Groupon Becomes Latest Company To Locate at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center

Groupon ( announced that it plans to open a new sales office at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, to support its growing ecommerce marketplace. Groupon, along with up to 150 employees, plan to move in later this summer and will occupy 16,000 square feet of office space in SkySong 1. The company has been operating out of a temporary office at 2575 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix since February.

Launched in 2008, Groupon offers shoppers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world. Shoppers discover the best a city has to offer on the web or on mobile with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more with Groupon Goods.

“Phoenix is a thriving market for us, and we couldn’t think of a better place to expand our world-class sales team given the deep talent pool and enormous popularity of Groupon in the area,” said Darren Schwartz, senior vice president of sales, North America. “As we continue to actively invest in and grow our marketplace, our Phoenix sales center will play an important role in helping us bring thousands of exciting new deals to Groupon customers.”

The Groupon addition adds to the flurry of activity taking place at SkySong, which is nearing full occupancy in its three completed office buildings and is currently home to about 1,500 employees.

Gov. Doug Ducey said of the move: “Groupon is a hugely successful company, with a reach that extends around the globe. We are thrilled that they have decided to come to Arizona—it’s a testimony to our talented workforce, to the welcoming business environment we strive to create. It’s appropriate that Groupon will be located at SkySong. That’s where some of the best innovation in Arizona is occurring.”

“We are very pleased that Groupon, one of the world’s most recognized online merchants, will now join the roster of amazing innovators at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “This is a tremendous development for SkySong because of this company’s reach and household name. It continues a positive drumbeat for SkySong over the past few years and bodes well for the project’s ongoing success.”

Read the entire article at this link: SkySong Groupon Press Release

Leading Data Services Company IO Expands Corporate Office to SkySong

IO, a leading data center services company, is unveiling its new corporate office space at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

IO will move into nearly 15,000-square-feet of space with an open, collaborative environment for about 80 Arizona-based corporate employees. IO, the second-largest private data center company in the world, operates six state-of-the-art data centers in Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, Singapore and London. IO utilizes the latest data center technology and is trusted by more than 650 global clients, including LexisNexis, CBS Interactive, Fender, AAA and Goldman Sachs.

“We’re gratified to have the opportunity to bring IO to SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “IO’s inventive spirit will fit right in here as SkySong continues to expand its on-campus talent pool of innovation-minded people.”

Read the entire article at this link.

Technology Consulting Company Solugenix and Safari Books Online Moving to SkySong

With Two Newest Occupants, SkySong 3 Building Is Now 90% Leased

Two new key tech additions are coming to the newest building in SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

A trailblazing information technology solutions firm and an online technology and business library provider are going to call SkySong 3 their new home.

Solugenix Corporation is the longest-serving IT consulting firm in the nation, doing pioneering work since 1969. Amongst other things, Solugenix developed the first cell phone billing system and developed the first GPS systems for in-car navigation. Solugenix is relocating from the Scottsdale Airpark and will begin its lease at SkySong in April. Today, Solugenix helps world’s leading financial services companies and healthcare providers with mission-critical software and services. Solugenix chose Scottsdale to build its two new centers of excellence: Data Sciences and DevOps. SkySong’s unique tech-savvy ecosystem and proximity to ASU were the big reasons for that choice.

Safari Books Online provides members with access to more than 29,000 digital books, videos and conference videos in topics including programming, IT networking, project management, graphic design, business strategy and more. Originally started in 2001, Safari is a wholly owned subsidiary of O’Reilly Media, Inc., and brokers extensive partnerships with leading publishers like Pearson Education and McGraw Hill Education to deliver unrivaled industry content to individuals and businesses across the globe.

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PRESS RELEASE: Digital Marketing Firm Pyxl Headed to SkySong, Bringing SkySong 3 to 90 Percent Occupancy

Pyxl, a leading full-service digital marketing firm recently named to the Inc. 5000 list for fastest growing privately-held companies, is going to make its new home at SkySong.

The company is relocating from another location on N. Scottsdale Rd. and will move to its expanded, 2,500 square feet location at SkySong in December.

Pyxl designs and develops custom websites, web applications and mobile apps that balance technology and design, while driving and monetizing web traffic. Additionally, Pyxl’s communication services include customized inbound marketing strategy development and integrated digital marketing and public relations campaigns. With offices in Boulder, Colo., Knoxville, Tenn. and Scottsdale, Ariz., Pyxl has gained a wide range of clients across the industries of healthcare, technology, education and retail. In August, Pyxl was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for the second year in a row. The list is published annually by Inc. Magazine and ranks America’s fastest growing, privately-owned companies.

Read the entire article at this link., Online Advertising Co-Op, Is Latest Progressive, Innovative Company to Sign Lease at SkySong 3

An advertising innovator changing the way companies advertise online will set up shop at SkySong 3 early next year.

The company,, is relocating from east Indian School Road and will begin its five-year lease at SkySong on January 1, 2015. The layout of the space will be in line with the online ad company’s philosophy of a creative and collaborative environment.

The performance display online advertising company—where they like to say “the geeks are in charge”—helps drive incremental business for clients and is regarded as an industry leader with a fresh approach to online advertising. The adhesive team turns pages of code into advertising solutions for advertisers and publishers.

With the leasing agreement,’s presence at SkySong will help enhance its brand and a perfect fit for its collaborative environment.

“The innovative environment at SkySong will become even more dynamic with the addition of adhesive,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the developer of the project. “They are online ad innovators and model collaborators who represent the best in entrepreneurial striving. We are thrilled they decided to come to SkySong, where their unique view of the world will be welcomed with open arms.”

Chad Little, one of the founders alongside Patrick Schwind, said: “Serial entrepreneurialism needs the right place to grow and prosper. Fortunately for Patrick and I, and our clients, we have found that place—SkySong. It’s the perfect fit for our approach, for who we are and for what adhesive is all about. We can’t wait to move in and meet our new neighbors and potential collaborators.”

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Creates “Outdoor Living Room” Work Environment

Sometimes, a little fresh air is all it takes to get the creative ideas and innovation flowing.

So, as part of efforts to enhance an already exceptional work environment, SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has created a new “Outdoor Living Room” work environment where employees working at the project can collaborate and conduct business while enjoying Arizona’s weather and scenic beauty.

The Outdoor Living Room space is the first of its kind in the Valley of the Sun, and includes a combination of stunning furniture and public spaces along with the wifi connectivity and power supply necessary for working in the 21st Century business world.

And the outdoor spaces will be expanded and enhanced in the coming months to prepare for the opening of SkySong 3 and other new features in the project.

The Outdoor Living Room includes comfortable chairs from renowned architect and designer Frank Gehry’s collection as well as high-top seating for meetings and collaboration. Hayes Architecture + Interiors is leading the project from a design standpoint, with the goal of creating a truly unique environment for interactive work and brainstorming.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

Read the entire article at this link.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights Department’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agenda at ASU Skysong

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From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today toured SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, and met with local entrepreneurs. SkySong is a mixed use development designed to help companies grow by providing business services and programs offered or facilitated by Arizona State University, which include access to new technologies, capital networks, and a skilled workforce. In her role as chair of the President’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, Secretary Pritzker is focused on identifying successful ecosystems that support innovation and competitiveness, like SkySong, which can be replicated around the country.

Earlier this month, Secretary Pritzker announced the inaugural members of the PAGE initiative, a group of successful American businesspeople who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and  experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Members have agreed to participate in an ongoing dialogue with policy makers globally to discuss how to create an environment where creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can grow and thrive. They will also participate in outreach and mentorship activities to help promote start-up culture, and energize their own personal and professional networks to challenge and inspire budding entrepreneurs and raise awareness of the many resources available to them. A list of the inaugural members of PAGE is available here.

“America’s entrepreneurial spirit has always been a key driver of our economic growth, and SkySong is a terrific example of a place where innovators and entrepreneurs can access the tools they need to thrive,” said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “It is a place where an individual can turn his or her idea into a product, put together a business plan, access capital, and ultimately create a company that will employ people. This is the type of environment we are seeking to identify and replicate all over the country.”

Research indicates that new and young companies are responsible for virtually all new job growth across the United States. Not only do they create positions for those entering the job market for the first time, but they also absorb workers who may have been laid off from companies that are contracting.

In meeting and conversing with SkySong’s entrepreneurs, Secretary Pritzker discussed the opportunities and challenges they are facing, and the ways in which the federal government can serve as a catalyst to innovation. The Department of Commerce, for example, supports innovation and entrepreneurship through its Patent and Trademark Office, and through investments made by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that often help fund innovation centers like SkySong. In fact, EDA helped create SkySong’s technology transfer accelerator, known as Furnace, in 2012. The inaugural members of PAGE, in particular, are focused on ways they can use their ideas, experience, and networks to help improve access to capital and talent, and help inspire aspiring entrepreneurs to seize the opportunity to start their own venture.

Through meetings with entrepreneurs across the country who are supported by innovation centers like SkySong, Secretary Pritzker is witnessing first-hand the type of successful programs that can be repeated nationwide to spur growth. SkySong-based companies, which range from start-ups to large companies like Ticketmaster and, have generated more than $460 million in economic impact for the Greater Phoenix area since SkySong’s inception in 2008, according to a 2012 study by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Construction Complete and Grand Opening Taking Place on Tuesday at SkySong Apartments Scottsdale

Construction has been completed on the SkySong Apartments Scottsdale, with a Grand Opening Event taking place on Tuesday evening.

The final phase of the 325-unit community is now available for lease, completing the approximately 19-month construction period. The apartments are already enjoying strong leasing both to people who work within the project and those who want to live in this dynamic area of the Valley.

And importantly, the City of Scottsdale’s committed contribution to the overall cost of SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has been reduced by $3 million in exchange for the rights to develop the apartment homes.

The apartment homes features innovative, modern architecture and a variety of floor plans to attract professionals who are employed in the area, as well as those who work on the SkySong campus. It features traditional flat and loft designs with private patios or balconies, quartz and local stone accents, a large pool and Jacuzzi, TechnoGym equipped athletic center and many other state-of-the-art features, such as CenturyLink Prism.

MT Builders was the construction firm responsible for the project build-out, and Lincoln Property Company is the property management company for the development.

Read more: SkySong Apartments Grand Opening Release.