Valley company gives local entrepreneurs a boost

May 18, 2011

In 2010, former senior executives from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and iCrossing, formed Tallwave, a local venture management and business accelerator that helps digital entrepreneurs move beyond concept to early stage growth and a successful go-to-market strategy.

As the company continues to gain traction, their resources and ability to help Arizona entrepreneurs have become assets that are hard to find. Download Full Image

“In the end, we help companies plan their business, commercialize their products and successfully take them to market,” Steve Thompson says.

Thompson, a Tallwave venture services associate and ASU alum is also a two-time Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative grant winner. He launched his first technology company, Textfinity, at age 19. Having gone through the process himself, Thompson now helps other technology companies find their place and launch successfully.

"Tallwave capabilities include concept validation, financial forecasting, process analysis, product planning, product development, brand design, website development and business development strategy," Thompson said.

The company works with companies at all stages of development, he added. Service costs vary.

Robert Wallace, executive vice president of venture services at Tallwave, says the company has worked with over 20 digital and technology companies since its inception in 2010, working closely with them to understand business needs and address areas of improvement.

Based on those needs, Wallace says, Tallwave recommends and executes specialized development ranging from product management to strategic marketing.

“[We] will ensure companies understand how to sustain operational success,” Wallace says. “Ultimately, Tallwave helps ventures solve business problems and accelerate their success.”

Tallwave’s innovation stems from years of digital and startup experience, allowing them to tie together industry best practices and well-rounded knowledge of today’s business world to deliver quality recommendations for ventures.

“Our venture management helps companies increase the momentum of their business operations,” Wallace says.

The solutions provided are highly specialized, thanks to Tallwave’s rich embrace of utilizing advanced social and content monitoring tools to understand market demand.

While the company’s portfolio contains some well-known clients, the heart of Tallwave rests in helping entrepreneurs. After all, the company was started by them.

“[Our] executive team has years of entrepreneurial experience and has successfully built, launched and sold multi-million dollar digital and technology companies,” Thompson says.

The commitment and the hope, Thompson says, is that Tallwave can help grow the entrepreneurial community in Phoenix, supporting the long-term growth of it in the state for years to come.

Started a year ago, Tallwave has 15 full-time employees. Their headquarters are in Phoenix. 

Submitted by Kyle Patton, writer, Office of University Initiatives 

ASU Preparatory Academy co-ed soccer team wins state title

May 18, 2011

ASU Preparatory Academy – Polytechnic Middle School’s co-ed soccer team defeated Dobson Academy 7-5 in overtime on May 7 to win the 2011 Arizona Charter Athletic Association: Division B State Championship.

"These athletes played with winning discipline; they were competitive, yet poised.  They dug deep into their hearts and souls to complete their mission and come from behind to win this game as a team.  I congratulate all of the athletes and coaches of the ASU Prep Academy Gold Soccer team,” Brenda Brown, athletic director, said. Download Full Image

With the Sun Devils playing great "team" soccer, they took an early 1-0 lead when Tyler Phillips scored off an assist from teammate Chris Martinez.  Dobson Academy responded quickly with a goal of their own. 

The Sun Devils had numerous opportunities to score, but were stopped by a great Dobson defense.  Dobson was able to score two more goals, and with only four minutes in the game, ASU Prep was down by two goals.  However, the Sun Devils stayed tough and with 3:17 left, Martinez scored a Penalty Kick bringing the Devils within one goal of Dobson Academy. 

ASU Prep kept the pressure on and with under two minutes left to play, Martinez scored a miraculous shot tying the score up at 3-3.  The score remained tied until the end of regulation.  With momentum on their side, the Sun Devils started the 10 minute overtime aggressively and threatened to score many times.  However, at the end of overtime, the score was still tied 3-3.

With fans on the edge of their seats, the two teams prepared for a penalty kick shootout showdown.  Each team chose five players to participate in the shootout. 

The Sun Devils chose: Chris Martinez, Alex Garcia, Lauren Nielsen, Roy Lazaros, and Alan Hernandez to take their penalty shots, with Tyler Phillips defending their goal. In the end, four of the five ASU Prep players were able to score their PK shots. And thanks to remarkable goal defense by Tyler Phillips, only three of five Dobson Academy players scored their PK's.

The Sun Devils defeated Dobson Academy with a final score of 7-5.   ASU Prep’s Martinez was selected the as the game's Most Valuable Player.  Congratulations to all the players and coaches, for an amazing (and ASU Prep’s first) state title victory!

"We are proud of our student athletes and their coaches. Their ability to finish strong while promoting good sportsmanship should be commended." Principal Mark Duplissis said.

Lisa Robbins

Assistant Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications