AZ Inno: Arizona software startup LawLytics acquired by international tech group

LawLytics, an Arizona software company that helps lawyers build their own websites, has been acquired by the Smokeball-LEAP-InfoTrack Group, an international collection of tech companies serving lawyers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LawLytics was founded in 2011 by Dan Jaffe, an attorney who turned to building tech companies after years of practicing law. In an interview with AZ Inno, Jaffe said that the Covid-19 pandemic forced many lawyers to take a fresh look at their web presence, which drastically accelerated the LawLytics business.

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AZ Big Media: Skysong startups surpass $1 billion in external funding

Arizona State University just passed a milestone with more than $1 billion raised in external funding by the startups in its portfolio at Skysong Innovations, the entity that brings ASU research into the marketplace.

Inventions shepherded from lab to market include mechanical trees that pull carbon dioxide from the air and capture it for downstream use in construction, agriculture and industry; an engineered virus that attacks cancer cells; and an enzyme-based solution that cost-effectively reduces dust emissions at construction sites.

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AZ Big Media: Here are 15 Arizona tech leaders to watch in 2022

In my last technology column, I had the opportunity to highlight the technology industries and organizations making a major impact on Arizona’s economic growth and our establishment as a worldwide innovation leader. The past 1½ years have been tough on everyone, but the resilience of our technology ecosystem has played a significant role in helping Arizona recover.

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AZ Inno: Moov Technologies raises $41 million to build its used semiconductor equipment marketplace

Moov Technologies, a startup that runs an online marketplace for used semiconductor manufacturing equipment, recently raised $41 million in series A funding to build out its team and expand its service offerings. Moov was founded in San Francisco, but shifted its head office to Arizona earlier this year.

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AZ Big Media: Phoenix has a solution to the digital divide

The Phoenix City Council voted on Sept. 15 to approve an additional $10 million in funding toward the expansion of wireless networks for underserved communities in efforts to close the digital divide.  Eric Jay Toll, Communications Manager for the City of Phoenix, said in a press release that “more than 250,000 families did not have access or adequate internet speeds to go to school or complete assignments.” 

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AZ Inno: WeLink, the ‘anti-cable company’ brings wireless 5G internet to Phoenix, Tucson

The internet service provider industry is famous for its dominance by a few giant firms, but residents of Phoenix and Tucson could soon have a new option to access the internet as a Utah startup prepares to expand into the Grand Canyon State. WeLink, a Lehi, Utah-based company, announced Tuesday that it is bringing its 5G wireless broadband services to some residents in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas. 

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AZ Inno: Arizona cities among nation’s top clean technology hubs, report finds

Two Arizona metros are among the country’s top clean technology innovation hubs, according to a recent report. The Phoenix metro ranked No. 22 and Tucson ranked No. 39 in the Cleantech Innovation Hubs Survey from Colorado venture capital and research firm Saoradh Enterprise Partners, which ranked the nation’s top 40 hubs on how they stacked up on clean technology solutions that “improve environmental sustainability related to aggregate human welfare and functioning natural ecosystems.”

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AZ Inno: Scottsdale startup Equipifi raises $3 million in seed funding to build out Buy Now, Pay Later platform

A trio of financial services veterans recently started a company called Equipifi and announced on Wednesday that it had raised $3 million in seed capital to help get operations up and running. Equipifi is a software company that enables banks and credit unions to offer Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services to their customers. 

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AZ Big Media: Here’s how technology is changing Arizona’s cannabis industry

Just over one year ago, Arizona voters took to the polls to decide whether to allow the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana in the Grand Canyon State. Proposition 207, which was supported by 60% of voters, has since gone into effect and the cannabis industry has enjoyed a healthy market, with the Arizona Department of Revenue collecting $135,233,902 in taxes through medical and recreational cannabis sales as of August 2021. 

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