Seed Fund II and Grayhawk Capital. In addition, all of Contatta’s current board members, including CEO and co-founder Pat Sullivan, and outside investors Desert Angels and Arizona Technology Investors Forum (ATIF) participated in this latest round of investment. “Desert … Read more

Pinnacle Transplant wins Venture Madness, $30K

Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, a Phoenix-based biotech company, and client company at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI), was named the Venture Madness champion and took home the grand prize of $30K. The competition began with 64 startups and drilled down to one winner. “It’s been a fun experience,” said Gabriel Hyams, Pinnacle Transplant CEO. “This opens my eyes … Read more

Top 4 startups battle for $50K at Venture Madness

Eight startups pitched their ideas this morning at Venture Madness, only four will will move on to the final rounds this afternoon. The advancing companies are Contatta, Pinnacle Transplant Tech, ReplyBuy and Clear Demand. The final four in the Venture Madness competition will compete for a portion of that $50,000 prize this afternoon at Talking … Read more

Startup Contatta debuts at ShowStoppers CES2014

Guestimate how many emails you receive per day. 100, 200, maybe more? Now take that number and times that by five work days, then by four weeks, how many emails is that now? Sickening. One local startup aims to fix this broken record of email hell, get us organized and build a relationship with our … Read more

Launch, go lean, raise, pivot…AZ startups of 2013

From co-working spaces and incubators to educational institutions and former founders, startups have been popping up each week and has been one of our major coverage points for AZTB. It’s been awesome to meet so many great founders and follow their growth. Here are just some of the startups the team has covered-if I listed … Read more

Slide(show me the money) – Capital raises in 2013

2013 proved to be an excellent year for the tech community and raising capital is always exciting news for the ecosystem! AZTB brings you a slideshow to display some of the capital raised by tech companies all over Arizona. Read more: appsFreedom, Contatta, nGage Labs, Integrate, HiringSolved, ClearDATA, Mobivity, Infusionsoft, AudioEye, Post.Bid.Ship. If your company raises capital, make … Read more

12 startup software cos. into semifinal round of ACA Arizona Innovation Challenge

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced its 25 semifinalists in the Fall 2013 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), a bi-annual business plan competition that awards the most money in the country for a technology commercialization challenge. The ACA awards $3 million annually — $1.5 million in the spring and $1.5 million in the fall — … Read more

Pat Sullivan's Startup Contatta launches platform to streamline the way business people make contact

Stealthmode is over and Contatta, the visionary new company co-founded by Pat Sullivan of ACT! and SalesLogix acclaim, officially launched as a public beta at the DEMO Fall 2013 conference. In a survey by McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends more than a quarter of their day in their email inbox, and the average corporate … Read more

The latest in Arizona's startups – Slideshow

AZ Tech Beat is proud to bring you the latest from our startup community and share exciting news from our thriving technology ecosystem. Take a look at some of Arizona’s latest startups we’ve been following in our slideshow Startup Roundup Spotlight – a social network-based people and project management (PPM) tool designed for today’s entrepreneurs looking … Read more

Pat Sullivan on “Building Silicon Desert” – VIDEO

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the Arizona entrepreneurial scene. With his new company Contatta, he is passionate and pumped to grow his business in Silicon Desert. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund … Read more

Pat Sullivan talks "The Myths of Raising Capital" – video

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the concept of raising capital. Now with his new startup Contatta, he approaches raises differently. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund II. According to Contatta, all of their … Read more

CRM Startup Contatta Raises $3.25M

Contatta, a visionary and new CRM company co-founded by Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix, announced today the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund II. According to Contatta, all of their current board members reinvested in this round, including Grayhawk … Read more

"Don't Fall In Love With Your Plan" Rick Smith of TASER – Entrepreneur Advice From Arizona Innovation Summit

Arizona Commerce Authority and MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix hosted the first Innovation Arizona Summit yesterday at Tempe Center for the Arts. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, techies and investors gathered to learn more about improving our community and the importance of networking. The day featured two types of speaking —breakout sessions made up of more focused topics … Read more

Innovation Arizona Summit Brings Entrepreneurs, Startups and Investors Together To Support Growth

Arizona’s largest growth exhibition, The MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix and Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Arizona Summit, will take place on Tuesday, June 11th at the Tempe Center of the Arts from 3 to 8 p.m. The Innovation Arizona Summit plans to get all growth organizations together to meet hundreds of entrepreneurs. It will offer a one-stop exhibition for … Read more