Apr. 8, 2016

Office Envy: TSheets

by Marissa Lovell

Nestled along the Boise River Greenbelt in Eagle, Idaho, TSheets’ stunning two-story office demonstrates how far the online timesheet company has come in just 10 years – from two guys in a basement to 105 employees helping to blaze trail in technology, recruiting and company culture. The rapidly growing company, which recently purchased their office building, has already expanded into a portion of their neighboring space and is creating plans for a new building.

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Aug. 2, 2016

Why Companies Are Moving Back Downtown

Tax incentives aren't always the best way to lure businesses. Many are simply going where the talent is.

Ryan Woodings owns a 15-person tech startup in Boise, Idaho.

His company, MetaGeek, specializes in helping businesses fix and maintain their Wi-Fi systems. Or, as the website puts it, “making Wi-Fi more awesome for more people.”

MetaGeek did what a lot of companies are doing these days. It moved downtown. The student interns are now able to bike over to the office between classes. In the afternoons, MetaGeek employees can take walks on the nearby greenbelt that runs through town along the Boise River. If they want to bike home, the city runs a bicycle rental program and has an expanding network of dedicated bike lanes. “Downtown Boise is where everything is,” Woodings says. “When you have a lunch meeting, or get coffee with a client, it’s always downtown.”

MetaGeek is one of several tech companies that have put down roots recently in the center of Boise. Last summer, Boise State moved its computer science department downtown so that it could be closer to students’ potential employers. And Boise isn’t unusual. In cities across the country, businesses are trying to capitalize on the increasing density of tech talent clustered in the heart of cities.

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Jun. 23, 2015

Built in Boise: Fixers to Crusaders

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From fixers to crusaders, here is a roundup of profiles from June... 

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Mar. 15, 2017

C of I Students Develop New Political App RepCheck

by The College of Idaho

What’s your congress person’s name? Have you ever sent them an email? Have you ever called them? Those are the questions College of Idaho senior Leo Yousif asks whenever he talks about the new app he’s trying to develop—RepCheck.

RepCheck is an app which would help constituents craft emails to send to their legislators, thus letting their voices be heard in a productive way.

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May. 25, 2015

Develop.idaho brings IT, education, R&D together

by Martin Hambalek, Idaho Technology Council

The develop.idaho conference showcases the depth of Idaho’s desire to strengthen the state’s economy through knowledge and education in the software and technology sectors. This year, the annual event drew over 500 attendees from throughout the state representing backgrounds in IT, education, policymaking, research and development and much more. 

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May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Gretchen Caserotti on Storytelling and Service

by Marissa Lovell

Gretchen Caserotti’s career calling became crystal clear to her during children’s story time at New York Public Library.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Gretchen grew up in a home entrenched in the arts. After graduating high school, Gretchen bounced around the country uncovering pieces of herself in communities from Portland to New York City. In 2006, while working as an actress and waiting tables in the Big Apple, she realized that as much as she loved storytelling and performance art, acting wasn’t the outlet for her passions.  

She decided to make a change and hit the books twofold – as a graduate student at Pratt Institute and as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Amongst rows of books, Gretchen discovered her love of storytelling and passion for service colliding. As she worked toward earning her Master’s in Library Science, she learned about the human thought process. Matching this understanding with creativity, she discovered ways the library could be even more useful to the local community.

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Aug. 14, 2015

America’s Largest Seed Fund Comes to Boise

Calling all innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and geeks: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Road Tour is coming to Boise, August 20-21. The tour is a national outreach effort to convey non-dilutive technology funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The programs annually provide $2.5 billion in funding to small, advanced technology firms to spur new technological discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations. Together, they represent America's Largest Seed Fund. 

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Apr. 18, 2016

Built in Boise: Outdoors & Innovations

by Built in Boise

The passionate writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners over at Built in Boise have been cranking out more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From outdoors to innovations, here is a roundup of profiles from February, March and April... 

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May. 8, 2017

AppDetex Raises $5.5 Million to Accelerate Growth

by Admin

AppDetex, a Boise-based software company providing online and mobile brand protection to global brands, announced today that it has raised $5.5 million to expand its products and accelerate growth. EPIC Ventures led the round with participation from Origin Ventures and existing investors.

Founded in 2012 by brand protection veterans Faisal Shah and Chris Bura, AppDetex provides innovative solutions to global corporations experiencing reputation and revenue loss from brand impersonation in the online and mobile space – including domains, marketplaces, social media and mobile applications. Through AppDetex, customers efficiently monitor high-risk verticals, identify active violators and, enforce on intellectual property violations.

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Jan. 13, 2017

Trailhead Launches Evening Intro Web Development Course

by Trailhead Boise

Trailhead, Boise’s startup hub, announces a Front End Web Development education series that teaches beginners how to program.  The Front-End Foundations Series will help students learn tools and technologies that enable them to build interactive web pages and applications. Students may sign up for individual courses, or the entire 3 part, 8 week series.  Classes begin January 24, and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Trailhead - 500 S 8th Street in downtown Boise.

Trailhead is partnering with Boise State University’s Venture College and Tyro, a Boise-based software programming education company. Those that complete the three part series can earn a Front-End Foundations Badge from Boise State University Venture College. “We understand the importance of coding education, especially in the startup community and we are delighted to partner with Trailhead and one of our own Badgeholders - Zach Richardson - to help deliver it,” said Kevin Learned, Director of Boise State University Venture College.

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Mar. 13, 2015

Talkin’ Broncos Win Third Consecutive National Championship

by Sherry Squires, Boise State University

The Boise State University Talkin' Broncos have won their third consecutive Pi Kappa Delta National Speech and Debate Tournament. The student team took first place over 78 schools from 36 states across the nation. In addition, several team members also won a variety of awards while competiting in different Individual Speaking Events during the 4-day tournament. 

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May. 11, 2016

Code School Takes Shape at Trailhead

by Lisa Holland

Getting a degree in computer science may sound daunting, though today it’s getting easier to learn technical skills through up-skilling programs that are taking shape in the Boise Valley.

Starting on June 13th, a cohort of students will be embarking on a 12-week intensive software programming education at Trailhead. A partnership between Boise Code Works (BCW) and Trailhead Boise, the goal is to launch a permanent code school in the basement of the Trailhead building.

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Aug. 20, 2015

10 Exciting Things Happening at Boise State University

by Gregory Hahn, Boise State University

Boise State University President Bob Kustra highlighted an ever-growing research presence, the success of a recent initiative to boost science, technology, engineering and math graduates, and much more in his State of the University kick-off address on Aug. 19. He also pointed out a number of innovative and exciting programs and events taking place across campus. He calls this list the “Top Ten Great Things Going on at Boise State That I Had Nothing to Do With.”

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Dec. 29, 2015

NNU’s IdaBOT Could Change Local Farming

Researchers at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa are developing a robot that could tackle time-intensive farm tasks all on its own.

Using radio frequency identification, the IdaBOT would move through a vineyard and orchard on its own and target specific trees or vines to precisely complete those tasks.

“Our goal is to try and reduce the costs for the orchard owners or the vineyard owners by building something that can take the pressure off some of their workers,” said Josh Griffin, an assistant professor of engineering at NNU.

Griffin and fellow engineering professor Duke Bulanon received more than $80,000 from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Grant Program to make the project happen. They plan to use the funding to hire two students and develop the IdaBOT over the next two years.

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Aug. 3, 2016

First Vinyl in Space, Launched from Idaho

Icarus Craft Makes History: First Phonographic Record Played In Space RECAP VIDEO

To celebrate the seventh anniversary of Third Man Records and their 3 millionth record pressed, Jack White's label previously revealed they would endeavor to make history by playing a phonographic record in space. Mission accomplished: The label's custom-built,

Jun. 1, 2015

Google Profiles Eagle’s TSheets

by Google

As part of its nationwide series on the economic impact of the web on Idaho businesses, Google profiled the startup story and 140% year-over-year growth of Eagle's TSheets. 

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Jun. 30, 2015

Boise Valley Mayors @ Trailhead

Photo by Trailhead Boise

Boise Valley Mayors gather at The Trailhead to learn about the new collaborative professional space that encourages gathering, connecting and learning. Founded by local entrepreneurs, The Trailhead is a non-profit, community effort focused on helping develop the next generation of business successes in the Metro. 

Sep. 2, 2015

West Ada opens computer science magnet school

The first day of school in Idaho’s largest district also signified the first day for the computer science magnet school, designed for 10th- through 12th-graders who want to take increasingly advanced courses in computer science and web design and development.

“Our goal is to prepare students with skills that are in demand,” said Staci Low, administrator of West Ada’s Professional Technical Education program. “Our curriculum is aligned to industry so students learn specific transferable skills for the work force or college and career-ready skills.”

All of West Ada’s five high schools offer freshman computer programming and web design classes, and more than 600 students are enrolled over the next two semesters. Last year, only two schools offered such classes.

Sophomore Chris Johnson smiled in what he said is “by far my favorite class” at Centennial High School.  He is a four-year track to earn a computer programing certification so he’ll be instantly employable when he graduates.

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Feb. 25, 2015

Discovery Center of Idaho Makes Top 10 Best Museums for Kids

The Discovery Center of Idaho, located in Boise, was included on the '10 Best U.S. Museums for Kids and Kids at Heart' list featured on msn.com. With over 200 interactive exhibits exploring science, technology, engineering and math, the Discovery Center proudly encourages lifelong learning and innovation for all ages.  

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