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.  

Jan. 25, 2017

Indeed Ranks Micron As A Top Company To Work For In 2016

What are the top companies to work for in America?

It’s an important question, and here at Indeed we have data that can help answer it. In fact, we host over 10 million employee reviews, making Indeed the largest online resource of its kind in the world. We wanted to know which companies have the highest number of satisfied employees, so we crunched the data on the Fortune 500 to identify the 50 with the best reviews—the top 50 companies to work for in America.

After all, with the baby boomers retiring and millennials replacing them as the largest demographic in the workplace, we are witnessing an unprecedented generational and cultural shift. As a result, the question of how to motivate and inspire the changing workforce is central to the future of talent attraction and retention. Cutting-edge firms are already experimenting with a mix of culture and creative perks to keep the brightest and the best engaged and happy at work.

Micron, a Boise Idaho based company, came in ahead of Starbucks, Boeing, and Cummings. It took the rank of 46th best company to work for in the United States. 

Oct. 29, 2015

Built in Boise: Healthcare Investment to Glassware with a Goal

by Built in Boise

The writers, photographers, designers, builders and business-owners at Built in Boise have delved into more Boise companies to share their stories and the people behind them. From healthcare investment to glassware with a goal, here is a roundup of profiles from October... 

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Dec. 10, 2015

Boise State Installs Solar Panels

by Brady W Moore, Boise State University

A section of roof on top of Boise State University’s Micron Business and Economics Building will soon harness the power of the sun. New solar panels being installed this month will have the capacity to produce 25 kilowatts of power, or the equivalent of energy used by about five households. 

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Jun. 2, 2016

Idaho Ranks Second In Tech Sector Growth

Idaho was recently ranked number two in the country for Tech Sector Growth, closely behind Utah. Idaho's Tech sector grew by 6.3 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to CompTIA’s 2016 Cyber States Report. The report also highlighted that Idaho's Tech Sector, on average, pays 136% better than the average private sector position. 

Aug. 18, 2015

Macys.com to double Treasure Valley workforce

Macys.com, the online arm of Macy’s retail business, announced it will expand its Treasure Valley operation. Macys.com currently employs 30 software engineers working at its Eagle office. The company plans to move the US Bank Plaza in Downtown in September. The 7,569 square-foot office will provide the company space to ramp up to as many as 60 employees working in positions related to software development. 

“Boise is a growing technology center, and the expansion of our Macys.com office there gives us access to another pool of great talent that would otherwise not be available,” said Mike Robinson, Macy’s.com executive vice president of digital technology, customer experience and site merchandising.

May. 23, 2015

ON Semiconductor hiring, investing in Canyon County

ON Semiconductor is rapidly growing in Nampa. The company is hiring and making significant investments in its manufacturing facility that it purchased in August 2014 when ON Semiconductor acquired Aptina Imaging, a division Micron created in 2008. 

“The fab and highly skilled teams in Nampa play a key role in the company’s worldwide operations network, specifically supporting ON Semiconductor’s growing image sensor business,” said Jeff Mendiola, ON Semiconductor vice president of Operations at the Nampa facility. “... As demand for our image sensor solutions continues to grow, we anticipate progressively expanding production capacity in Nampa during the next five years. Expansion of the local teams will occur as needed to support the production capacity expansion.”

The facility produces image sensors that are used in vehicles, surveillance, communication and mobile applications. It plans to expand within its 35,000-square-foot facility with the purchase of manufacturing equipment and the addition of design engineering, technical and production staff, according to a company spokesperson. ON Semiconductor employs 168 people at the Nampa facility, which includes 14 new employees added since the start of this year.

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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Dec. 28, 2017

Census Data Highlights Pacific Northwest Population Growth

Migration to the region—rather than births—made up the bulk of population growth.

Last year, Idaho was the smallest state in the region with just under 1.7 million people. So when approximately 36,917 babies and newcomers landed in the state, it gave Idaho’s population a big boost.

And, according to new Census numbers, all those new people made the state’s growth rate the fastest in the country since July 2016.

Clark Krause is with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, which works to attract business and workers to the area. He said Idaho is home to some major employers.

“We have a nice tech cluster that is started here and of course that is anchored by Hewlett Packard and Micron who have huge units here,” he said.

Krause also said Boise’s access to the outdoors is a selling point.

Feb. 9, 2016

Caldwell Based Fiberguide Broadens Its Horizons

Products made by Fiberguide Industries in Caldwell are being used to remove brain tumors and to build telescopes. They are used in DNA sequencing and to help doctors ensure the eyes of babies are developing properly. Fiberguide also had a hand in a brand-new 3-D laser projection system that was used to show the film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the premiere in California last year. “What’s fascinating about what we do is it goes into lots of different markets,” said Patricia Seniw, the company’s president. Fiberguide plans to add even more capabilities to its list with a nearly 19,000-square-foot addition underway at its facility, which currently sits at 28,000 square feet.

Nov. 5, 2015

Paylocity Chooses Boise, Creating 500+ Jobs in Next Five Years

by Admin

Paylocity (NASDAQ:PCTY), a provider of cloud-based payroll and human capital management software solutions for medium-sized organizations, has selected Boise for a new expansion facility with plans to create more than 500 quality jobs.  

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Jul. 13, 2015

Fast Company: The Next Top 10 Cities for Tech Jobs

Entrepreneurs and young professionals looking to launch their career or their startup in an active technology hub have a wide variety of alternatives to the costly traditional hotspots like New York, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley. As Fast Company shares, "The country’s hottest up-and-coming tech scenes in 2015 are typically found in mid-sized cities eager to make a name for themselves, offering big-city resources like universities, access to talent, and satellite offices of tech industry titans along with lower costs of living and a greater work/life balance." 

The Boise Metro lands at #7 on the list, "Boise has cemented itself as an affordable launch pad for tech careers, attracting major industry employers like Hewlett Packard and Microsoft along with a burgeoning startup ecosystem. 'It's always one of those places that is ranked near the top of the best places to live because of the quality of life, affordability, recreational opportunities, and it's got a great business environment as well...'

Jan. 8, 2016

Boise Tech Startup IonVR Partners with Intel

by IonVR

Boise startup Ion Virtual Technology Corporation (IonVR) and Intel Corporation revealed joint work that is pushing the technological boundaries to deliver the first untethered six degrees of freedom, hand-virtualization enabled VR experience on a mobile device – a groundbreaking immersive VR experience where people literally walk through three-dimensional space, untethered from a computer or console, to experience VR content on the Intel® RealSense™ Smartphone Developer Kit.

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Mar. 3, 2015

Boise State Team Selected for NASA Micro-G Program

A Boise State University team has been selected to participate in NASA's Micro-G Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team program. Unlike most undergraduate competitions, the program gives students an opportunity to address issues that NASA is seriously invested in finding solutions for. Students are challenged to design, build and test a device based on a current space exploration problems. Boise State's team will travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for the five-day competition at the beginning of June. 

Feb. 25, 2015

Boise State Team Chosen for National Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 12 undergraduate teams from universities across the nation to compete in the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition. A Boise State University team has been selected to participate in the prestigious event. The competition challenges students to design and create a model wind turbine, develop a business plan to market their model and test their creation against meticulous performance criteria. Teams are comprised of students from a variety of programs and are required to use their individual expertise to develop innovative solutions as a team. The competition will be held May 23-26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jan. 7, 2016

Treefort Music Fest Announces Latest Hackfort 365 Event: Get Your App In Gear

by Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest is excited to announce the next installment of Hackfort 365: Get Your App In Gear, hosted at Trailhead Boise (500 S 8th Street, Boise) on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30pm. 

Get Your App In Gear is a two-part event focused on apps created for and by Boise area residents and will kick off with a presentation by the Treefort App Team. Comprised of a group of volunteers from Whitecloud Analytics, the team will showcase the all new Treefort App, reveal how they organize and how they find time and locations to work together, which major technologies they’re using to stay productive and agile and how they plan what is next and handle our feature list.

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Feb. 8, 2016

Boise’s GenZ Advances to Global Competition for Startups

GenZ Technology, which designs efficient crop-spraying equipment, will compete in the global round of the Challenge Cup business competition. Challenge Cup judges pick winning companies based on the strength of their two-minute business pitches. Judges weigh a company’s ability to improve the world as well as the strength of its business plan. GenZ says its crop sprayers will offer the same or better coverage using half as much chemical spray as traditional equipment, saving farmers money and reducing pollution. The contest is run by 1776, a global business incubator and investment fund headquartered in Washington, D.C., where GenZ will compete in the global Challenge Cup competition Monday. The contest’s goal is to “discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time,” its website says.

 GenZ was one of four companies to advance from a field of 44 in the regional round Thursday in San Francisco. To get there, GenZ was one of three winners advancing from a local Challenge Cup held in Boise in January.

Feb. 12, 2016

Boise had Largest Venture Capital Growth in 2015 According to NVCA

We can track the evolution of emerging tech hubs with a wide range of indicators. IPOs, acquisitions, unicorn valuations and funding rounds are just a few. And when you start to look at change over time instead of just totals, several cities outside of Silicon Valley start to look really impressive. With a staggering 3,269 percent jump in investment money, Boise had the biggest surge in VC funding in 2015. However, unlike Miami’s healthcare sector rise, the success of Boise hinged on fewer deals of higher dollar amounts. In particular, network solutions company CradlePoint hit it big with a $48 million Series B funding in April. CradlePoint focused on using the funds to acquire, which it did later by buying software-defined networking company Pertino.

Then in December, fraud detection organization Kount hit it big with an $80 million announcement (this investment was from private equity, rather than VC funds). Kount protects users from online and mobile payment fraud, and its emergence asserts the company’s place in a cyber security field traditionally crowded with Boston and DC-Virginia pillars.

CVC Capital Partners Managing Partner John Clark assessed Boise’s evolution, explaining that the investment aligns with company strategy of “partnering with uniquely positioned technology companies in large, growing markets.” With these investments and the continued presence of Boise anchor Micron Technology, it’s worth keeping your eyes trained on Idaho’s most populous city.

Mar. 29, 2016

Boise Entrepreneurs Turn Hobby Into New Career

What began as a way for one couple to share videos of their kids with family members has grown into a Boise-based production company gaining notice from toy companies with videos that receive millions of views each month.

Happy Riot Entertainment is a production company owned by Justin Evans, 33, and Cassiopia Evans, 28.  The business began after the couple looked for a way to communicate with Cassiopia Evan’s mom. They began a YouTube channel where they uploaded video blog posts of the family driving around in the car.

“I had recently taken a photography class, but after a little bit photography wasn’t cutting it,” Cassiopia Evans said. “Video seemed like the next logical step creatively.”

Six months later they learned it was possible to monetize YouTube videos by allowing ads to run in front of them. The couple eventually began producing content for about a dozen YouTube channels focusing on a variety of topics such as toy reviews, animated nursery rhymes and trivia lists.

The company’s most popular channel, Epic Toy Channel, features the couple playing with new toys with their kids and rating the toys. It receives 20 million views a month.

Mar. 2, 2015

Boise State Venture College Director named Money Maker Honoree

Kevin Learned, founding director of the Venture College at Boise State University, has been named an Idaho Business Review Money Maker honoree. Individuals are selected based on their leadership skills, achievements, community involvement, ability to set and reach goals, and their "wow factor." The award will be presented during a dinner on April 16th at the Idaho Room in downtown Boise. In addition to the Money Maker award, Learned and 24 other honorees will be featured in a special magazine published in the Idaho Business Review on April 17.