Canadian electric vehicle company ElectraMeccanica breaks ground on new Mesa facility

ElectraMeccanica Vehicles Corp., Canadian electric vehicle (EV) company, broke ground on its first U.S. based assembly facility and engineering technical center planned for Mesa. It’s the third groundbreaking for an EV manufacturing facility in Arizona since 2019.  “Today marks a momentous occasion for our company,” Paul Rivera, the company’s CEO, said in a statement. Rivera … Read more

The most important slide in your fundraising pitch deck

Pitching to investors is intimidating at best, devastating at worst. Founders can spend hours building just the right presentation. But the reality is, potential investors really only need to see one thing. Veteran tech entrepreneur and investor Hamid Shojaee told April 2021 PHX Startup Week attendees that in order to be successful at fundraising, all you … Read more

Arizona tech entrepreneur legend Pat Sullivan shares his best wisdom in latest AZ Tech Podcast episode

Pat Sullivan

Have you ever wanted to sit down with a seasoned entrepreneur and pick their brain on everything they know and have learned over their years? Well, this episode is for you. Local tech entrepreneur legend Pat Sullivan is almost 70 years old and has no desire to stop working in tech and building companies. Pat … Read more

Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC plans even bigger expansion in Arizona

The world’s largest chipmaker looks to double down on Arizona. Reuters reports that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) may build several new semiconductor facilities, or fabs, in Arizona, in addition to an already planned fab in Phoenix. TSMC currently manufactures most of its chips in Taiwan, with older facilities in China and Washington state. But … Read more

Clate Mask says he’s back in charge of Keap, formerly Infusionsoft, in latest AZ Tech Podcast episode

Keap, formerly known as Infusionsoft, is one of Arizona’s most successful software companies, but the company’s had really high highs and really low lows. In this episode of AZ Tech Podcast, Keap co-founder Clate Mask shares the intimate and emotional roller coaster that comes with building a $100 million revenue SaaS company, including the three … 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

Knox Financial launches in Phoenix, giving property investors a new resource for increasing returns

“Definitely not for sale,” reads the Knox Financial lawn sign, which looks just like a “home for sale” sign post. “Turn your home into an income property,” the rest of the sign reads.   Knox Financial, a Boston-based fintech company focused on property investors, launches today in Phoenix. David Friedman, one of the company’s cofounders and … Read more

ApostleTech selected to develop CRM tool for national home builder

ApostleTech, an Arizona-based startup, has been selected to develop and implement a custom Salesforce CRM tool for Beazer Homes, a national home builder based in Atlanta.  The Cloud-based tool will be used to connect more than 130 Beazer Homes communities across the U.S., including Arizona. The implementation will update Beazer’s current Salesforce tool and add … Read more

ASU considering tech and science experts for innovation fellowship

Arizona State University’s Office of Applied Innovation is looking to hire up to four new fellows for its 2021-2022 Fellowship in University Innovation.  The fellowship is geared toward early and mid-career professions from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, including technologists, developers, engineers, communicators, writers, researchers, designers and more. Still, fellows will be decided … Read more

Axosoft’s GitKraken launches Enterprise edition

GitKraken, a Git GUI product from Axosoft, has launched its new Enterprise version, which is geared toward companies that need 25 or more licenses.  This is the latest of GitKraken’s products, which also include individual and pro options. GitKraken scales very quickly, easily and organically, says Lauren Witte, senior marketing manager at Axosoft. Once it … Read more

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

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

Arizona Technology Council revamps site to connect businesses

The Arizona Technology Council launched a new, robust website this week making it easier for members and the community to connect with Arizona’s businesses. The site was designed by Allbound, a Scottsdale based SaaS startup, which has turned into an intuitive media style platform with streaming tickers of news and Instagram feeds from local tech events. … Read more

U of A announces new iSchool

The University of Arizona will be opening a new school in July focused on information research and technology. The School of Information, or, less formally, “iSchool,” will focus on developing solutions to information-based problems for technology and information based businesses. “Coming out of any discipline now to be competitive you need to be data literate,” … Read more

Phoenix Startup Week ignites Valley – wrap up video

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley, M.A. and photo and video contributions by Thomas Hawthorne Starry eyed entrepreneurs flocked to events across the Valley during Phoenix Startup Week- a weeklong event which consisted of over 130 events, several happy hours and a plethora of speakers giving vital information about how to run a successful startup. [youtube]http://youtu.be/07IhjxwC2e4[/youtube] The … Read more

Third annual PressNomics conference brings together WordPress Community

The third installment of the annual PressNomics conference kicked off today with hundreds of guests and more than 15 speakers at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center. The event brings together companies from the WordPress community to engage in conversation centered around the success and failures of running a business. The conference is … Read more

AZ Tech Council helping you remove and recycle your E-Waste – January 24

A quick look inside of anyone’s household junk drawer will reveal a myriad of discarded cell phones and tech items from yesteryear. Now that the holidays are over and you’re adding yet another smart phone to the pile don’t just throw those items away. On Saturday Jan. 24, properly recycle those items through the Arizona … Read more