How Digital Transformation Is Changing Project Management: 4 Things to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how important it is for businesses to adopt digital processes. Many companies closed largely because they didn’t digitize, but for other firms, the pandemic accelerated their digital transformation. In the midst of this massive change, project management’s role has shifted but remains  crucial to helping improve overall efficiency and … [More]

Phoenix-Based Property Tech Co. Raises Additional $50M to Accelerate Growth

Stoa USA Inc., the company that launched the FlipOS platform for professional single-family home investors, announced it raised an additional $50 million equity round to finance expansion of its property technology. The funding from Zeev Ventures allows FlipOS to accelerate its mission to close the housing gap in the U.S. The team plans to partner with more real estate … [More]

Financial Literacy App Raises $5.2M to Launch Gamified Banking Platform for Kids and Teens

Serial entrepreneurs Scott Donnell and Travis Adams have raised a $5.2 million seed round led by Altrus Capital and a pool of private investors to launch the GravyStack financial literacy app. Key investors include Chad Willardson, Mark Timm, Gino Wickman, Jim Kwik, Kate Wells, Loral Langemeier, and David Meltzer. GravyStack will launch in mid-2022 with a … [More]

Waymo Seeking Testers for Downtown Phoenix Trusted Tester Program

Waymo is taking the next step in their multi-geo operations and launching the Waymo One Trusted Tester program in Downtown Phoenix. This marks the third area, in addition to the Phoenix East Valley and San Francisco, where we’ll be providing rides to members of the public with our autonomous ride-hailing service. A few refreshers on the Trusted Tester program and how it will … [More]

Local Mobility Tech Co to List on NASDAQ

Atlis Motor Vehicles (ATLIS), a mobility technology company, announced plans to submit an S-1 format Form 1-A and Nasdaq Global Market application in anticipation of a public listing on the stock market. The ticker symbol “AMV” has been reserved by ATLIS on Nasdaq. Upon public listing, anticipated to occur this summer, retail investors can trade shares of ATLIS on NASDAQ as … [More]

Growing Responsive Fundraising at Scale

by Noah Barnett

We created Virtuous in 2014 to provide nonprofit organizations with a platform to grow generosity and build donor relationships through responsive fundraising. We’ve since become the fastest-growing nonprofit CRM and have been adding more tools to the platform to support the entire giving experience, whether that’s with a donor or a volunteer.  Most giving is driven by a … [More]

Business Owners Can Reap the Many Rewards of Automating Payables

by Mark Lawson

The accounts payable (AP) process can look very different depending on the size and nature of an organization. Especially if a business is experiencing growth, is in the middle of a busy season, or working to close out annual reporting, the thought “There must be an easier way to do this” has probably been discussed.  Or an organization may be preparing a budget and business … [More]

Beyond Cyberattacks: Ransomware Readiness and Recovery

by Bryce Austin

 There were seven people seated around the table: the CEO, the VP, the CFO, the Special Agent from the FBI, the owner, the forensics technician and the company’s CISO (Chief Information Security Officer). “Don’t pay,” was the CEO’s vote. Same for the VP. “Pay it,” was the owner’s response. The CFO nodded in agreement. “Paying could be a violation of federal law,” … [More]

Small Business Productivity Apps That Can Help Your Company Soar

by Susan Anable

From business operations to personal productivity, it’s no surprise that business owners are exploring the benefits that new productivity apps provide. Whether you own a startup, or are looking for ways to improve your company, take a few minutes to explore these resourceful apps to help get you started! Homebase. It makes hiring and onboarding run smoothly with team … [More]

Med Tech Partnership to Bring Conversational Automation to Assisted Living Communities

Scottsdale-based, the leading HIPAA-compliant conversational marketing platform, announced a partnership with Medtelligent, Inc., provider of ALIS software for assisted living, memory care, and independent living communities. The partnership brings’s conversational automation platform to assisted living communities as an integrated part of Medtelligent’s ALIS … [More]

Phoenix-Based Gaming Website Launches New Trivia-Based Game Concludle

Try Hard Guides, a premiere gaming website, has announced the launch of Concludle, a trivia-based game of clues and guessing. With the proliferation of daily games like Wordle and its offshoots, and the success of Try Hard Guides' Wordle Solver, launching Concludle was a natural next step. Concludle adds another level of brainteasing fun by mixing trivia, … [More]

Cybersecurity Checklist for a Safer 2022 

by Paul Caiazzo

Cybersecurity will continue to be a significant concern in 2022 as threats and ransomware reports have had a sharp upturn over the last two years.  There are myriad items to consider in the quest for cybersecurity hygiene, but here’s a few to contemplate: Instill a business-first security mindset. I believe that security is an enabler to making companies go faster. A … [More]

Mobile Ordering Apps Trend

by Christine Davis

Mobile apps are rapidly taking over as the preferred way for consumers to place an order with local businesses. More than 66% of consumers stated they prefer using digital wallets and apps with brands they like. Local businesses in Arizona such as coffee shops and restaurants had to adapt quickly to catch up with the trend of mobile payments. Copper Creek Cookies is an … [More]

High-Tech ‘Smart Fitness Studio’ Enters Phoenix Area 

by Julie and Timo Moeller

On March 3, a new “smart fitness studio” opened at 4626 N. 16th Street in Phoenix that relies on artificial intelligence and robotics instead of dumbbells, treadmills, etc. The exercise machines adjust a person’s workout to his/her strengths and weaknesses in real time, thereby helping people get the most out of their workout and avoid injury. Additionally, the proprietary … [More]

Intel, Maricopa Community College District Launch First-of-its-Kind AI Lab

Intel and Arizona’s Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) today announced a new artificial intelligence (AI) incubator lab for students aspiring to land jobs in areas ranging from business to nursing to healthcare — and other professions that increasingly draw on AI technology. The new AI incubator lab in Arizona, and the associate degree program it supports, is … [More]

DE-CIX Phoenix Is Now Live

DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange (IX) operator and home to the largest carrier and data center neutral interconnection ecosystem on the planet, is pleased to announce its fifth North American market, DE-CIX Phoenix, is now live. DE-CIX North America’s multi-service interconnection platform now offers connectivity from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and … [More]

Phoenix-Based Qwick Launches in Washington, D.C.

Qwick, the leading on-demand labor marketplace for food and beverage Professionals announces the launch of its services in Washington, D.C., the company's 16th city to launch in since 2018. Qwick is thrilled to launch in our nation's capital and help change the way people work, enabling D.C. hospitality businesses – who could be struggling during this historic labor shortage – … [More]

Diamond Age Raises $50 Million to Advance Robotic Home Construction System and Go to Market

Diamond Age, a Phoenix-based full-stack robotics startup that is automating new home construction to make home ownership more affordable, raised a $50 million Series A round led by Prime Movers Lab. Seed investors Alpaca VC, Dolby Family Ventures, Timber Grove Ventures, and Gaingels all invested above their pro-rata and are joined by Signia Venture Partners. Additionally, 20% … [More]

Does Your Tech Stack Match Your Company Culture? 3 Tips for Alignment

Deciding on the right technology that fits your business’ needs and people can be challenging, but in today’s world that alignment is a must. Software adoption often has a measurable effect on the bottom line. Research shows, for example, that sales organizations are less likely to meet their quotas if they are using customer relationship management systems less than 75% of … [More]

Personal Growth Platform GUIDELY Launches Subscription Membership Program and App

Guidely, the intelligent platform for personal growth and development, announced today the launch of "Guidely Community", a new membership community and smartphone app, making personal growth, mental health and coaching services more accessible to people worldwide. Highlighting the Guidely Community's exclusive and premium offerings, is a live workshop coming March 15 at 8pm ET … [More]

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