First Lady of Phoenix aims to protect kids online with BullyBlocker app

In a research study by American Medical Association almost 30 percent of teens in the United States (or over 5.7 million) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both. As for online the iSAFE Foundation found that over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied … Read more

StringCan Interactive acquires Boston's Baked and Branded

StringCan Interactive, an online marketing, branding and technology services company, announced today that it has acquired Boston-based Baked & Branded, a technology services firm specializing in bringing startups to market. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The combined company will merge creative strategy with application technology development to provide agile and flexible end-to-end technology and … Read more

Co-founder Random Order Audio shares lessons learned from Kickstarter fail

AZ-based startup Liquid Llama Soft., LLC recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their product Random Order Audio, a program that allows artists and producers to add infinite possibilities and texture to their songs, giving them the ability to test out their song in different genres, mixes or instrumental additions, and raise $60,000. Although the campaign totally failed, … Read more

Where to get free tech education around the Valley

What is an idea without the means or technology to bring it to fruition? Luckily, various locations around the valley are offering access to their technology labs and educational workshops. The best part? They are free of charge! TechShop is offering complimentary memberships at its Chandler location to ASU students for the fall 2014 semester. Any … Read more

Hacks 4 Humanity Hackathon kicks off September 20th at ASU

Calling all app designers, humanists, and creatives alike – the mission of Hacks 4 Humanity is to create technology solutions and initiatives that will contribute to the social good and address the needs of humanity using the seven principles of ASU Project Humanities “Humanity 101” movement. Together, the seven Principles of the “Humanity 101” curriculum … Read more

Phoenix Mobile Festival returns September 27th

The Phoenix Mobile Meetup group will host their third annual Phoenix Mobile Festival designed for mobile enthusiasts, developers, engineers and entrepreneurs on September 27, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Phoenix campus. The festival, sponsored by Intel,  will support the many voices helping to unlock the potential of a truly … Read more

Flagstaff accelerator NACET stretch their wings to 28,000 sq. ft. facility

Flagstaff’s own accelerator NACET is growing at such a fast rate they are needing a bigger nest for their startups and small businesses. This week, they broke ground on a new 28,000 square-foot facility which will house office space, bio labs, conference space and more. NACET President Annette Zinky said, “NACET and the entrepreneurial community are thrilled that the City … Read more

Startup Roambotics wins Proto Labs Cool Idea! award for home security robot

What could be better than a robot that protects your home from break-ins? Arizona-based Roambotics took home a win from the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award for their personal robot, Jr., as well as $65,000 of injected mold parts. Jr., an autonomous mobile sensor platform, performs security monitoring. It is always actively monitoring an environment for … Read more

Ex-PetSmart executive acquires and becomes CEO of Phoenix's CyberMark International

A longtime PetSmart executive has recently acquired and is now acting CEO of Phoenix-based CyberMark. CyberMark is a full-service Internet marketing agency that works with small to midsize businesses in search engine optimization, website development, video production, pay-per-click advertising, reputation management and social media marketing. John Alpaugh, former senior vice president and chief marketing officer … Read more

Startup Aqwastream uses Intel’s face detection tech to save the planet and sell ads

In a single second, 1,500 plastic water bottles are consumed in the United States. And of the 50 billion bottles of water that are bought each year, 80 percent end up in landfills. That’s just too big a number for the Scottsdale-based Aqwastream. The three-person startup is determined to improve these stats through the use … Read more

SinglePoint's newest acquisition targets marijuana industry

SinglePoint, Inc., a state-of-the-art mobile technology and full-service mobile marketing company, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase Drive Media Network’s existing digital signage network. SinglePoint anticipates having Drive Media’s management team join the SinglePoint team and bring its more than 30 years collective experience designing, building, operating and programming digital signage networks … Read more

Startup Find Your Influence launches digital mkt tool to boost social reach

Co-founders Jamie Sims and Crisitine Vieira found a gap in the market and the need for businesses to build their brand by boosting their social reach. Find Your Influence (FYI) is a cloud-based, web application that enables advertisers, agencies and influencers to efficiently manage campaigns from beginning to end using one product interface and maxing … Read more

Tallwave and ethology acquire 29th Drive

Tallwave, a commercializer, and its largest portfolio company, integrated digital marketing agency ethology, announced they have signed a definitive agreement to jointly acquire the assets of Arizona-based user-centered design firm 29th Drive. The cash and stock transaction is set to close at the end of this month for an undisclosed amount. 29th Drive was founded … Read more

Scottsdale’s SyCara Local names new Senior VP of Sales and Business Dev.

SyCara Local, a digital presence and SEO company in Scottsdale, has named Bryan Ehrenfreund as their new Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Ehrenfreund’s new role on the executive management team will be to focus on driving SyCara Local’s customer acquisition and revenue objectives. “Bryan’s passion and track record of designing and implementing … Read more

AZ marketing firms make "The Agency 100 " list

The Agency Post released their “Agency 100” list and some of Phoenix’s digital marketing agencies made the list. The agencies are ranked by “demonstrating fortitude, strong relationships, great work, strategic ideas, as well as growth, financial stability the ability to meet and surpass organizational and client goals and hiring and retaining the best talent in … Read more

INTEGRATE appoints new CMO Scott Vaughan

INTEGRATE, a marketing technology platform and media marketplace provider, today announced the appointment of Scott Vaughan as chief marketing officer. Before INTEGRATE, Vaughan served as chief marketing officer at UBM Tech Web for 18 years, held publishing, marketing services and sales leadership roles for media powerhouses, executive roles at Centricity Software and Fibermux (high-growth tech … Read more

Buy What You Want Through A Text Message

With 6.1 billion texts sent and received in the United States everyday, ReplyBuy, a Scottsdale-based software company, is taking advantage of this opportunity and developed a new form of mobile commerce by leveraging something you already use: text messages. Their technology is helping companies solve their problem of unloading excess perishable or time-sensitive inventory or … Read more

JWEB Digital Releases SpyderFix 11.1 for Small Businesses

JWEB Digital announced its national launch of SpyderFix 11.1, a patent-pending advanced digital marketing customer acquisition tool for small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs). It is being described as “the next generation in digital competitive intelligence featuring sophisticated reach, power, and speed in mining, aggregating, and analyzing the digital footprint of companies across the web, paid, and social … Read more

The Shed Rocks the House With Their Latest Software

If you’ve heard of the music festivals Country Thunder, The Voodoo Experience, Cavendish Beach, and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, among others, Gingerbread Shed’s technology is most likely behind the scenes. Gingerbread Shed, a winner for one of the six $250,000 Arizona Innovation Challenge grants awards for Spring 2013, concentrates on music festival ticketing, digital … Read more