SaaS Platform for Influencer Marketing

by RaeAnne Marsh

Find Your Influence has become a leading SaaS Influencer Marketing platform, connecting brands such as V8, Tylenol, Budweiser and Delta to high-impact influencers and tracking their campaigns from start to finish. It was founded in July 2013 by Cristine Vieira and Jamie Reardon, who brought their complementary expertise in marketing and technology, respectively, and their… [More]

In Business for Good

by RaeAnne Marsh

Colleges have long been a source of innovative ideas, and in recent years many higher institutions of learning have adopted formal programs to assist students and faculty in starting up a business around their idea. The recent Collegiate Challenge, presented by Conscious Capitalism Arizona and hosted by Grand Canyon University, focused on encouraging startups that… [More]

Making Wait Time Engagement Time

by RaeAnne Marsh

A mobile messaging and marketing automation technology that delivers dynamic mobile pages through text messaging, BrightGuest is a local startup founded by Ryan Quinn in August 2014. Quinn came up with the idea for BrightGuest some years ago waiting for dinner at a restaurant that had a long wait. The restaurant gave him a coaster… [More]

Champion for the State’s Tech & Innovation Community

by RaeAnne Marsh

The purpose of recently launched invisionAZ is to help the state’s technology and innovation community grow. Its three-part goal is to help early-stage and startup businesses gain access to capital; enhance the technology ecosystem with the right technical workforce through mentoring, accelerators and education; and to raise Arizona’s profile as a welcoming environment for startups.… [More]

Unblocking Blockchain

by Mike Hunter

KryptoPal is a blockchain-based platform that can be integrated into various applications around the world to perform various cryptocurrency transactions. Headquartered in Phoenix, it was started by technologists who have been inside the world of blockchain (records linked and secured by cryptography) for years and are frustrated with the current barriers preventing widespread and global… [More]

Invigorating the Valley’s Tech Growth 

by Skyler Scott

One startup at a time, Chandler-based Kadima.Ventures is changing the way businesses are launching with its integrative, hands-on marketing solutions; tech applications; savvy business connections; and much more. Earlier this year, Kadima partnered with fellow East Valley startup BrightGuest, a business known for its mobile messaging and marketing automation capabilities, to help it gain traction… [More]

Startup Support

by Mike Hunter

Last month’s ASU Innovation Open attracted support from the established business community for upcoming startups. The ASUio is the largest student venture competition in the southwestern United States. University students from across the nation and from all disciplines participate in a series of competitive rounds to showcase the power of entrepreneurship in tackling the world’s… [More]

Startups Are Thriving in Phoenix

by Stephen Viramontes

If a startup is looking for a place to dig in its roots and flourish, that place is Greater Phoenix. There’s no other city in the nation full of more promise and potential of fostering a growing startup than the Valley of the Sun. And I saw it all begin in 2015 with the birth… [More]

Scottsdale-based Startup One of 15 Invited to TechCrunch Disrupt

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based eTrack Tech was one of just 15 startup companies worldwide invited to the 2017 TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin’s Startup Battlefield Competition to present its solution for heavy equipment fleet management. Excited about the opportunity to launch her company’s forklift solution at the competition, “along with other disruptive startups,” and demonstrate the technology to potential investors… [More]

Valley Startups Part of Inaugural Cohort to China

by Beth Cochran

Everyone always talks about the importance of networking for business growth and development, but what if you took it international? This past December, 50 American entrepreneurs from across the U.S. were selected to travel to Shenzhen, China, to meet, learn from, and build mutually beneficial relationships with 50 Chinese entrepreneurs in the inaugural U.S.-China Youth… [More]