Qwick makes a comeback after taking huge losses during the pandemic

When your whole business model relies entirely on one of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic, you’re in for uphill battle.  Tech startup Qwick is an on-demand staffing service for the food and beverage industry, an industry that nearly disappeared for the first months of the pandemic. Qwick nearly died, too, but it’s slowly … Read more

AZ Tech Podcast Episode 2: Todd Belfer, Managing Partner, Canal Partners

Todd Belfer is no stranger to risk. In fact, he thrives on it. On Episode 2 of AZ Tech Podcast, Hamid Shojaee and Belfer discuss investing strategies, the stock market and Bitcoin. Belfer also opens up about the wins (and losses) he’s seen in his long investing career. Watch now or listen on Apple Podcasts … Read more

Simply Noted launches new website and product upgrades

Sending handwritten notes is a thing of the past, right? Tempe-based Simply Noted says no. Even in this age of email and instant messaging, a handwritten note goes a long way.  Simply Noted sends automated handwritten notes to customers, clients or employees on behalf of businesses to improve communication and build relationships.  Founder and CEO … 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

Founders of Axosoft plan $10 Million investment in Arizona startups

Axosoft founders Hamid & Lawdan Shojaee have announced plans to make a $10 million investment in Arizona startups, especially in their early stages of development. Hamid has also announced a revamp of the AZ TechBeat website and the launch of his new podcast, AZ Tech Podcast. AZ Tech Beat is committed to being a trustworthy … 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

7 Startups to compete at AZ Technology Council Startup Connect

Startups ranging from jumping the line at your favorite nightclub to finding the closest farmers market will compete this week at the annual Arizona Technology Council StartupConnect AZ for a cash prize and receive some good 1:1 time with CEOs, investors and influencers. This year, content for the event includes advice and tips from 50 … Read more

Link2Golf lets golfers book tee times with buddies through their smartphone

Between emails, text, phone calls and social media, coordinating friends and tee times for a round of golf can be cumbersome. Phoenix-based startup Link2Golf (L2G) is making it easier to connect with friends, search courses, book tee times and pay for your next of round of golf all through your smartphone. CEO and co-founder Kevin Curry, … Read more