What Valley tech companies are doing to keep engineers in AZ

Arizona’s high tech sector is on an incline with startup companies to corporations vying for software engineers to build out their products. According to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, software and IT industry job growth is projected to increase 25 percent over the next decade, compared to 18 percent nationally, and in greater Phoenix the city has … Read more

2nd annual AZTB Startup Bus Tour is ready to roll Nov. 5th – tickets on sale

Az Tech Beat is ready to roll with the 2nd Startup Bus Tour! We take 40 of the top tech startups/founders around the Valley on a tour at cool tech companies and give them 1:1 time with top executives, investors and influencers in the Arizona tech community.   This year we have a tour at … Read more

Infusionsoft attracts new CPO from Silicon Valley

Infusionsoft, the leading sales and marketing software for small businesses, added Chief Product Officer (CPO) to their executive team and attracted former executive of Intuit Terry Hicks to fill its shoes. “One of the reason I joined Infusionsoft is because the team here is so passionate about small businesses and uses this passion to help … Read more

Bid for lunch with AZ tech leaders

Now is your chance to pick the brains of Arizona’s biggest tech leaders. Starting today, you can bid on lunch dates with various Arizona Technology Council board members through an online auction. “Mentorship and networking are essential cornerstones of a vibrant technology ecosystem,” president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council Steve G. Zylstra said. … Read more

Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2015

According to the White House, the Millennial generation (a.k.a. Generation Y) is now the largest, most diverse generation in the United States population. With birth years ranging from the early 1980s to early 2000s, millennials have grown up and are now entering the working world. Fortune magazine has created a list (in partnership with Great … Read more

Creating a delightful customer experience – Interview with Elizabeth Pitt, Chief Customer Officer

Delightful, is the sentiment Infusionsoft wants their customers to feel when they interact with their team members. Elizabeth Pitt, recently appointed to Chief Customer Officer at Infusionsoft, oversees roughly 200 employees hyper-focused on a positive customer experience. She is also in the process of hiring up to 60 more people by the end of the … Read more

Greg McKeown says stop having priorities and have one priority – ICON15

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne Greg McKeown, New York Times best selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, packed a punch a ICON 15 with his powerful message about how having one priority is the key to success. Entrepreneurs can typically be the type of person who will take on everything and make it all … Read more

Sally Hogshead pours a shot of fascination into small businesses – ICON15

“Different is better than better,” said author, speaker and former advertising executive Sally Hogshead during her keynote speech at Infusionsoft’s ICON15 small business conference. Hogshead, emphasized that honing in on what makes you different helps you compete in your market without having an extravagant marketing budget. Hogshead founded Fascinate, Inc. and created The Fascinate System, … Read more

Rohit Bhargava on removing the noise from content marketing – ICON15

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Emails, postcards, blogs, text, posts, tweets and videos are just some examples of communication noise that is being directed at customers to buy products and services-but how much of this content is meaningful and connecting with the customer over the long-term? To help small businesses owners maneuver through the world … Read more

6 pillars to enhancing your customer’s experience

Ensuring your customers have a great experience while interacting with your company or startup can be elusive. Sometimes when a customer has a bad experience with a company they’ll drop them forever, which means less dollars for the company. [youtube]https://youtu.be/ETXqLkNopRA[/youtube] Justin MacDonald, Manager of Customer Experience at Infusionsoft, spoke at AZ Tech Beat’s recent Lunch … Read more

Small businesses matter, new mobile products and Cold Play – CEO Clate Mask kicks off ICON 15

Photo contribution by Thomas Hawthorne Cold Play’s Sky Full of Stars lyrics filled the Phoenix Convention Center as CEO and co-founder Clate Mask of Infusionsoft made his way to center stage and kicked off ICON15 to a crowd of over 3,000 attendees. “Small business has changed, and the world is finally starting to notice it,” … 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

Sun Devil Select honors top ASU alum-led businesses

Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business is holding its first-ever Sun Devil Select, an event to honor some of the country’s top ASU alum-owned and alum-run businesses. Seventeen firms from a variety of industries will be recognized for their achievements. “We’re honoring organizations that demonstrate innovation, growth and entrepreneurial spirit,” explains Sidnee … Read more

Know your culture to recruit the best fit for your startup – AZTB Lunch and Learn – tix limited

Last month, AZTB visited Infusionsoft for its monthly Lunch and Learn to get down to the nitty-gritty reality of owning a startup. Infusionsoft’s Vice President of Talent Anita Grantham gave an inspiring talk about her own struggles with owning a small business and gave the audience three important tips to managing their businesses. Her top tips: … 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

Infusionsoft appoints new CFO to the team

Infusionsoft, creator of the leading sales and marketing software for small businesses, has captured the heart of another Silicon Valley financier and today announced the appointment of Curtis Smith to Chief Financial Officer. Smith was former CFO of Keynote Systems, a public SaaS company specializing in cloud testing and monitoring. Last year, he led the successful … Read more

The good, bad and suck of owning a startup – AZTB Lunch and Learn Nov.

Last month at the AZTB Lunch and Learn, AZ Tech Beat invited local data experts to discuss how to sift through an abundance of data to effectively grow a business. Tracy Diziere, a veteran marketing consultant, and Don Simpson, a business insights and analytics manager at Appointment-Plus, hacked into the key elements of data decision-making … Read more

Cardiac health, batteries and big data win at AZ Tech Council Governor Celebration of Innovation

Hearts, data collection and rechargeable batteries stole the stage at the Arizona Technology Council 2014 Governor Celebration of Innovation. It is here that the AZ tech community comes together to honor science and technology innovators that create leading-edge solutions. INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS Startup winner – Clairvoyant The Chandler-based Clairvoyant is known for data … Read more

Small biz champion Infusionsoft raises $55 Million led by Bain Capital Ventures

Today Infusionsoft, creator of the all-in-one sales and marketing software for small businesses, has raised yet again another impressive amount of capital to fuel their mission to help small businesses thrive. Bain Capital Ventures led the Series D round of growth financing, with participation from prior investors Signal Peak Ventures and Goldman Sachs, as well as, Arthur … Read more

Infusionsoft ranked in Fortune's top 25 workplaces for 3rd time

When it comes to great places to work in Arizona, look no further than Infusionsoft. The Chandler-based software company was ranked 13th in Fortune Magazine’s annual list of the best medium-size companies to work for. Infusionsoft produces sales and marketing software targeted at small businesses and employs about 500 people. It was the only Arizona … Read more