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Bitter Sweet: New Bar to Open at SkySong Oct. 14

SkySong will welcome Bitters, a brand new craft cocktail and beer concept, in October. The bar is the creation of Erika Rode, who comes to the hospitality industry from the commercial liquor industry. Bitters will take up 2,700 square feet at 1455 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 115, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 and will be open Tuesday – Sunday.

Rode will use her expertise gained in the beverage industry, and has partnered with Ehren Litzenberger, formerly of BLD and The Biltmore, to concept the menu and lead the kitchen. Aside from craft cocktails and food, Bitters will offer mocktails, cold brew, craft sodas, small batch green and black teas, and house-made lemonade.

Each handmade craft cocktail has the word ‘bitter’ in the name, and is accompanied with a pithy quote. All cocktails are made to order from freshly squeezed juices and artisan mixers. There will be no batch or premixed cocktails. A few of the standouts are:

  • Bitter at the Top – Roca Patron anejo, sweet vermouth, ancho reyes, Balotin Chocolate Bourbon, poured over chocolate on a pour-over tower
  • Bitters White Negroni – St. George Terroir Gin, Dolin Genepi, Carpano dry vermouth, Chareau aloe liqueur, celery shrub bitters, lemon oils
  • Bitters Arizona Sour – Grand Canyon Whiskey, lemon, cream, egg white, sparkling Lambrusco, raspberry powder

The menu will feature 12 signature small plate gourmet dishes like beef satay, rock shrimp, farro risotto and others. All dishes are made with fresh ingredients with a local focus, some of which will be sourced from neighboring Agriscaping and Utopian Harvest. Aside from the signature dishes, there also will be salads and artisan flavored popcorn.

Craft beer will be a staple at Bitters. Craft brew taps will rotate, and feature limited release, hard to find or highly rated craft beers. The following will be available when Bitters opens:

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion, New Belgium Citradelic, Dogfish 90 Minute, Cider Boys Fresh Press, Breakside Passionfruit Sour, Founders Porter, Mother Earth’s California Creamin’ Nitro, Elysian Night Owl, OHSO Popsicle Blonde, Huss Coffee Kolsh.

Bitters also will offer a unique personalized locker program, called The Bitter Enthusiast Club. A rarity in the Valley, up to 30 members are able to store their favorite bottle of whiskey in their own private space at Bitters.

SkySong helps Neolight grow and expand through commitment to innovation

Vivek Kopparthi, co-founder and CEO, left, and Chase Garrett, co-founder and VP of Business Development, right.

Some of the state’s most innovative companies call SkySong home, and Neolight is no different.

Neolight, a technology company that is in the final stages of releasing a device to eradicate neonatal jaundice, began as a start-up in 2014 as the brain child of two ASU students.

The company has developed a phototherapy treatment for infants with jaundice that can be administered with an at-home device, so children can be treated near their mothers, and not in the NICU. Neolight also projects that the device will deliver the safest and most efficient treatment.

The company got its start inside SkySong and continues to office there today.

“SkySong is home,” said Vivek Kopparthi, co-founder and CEO of Neolight. “This is where we started, we started off as student entrepreneurs from ASU. I was in business school and my business partner was getting his masters at Fulton.”

ASU’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation and SkySong helped Neolight get its start with funding, office space, patents, investors, talent recruiting and even mentorship.

“They say it takes a village to raise a start up,” he said. “This is our village.”

It’s a village they plan on growing into as they continue to add employees and launch their product.

“They gave us $20,000 in seed funding, one small desk to use and they also gave us free, unlimited coffee,” he said. “So we had one small desk in the corner facing Camelback Mountain, the view was awesome. We grew from having one desk to two desks to four desks to the whole corner, then we had this whole strip and we realized we’d grown out of the space.”

The company continued to prove itself last year when it won the Steve Case Bus Tour pitch competition where the Revolution CEO and former AOL co-founder awarded Neolight with the top prize — a $100,000 investment.

Neolight now has a full suite in SkySong’s Building 1.

Kopparthi hopes that by next year, they’ll have their own floor at SkySong, and it’s the entrepreneurial spirit of SkySong that helps him stay focused.

“There’s a lot of synergy and a lot of startups at work at SkySong so that’s always that competitive environment,” he said. “It’s not just competitive but on a bored and sad day you see a couple of other entrepreneurs hustling and working so hard so you just kind of get that drive.”

Now, the company has eleven employees, with plans to nearly double within a year, and hopes to release their product by the end of 2017, just three short years after it was conceptualized.

“Arizona State University is so proud of what our former students, and now business leaders, have accomplished with Neolight,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University. “Not only have they established a great company to develop life-changing technology infants with jaundice and their families, they are an excellent example of the innovation and growth that occurs here at SkySong.”

Neolight serves as an example of how innovation can thrive at SkySong — growing from an idea developed by students to an established company and commercial tenant within SkySong. SkySong has become one of the most important economic engines in the Valley because of its instrumental role in helping cutting-edge companies like Neolight grow.

For more information on SkySong and the companies that call it home, visit

Element Hotel to Rise at SkySong

An Element hotel will occupy the southwestern corner of the SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center complex, the latest addition to the 42-acre technology and innovation hub.

The Marriott-brand hotel is critical for the SkySong project in supporting the more than 50 businesses that are currently located on the South Scottsdale site. The 148-room hotel is planned for the southwestern corner of the SkySong complex, near Scottsdale Road and Enterprise Drive.

The new hotel is being developed by Jackson Shaw, a nationally recognized leader in hospitality development. It is designed by Cooper Cary, a national architecture firm with an extensive amount of experience in designing high-quality hospitality projects, particularly around technology campuses such as SkySong.

As with everything at SkySong, a particular emphasis will be given to creating a healthy and sustainable environment. The hotel will have extensive green-building features, and guests will be able to enjoy an oversized gym on-site, rental bicycles and a natural saline swimming pool.

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Adds Two New Companies Totaling Nearly 40,000 Square Feet of Commercial Office Space

A leading provider of technology-driven global payment processing, Pivotal Payments, and IT solutions authority, Trace3 are moving to SkySong, bringing with them dozens of employees.

Pivotal Payments is moving its Arizona offices from North Phoenix to a 26,000-square-foot space in SkySong 2, a space formerly occupied by, which has moved into a larger presence in the new SkySong 4.

The company offers payment processing solutions to a variety of companies — from small to large in the point-of-sale, business to business and e-commerce industries. Solutions include card-not-present services, integrated point of sale systems and mobile payments.

Trace3 is also relocating from Phoenix, moving into a 13,400 square foot space in SkySong 4. The Arizona-based company offers a variety of IT solutions, from data center infrastructure management to excutive services with a focus on looking for the next innovation in technology through its partnerships with Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

With the new leasing activity, SkySong 4 is now more than 80 percent leased, less than 10 months after it was built, and the other three office buildings in the project are near capacity as well.

SkySong 5, the project’s first six-story building, will begin construction this year. The project’s retail and restaurant building opened this summer, and construction is expected to begin on an Elements hotel at SkySong later this year as well.

Read the entire release at this link.

Fast-Growing Cyber Security Firm Datashield Moving to SkySong 1

One of the fastest-growing cyber security firms on the continent is coming to SkySong, bringing with it dozens of employees.

Datashield, which has locations in Utah and California, is expanding its security operations and moving all of its headquarter functions to 8,200 square feet on the fourth floor of SkySong 1.

The company, which operates a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year manages, detects, and responds to cyber threats, serves tens of thousands of end points around the world, including Fortune 1000 companies.

Its new Security Operations Center at SkySong is expected to reach its occupancy goal by September. In the next 12-18 months, Datashield expects to bring in 50 to 60 new employees.

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong 4 Building Awarded LEED Silver Certification

SkySong 4 has joined its fellow office buildings in the project in a very “green” club — and continues to set the standard for office work space innovation.

The four-story, 141,000-square-foot office and research building at the intersection of SkySong Boulevard and Innovation Place has achieved Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the U.S. Buildings are measured based on the number of points they earn across the categories of green building, such as energy, water, indoor environment, location and materials.

SkySong in 2009 earned environmental plaudits for the first three completed buildings on the site, SkySong 1, 2 and 3, joining only a handful of projects in the Valley to have achieved Silver Certification of higher, and one of the few non-governmental projects to achieve such status.

Read the entire press release at this link. to Anchor SkySong Development Expansion, a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, is relocating and becoming the anchor tenant at the new SkySong 4 following its 2016 acquisition of a previous tenant in the development, Yodle.’s new space will be used primarily for sales, administration and local executives. With’s presence, SkySong 4 is now 72 percent leased. With its nearly 200 employees in Scottsdale (and 3,500 company-wide), will occupy 36,503 square feet in SkySong 4.

“ embodies the vibrancy that exists at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the SkySong project. “What started with Yodle as an impressive up-and-coming company has grown significantly during its relatively short time in Scottsdale. We’re thrilled to be able to witness their success and growth and welcome their increased innovative presence on the campus.”

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center Receives Two Best of NAIOP Awards

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center recently received two prestigious awards from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Arizona Chapter (NAIOP) — Economic Impact Project Of The Year and Spec Office Project Of The Year for 2016.

The Best of NAIOP event is dubbed the “Academy Awards” for the commercial real estate industry. Nominations for 2016 were reviewed and rated by a panel of NAIOP judges who select the best in a variety of categories from building to individuals.

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is an organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP advances responsible sustainable development that creates jobs and benefits the communities in which its members work and live.

SkySong’s economic impact is significant, and the Best of NAIOP Award for Economic Impact Project of the Year is a testament to that impact. According to an economic impact study from GPEC, SkySong’s economic impact will exceed $32 billion over the next 30 years. More than 2,000 people currently work at SkySong in the four existing office buildings.

SkySong 4 received the recognition for Spec Office Project of the Year against strong competition. The 145,000-square-foot building opened in November 2016 and is home to several innovative companies, including EdPlus at ASU, Booker Software, MindBody and BrightCove, with more leases pending.

Read the press release at this link.

SkySong 4 Opens to Tenants, Public

The fourth commercial office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is officially open for business.

The building, which is already 50 percent leased and expected to be LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, features an open-air lobby to encourage interaction and collaboration and an outdoor workspace with a fire place and other amenities.

Two major tech companies recently leased space in SkySong 4. In November, MindBody, a leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the wellness services industry, signed a long-term lease to occupy 28,229 square feet.

And in October, Brightcove, a pioneering force in the world of online video, signed a lease to occupy 13,000 square feet of the first floor. The company, relocating from Tempe, has nearly 5,000 customers in 70 countries is a leading provider of cloud services for video. It company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing video across devices.

Two other highly regarded entities — ASU EdPlus and Booker Software — have also committed to space at SkySong 4 and have begun the process of moving in.

Leasing momentum continues on the SkySong campus with construction on SkySong 5 expected to begin in Spring 2017. Pre-leasing is underway, with Andrew Cheney and Craig Coppola of Lee & Associates serving as brokers for the project.

“The construction of SkySong 4 has gone very smoothly. In March, after just 4 and a half months of construction, we celebrated the ‘topping out’ of SkySong 4 and now it is being occupied,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “We are thankful for the work done by DPR Construction and its subcontractors – they have constructed a building that is unique in character and that will draw people in to its work environment.”

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Inks MindBody To Large Space in New Office Building

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is getting another new innovative tenant — one that will take up a big chunk of the newest office building at the project.

MindBody, a leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the wellness services industry, signed a long-term lease to occupy 28,229 square feet of SkySong 4, which is now almost 50 percent leased with several deals under negotiation.

The company, which is expanding out of its headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, has over 58,000 local businesses and 326,000 wellness practitioners in over 130 countries and territories. They all use MindBody’s integrated software and payments platform to run, market and build their businesses. These practitioners provide a variety of wellness services to approximately 35 million active consumers who use the MindBody platform to more easily evaluate, engage and transact with them to live healthier and happier lives.

Read the entire article at this link.