Invest Southwest opens entry to Venture Madness pitch competition
Nov03

Invest Southwest opens entry to Venture Madness pitch competition

  Invest Southwest, a nonprofit committed to helping regional startups succeed since 1992, announced last week that interested parties may now apply for their annual Venture Madness pitch competition. Venture Madness, presented in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, will feature 24 promising startups competing to win a large sum. Each of the four category winner will win $10,000, with the grand prize winner taking...

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Five flexible lease options for tech companies besides co-working
Oct31

Five flexible lease options for tech companies besides co-working

Five flexible lease options for tech companies besides co-working Building an engaging environment in the technology sector is becoming increasingly important to attracting and retaining employees. Tech giants are pouring resources into state-of-the-art spaces but not all small to mid-stage companies are able to do the same. Construction costs continue to grow and, therefore, it costs 30% more today to build an engaging workplace than...

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Why Company Culture is an Essential Part of Successful Digital Transformations
Oct25

Why Company Culture is an Essential Part of Successful Digital Transformations

Many businesses begin digital transformations with a lot of energy and good intentions, but fail to create lasting change. A year down the line, the same leaders can end up around the same table where they first initiated the efforts and wondered where it all went wrong. More often than not the answer comes back to the same thing: company culture. Without changing how your company operates at a fundamental level, individual changes to...

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CO+HOOTS partners with Beneficial Beans to launch pop-up boutique for social enterprises
Oct18

CO+HOOTS partners with Beneficial Beans to launch pop-up boutique for social enterprises

Local co-working space CO+HOOTS is partnering with Beneficial Beans, a Phoenix café created by the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center that provides training opportunities for adults with autism spectrum disorder, to open a five-month pop-up boutique dedicated to social enterprises.  The boutique opened for business on Oct. 16 at 1027 E Washington Street in Phoenix. There are products available from at least 20 social...

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Meet Robert Stoeber
Oct16

Meet Robert Stoeber

Robert Stoeber is starting a new business, WorkGlue, to help small companies upgrade from paper-based processes to cloud and mobile information management systems. As he puts it, he’s the programmer/tech guy in the company. What part of Arizona do you call home? Downtown Chandler. What sparked an initial interest in tech? My friends in college were taking computer science classes. They would always spend late nights at school...

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Phoenix may be a desert, but not for tech businesses, makers, or shakers
Oct13

Phoenix may be a desert, but not for tech businesses, makers, or shakers

“All we have is—what? GoDaddy and Discount Tire. And only one of those is a tech business.” I hadn’t been trying to eavesdrop. Normally, when I get to Lux (my favorite Phoenix café), I’m in a hurry to throw on my headphones, turn on a TED Talk, and get to work. But I’d still been waiting for my coffee when the man sitting across from me spewed this utter nonsense, so I’d heard it whether I’d...

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