Art meets co-working at The Department

As the elevator doors opened on the 6th floor at 1 North 1st street, I felt that I’d walked into a super-sized studio apartment with a modern flare that housed buzzing startups on the perimeter and beautifully designed furniture in the center. The building was first used by the Korrick department store between 1914-1966, and has … Read more

$1 million in prizes up for grabs at the Challenge Cup

What would you do for your startup with a slice of $1 million in prizes? Phoenix coworking space CO+HOOTS and global startup incubator 1776 are partnering up to bring the Challenge Cup, a global pitch tournament for the most promising, world- changing startups to win cash prizes, make international connections and share their vision, to the … Read more

Seed Spot received $330k Kauffman Foundation Grant

Arizona-based business incubator Seed Spot was announced as one of eight companies awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant was given to organizations that help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. READ: Female founders dominate Seed Spot fall 2015 venture class “We are incredibly excited to bring funding from the Kauffman … Read more

Launch a business at Startup Weekend Phoenix, kicks off Nov. 20-22

Co-written with Chloe Nordquist Innovators and entrepreneurs of all specialties are invited to attend the Phoenix Startup Weekend November 20-22. For 54 hours, developers, designers, marketers, managers, and entrepreneurs will come together to expand ideas, form teams, and build products with the end goal of launching a startup. Robert Haines, Global Business Development and Partnership … Read more

Tucson Startup Weekend starts September 11

Fifty four hours of ideas, teamwork, and startup knowledge is what you can expect from a Startup Tucson Startup Weekend. This weekend-long event is meant to help people turn ideas a viable business. “This is a global event that happens all over the world and this is the 5th annual startup weekend here in Tucson,” … Read more

The Startup Journal: Stop the blame game

There will be more good days than challenging days when you build a company. During those challenges, companies will lose productivity if they spend too much time finding fault instead of learning from the experience and move forward. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-lEWODNh9g[/youtube] Tommy Andrews, CEO and Co-founder of Energy Conservation Management, sits down with us in the latest episode … Read more

The Startup Journal: Researching the Industry

Before you can get your startup off the ground, there’s a crucial step that is often overlooked. Research is an essential part of every entrepreneurial idea and can you gain edge on the competition. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZxNTT-XJgo[/youtube] In this edition of The Startup Journal, president and founder of XOXY, Jo Lynn Clemens, offers her advice on the … Read more

The Startup Journal: Sharing your idea

It’s easy to tell your friends about the exciting venture you’re starting and find out if they’re interested. However, it’s easy to forget that you should also be sharing that with potential clients as well.   [youtube]https://youtu.be/G9BKYWYTEEA[/youtube]   In the latest edition of The Startup Journal, Lisa Morrow, founder of Birdytell, explains how you should … Read more

Before you build an app, get to know your user base – Ryan Allen, Dapper Gentlemen

With over 2.5 million mobile apps in the market, how will your app stand out and gain users? This month’s Lunch and Learn speaker, ADDY award-winning, mobile and web developer Ryan Allen, co-founder Dapper Gentlemen, engaged our audience about the ins and outs of designing a mobile application. [youtube]https://youtu.be/m92WwN5oQiA[/youtube] Before you go out, spend money … Read more

Startup Tucson debuts F***Up Nights

Let’s be honest, everyone effs up, even successful entrepreneurs. “F***up Nights” was created for that reason — giving entrepreneurs a chance to share their mistakes with other entrepreneurs, investors, and community leaders. Now, “F***up Nights” is making its debut in Tucson with the help of Startup Tucson. “This is maybe the first in Arizona, its … Read more

eCommerce startup RevolutionParts hits $100 million milestone

RevolutionParts, an automotive eCommerce platform that simplifies the online selling process of automotive parts by dealerships, has reached a huge company milestone. Since its inception, the startup has processed $100 million in online parts sales, which validates the consumer demand for a streamlined method to buy auto parts that are guaranteed to fit their car. Due … Read more

6 secrets to enhancing your customer's experience – Lunch and Learn – March 27

Last month’s AZ Tech Beat Lunch and Learn was all using video to boost your business. The Director of Strategy at WireBuzz Marcus Krieg emphasized to not skimp on quality and said the benefits of a well-produced, strategic video could out-weigh the risk of customers clicking off if the video is just bad. The musts of a … Read more

Know when it's time to fire yourself – lessons learned from Matt Pittinsky, CEO Parchment

While startups and CEOs might be glamorized in TV shows and the media, the honest truth is that, “It often sucks to be an entrepreneur,” Matt Pittinsky, CEO Parchment said. When you own a business, you have to deal with competitors, raising money, putting out fires, hiring and firing people, try to have a work/life … Read more

Wasabi Ventures to open Phoenix offices in 2015

Video contribution by Jesse Millard and photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Wasabi Ventures, a bi-coastal venture capital firm and incubator for early stage startups, plan to open offices by the end of 2015 where they intend to fund and found 20 startups within two years, said TK Kuegler, founder and partner at Wasabi Ventures. Kuegler … Read more

Entrepreneurship re-energized, Phoenix Startup Week begins today

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne Entrepreneurs, investors, government officials and startups filled the room at 111 W. Monroe for the kickoff of the inaugural Phoenix Startup Week. The event is a five-day extravaganza consisting of 130 events spread throughout the Valley with a multitude of speakers, workshops, mentoring and more on entrepreneurial topics such as raising capital, … Read more

Manage your company's online reputation – AZTB Lunch and Learn Jan.

Last month, at AZ Tech Beat’s December Lunch and Learn, Annette Zinky, president and CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, offered advice on building an effective company culture and raising employees’ mojo to the max. Zinky touched on many topics explaining what it means to create a distinctive business culture and … Read more

Cookies went digital in an entirely new way and it’s deliciously exciting

Thin Mints, Trefolds, Tag-A-Longs or Do-Si-Dos? What’s your favorite? Each year the entrepreneurial green army comes out in drones and floods your office and neighborhood with sign up sheets to sell their delicious delights to raise money for their troop. While the door-to-door sales will still be in full force, the Girl Scouts are going … Read more

Priorities, purpose and coffee stains: 3 things to know when running a startup

This month, the AZTB Lunch and Learn made its way to Infusionsoft where the company’s vice president of talent Anita Grantham gave an inspiring talk about the reality of owning a startup and down to the nitty-gritty truth of the business. Before Grantham joined the Infusionsoft team, she was — and still is — a … Read more

Board Blazers can light up your next tailslide – gadget – video

When Greg Rudolph was a student at Arizona State University, he was walking on campus at night when he saw something strange. He approached a man whose skateboard seemed to be glowing and asked how he did it. “Bro! I duct-taped Christmas lights to my board!” the man said. [youtube]http://youtu.be/LzsJFhxTOAc[/youtube] Today, Rudolph is the founder … Read more

TiE Arizona celebrates 14 years with 14 new initiatives

TiE Arizona, an organization with global reach providing meaningful education, mentorship and networking for entrepreneurs,  announced 14 initiatives in 2014 designed to celebrate its 14 years of leadership in the community. With a refreshed website and many exciting new programs planned for the year, TiE Arizona is dedicated to continuing its rich heritage of fostering … Read more