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

Offerpad announces expansion to four new markets

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Offerpad, the Chandler-based home selling and buying platform, announced a plan to expand its digital platform and Real Estate Solutions Center to four more markets: Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis; and Columbia, South Carolina. By operating in these new markets, Offerpad will open its operations in over 450 additional cities and towns in … Read more

Arizona broker buys CRE technology, plans to move business to Scottsdale

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The technology behind CRE Simple, a real estate technology startup from Oakland, was purchased by an Arizona real estate broker. Craig Coppola, a founding principal at Lee & Associates Arizona, a commercial real estate brokerage, and his newly-formed Habanero CRE Simple LLC purchased the proprietary source code for CRE Simple’s platform earlier this month. CRE … Read more

Thinkzilla expands to Scottsdale to support minority-owned businesses

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Thinkzilla, a brand, marketing and PR agency based in Atlanta, announced plans to open a new office at SkySong, the Arizona State University Scottsdale Innovation Center. The consulting firm said it will hire 25 employees in the first six months. Female and minority-owned Thinkzilla chose Scottsdale because of the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem here. Company leaders … Read more

Mosaic to streamline homebuilding in Phoenix where the market is as hot as the temperatures

Mosaic to help Phoenix builders

The housing market in Arizona is on fire as demand for new housing is at record-breaking levels, but Phoenix-based startup Mosaic hopes to help builders keep up. Mosaic is a construction technology company that uses software as a general contractor to manage construction on behalf of builders, which allows them to build more homes more … Read more

CP Technologies opens new facility in Prescott to expand manufacturing capabilities

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CP Technologies, a standard and custom rugged computer hardware designer and manufacturer, has opened its new 50,000 square-foot facility in Prescott. CP Technologies was acquired by Israeli-based Aeronautics in 2018 and, since that time, has expanded its offerings beyond rugged high-performance computer platforms, data links and LCD displays for the military and industrial and commercial … Read more

Qwick planning big growth for 2021, adding to Arizona’s growing tech economy

Qwick, the Phoenix-based on-demand staffing platform for the food and beverage industry, will add more than 100 new employees this year — further evidence that Arizona continues to stand out as an up and coming tech ecosystem coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  To say that Qwick struggled in 2020 would be an understatement. The … Read more