Making Wait Time Engagement Time

by RaeAnne Marsh

A mobile messaging and marketing automation technology that delivers dynamic mobile pages through text messaging, BrightGuest is a local startup founded by Ryan Quinn in August 2014. Quinn came up with the idea for BrightGuest some years ago waiting for dinner at a restaurant that had a long wait. The restaurant gave him a coaster… [More]

Champion for the State’s Tech & Innovation Community

by RaeAnne Marsh

The purpose of recently launched invisionAZ is to help the state’s technology and innovation community grow. Its three-part goal is to help early-stage and startup businesses gain access to capital; enhance the technology ecosystem with the right technical workforce through mentoring, accelerators and education; and to raise Arizona’s profile as a welcoming environment for startups.… [More]

Broadband Carriers: Making Smart Connections?

by Melissa Simpler

Today’s consumer is increasingly connected. Credible analysts report that there are now an average of 10 connected devices per home — and there will be more than 50 by 2020. It’s not just smartphones that are connected: it’s tablets, TVs, smart locks, smart lights, Web cams, environment sensors, security systems, fitness bands, smart thermostats, robotic… [More]

3-D Home Tours by Phone

by Mike Hunter

A free Zillow 3D Home app allows agents to use the camera on their iPhones to easily create a 3-D walk-through of a property listing. Consumers can then view a home’s layout as if they were physically there. After participating in the app’s closed beta test, HomeSmart is now extending the value of the cost-… [More]

More to Act! With

by Mike Hunter

The newest addition to the Act! CRM software portfolio from Scottsdale-based Swiftpage, is Act! Premium Plus, which will enable small and medium-sized business to further tailor their CRM to meet the unique needs of their business, market, and industry. This is achieved through the all-new Custom Tables Manager and Industry Templates features, which allow companies… [More]

AZBlue on the Go

by Mike Hunter

  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona members can take helpful plan information with them wherever they go with the AZBlue Mobile app, available for Apple devices and Android phones and tablets. The app allows users to send an instant message or call BCBSAZ at the touch of a button, and includes coverage summary of… [More]

Unblocking Blockchain

by Mike Hunter

KryptoPal is a blockchain-based platform that can be integrated into various applications around the world to perform various cryptocurrency transactions. Headquartered in Phoenix, it was started by technologists who have been inside the world of blockchain (records linked and secured by cryptography) for years and are frustrated with the current barriers preventing widespread and global… [More]

Invigorating the Valley’s Tech Growth 

by Skyler Scott

One startup at a time, Chandler-based Kadima.Ventures is changing the way businesses are launching with its integrative, hands-on marketing solutions; tech applications; savvy business connections; and much more. Earlier this year, Kadima partnered with fellow East Valley startup BrightGuest, a business known for its mobile messaging and marketing automation capabilities, to help it gain traction… [More]

Startup Support

by Mike Hunter

Last month’s ASU Innovation Open attracted support from the established business community for upcoming startups. The ASUio is the largest student venture competition in the southwestern United States. University students from across the nation and from all disciplines participate in a series of competitive rounds to showcase the power of entrepreneurship in tackling the world’s… [More]

Handwriting Tech Poised for Exciting Year

by Gary Baum

Handwriting technology in 2017 burst out in a big way as major hardware vendors began bundling active pens with their tablets, laptops and smartphones. The Pixelbook was Google’s entry into this market. A Chromebook that comes with an advanced pen that virtually eliminates ink lag, the Pixelbook was built to take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro… [More]