Start-ups & Entrepreneurs

by Eric Jay Toll

A start-up is an idea, a corner of the garage, the spare bedroom and every spare minute. The Great Recession may have been Arizona’s start-up booster. “There were suddenly a lot of people with great ideas and no jobs,” says Setheraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “They didn’t have much more to lose, so … [More]

Jeffrey Pruitt, Tallwave

from Jeffrey Pruitt

Small business is touted as the backbone of our economy. And Arizona is ranked No. 1 among the 50 states on the respected Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. Taking these two realities in tandem gives a very positive outlook for our statewide economy — and an even stronger one for the Valley, with its preponderance of business incubators hosted by municipalities, … [More]

Insurance: Quietly Supporting the Economy

by Don Rodriguez

It’s not too often that Arizona State University President Michael Crow is joined by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to say, “Welcome to the neighborhood!” But when ASU’s new neighbor is looking to occupy 2 million square feet of office space valued at $600 million, who can blame the duo for leading the welcome wagon? The planned regional headquarters for State Farm Insurance … [More]

Facebook or Face Time? Communication Approach Matters

by Michael Houlihan

Technology has made many aspects of modern living more convenient and “connected,” but the pendulum has swung too far. This “technology takeover” is not without consequence. Misunderstandings abound. Relationships stagnate. Trust is at an all-time low. And all of these issues are at least partially due to the fact that genuine human connections are becoming a thing of the past, … [More]

Spot Business Opportunity in Tomorrow’s Economy

by G. Michael Maddock and Maria Ferrante-Schepis

Some of today’s largest, most recognizable companies may not be around after the next several years. To succeed, company leaders must not only be able to innovate, they must recognize opportunity and ensure they’re poised to seize it. Napster’s impact on the music industry is an example of the need to be alert to opportunities in innovation. Napster was a rule-breaking company … [More]