Crowd Mics closes $1M seed round led by Sand Hill Angels

Drop the mic, not the smartphone. Crowd Mics, the startup that turns your smartphone into a wireless microphone, announced today they closed a $1 million dollar seed round led by top angel investment group, Sand Hill Angels. Other participants in the round include Keiretsu Capital, Arizona Technology Investors, Desert Angels, and other private investors. Tim … Read more

Crowd engagement app wins jackpot at #ETY15

Arizona-based Crowd Mics won this year’s inaugural Event Technology of the Year in Las Vegas held by Event Manager Blog. Mobile app Crowd Mics turns smartphones into wireless microphones for live events by allowing the audience to talk into their phones and be heard over a sound system. This makes it possible for text commenting, … Read more

The Startup Journal – Bootstrapping your business

Launching this week, AZ Tech Beat has a new web-series offering business advice and work experiences, from the startup world to the startup world. The AZ Tech Beat Startup Journal will feature a variety of founders who are in different stages in their startup. Each episode will be a short, two to three minute video … Read more

2014 AZTB Startup Wrap up

With 2014 quickly coming to an end, it is time to celebrate the successes of startups in Arizona tech! We spoke to some proud AZ startups who shared some of their major updates from the year and gave some advice for budding startups. Aqwastream – a refill water bottle dispenser with tailored digital media station … Read more

Crowd Mics wins Startup Connect AZ with a simple Q&A

Photography contribution by Travis Arbon  At the Arizona Technology Council Startup Connect AZ event, five startups from around the state pitched against each other for cash, bragging rights and some good face time with investors, CEOs, educators and influencers. In the end, the audience chose Crowd Mics, an app that turns your smartphone into a … Read more

Five will enter, one will claim victory- meet your StartupConnect AZ Pitch Contest finalists

The StartupConnect AZ Pitch Contest is almost here and cold, hard cash is on the line. The Arizona Technology Council announced the five finalists that will participate in the contest at the Dec. 17 StartupConnect AZ 2014 event. The winner of the pitch-athon will be selected by the audience and will receive a cash prize … 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

Startup Crowd Mics turns your smartphone into a wireless mic

Brothers Sean and Tim Holladay were sitting in a meeting with about 150 people, and while the presenter was interacting with the crowd “…we just couldn’t hear what the other people were saying,” Tim said. “Sean pulled out his phone and said ‘I could FaceTime someone across the world and hear them perfectly, but I … Read more