Music Platform Innovates on Innovation

by RaeAnne Marsh

Streaming music lies at the basis of Arena Music’s business operations, but its success comes from taking that technology and giving it an innovative twist in the business plan. In fact, “It’s more about doing everything opposite,” says founder Damon Evans, referring to the major subscription-based music streaming platforms. “Arena is an on-demand merchandise storefront… [More]

Locksmithing via Cloud

by Mike Hunter

KeyMe takes a new approach to locksmithing, a $7.5-billion industry, using a digital scan that is securely stored in the cloud. KeyMe comes in the form of both a kiosk and an app, and allows users to store, share and duplicate their physical keys Customers can instantly make copies of their keys at a kiosk.… [More]

Partnering in Delivery

by Mike Hunter

In a strategic partnership, OnTrac, which specializes in delivery services throughout the eight western-area states, and AB&R® (American Barcode & RFID) have joined forces to address issues in mobility and route management, and package tracking. AB&R is working together with OnTrac to move their devices over to AndroidTM devices. The Android operating system is much… [More]

3-D Transforming Business

by Linda Capcara

Jack King, founder and CEO of DustRam LLC, has spent his entire career in flooring, and, 15 years ago, founded Arizona Home Floors, LLC. In 2008, high-end  flooring took a huge hit when the market for new housing construction collapsed. Since remodeling became the only game in town, he went to work on an invention… [More]

McDonald’s ‘Snaplications’

by Mike Hunter

For the 250,000 restaurant employees McDonald’s and its independent franchisees anticipated hiring for the summer (4,200 in Arizona), McDonald’s implemented a modern approach to recruiting — Snapchat. “Snaplications,” a term coined by McDonald’s, is a first-to-Ωmarket hiring tool in the U.S. that allows job seekers to be served an ad and opportunity to begin the… [More]

Tech-Enabled Collaboration

by Mike Hunter

Bolste has joined Current, powered by GE’s partner ecosystem, aiming to provide collaboration and communication technology to customers and partners worldwide. Bolste’s all-in-one platform provides all the familiar collaboration tools a team needs for optimal alignment, increased productivity and cohesive, instant communication with those that matter most. The platform allows teams to plan, align, communicate… [More]

Tech? Or Healthcare?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Oscar operates in the healthcare realm. But it identifies as a tech company. “We use data, technology and design to make healthcare easier for employers,” explains Paul Gazeley, VP of customer care for the company he describes as a healthcare insurer and tech startup. “We believe if we help inform members about all their options… [More]

Data Held Hostage – a Growing Problem

by Steve Weil

Ransomware is a form of malware that targets a user’s critical data and systems for extortion. Typically, ransomware encrypts data with a key known only to the attacker until a ransom (usually in a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin) is paid. After the ransom is paid, the attacker will sometimes provide a decryption key. The FBI… [More]

Top vs. Bottom Performers: What Role Does Technology Play?

by Michael Cocanower

Our IT firm was curious about the role technology strategies play in separating exceptionally successful firms from those that are stagnant in growth. We reviewed the business practices for dozens of local small and mid-sized businesses ranging from 20 to 500 employees, and we took an in-depth look at everything from mitigating risk and developing… [More]

Tech for Healthcare

by Mike Hunter

Advances in technology and healthcare often overlap. Diet by App Order Healthy has created an app with which people ordering take-out or delivery can quickly and easily compare how healthy their food choices are. Recently launched for the Phoenix area, the app gives the user access to more than 10,000 restaurants, marking each menu item with… [More]