Tag Archives: Startups

AZ Business Magazine: It’s time for Arizona startups to grow up

At some point it’s time to get real.  “It’s time for Arizona startups to grow up” looks at how we need to stop focusing on getting ready for success and start achieving it.  We were pleased to be the first … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​Is acquiring disruptive innovation good for everyone?

It seems like the trend these days is for large companies to not do R&D in house. Instead the let StartUps develop innovation and then buy it when the market proves it out.  I had to ask myself “​Is acquiring … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: The startup ecosystem cries of despair – ‘There’s no seed money’

If you spend time in the Southwest startup community you here a lot of complaining about not enough seed money.  In “The startup ecosystem cries of despair: ‘There’s no seed money‘” I share my perspective that tight markets make for … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: It’s time to stop putting innovation on a pedestal, and praise getting stuff done

Innovation has become almost a magic word, and in the startup world innovators are given demi-god status. We like to think that there are people out there who just come up with ideas that change the world. Reality is that … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: Pitching a startup well: What I learned while competing for the Unicorn Cup

We had a lot of fun while learning a lot during the first ever Perfect Pitch competition at PADT.  This is an event where startup mentors get up and pitch the same fictitious company. During that process, we learned a … Continue reading

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ANSYS Startup Roadshow Kickoff – CEI Phoenix

Click Here to Register Click Here to Register Can’t make it? Keep an eye out as we will be hosting events in other locations as the roadshow continues on! In the meantime, click here for more information on the ANSYS … Continue reading

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Nerdtoberfest: Perfect Pitch Startup Competition and the Fight for The Unicorn Cup Heat Up

The teams are set, the judges have confirmed.  Details on the fake company has been shared. It is time to see how the professionals pitch a tech startup. The area’s best startup incubators and accelerators are facing off in this head … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​Getting your product made: 6 suggestions for outsourcing the manufacturing of your product

Getting a new product manufactured is one of those critical steps that new companies often assume is just a matter of finding a vendor and outsourcing it. In “Getting your product made: 6 suggestions for outsourcing the manufacturing of your product” … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​Being the lower cost option is just the start – 5 ways we can make Arizona a preferred place for growing startups

People around the country are starting to recognize that Arizona is a great place to grow tech startups.  Right now our big advantages is low cost but we can do more. In “Being the lower cost option is just the start … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​For every Woz, you need a Jobs

A successful startup is often the result of how the leadership performs.  In most cases the ideal CEO doesn’t exist, and if you dig down you usually find that the company is being led by two people who compliment each … Continue reading

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AZ Business: Large tech companies are critical to a startup community

The May/June 2016 of AZ Business Magazine focuses on innovation and technology business in Arizona. This includes our contribution to the discussion “Large tech companies are critical to a startup community.”  In this article I make a case for remembering … Continue reading

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Synergy in Action, or How PADT is More than the Sum of its Parts

PADT talks a lot about synergy as a key strength and a key element of the value we provide to our customers. Our three departments, Manufacturing, Services, and Sales, are in constant communication, always leveraging one another’s expertise to solve … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​6 things that make the Arizona technology startup community unique

In those documentaries on the animals of the desert, at some point they always say something like “the harsh environment shapes desert dwellers into uniquely strong and beautiful creatures.” The same is true for our tech startups. “6 things that … Continue reading

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Phoenix Business Journal: ​So, you have an idea for a product, what next?

Getting a product from idea to the market is a lot of work. Much effort and attention is focused on figuring out the idea, but the part after that is usually portrayed as some romantic quest involving coffee, colocation spaces, … Continue reading

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Introducing Design Days: Free engineering consultation for Startups

PADT and CEI are teaming up to answer any startup’s questions about engineering and manufacturing for their physical product. Over the years we have found lots of early stage companies who benefited from spending a little bit of time with an … Continue reading

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