Arizona Emerging as New Tech Hub with 25% Job Growth

by Jacob Hess

A Barron’s study projects tech jobs will grow at twice the national jobs rate in the next decade. The largest growth will occur in the Southwest, Arizona alone growing 25% as folks — no longer tied to a Silicon Valley cubicle — flee California. Phoenix’s growth has increased year after year as one of the hottest hubs for job growth in the tech sector as more companies relocate … [More]

A Nervous System for Robots

by Mike Hunter

RoboSkin is a line of skin-like coverings for tactile awareness for humanoid robots and prosthetics created by BeBop Sensors, Inc. the world leader in smart fabric sensor technologies. A true nervous system for robots at less than 1mm thick, RoboSkin is the only technology that fits all robotic body parts — limbs, fingers, feet, head and torso — to make robots “feel” better. … [More]

The Internet – Transforming the Economy

by Mike Hunter

The Economic Impact of the Market-Making Internet, a study released every four years by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), reported recently that the internet contributed $48 billion to the state’s GDP in 2020 and accounted for 135,900 jobs in Arizona. The growth in Arizona’s internet jobs has been remarkable, going from around 37,000 in 2012 to just under 136,000 in … [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

RPA Can Drive Fintech Growth … Will the Industry Take Advantage of It?

by Mike Hunter

Research shows that the use of robotic process automation (RPA) allows companies to cut costs and deliver a better service. However, the fintech industry needs to face up to issues that limit its most effective use. RPA is the use of software to automate repetitive and rule-based tasks using cross-application programs, also called “robots.” It is used for more than cost … [More]

AI-Driven Videobot Personalizes Marketing 

by Mike Hunter

It is estimated that in 2021, the average person watches more than 100 minutes of online video every day. The vast bulk of this video consumption, says Maury Rogow, CMO of TheVideoBot and CEO of Hollywood’s Rip Media Group, is marketing content. Big-budget marketers are trying to out-shout each other, Rogow says, which does not work. It particularly fails to work, he notes, in … [More]

Tech Enables Video Control by Eye Movement

by Mike Hunter

Cox recently unveiled new technology in Phoenix and Tucson that empowers people with disabilities to control their TV with their eyes. The Accessible Web Remote for Contour gives those who have lost fine motor skills — whether from degenerative conditions or paralysis — the ability to browse the video guide with a glance. Specifically, a free web-based tool is navigable … [More]

Persefoni Creates Intelligent Carbon Tracking Software

by Mike Hunter

As companies worldwide strive to fight climate change by curbing carbon emissions, they lack the tools for calculating and reporting organizational carbon footprints with the same confidence that they manage their financial transactions. Persefoni provides companies across all industries and sectors a detailed picture of their carbon footprint to improve understanding of how … [More]

Cox Business Leans In with a Powerful Work-at-Home Solution

by Ed Aaronson

According to Forbes, the percentage of workers permanently working from home is expected to double this year, and Big Tech is leading the way with companies like Twitter and Facebook having recognized the benefits of employees working from home indefinitely, even as offices reopen. In fact, according to SHRM, 94% of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits … [More]

Disposal Box Programs Are Good, but Not Good Enough

by Mike Hunter

There is an emerging awareness that “disposal box” handling of retired assets is not good enough, according to the International Association of IT Asset Managers, the leading authority on IT asset management. One impact of the coronavirus pandemic on business has been causing organizations to no longer operate from a central location. When it comes to IT asset disposition, … [More]

Surge in ‘Snitch Software’ Highlights Need to Keep IT Licenses Current

by Mike Hunter

The year 2020 saw the emergence of “snitch software” sneaking into auditing practices, and the International Association of IT Asset Managers, the leading authority on IT asset management, expects its use to proliferate. How does this manifest? One example is a recent court case between a vendor and a consumer. The vendor had placed into its product a Piracy Detection and … [More]

From Security Camera to Intelligent Sensor

by Mike Hunter

While the security industry’s initial foray into analytics is largely over-promised and under-delivered, today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning are about to fundamentally change the core value proposition of the physical security industry, according to Interface Security Systems, a leading managed services provider, which makes this one of its top predictions for … [More]

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