11 of Arizona’s Top Tech Developments in April

Tech in Arizona

The tech industry in Arizona continues to grow, and April was no exception — companies from across the country and world continue to see Arizona as a great place to move or expand their businesses. Here’s our April recap of top tech news from throughout Arizona. Moov Technologies shifts headquarters to Phoenix area Moov Technologies, … Read more

Data connectivity platform LiveRamp will hire at least 100 with Phoenix expansion

LiveRamp, a B2B data connectivity platform based in San Francisco, announced it will build an office in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. They plan to hire at least 100 new employees.  The company is looking for full-time, highly skilled workers, including executive leaders. LiveRamp will initially focus on hiring positions in Customer Support, Customer Success and … Read more

AerialSphere provides bird’s-eye view of Waste Management Open

Phoenix-based AerialSphere used its XP360 to provide data to Waste Management Open planners that helped them develop the Scottsdale tournament site.  AerialSphere designed the XP360 “to change the way people deliver and interact with maps,” according to the company’s website. The XP360 combines 360-degree aerial imagery with location data to give a detailed, bird’s-eye view … Read more

CO+HOOTS’s HUUB wins $10,000 in national innovation competition

HUUB, a software platform developed by CO+HOOTS, won a $10,000 grant as part of a competition initiated by a collaboration between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Science and Technology Council’s Lab-to-market subcommittee. The Lab-to-Market (L2M) Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition awarded $330,000 in prizes to companies across the country. More than 160 … Read more

Andrew Steele appointed as new LighthousePE CEO

LighthousePE has appointed Andrew Steele as the company’s new CEO. This announcement marks a new chapter for the Phoenix-based mobile engagement platform.  Steele has more than 25 years of experience behind him. He’s founded and led several Arizona-based companies, including BeckonCall, Growthplane and Breezing Co., as well as a few California-based companies. The company boasts … Read more

AZTB presents: Arizona Indie Video Game Movement documentary

Camera work and editing by Xavier Smith AZTB presents an original documentary “Arizona’s Indie Game Movement” that delves into Arizona’s history of the indie video game population and the explosive growth of independent developers and studios as well as what city officials and educational institutions are doing to grow and support the talent, and what leadership needs to do to keep talent in … Read more

I buy, Minibar flies – On-demand alcohol delivery service expands to Valley

After a crazy day at work, running the kids around to sport practice, helping them with homework, walking the dogs, and getting around to cooking dinner, it sure is nice to go to the refrigerator and grab a bottle of…OMG I’m out of wine! No worries, just grab your smartphone and click on Minibar, the … Read more

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

Google's Project Sunroof launches in Arizona

The Phoenix Metropolitan area averages 211 clear days and 85 partly cloudy days each year according to azcentral.com, making our sunny state a perfect candidate for Google’s Project Sunroof.   Project Sunroof is a solar power initiative and an online source for households interested in utilizing solar energy to power their homes and cut electricity … Read more

CO+HOOTS takes 2nd in FirstBank competition

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley CO+HOOTS, Phoenix’s largest co-working community, participated in the FirstBank $20,000 Elevator Pitch Business contest where the prize money would be used to accelerate ones’ business. If anyone has been paying attention, this co-working space is accelerating at full speed. Earlier in November, they announced plans to expand to a 14,000 sq. ft. space offering more than … Read more

Women social network app Monarq launches in Phoenix

In a spread out, transient city like Phoenix, connecting with others in the community can be difficult. The founders behind Monarq are looking to help this gap by creating a platform where women can meet and develop friendships. “We found a deep need for connection,” Monarq co-founder Irene Ryabaya said. “There’s not an easy way … Read more

Coffee, collaboration and co-working – AZ Co-working Guide

Co-written with Carlene Reyes A 9-5 workday just isn’t what it used to be—especially for entrepreneurs and small businesses when it comes to getting work done. The day-to-day needs and lifestyle for this demographic are a little different from the average office worker, so why should they expect to work in the same ho-hum environment? … Read more

CO+HOOTS launches socially-conscious art marketplace

The founders of CO+HOOTS have launched their fourth business in Phoenix — an ecommerce site for art prints where a portion of the proceeds are sent back into a community. Odeen Domingo and his wife Jenny Poon have acquired, rebranded, and launched Fresh Words Market, a marketplace that features art prints with positive messaging. “We … Read more

Phoenix Hackers to Compete in International “Tech-Olympics”

Hackers get ready, because Phoenix will be participating in the international Smart City App Hack — a program launched in Barcelona this year to empower people to create apps and solutions for cities around the world. The City of Phoenix is looking for its representative in partnership with the Institute for Digital Progress. “It’s like … Read more

Boost followers with these hot tips from #SMDayPhx

Social Media Day Phoenix brought the heat to our thumbs on Tuesday as social media enthusiasts from around Phoenix gathered to learn more about boosting their presence on Twitter, Instagram, and more. Social Media Day was launched six years ago in 2010 by Mashable as a way to recognize social media’s impact on communication. Cities … Read more

ZocDoc “Get Better Better” comedic campaign exposes the awkward of booking doctor appts

It could take days to weeks to book a doctor’s appointment. If need be some patients might exaggerate their condition to cut the long line, even say they have rabies. The headaches of the healthcare system is the foundation of ZocDoc’s, the online doctor booking service, new ad campaign Get Better Better that brings humor to … Read more

Impactful Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference sparks international conversation – Wrap Up

When choosing a new site for the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference, founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne settled on Phoenix as their first conference outside of Silicon Valley because of the thriving tech community found in Arizona. Influential women from around the world came out in droves to downtown Phoenix to attend the conference dedicated to encouraging … Read more

3 must dos for next gen of enterprise software – Heidi Williams, Box – Girls in Tech Catalyst

The enterprise software industry is projected to be a $335 billion industry. Heidi Williams, senior director of platform engineering at Box, a cloud content sharing platform for businesses, shared her experience building out products for Box and three key factors users and firms expect from the next generation of enterprise platforms. Going mobile: Everything is mobile and users want to be … Read more

Porter Gale inspires women to focus on their purpose and value – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Photo contribution Vianka Villa Dry mouth, sweaty palms, and shaky legs. At some point, you might have been nervous talking about yourself, especially when meeting new people. One expert says that in order to make networking less nerve-racking, begin by identifying your purpose and talk about yourself with a clear and succinct message in mind. Porter Gale, … Read more

OrbHealth raises $650,000 in first seed round

Phoenix based healthcare mobile application OrbHealth has raised $650,000 in their first round of seed funding, according to its CEO and Founder.   OrbHealth rose from the ranks of Dallas healthcare accelerator and has launched mobile applications for both patients and physicians to collect, disseminate and provide health data for both parties, said Paul Oran, … Read more