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]

invisionAZ and StartUpAZ Announce New Block of EmergeAZ Fast II Grant Awardees

invisionAZ and StartupAZ announce new blocks of EmergeAZ Fast II Grant awardees. In partnership with Governor Doug Ducey, $1.5 million has been allocated to the EmergeAZ Fast II Grant to provide resources to Arizona entrepreneurs and startups with emerging technologies designed to address current and future economic, health, or societal challenges. “The first year of grants … [More]

Maricopa Community Colleges and Intel to Launch New Semiconductor Manufacturing Workforce Development Initiative

To support the growing semiconductor industry’s employment needs and welcome diverse talent into the technical workforce, Maricopa Community Colleges and Intel Corporation have announced enrollment is now open for a new semiconductor manufacturing Quick Start program at Mesa Community College (MCC). The accelerated two-week program prepares students for a rewarding career as a … [More]

Venture Madness 2022 Winners Announced

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), in partnership with Invest Southwest, announced five winners for Venture Madness 2022. Arizona’s longest-running pitch competition, Venture Madness features early stage and emerging growth companies and offers participants exclusive access to the region’s most active, accredited angel investors and venture capital firms. At the event, held … [More]

New Arizona Facility Gets Investment to Support North America Semiconductor Growth

Edwards, the leading supplier of vacuum and abatement services and solutions to the global semiconductor industry, has announced its investment in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chandler. The new 200,000-square-foot facility will leverage the latest manufacturing and digital technologies to support the fast-growing North American semiconductor market with … [More]

invisionAZ and StartUpAZ Announce New Grant Awardees

invisionAZ and StartupAZ announce new blocks of EmergeAZ Fast II Grant awardees. In partnership with Governor Doug Ducey, $1.5 million has been allocated to the EmergeAZ Fast II Grant to provide resources to Arizona entrepreneurs and startups with emerging technologies designed to address current and future economic, health, or societal challenges. “The first year of grants … [More]

Survey Indicates Chip Shortages Will Continue, Explores Impact on Product Design

The global component shortage is not only extending order fulfillment and lead times, but is also having a ripple effect on product design. According to the inaugural Avnet Insights, a new survey on the trends and market forces in the electronics industry, design engineers are exploring new ways to get their products to market. Key takeaways: More than … [More]

Why Arizona’s Healthcare Companies Need to Embrace Mobile Technology 

by Khalid Al-Maskari

We see it in the news every day. The Arizona healthcare industry is facing major personnel shortfalls and is in a fierce competition to attract qualified talent. According to data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the State of Arizona ranked fifth in this struggle, with 30% of hospital reporting a staffing shortage.  There is no easy solution to this … [More]

2022 Staffing Trends and the Role Technology Can Play

by Aaron Elder

As the economy continues to boom, and the appetite for talent along with it, candidates are increasingly able to raise their expectations of both their employment and of the recruitment process itself. Superior candidate experience has become more than a topic that requires well-meaning lip-service. It requires speed, transparency and humanity that many businesses or recruiters … [More]

Intel to Acquire Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 Billion

Intel Corporation and Tower Semiconductor, a leading foundry for analog semiconductor solutions,  announced a definitive agreement under which Intel will acquire Tower for $53 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $5.4 billion. The acquisition significantly advances Intel’s IDM 2.0 strategy as the company further expands its manufacturing … [More]

Web Hosting 101

by Kelsey James

In the most basic terms, web hosting is the service that enables an individual or organization to publish a website on the Internet. While we may think of websites as something that only exists digitally, the truth is physical resources are also needed to power Internet content, mainly in the form of servers. A server is a powerful computer that holds all the files that … [More]

Innovators and Entrepreneurs Who Help Drive Arizona’s Tech and Innovation Ecosystem Meet

Innovators and entrepreneurs who help drive Arizona’s technology and innovation ecosystem met at the CONVERGE Tech Summit, one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s signature events. Known as the “Greatest Show on Grass,” the Open is one of the most important stops on the PGA Tour. The widely attended tournament officially kicks off tomorrow in Scottsdale. “There’s never … [More]

Taking the Mystery Out of AI: 4 Ways It Makes Life Easier

by Rajeev Ronanki

Artificial intelligence is significantly impacting the world, yet there’s still a great amount of mystery – and misconceptions – about it. The public’s imagination has been heavily shaped by science fiction, with the term AI evoking images of robots like WALL-E, C3PO from Star Wars, and David from Stephen Spielberg’s movie A.I. Scientists and technologists refer to this kind … [More]

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