It’s SHARK WEEK: Watch for UArizona professor’s invention to be underwater with the hammerheads

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Does any entrepreneur ever expect their invention to be … shark bait? Probably not … unless the whole purpose of it is to get up close and personal with sharks in their natural habitat. On Sunday, a University of Arizona professor will be watching his Ocean Space Habitat underwater with some hammerheads on “The Great … Read more

ASU biomechanics professor addressing fall prevention through new partnership

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Thurmon Lockhart, a biomechanics professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, hopes to predict and prevent dangerous falls, especially in older populations or those recovering from orthopedic surgeries. Lockhart was recently named the first Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Research and Education, or MORE, Foundation Professor of Life in Motion, which will help him … Read more

GCU grad bringing Tesla battery technology to … longboards

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We know techies love electric cars, but have you ever considered electric longboards? What if you found out you could hit 30 miles per hour? Westin Smith, the founder of Lux Longboards, is making all your kid dreams a reality.  Many entrepreneurs’ ideas stem from a problem to solve. In Smith’s case, he was an … Read more

Arizona startup funding: Hammoq raises $3M, Better Agency raises $2.1M

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Arizona startup funding continues to increase, allowing businesses to grow. Phoenix-based Hammoq and Mesa-based Better Agency recently announced seed round raises. Hammoq raises $3 million Hammoq announced a $3 million seed round late last month. The startup known as “the Shopify for e-commerce businesses” uses its platform to automate time-consuming tasks, including auto-listing products, cross-listing … Read more

Startup Connection event to explore using technology to build community

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Chandler Innovations, a business incubation and entrepreneurial development program, is holding its annual Startup Connection event on September 17 and 18. The event starts with a reception on Friday night that will be complete with food, drinks and recognition of Chandler Innovations Incubator’s fastest growing companies. The networking opportunity will be at the Crowne Plaza … Read more

What happened in Arizona tech in June? Find out here

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June was another big month for tech in Arizona — everything from partnerships and grants to business milestones and expansions. Arizona Technology Council praises AZ’s 2022 fiscal year budget proposal The Council’s president and CEO Steven G. Zylstra said the proposal includes funding to keep Arizona competitive in tech. The proposed budget includes many of … Read more

Trainual raises $27M Series B to improve platform and increase global expansion

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Trainual, a SaaS platform designed to help growing businesses standardize policies and processes, has closed a $27 million Series B round, bringing the company’s total funding to $33.75 million. The round was led by Altos Ventures, a major venture capital firm based out of Menlo Park, Calif. Trainual founder and CEO Chris Ronzio said in … Read more

Arizona Technology Council’s Technology Industry Impact Report details job growth, lack of diversity

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The Arizona Technology Council released its Q1 2021 Arizona Technology Industry Impact Report, which shows an increase in tech companies, wages and jobs — a continuation from 2020. The report shows tech jobs increased by 3.6%, to 204,161 jobs. Job postings in technology for Q1 have nearly reached the high-water mark set in July 2019. … Read more

Company fundamentally rethinking agriculture expands to Avondale

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OnePointOne, a Silicon Valley-based agriculture technology startup, is expanding its corporate and vertical farming production facilities to Avondale, which will create more than 70 jobs. OnePointOne is building a technologically-advanced cultivation platform that uses innovations in automation, AI and plant science. Last year, the company launched Willo, a personalized vertical farming platform that’s designed to … Read more

Lessen closes Series A funding round, raises $35 million

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Scottsdale-based Lessen, a marketplace platform that connects property owners to service professionals, announced it closed a $35 million Series A funding round. The Series A was led by Fifth Wall, the largest VC focused on technology for the global real estate industry. Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst and Navitas Capital, who invested in Lessen’s seed round, … Read more