Ryver takes aim at Slack, launches free team communication platform

Ryver, a team communication software platform, is looking to make their mark in the team collaboration tool market and have their crosshairs on Slack. Ryver came out of beta last week and released their product for all to use for free. While the company plans to convert Slack users, they are also targeting small businesses that use … Read more

Communication platform Ryver launches public beta to help teams find their flow

After scrolling through multiple collaborative channels and reading through hundreds of emails, the endless time suck leaves little room for actual work. Ryver, a new cloud-based, team collaboration, communication platform launched its public beta to compete in the enterprise tech market and bring some sense of sanity to our overloaded inboxes. The company formerly known as Contatta, … 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

Startup co-founder Contatta Pat Sullivan to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Sullivan, co-founder and CEO of Contatta and formerly co-founder and CEO of SalesLogix and ACT!, will receive yet another award for his contribution to the business world and this time its the OneNeck IT Services People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2014 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc., AZ Tech … Read more

Contatta completes $1.5M convertible round to take product to market

Contatta, the world’s first collaborative email, has completed a $1.5 million convertible round led by Kickstart Seed Fund II and Grayhawk Capital. In addition, all of Contatta’s current board members, including CEO and co-founder Pat Sullivan, and outside investors Desert Angels and Arizona Technology Investors Forum (ATIF) participated in this latest round of investment. “Desert … Read more

Startup Contatta debuts at ShowStoppers CES2014

Guestimate how many emails you receive per day. 100, 200, maybe more? Now take that number and times that by five work days, then by four weeks, how many emails is that now? Sickening. One local startup aims to fix this broken record of email hell, get us organized and build a relationship with our … Read more

What made Free Lunch Friday 2013 awesome – slideshow

One of the first events we launched in 2013 was our Free Lunch Friday series. Founder Danny Beckett Jr. wanted to put together a national movement that not only celebrated entrepreneurs and their hunger for growing a business, but to bring them together to network, learn, collaborate and even make friends. On March 29, 2013 … Read more

The startup mentality, verbal design and lessons learned-this year at AZEC13 – slideshow

Yesterday at the AZEC13, entrepreneurs ranging from startup to seasoned offered their knowledge and advice about growing a business to a full house at Gangplank Chandler. I was there live and captured advice from Pat Sullivan, CEO & co-founder of Contatta, James Archer, CEO of Forty Design, and Heidi Jannenga, co-founder of WebPT. Pat Sullivan, … Read more

8th annual Arizona Entrepreneurship Conference (AZEC) to take place November 13th

The 8th Annual Arizona Entrepreneurship (AZEC) conference is where Arizona innovators and investors connect, collaborate and grow. This event strives to bring entrepreneurs together, share pertinent and valuable knowledge, benefit the surrounding communities, and develop strong relationships between one another. “This conference has grown to one of the most anticipated events of the year, and this … Read more

Pat Sullivan's Startup Contatta launches platform to streamline the way business people make contact

Stealthmode is over and Contatta, the visionary new company co-founded by Pat Sullivan of ACT! and SalesLogix acclaim, officially launched as a public beta at the DEMO Fall 2013 conference. In a survey by McKinsey Global Institute, the average worker spends more than a quarter of their day in their email inbox, and the average corporate … Read more

Pat Sullivan on “Building Silicon Desert” – VIDEO

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the Arizona entrepreneurial scene. With his new company Contatta, he is passionate and pumped to grow his business in Silicon Desert. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund … Read more

Pat Sullivan talks "The Myths of Raising Capital" – video

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix is quite familiar with the concept of raising capital. Now with his new startup Contatta, he approaches raises differently. Contatta recently announced the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund II. According to Contatta, all of their … Read more

CRM Startup Contatta Raises $3.25M

Contatta, a visionary and new CRM company co-founded by Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix, announced today the completion of a $3.25 million financing round led by Grayhawk Capital Venture Fund II and Kickstart Seed Fund II. According to Contatta, all of their current board members reinvested in this round, including Grayhawk … Read more

Lessons I've Learned – Pat Sullivan

Pat Sullivan, founder and former CEO of ACT! and SalesLogix, one of the “80 most influential people in marketing history,” by Sales and Marketing Management magazine, two-time winner of the Ernst & Young “ Entrepreneur of the Year” award and CEO of Contatta, lit up the room with personal stories about growing his businesses and … Read more

Pat Sullivan To Speak At Free Lunch Friday

Standing room only, laughing, learning and networking-and a free lunch! Just a snap shot of what you missed at our Free Lunch Friday Phoenix (FLF) event. FLF is a non-profit organization that has one simple goal-to provide community, content, connections and access to capital to the startups and entrepreneurs who fuel the ecosystem. Our program runs … Read more