Synapse Studios launches new QA service

Synapse Studios has launched CarbonQA, which is designed to assist Arizona start-ups improve products and user experience.  The Tempe-based company is a custom software consulting company that provides a variety of services, including web and mobile app development, healthcare software development and quality assurance and automated application testing. With CarbonQA, Synapse Studios hopes to expand … Read more

Coffee, collaboration and co-working – AZ Co-working Guide

Co-written with Carlene Reyes A 9-5 workday just isn’t what it used to be—especially for entrepreneurs and small businesses when it comes to getting work done. The day-to-day needs and lifestyle for this demographic are a little different from the average office worker, so why should they expect to work in the same ho-hum environment? … Read more

Genius Monkey finds the human element in digital advertising

Video contribution from Austin Paetow Drilling an audience down to their likes, dislikes, and preferences is something advertising firms constantly strive to achieve. Tempe-based digital advertising firm Genius Monkey is setting themselves apart from others in the industry by seeking the human side of advertising and using behavioral intelligence to identify patterns of engagement. Senior vice president and director of … Read more

Local Motors unveils new 3D printed car design

Video contribution from Austin Paetow We’ve seen 3D printed wood, chocolate, and even pizza, but the future of 3D printing includes something bigger and more powerful — cars. Manufacturing technology company Local Motors announced their winning 3D-printed car design as part of Project Redacted Tuesday. The 3D car designed by Kevin Lo will be highway … Read more

Inaugural Phoenix Startup Week hits the Valley Feb 23-27 – video

Video and photo contribution from Thomas Hawthorne The time has come for the Valley to celebrate its local startups at Phoenix Startup Week. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicks off the inaugural week-long, Valley-wide celebration of startups and entrepreneurship running February 23 to 27. [youtube]http://youtu.be/PAm6UAn0fOo[/youtube] The five-day extravaganza will consist of 130 events with a multitude … Read more

AZ’s 2014 Google eCity awarded to Tempe

Every year Google awards the top cities across the 50 states that display the strongest online business community, according to analysis by research firm Ipsos MORI, and this year’s eCity is Tempe, Arizona. The Tempe City Council along with Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. accepted the award Tuesday at Brand … Read more

Tempe's Big Bounce co-working space offers more than just a desk

Big Bounce is a membership-based co-working space where startups or Cohabs receive executive level guidance and other support to launch and grow a successful business. Big Bounce’s platform was established to offer advanced knowledge and skills to Cohabs at any point in their business development process. Evo Terra, an Arizona radio and podcast personality and co-author … Read more

GoDaddy Global Technology Center Breaks Ground In Tempe Adding 300 New Jobs

Press release provided by Go Daddy TEMPE, Ariz. (May 7, 2013) – GoDaddy, the Web’s top platform for small businesses, today with Governor Jan Brewer, and representatives from Arizona State University Research Park, Ryan Companies, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), announced plans for a major Arizona expansion with … Read more

Drupal Camp Phoenix Comes to ASU March 8 – 10

Drupal Camp Phoenix is a 2-day conference starting Friday, March 8, organized by professional Drupal organizations to promote and advance the Drupal community in Arizona and the Southwest region. The event brings together local professionals interested in learning about web content management and expanding his or her skills in web development. Drupal is a free, … Read more

Meltmedia Creates Custom Solutions For Your Digital Desires

There’s no shortage of web/interactive design and development companies out there, so if you’re going to call yourselves “interactive superheroes,” you better be packing some comic book worthy superpowers (spoiler alert: Meltmedia most definitely is). With 12 years under its belt, Tempe-based Meltmedia is now the biggest and quite possibly the most capable interactive agency … Read more

Snapterms Lays Down the Law, Terms & Policies Style

Any online-based company offering a product or service knows it needs a long and generally painful terms of service, privacy policy, etc. to protect itself from the cornucopia of legal disasters that can occur. Unfortunately, legal terms require a legal specialist (aka lawyer) and lawyers tend to be a capitol-draining, by-the-hour endeavor, especially for a small startup … Read more

ASU Barrett Honors College Students Launch Onvard.com: Recommendation Platform for Self-Education

The way information is shared has changed constantly from generation to generation. In 1989, it was estimated that one weekday edition of today’s New York Times contains more information than the average person in seventeenth-century England was likely to come across in an entire lifetime. (Book: Information Anxiety, Richard Wurman) Can you imagine adding the … Read more

Online Farmers Marketplace Truly Allows Arizona Residents to Chow Locally

Many of us in the Phoenix metro area try to eat fresh, locally-grown foods when possible; but aside from dining out at locally supplied restaurants, the limited locations/times/food variety of farmers markets (as well as the often unfamiliar vegetables we’re not sure how to prepare) can make buying locally-made products just inconvenient enough to not do—or … Read more

Tempe-based FetchBack “Retargets” Display Advertising

One of the most common problems that e-commerce sites face is their potential customers abandoning the ordering process before fully converting. Fetchback was founded by Chad Little in 2007 to attack this issue head on. The company developed a patent-pending Retargeting technology that helps sites turn former visitors into future customers. Retargeting is a process … Read more