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Venture Madness names Top 16 Finalists

Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority, selected the top 16 companies that will advance to the live-demo portion of the 2017 Venture Madness competition. The competition launched in January, giving 64 early-stage companies in the Southwest a chance at part of the $20,000 prize and an opportunity to potentially receive up to $300,000… Read More →

Learn password management tips on Feb. 9

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If you’re like most people, you may have more than a dozen passwords that you need to remember for work-related projects, online banking, social media accounts and more. Having strong passwords can help deter cyber crime, but when you’re creating a long string of random letters, numbers and symbols for multiple accounts – and changing… Read More →

ASA all-girls robotics team wins statewide competition

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A team of seven Fifth through Eighth grade robotics students was recently named one of two winning teams selected to head to the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in Houston, Texas on April 19. The all-girls team of arts students from downtown Phoenix charter school Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) competed against 96 teams in… Read More →

32 startups advance to next round of Venture Madness

The top 32 startups have been picked to advance to the next round of Venture Madness by Invest Southwest, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. Now, the selection panel will narrow down the list to 16 finalists to present at the bracket-style head-to-head live event on March 8 through 10 at the Hotel Valley Ho.… Read More →

Fennemore Craig to start using AI for legal research

Fennemore Craig is partnering with artificial intelligence technology company ROSS Intelligence to use artificial intelligence for the firm’s legal research. The firm will use this innovative artificial intelligence resource in the areas of intellectual property and bankruptcy with further development expected in the areas of tax as well as labor and employment in the coming year. Fennemore… Read More →

Gilbert-based online home buyer receives $260M investment

Gilbert-based online home-buyer platform OfferPad received a $260 million investment of combined equity and debt to help the technology company expand across the country, according to an announcement released Wednesday. OfferPad received the capital from private funds managed by Philadelphia-based investment management firm LL Funds LLC. OfferPad plans to expand its service nationwide in the coming years with… Read More →

Scottsdale-based Envoy America expands into 2nd market

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Scottsdale-based Envoy America, a ride-sharing program for seniors, is expanding into Tucson as its second market, with other markets being considered in future months. Cindy Hartin will serve as senior vice president of Operations for Envoy America – Tucson. Envoy America provides door-to-door service for its riders by having drivers help passengers to the door during a drop-off. Each driver is 50+ in… Read More →

Former FBI agents added to WGM cyber/forensic team

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Scottsdale-based technology firm WGM added two former FBI agents to its fraud and cyber protection services team. Michael McAndrews recently joined WGM as its director of Network Security Services and Jeffrey D. Evans joins as its senior Forensic Consultant. McAndrews worked as a special agent at the FBI, investigating computer crimes including intrusions, Internet fraud and… Read More →

Arizona takes steps toward embracing sharing economy

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

This January, Arizona has taken two major steps toward embracing the peer-to-peer “sharing economy”. First, on January 1, 2017 a new law took effect which, among other things, prohibits municipalities and cities from banning people from listing short-term rentals on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Second, the Arizona Department of Revenue began a partnership with… Read More →

AAED to examine self-driving cars

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The impact of self-driving cars and other vehicle technologies on Arizona will be examined at the Arizona Association for Economic Development‘s (AAED) February luncheon. Speakers will discuss self-driving cars, and new transportation partners that are operating in the state, as well as Arizona taking the charge with these emerging technologies. The luncheon, on Feb. 14… Read More →

64 startups picked for 2017 Venture Madness competition

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This year’s startup lineup has been picked by Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority for the 2017 Venture Madness competition. On Jan. 25, the top 64 companies picked this year will be narrowed down to 32, and then by Feb. 3, 16 finalists will be chosen to move to the live, bracket-style head-to-head competition… Read More →

What it’s like to ride in a Waymo self-driving car

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

It’s an interesting feeling when the person behind the wheel of a moving car tells you they don’t have their hands on the wheel or their feet on the pedals. A mix of excitement peppered with a little bit of worry ran through my mind today as I took a ride in a Waymo self-driving… Read More →

Mobile app puts control at SRP customers’ fingertips

Salt River Project’s nearly 1 million residential power customers and 25,000 irrigation customers now have even more ways to stay connected with two, new SRP Mobile Apps for smart phones and tablets. SRP launched two mobile apps for on the App Store for iOS users or the Google Play store for Android users. The SRP Power… Read More →

Phoenix-based Carvana makes $600M financing deal with Ally

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Phoenix-based online automobile retailer Carvana is getting financing for up to $600 million of retail contracts from Ally, according to a Wednesday announcement. Over the next 12 months, Ally will make up to $600 million available to Carvana through financing and bulk purchases of contracts. Carvana was founded in 2013, and sells and lets customers… Read More →