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]

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]

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]

Climate Fintech for the Agricultural Economy 

by Chris Peacock

In the face of a constantly changing climate, creating long-term business resilience has evolved from nice-to-have to a necessity. From uncertainty and increasing competitive pressures to the need to mitigate today’s climate and regulatory risks, a myriad of challenges have created an opportunity to digitize the agriculture finance sector. Agricultural data and risk … [More]

Local Tech Partnering to Invest in Blockchain Research

by Mike Hunter

The Partnership for Economic Innovation, a passionate collective of business and community leaders dedicated to accelerating Arizona’s economic opportunities, launched the Arizona Blockchain Applied Research Center in 2019 to leverage emerging blockchain research to create usable products for the global marketplace, with Arizona State University as its research partner. … [More]

Harness the Power of Technology and Free Up the Power of People

by Mahesh Vinayagam

We are living in a cultural moment of unparalleled technological adaptation and advancement. At the beginning of the pandemic, companies were required to adopt digital tools and technologies to stay ahead of the curve, and many saw great success in implementing these technologies into their everyday operations. But one area has seen burgeoning success in recent years — … [More]

Unifying the IP Governance Landscape

by Mike Hunter

Each regional internet registry (RIR) has its own specific set of policies governing its pool of Internet Protocol (IP) resources. However, inconsistencies across registries’ regulatory rules make it difficult for them to meet the increasing expectations of businesses as well as match the industry’s fast-paced growth. According to Aistis Zenkevičius, director of R&D at … [More]

Text Marketing 101

by Clate Mask

In my experience, the key to business success is communicating the right message to the right clients at the right time. When businesspeople communicate effectively with current and prospective clients, they can increase conversion, reduce churn and build long-term relationships that result in more sales. But engaging with customers and prospects can be difficult if the … [More]

GitKraken Gains Git Strength, Adding GitLens and GitLens’ Creator

by Mike Hunter

GitKraken, creator of the world’s leading Git GUI and CLI, recently acquired GitLens, the most popular Git extension for Visual Studio Code. GitLens was created by Eric Amodio in 2016, and has since been developed and maintained nearly exclusively by Amodio in his spare time. He joins GitKraken and will serve as the company’s chief technology officer, to lead GitLens and … [More]

FinOps Strategy Integral to Successful Cloud Migration 

by Ryan Hooley

A great cloud framework presents organizations with a solution regarding data, speed, accuracy and improved service, while FinOps provides a solution for governance and accountability. Everything comes together—cloud migration, valuation of data, enhanced security, architecture and, most importantly, a way for businesses to harness the power and speed of cloud. It’s important … [More]

Gig Apps Are Here to Stay

by Wayne Goshkarian

The gig economy, which consists of people working in temporary positions or as independent contractors, has boomed in the last year, growing more than 33% in 2020. Well-known gig apps like Uber and Postmates have been around for more than a decade and are now considered mainstays in the gig economy, but as employers’ needs have changed following the pandemic, new apps are … [More]

Boost Video Views for Business 

by John Wynn

Video is a main driving force for business marketing success and has continued to grow exponentially. It is important that CEOs and marketing managers dive into this well-known platform to maximize the business’s exposure. According to a recent survey by Wyzowl, 93% of marketers who use video say that it is an important part of their marketing strategy, up from 78% in 2015. … [More]

Tech Enables Car Theft Recovery

by Mike Hunter

As the car shortage continues to escalate, nearly two cars are stolen every minute according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Phoenix-based RecovR is an industry-leading service that locates and recovers a car for dealers as well as individual owners. Its 2-in-1, lot-management and theft-recovery solution has been developed by global tech and security leader Kudelski … [More]

Podcasts for Businesses 

by Dave Pratt

Podcasts are the hottest business trend and increasing daily. Podcasts can be produced professionally in a pro studio with experienced staff, and pro podcasting can help a business tremendously but amateur podcasting can hurt a business more than help. It is important businesses represent themselves at a professional level in everything they do.  By utilizing podcasts, … [More]

The Power of TikTok Can Boost Business

by Pablo Prichard, M.D., “Dr. Scottsdale”

When many people think of TikTok, it’s likely they envision Gen Z kids creating goofy sketches or dance videos. While that may have been the case when the app initially launched, it’s evolved into a space where businesses and their content can flourish. In the past, businesses primarily focused on Facebook and Instagram to reach new consumers, but over time the algorithms of … [More]

Fintech Innovations Drive Business Worldwide

by Frank Breuss

Fintech startups played a significant role in the global financial industry during the pandemic. Payments companies especially have brought rapid solutions to aid the transition in commerce, which shifted from physical to digital in a matter of months. Many brick-and-mortar businesses began to offer online services, which led to a significant 26% jump in global e-commerce … [More]

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