#ExposeTheAwesome Community Tour highlights cool people, places and spaces in AZ

Co-working is not just an idea, it’s an action. The AZTB crew headed out this past summer to cool spaces and places for our #ExposeTheAwesome Community Tour and we did just that! Through the power of social media, our readers got the opportunity to follow along as we toured through some of the coolest co-working spaces and … Read more

Picmonic closes $2.3M round to expand student reach– interview with co-founders Adeel Yang & Ron Robertson

Instead of using Rote memorization methods to pound medical terms such as macrolides and bacteriostatic into ones’ head for finals, students are turning to Picmonic, a visual learning platform, where definitions, diseases and diagnoses are transformed into colorful, goofy and unforgettable pictures to create a personalized learning experience. Since they launched in 2011, the company has … Read more

Allbound raises $1.5M seed round led by Canal Partners – updated

Allbound, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Partner Sales Acceleration solution, is helping businesses realize more revenue from indirect sales partners through their predictive technology and gamification platform. Today the company announced a $1.5 million seed round led by Canal Partners with participation from Tallwave Capital and current investor Acceleprise. To date the company has raised around  $1.7 million. The … Read more

Five finalists chosen for Smart City App Hack

Contribution from Chloe Nordquist This past weekend, Hackers descended on the City of Phoenix for the Smart City App Hack, a global program launched in Barcelona this year to empower people to create apps and solutions for cities around the world. The mission was to build an app that provides a solution to one of … Read more

Over 100 AZ companies make 2015 Inc. 5000 List

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Inc. 5000 released their 2015 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in America. These companies are determined by their percentage of revenue growth over a period of four years. A total of 109 Arizona companies made the list, with 84 of those being located in Phoenix and surrounding areas. … Read more

Shop with your voice, gamers and one second videos- Tallwave announce 5 startups for High Tide

Co-written with Jesse Millard And you thought six second Vines or Snapchat was all you needed to tell your story, how about one second clips? Elly, a social-based network, allows users to record one second clips, add music and hashtags, then stitch it all together for a longer compilation. This startup is just one of … Read more

Luhrs City Center to house Tallwave's High Tide program

In the heart of Phoenix downtown sits a historic block called the Luhrs City Center which includes the neoclassical Luhrs Building (1924), the 14-story Art Deco Luhrs Tower (1929), plus a two-story Luhrs Arcade connecting both high-rises and coming in 2016 the 19-story Luhrs City Center Marriott. With Phoenix booming with entrepreneurism, Tallwave, a commercializer, … Read more

Tallwave has a new CFO and promotes three to VP

Tallwave, a Scottsdale-based early growth stage venture services company, announced Tuesday that Vickie Wittie has been appointed to be their new Chief Financial Officer. Wittie has served as CFO at a number of other tech companies and has experience leading financial teams from a startup phase through the initial public offering. Read: Tallwave Capital raises … Read more

Thinking of joining an AZ incubator? Get on it, application deadlines are ahead

Incubators around Arizona serve as the perfect launch point to help businesses thrive. Through many of these programs, entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to work in a creative space and bring their ideas into fruition. Here, we bring you a roundup of  incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. SeedSpot Social Entrepreneur Incubator, … Read more

Tallwave announces 10 new ventures in High Tide 3

Tallwave’s High Tide 3 kicks off Thursday June 5 as the next batch of ventures are announced. High-profile local investors, top corporations and entrepreneurial community influencers will all gather to celebrate the newest additions to the High Tide program. Leading EdTech, Healthcare and Digital IT entrepreneurs from across the country will be introduced as the … Read more

Tallwave to announce High Tide III Venture startups June 5

Tallwave, a Scottsdale-based commercializer, will reveal the startups selected for the High Tide III Venture Program on Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Duce in Phoenix. The general public is invited to come meet the top startups selected and network with leading influencers in the Arizona startup community. Robert Wallace, EVP Tallwave Venture … Read more

Application deadlines ahead for 9 Valley incubators

Startups and small businesses that call the greater Phoenix area home have several options to help their business flourish. Here is a list of incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. desarrollo Program: PhxFlight Program A 4-month program for tech based ventures with 10 Million + market opportunity. They will be launching … Read more

AZ startups named finalists in TiE 50 Awards – one takes top honor

Two Arizona early-stage startups, Vicinity Health and SyCara Local, were accepted into The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) 2014 conference as finalists in the TiE50 Awards Program and pitched in front of tech CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world. The AZ startups were chosen out of over 2,800 applicants from 27 countries. The TiE50 … Read more

AZ finalists named in EY's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award

Local veteran entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of Tallwave and ethology, Jeff Pruitt, as well as Robert Donat, GPS Insight, Kevin Hickey, Beyond Trust, and James Hooker, Televerde, and more, have been named finalists in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 award. EY is an organization dedicated to building a better working community and is a global … Read more

How visual storytelling can grow your business – FLFPHOENIX – VIDEO

A picture is worth a thousand words, and at Free Lunch (FLF) Friday Phoenix we were reminded just how much pictures actually matter. Print, digital, collages, infographics, and gifs are just a few examples of how images have evolved in our digital age, and we had a few experts on hand to give us the … Read more

Tallwave and ethology acquire 29th Drive

Tallwave, a commercializer, and its largest portfolio company, integrated digital marketing agency ethology, announced they have signed a definitive agreement to jointly acquire the assets of Arizona-based user-centered design firm 29th Drive. The cash and stock transaction is set to close at the end of this month for an undisclosed amount. 29th Drive was founded … Read more

Tallwave Capital invests over $500K in startups & competitions

Tallwave Commercialization Fund I announced that it has deployed $500,000 in capital in two Tallwave High Tide business competitions and three early-stage ventures that have emerged from the latest High Tide program. The Tallwave Commercialization Fund I (Fund) is an Arizona-based venture capital fund specializing in Seed investments in early-stage technology and media companies. Tallwave … Read more

Tallwave partners with Avondale for entrepreneurship program

Tallwave has partnered with the city of Avondale to create a training course for health care and technology entrepreneurs. The Avondale Venture Blueprint is a 12-week course that will teach entrepreneurs how to launch, grow and sustain their businesses. “As Avondale is building our health care and technology sectors, we understand the need to support small … Read more

Tallwave announces winners of High Tide Healthcare IT

Tallwave announced Thursday that it will be investing $90,000 into the finalists of its High Tide for Heathcare IT competition. The competition has been going on for the last four months and companies from all across the country competed. “It’s been amazing to see the progress and the new relationships that each of these talented … Read more