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AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0

AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0 with Matt Battaglia

The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business


AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

Common Topics Discussed: Startups, Founders, Funds & Venture Capital, Business, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Blockchain / Crypto, Executive Comp, Investing, Stocks, Real Estate + Alternative Investments, and more… 


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Aug 4, 2020

Tech Industry in AZ w/ Steve Zylstra

- BRT S01 EP26 8-2-2020


Guest: Steve Zylstra, President / CEO AZ Tech Council


Steve Zylstra of AZ Tech Council joins BRT to talk all things technology in the Valley. The Arizona Technology Council is one of the largest technology-driven trade associations in North America, with over 850 members and growing, the only organization specifically serving technology companies statewide. They protect innovators and truly believe that technology moves all of us forward; and are dedicated to the future of Arizona.

Steve Zylstra advocates for AZ tech, as well as his recurring writing about the industry. Steve, and the Council are a major source for updates on technology, business growth, and what legislation is being drafted.


Steve knows the tech industry in Phoenix, the big companies to watch, the history of tech in the desert, military contractors, and new companies moving to the Valley. We also cover the Sci Tech Institute promoting STEM programs.


STEM Learning Ecosystems is a global Community of Practice which allows communities around the world to share resources, discuss outcomes, and learn from one another’s experiences in encouraging STEM learning in their regions. STEM Ecosystems foster collaboration across sectors – connecting local businesses, schools, museums, libraries, nonprofits, government organizations, and other community members in order to align efforts and make use of non-traditional STEM learning resources.



Why it is important for AZ state that tech firms move here and invest?

Efforts being made to recruit more tech firms

What are tech firms concerned with? Ie – tax breaks, schools in AZ

What other states is AZ competing with?

Who is involved – ie AZ Tech Council, ASU, AZ State Gov’t, City of Phx

Review the current major tech firms already in the valley

Possibility Phoenix becomes a mini or alternate Silicon Valley? Or is it already?



Special BRT Segment:

Steve the Producer on the Music Industry – effect with Covid19 

History with Tower Records (defunct 2006), Napster (c 1999), I Tunes – not good $ in selling records, singles, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal – Napster lost lawsuit (Metallica involved) over copyright infringement w record co’s in 2001 and went Bk, but changed the industry (Best Buy owns Napster now) – death of record store, birth of music streaming

Music license issues – royalties

Phonograph 1877, 1st record store 1894, live music for hundreds of years prior, concerts

Radio industry in 1920s, played music and record industry up thru 2000, tapes and Walkman 1979, 1980s brought CDs, and mail order music, I Tunes 2003, Spotify in 2008

Cannot do live shows, revenue issues

Go digital – events online



MB on the AZ economy, & Covid

Google work / stay at home option thru 7/2021 – affects real estate in CA, NY etc if more co’s follow suit – affects small business who are near these offices

Tech on the hill, testimony before Congress

Antitrust issues as CEOs testify from -

Google (Sundar Pichai) dropped US Govt JEDI project, worked w Chine on search product dragonfly

Apple (Tim Cook) app store block comp w screen time app

Amazon (Jeff Bezos) crowd out smaller bus / competitors, purchase, lower prices vs comp – Amazona and Apple compete w co’s using their service, search clients for bus ideas

Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg) Instagram purchase from Kevin Systrom, or else FB will ruin INSANE Story of Instagram | How Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger Built A BIL $ Co

For more than five hours, members of the House Antitrust Subcommittee grilled the CEOs of AlphabetAmazonApple and Facebook — four of the country’s five most valuable companies, with only Microsoft missing — on a wide range of matters. The CEOs dialed in through video conference while most of the committee members were present in Congress, where Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., repeatedly reminded them to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.



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