Joe Griffin is the co-founder and CEO at ClearVoice, where connections drive content. Here, clients build editorial calendars, recruit top talent, generate campaign assignments, distribute content, and measure viability all through the company’s website. ClearVoice is the perfect place for creators and business owners to connect.
What part of Arizona do you call home?
I live in North Phoenix on the Scottsdale border a couple miles west of Kierland in Scottsdale.
What do you do?
I’m the co-founder and CEO at ClearVoice. I help SME’s and agencies improve their content marketing capabilities through software and an integrated freelancer marketplace of top notch content talent.
How did you get started in the tech industry? What sparked an initial interest in tech?
My father and I launched a series of websites in 1998 to try and monetize the Internet boom. I had a background in computing and software and he was an entrepreneur. We had no idea what we were in for!
How long have you lived or worked in Arizona?
I’ve been here since 1998. I feel like the industry had some decent adoption during the dot com bubble, but it wasn’t until the last 36-months that Arizona has burst onto the scene as a viable player.
If you could only describe your city with one word, which word would it be?
What’s your favorite thing about living in Arizona?
I think we have some of the best spirit and drive. We’re a group of smart people living outside of the coastal powerhouse cities, yet we desire to compete with them. I love that instinct to win and be competitive. We have a strong entertainment and culinary scene, and beautiful topography as well.
What’s your least favorite thing about living in Arizona?
Arizona has a lack of mature capital and seasoned winners in the tech category, specifically on the Internet side. That said, we are experiencing a bit of renaissance, but we have a long way to go.
What’s your favorite breakfast spot?
I go to The Good Egg the most, but I love Morning Squeeze, Eggstacy, and The Original Breakfast House.
The foodie scene is growing bigger and bigger by the day here in Arizona. What’s your favorite place to grab lunch in your city?
The Henry, Arrogant Butcher, Breadcrafters, Ubberito, Yasu Sushi Bistro, and good ol’ Jersey Mikes
What’s your favorite dinner spot?
Razz’s (must do chef tasting menu at the bar), Roka Akor, Nobuo at Teeter House, Steak 44, and Postino’s.
What’s your favorite place to work in your city aside from your office?
Honestly, I only work in my office or at home, but I spent time at The Department recently—strong co-working place.
Best place for a meeting over drinks?
Salty Sow in my area.
What is something about living in Arizona that only a local would know of? Or what is a common misconception about living in AZ?
Well, first off, end of May through early July is pool season, so you time to get in shape or you’re going to be hanging out indoors. Too hot for running and climbing IMO, but not too hot for the pool! Second, you can snow ski during the winter by driving 2-hours north, or you can be on the beach in Rocky Point Mexico in 4-hours.
Any tips for new Arizona residents?
The market is pretty hot again right now. You might want to rent for a while to see if things stabilize or come back down. IMO, Arcadia is the most central spot in PHX and one of the most in-demand, but definitely learn the neighborhoods well before committing to a house.
The Arrogant Butcher – Downtown Devil
The Salty Sow – SaltySow.com