Jun. 24, 2015

Office Envy: Scentsy

by Marissa Lovell

What once lived in a 40-foot storage container on a small Idaho sheep farm now sprawls onto 73.7 gorgeous acres right off Eagle Road in Meridian. Home to more than 700 Boise Valley employees and an active part of the community, the Scentsy Commons Tower is a hub of activity, ideas and generosity. At the heart of the campus and the company, the Tower was inspired by the idea of being a greenhouse – a place where employees can thrive and flourish and big ideas can grow. 

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Oct. 27, 2014

Metageek: Awesomeness Happens Here

Photo by BVEP

Chief Geek Ryan Woodings and his team at Metageek, which makes tools to help people take control of and optimize their wireless environment.

Sep. 20, 2016

RelEVENT Launches Nationwide

Boise-based RelEVENT, an app that collects events from around a city and recommends them to users, launched nationwide Sept. 19.

RelEVENT originated at a Boise Young Professionals’ b|launched competition in May 2015 when  CEO Stacey Donohue, Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Heath and CTO Sean MacLachlan came together to create an app that helps users learn about events before they happen.

“I love the movie Office Space,” Donohue said at a presentation in December. “It came to the Egyptian Theater this year, but I didn’t hear about it until the next day when I saw posts on Facebook showing friends carrying their red staplers. That sucked because I would have loved to have gone if I knew about it and that is what this app is for.”

The app aggregates events from various community calendars and groups each event into a category such as music, sports or business. After users like, dislike or ignore event suggestions, the system begins to send event notifications based on that user’s taste.

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Feb. 18, 2016

7 Idaho Tech Startups to Keep an Eye On

Idaho Business Insider recently choose seven startups to watch out for in the next couple years. The products they sell and the markets they service are all very different, but the common ground that they all share is Idaho borne ingenuity. The list includes: Gen Z Technology, Inergy Holdings, SaasFocus, PsiFlow Technologies, Willoop, LandProData, and Advanced Ceramic Fibers. 

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Nov. 16, 2015

Office Envy: Curious Media

by Marissa Lovell

While they reside on the second floor of the historic Blue Eye Building in downtown Nampa, Curious Media truly dwells at the nexus of passion and creativity. Driven by a love of gaming, technology, education and fun, the interactive agency delivers remarkable digital experiences across multiple platforms for children and adults alike, working with notable companies like Disney, PBS Kids, Mattel, Hasbro and Warner Brothers.  

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via Natejmueller

1 yr ago SaaSfocus moved into offices in Meridian. Revenue grew 824% y/y & we're hiring as fast as we can @StartupGrindBoi @MeridianChamber
Dec. 27, 2014

Creative MakeSpace Comes to Life

Photo by Brett Perry

'Inspired by the creative club, Soho House, we want to make the lobby of The Owyhee an unaffiliated place to work, ask questions, take meetings, drink and eat, network, collaborate, be quiet, and smash our brains together. A place to continue to figure out how to make this city one of the coolest places to live. The Soho House continues to be a platform for creatives in cities all around the world. The Owyhee Plaza can be Boise's version of the Soho House. Join us, if you want. We want you.' 

- Artist and social entrepreneur John Michael Schert , artist and dancer Brett Perry. 

For more info, visit the Creative MakeSpace Facebook Group

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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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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Oct. 1, 2014

Idaho’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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A visual overview of the events, meetups, networking groups, financing, service providers, universities, programs and places that make up the Idaho Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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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. 

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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Jan. 6, 2015

EO Accelerator Program Headed to the Boise Valley

by ​Jess Flynn

The TECenter and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), are partnering to bring the EO Accelerator Program to the Boise Valley. This joint venture will complement the TECenter’s goal of growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Idaho.

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May. 26, 2015

b|launched 4.0 Competition Announces Winning Company relEVENTcity

by Boise Young Professionals

RelEVENTcity has been named the winner of the Boise Young Professionals' 2015 b|launched 4.0 competition. The company has created an exciting new technology that cuts through the noise to connect people with events they love through a sleek, intuitive user experience. The competition awarded relEVENTcity $20,000 in initial seed funding and plans to progress to beta launch this fall.  

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Jul. 21, 2015

Built in Boise: High Notes to Numbers Games

by Built in Boise

The volunteer writers and photographers at Built in Boise are sharing more inspiring stories of Boise companies and the people behind them. From craftsmen to crunching numbers, here is a roundup of profiles from July... 

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Oct. 1, 2015

Fast Company: Boise is the 2nd Best City for Millennial Entrepreneurs

Fast Company recently released an article about the top ten cities for millennial entrepreneurs. The rankings were based on many factors including small business friendliness, startup and living costs, and market size.

The top 5 cities on the list included:

1. Birmingham, AL

2. Boise, ID

3. Boulder, CO

4. Nashville, TN

5. Manchester, NH

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Dec. 5, 2014

Cougar Mountain Software and TSheets Partner Up

by ​Jess Flynn

Boise Valley tech companies TSheets and Cougar Mountain Software join forces to help small to medium sized businesses streamline time tracking and payroll processes. 

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Mar. 3, 2016

Profit & Purpose: Growing a company that aims to put a dent in the universe

by ​Jess Flynn

How do you define what motivates you, what gets you out of bed each morning? If you can sum it up in 140-characters you might be onto something. For Nathaniel Mueller, CEO of SaaSfocus, his one line bio pointedly states: "If anyone ever questions my purpose or intentions they are simple. I want to do interesting, compelling and meaningful things ALL the time."

Purpose and meaning are the alchemy that fuels Mueller. Spend just ten minutes with this Meridian-based global entrepreneur and that becomes clear. The ability to do meaningful work that can 'put a dent in the universe' is at the core of the start and rapid growth of his agile consulting, design and development company SaaSfocus. “We are trying to accomplish projects where we can implement meaningful change,” says Mueller. And that is his competitive advantage, at least when it comes down to the key battleground for growth - finding talent. 

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Dec. 10, 2015

Built in Boise: Rescuing Forgotten Film to Innovating Instruments

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners at Built in Boise have connected with more Boise companies to share their stories and the people behind them. From rescuing forgotten film to innovating traditional instruments, here is the roundup of profiles from November and December…

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