Jan. 27, 2016

Kount is Most Well Funded Startup in Idaho

Kount was recently recognized by CB insights as the most well funded startup in Idaho. Using CB Insights data, they analyzed the  most well-funded startups by state based on disclosed equity funding. They excluded debt funding and only considered companies that have raised at least $5M of equity funding to date. Companies that haven’t raised since 2011 were not considered. The list included many major startups including Uber, Draft Kings, Living Social, and many others. 

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Aug. 27, 2015

Techstars + Startup Grind in Boise

by Jess Flynn

"We don't need more Valleys, we need more bridges." That sentiment was the undercurrent of an energetic and packed Startup Grind Boise event this week featuring five partners from Techstars, the mentorship-driven startup accelerator.

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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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Nov. 20, 2014

Angels Invest in BSU Venture College Student’s Startup

Boise State Venture College entrepreneur Ryan Vasso, CEO of Basedin, is the first of 38 entrepreneurs who have entered the program to achieve an important milestone. Recently his company successfully raised capital. Two of the local angel funds, along with members of the funds, invested $125,000 in stock in Vasso's company. He will use the capital to further test his business hypotheses and to determine if he can grow the business beyond the Treasure Valley. Basedin solves creates a business score that measures a company's online reputation. The company aggregates all the reviews it can find and displays them on a local business's profile page. It also checks and displays a company's accreditation, awards, civic involvement and social media popularity.
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May. 27, 2015

Startup-helping Trailhead takes shape in Boise

Last week, Bob Burtch was one of a dozen entrepreneurs working on business plans at Trailhead, a new Downtown nonprofit at the corner of 8th and Myrtle streets that promises to grease wheels for startups. Burtch, 60, sipped coffee from a paper cup between taps on his laptop keyboard. He munched an apple. Burtch said he believes his company can prevent commercial airplane disasters, such as Malaysia Air Flight 370, which disappeared with 239 aboard, or the Germanwings plane carrying 150 souls that investigators believe a suicidal co-pilot deliberately crashed into the Alps.... 

But first, Burtch must do something never asked of him in 31 years at Boeing: ask for money. That means pitching to investors. That means knowing how to get into a room with investors in the first place.

That is what brought him to Trailhead. There, he received tips on how to craft his presentation from John Hale, a Trailhead board member, a serial angel investor, a former managing partner of accounting firm KPMG’s Boise office and the chairman of the Capitol City Development Corp., Boise’s urban renewal agency. With Hale’s help, Burtch pitched Thompson Aerospace to a potential investor in Meridian and has lined up meetings with other Treasure Valley investors looking for promising startups to fund. “That would have never happened on my own,” Burtch said.

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Mar. 24, 2015

Startup Grind Boise Conversation with VC Scott Kupor

Startup Grind March

Collaborative entrepreneur space Trailhead Boise hosted a packed Startup Grind chat with VC Scott Kupor of Andreessen Horowitz for the March gathering of the makers, creators and innovators of Boise. 

Feb. 18, 2015

Andreessen Horowitz CEO to speak at Startup Grind Boise

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Coming to Boise to speak at Startup Grind's Fireside Chat is Scott Kupor, the Chief Operating Officer, Partner and Managing Partner of Andreessen Horowitz - a $4 billion venture capital firm.

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Jun. 12, 2015

Boise, Denver, Salt Lake City Back SBA Startup Initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new initiative to help startups reduce the amount of time it takes to register and apply for permits and licenses, called Startup In A Day, with the backing of three cities in the Rockies. The SBA said the new program is aimed at making it easier for entrepreneurs to start businesses, with the goal of creating a "Startup in a Day" online tool to help entrepreneurs find and apply for all the regulatory approvals they need in participating cities.

Among the first cities to provide that tool are Boise, Denver, and Salt Lake City, which the SBA said have committed to provide those tools to residents, and already offer up a number of similar tools. The SBA also said it is offering up a $1.5M competition for seed grants for cities, to help them implement similar tools.

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Nov. 14, 2014

Nampa startup WMD Tech Hits Nearly $6 million in Revenue

WMD Tech, a company established in 2008, has tripled its 2013 sales. Ricky Bowman (president/CFO), wife Evangelina Bowman, and three sons Robert, Christopher, and Timothy Brown have grown their family business into what is now a $5.9 million dollar operation. Robert and Christopher Brown are bomb technicians, with military training while Timothy Brown, an electrical engineer, rounds out the management team. WMD Tech and its eleven employees work out of the Boise State TECenter. WMD’s customers range from the military, local and state fire departments, and even the FBI. Essentially, the company trains other specialized groups on how to use their state of the art equipment, making jobs easier and safer. The company also manufactures equipment like the XTK Grid Aim System, a device that is designed to safely eliminate the power source of any Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
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Jan. 4, 2016

Startup Grind 2015 Boise

StartUp Grind 2015

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 215,000 founders in over 185 cities.

Check out this video to learn more about Startup Grind in Boise.

Dec. 10, 2014

Meridian Entrepreneur Shares How to Fail Your Way to Startup Success

TSheets CEO and Co-Founder Matt Rissell bares his soul on The Huffington Post to share the top three market failures his company encountered - and how each one helped shape who they are today, in his column 'How To Fail Your Way to Startup Success'.

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May. 26, 2016

GenZ Technology Readies For Global Startup Competition

The Challenge Cup Global Finals are nearly here and all of us at Trailhead couldn’t be more excited to have local winner (and Trailhead member) GenZ Technology taking part June 5 – 11 in Washington D.C.

The Challenge Cup is a global startup competition for businesses in regulated industries. Hosted by renowned startup accelerator 1776, the Challenge Cup provides a unique opportunity for companies to connect with industry experts and have a chance to win up to $1 million in funding.

This year’s global competition will feature Boise-based GenZ Technology, developer of a cutting-edge agriculture sprayer that provides great benefits for farmers, workers and the environment.

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Aug. 1, 2014

Apple Acquires Boise Startup Booklamp

TechCrunch broke the news that Apple acquired BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise that developed big data-style book analytics services, to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.”
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Mar. 10, 2015

Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor Speaks @ Startup Grind Boise

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Andreessen Horowitz COO Scott Kupor wrapped up a whirlwind day meeting with entrepreneurs and investors in Boise by packing the new Trailhead space for a conversation with Startup Grind Boise and Director Jess Whiting

Mar. 28, 2016

How Instagram Spawned a Successful Boise Startup

Prince McClinton, a 26-year-old wearing a backward baseball cap and long-sleeve T-shirt, could talk all day about the startup he co-founded three months ago, Art of Visuals. McClinton and Co-founder Travis Leslie’s utilized Downtown Boise’s startup collaboration space, Trailhead, in order to create the startups magazine, mobile app, development team, online engagement, as well as plans for a new website.

 Art of Visuals solicits and curates artistic photographs from around the world and posts them on Instagram. The account already has 286,000 followers. The Huffington Post reported that McClinton and Leslie drew 200 people to a sold-out launch party Jan. 7 in San Francisco, where they showed off their first print magazine. It’s all exciting to McClinton, enough to make him move from San Francisco to Boise, where Leslie, handpicks the pictures. “I’m back, and we’re building an awesome business,” he said.

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Jul. 21, 2015

Boise’s Trailhead Joins Global Startup Federation

by Trailhead

Trailhead, downtown Boise’s newest collaboration space for entrepreneurs, has joined the Startup Federation to bring global startup connections to Boise-based startups. The Startup Federation is a global network of 21 of the world’s top startup hubs, incubators, and co-working spaces focused on growing high-quality startups with highly scalable products or services. The organization’s goal is to help local entrepreneurs connect to the global ecosystem so that all startups throughout the world have the opportunity to succeed.

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Sep. 24, 2015

Canyon County Co-op Comes to Life

by Marissa Lovell

Big ideas grow in the Boise Valley everyday. Sometimes, those ideas must be uprooted and replanted in a greener meadow. That is the course taken by the Canyon County Co-op, who has gone from seeding a dream to cultivating a reality.

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Mar. 26, 2015

We Built This Fort

Photo by Jess Flynn

A slew of Boise companies, organizations and individuals came together to stand up Hackfort2 and 'build this fort' for the developers, creatives and tech talent to learn, share and be inspired to their role in the larger Plan of Boise