AZ Tech Beat is Downsizing

I started AZ Tech Beat four years ago with the goal of exposing the tech activity and growth that was occurring in Arizona. Since then, the team at AZ Tech Beat has written over 1,600 articles about tech startups, funding announcements, event coverage, significant milestones, co-working openings, expansions, and more. Our coverage has gained recognition … Read more

Tech community mourns loss of rising star developer

The local tech community is mourning the sudden death of a rising star software developer. This last week, Ian Preston, 19-years-old, tragically took his own life according to his father Stuart Preston. “This was totally unexpected and we did not see it coming,” Stuart said in our interview. No additional details were released. Ian fell … Read more

Arizona makes workhorses—not unicorns—and that’s a good thing

Guest Blog by Hamid Shojaee, founder Axosoft, Pure Chat & AZTB The Bay Area is overrun with horses—unicorns to be exact. And while I wish I was referring to the horned, majestic creatures of lore, I’m actually talking about privately-held startups that have $1 billion or higher valuations. Venture investor Aileen Lee coined the term … Read more

Pure Chat closed $1.5M seed round, plans expansion to global markets

Pure Chat, a live support and sales software company, has raised $1.5 million dollars in a seed round to continue moving up the hockey stick and help small businesses around the world connect with their customers on-the-go. With their $250,000 winnings from the Arizona Commerce Authority Innovation Challenge, Pure Chat’s total funding to date is … Read more

Calculators required – SaaS metrics you need to attract investors

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne Class was in session at Axosoft headquarters during Phoenix Startup Week when founder of Pure Chat Hamid Shojaee spoke about metrics every Software as a Service (SaaS) firm needs to know to build their business and attract investors. Shojaee said none of these metrics help out a SaaS firm if they aren’t in … Read more

Don't try to be something you're not – Phoenix Startup Week Day 4

Co-written with Jesse Millard and photo contributions from Thomas Hawthorne Today the Phoenix Startup Week speaker theme was about knowing who you are, understanding your competencies and don’t try to turn your company into something it’s not, including the next Google. TK Kuegler of Wasabi Ventures kicked off the day at GoDaddy and gave startups advice on … Read more

Axosoft closing the STEM gap with live stream

To combat the decreasing supply of students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, the Maricopa County Education Service Agency partnered with PBS to create a program bringing STEM mentors to the classroom through a live stream. Axosoft, an agile and project management software company, was the first Arizona tech partner to host the … Read more

Startup Pure Chat all a buzz reaching 1M chat milestone

While larger service providers have dedicated live chat customer service representatives on hand awaiting to help you, the majority of businesses do not have that extra cash to keep someone on standby. However, in order to stay more connected to ones’ customers, smaller businesses are adding in live support software with mobile integration to their websites. Pure … Read more

How to become a Scrum ninja – Axosoft launches free edu site ScrumHub.com

Axosoft, a leading enterprise Agile/Scrum project management and bug tracking software company, launched their free educational site ScrumHub.com to help developers learn and implement Scrum. The inspiration for this site evolved out of their popular “Intro to Agile Scrum in Under 10 Minutes” that has over 1.2M views on YouTube and the overwhelming requests for … Read more

Axosoft to sell Bug Tracker for a buck – all proceeds to help fund startups

Axosoft, a leading enterprise Agile/Scrum project management and bug tracking software company, announced they will begin to sell their enterprise-grade Axosoft Bug Tracker, originally at $70 per-user, per-year, for $1 per-year, regardless of the size of the dev team. Game changer.   The Axosoft Bug Tracker has been used by over 10,000 development teams by companies … Read more

PureChat Launches 100% Free Live Chat Service for Web Sites

Every year during the summer, and after a major release of OnTime, the Development Team at Axosoft takes a 30-day break to focus on something else. The time is used for new learning opportunities, experiments, or even the launch of new startups. This year, both the Dev and Marketing Teams joined forces to launch both … Read more

Axosoft's New OnTime adds Dashboards To Keep Dev Teams ‘On Time’

Scottsdale based Axosoft, creators of the OnTime suite of development tools have just released what they believe to be a major update to their offering. The new OnTime release includes a much touted new dashboard feature that allows development teams to see the status of their projects with a quick glance at a big-screen dashboard … Read more

Axosoft Gets Creative with Recruiting Tactics: Free Geek Toys

Ask any software company in Arizona what their #1 challenge is and the response is the same: Finding good software engineers. To secure some quality talent, Axosoft has taken a different approach by gifting a full line up of tech gadgets to any software engineer that comes on board between now and August 1st. Let’s … Read more