Malcolm Hong is a writer and tech advocate with a passion for innovation. He’s connected to entrepreneurism and technology through his work managing the activities of the Idaho Technology Council, the state’s largest member-driven association that fosters the growth of Idaho’s tech ecosystem. Originally from Hawaii, Malcolm quickly realized that Idaho does a great job of growing startups, not just potatoes. Follow Malcolm on Twitter: @IDTechCou

 

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MONTAJ Aims to Become the Instagram of Video

For the average user, editing videos on a mobile device can be a tedious and time-consuming process. Videographers Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long wanted to help users overcome these challenges and creatively tell their stories using video. That’s why they created their mobile app,…

Deals of Scale is Reinventing the Common Coupon

The global coupon industry has reached an all-time high and since its inception more than 125 years ago, coupons have evolved from traditional newspaper cut-outs into new digital formats. In a busy marketplace where an increasing number of consumers are looking for ways to…

Boise Makes Progress on Building a Stronger Tech Talent Pipeline

When Frank Gruber, Tech Cocktail’s CEO, visited Boise last year, he commented about the positive momentum taking place in making a Boise a business-friendly place that can grow successful companies. Many tech-based startups have an urgent need for new software professionals, which is why…

StartupBoise: Energizing the Boise entrepreneur and startup scene

The best entrepreneurial communities provide an abundance of opportunities to collaborate, network, and share expertise. Boise, the City of Trees, has a lot to offer upcoming startups, but to take the city to the next level of entrepreneurial activity, this fertile ground needs to…

Reading Glue: Providing Reading Strategies That Stick

The ability to read is the foundation that helps children unlock nearly all other learning. However, literacy rates in America show an urgent need to help children improve – experts estimate that almost 40 percent of US 4th graders are not even at a basic…

Zalp Leverages Social Networks to Streamline Employee Referrals

It’s well documented that employee referrals are one of the most valuable recruitment sources for any organization, yet can often be an underutilized resource in a company’s hiring efforts. Zalp, a SaaS-based social employee referral solution, seeks to change this dynamic through integrating an easy-to-use…

Toasts and Technology at the Tech Cocktail Boise Mixer

Tech Cocktail hosted its fourth Boise Mixer & Startup Showcase on Wednesday, April 17th at Boise State University’s Stueckle Sky Center, along with our exceptional Boise Ambassador Martin Hambalek, IT director at Memjet and Software Alliance vice chair at the Idaho Technology Council. The event allowed us…

NetCamps: Streamlining Camp Administration to Help Coaches

Through his experience as a staff member at an NCAA Division 1 University, Chris Chattin saw the challenges from dealing with thousands of pieces of paperwork, scattered payments, and complicated records. He felt there was a better way to manage camp administration, which is…

TeamBuildr: Creating a Cyber Locker Room for Sports Team Success

One of the most important aspects in creating a successful sports team is consistency. That’s why TeamBuildr, an online strength and conditioning tool, plays an important role in helping team members make steady progress towards goals. TeamBuildr was conceived when its founders, Hewitt Tomlin…

Wufasta™: The Premiere Prize Portal for PC and Console Gaming

The popularity of online video games represents a lucrative opportunity for consumer brands to target players, but it’s challenging to reach out to this audience in an authentic, non-intrusive way. Wufasta™, a rewards platform for PC and console gaming, helps brands gain access to this market…

Performance Demand Marketing: The Pandora of Education

A successful college education is one of the quintessential American dreams, and there are great opportunities to take advantage of the booming U.S. market in post-secondary education. Performance Demand Marketing helps colleges with their mission through improving the process of linking educational institutions to…

Angel Aire: Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes With Dignity

According to the Cremation Association of North America, more than 40 percent of families choose cremation, and that percentage is anticipated to approach 60 percent in the next 12 years. Scattering ashes after cremation has become popular because it helps people ritualize their grief after the passing…

Life’s Scribe: Features Like Dictation Software Make Journaling Easy

Whether it’s celebrating getting your product to market, winning your first round of venture capital, or even getting your startup promoted through Tech Cocktail, being an entrepreneur means you’re going to create treasured memories. But as every entrepreneur knows, it’s often difficult to find…

GoGo Labs: Transforming Classrooms into Living Games

Since recent Pew Internet Reports show that up to 97% of all teens play video games, it’s little surprise that game-based learning is seen as a promising way to transform education. GoGo Labs, a disruptive learning technology lab, seeks to enhance learning by providing…

earHero: The World’s Safest Earphones

People love being connected to their devices through earphones, but being plugged in has its disadvantages – a report this year revealed that the number of headphone-wearing pedestrians seriously injured or killed near railways or roadways has tripled within six years. That’s why earHero,…

WebWaitr Cooks up a User-Friendly Solution for Online Ordering

Ordering food from restaurants through smartphones, tablets, or computers is a convenient option that’s gaining traction in the marketplace. However, the costs to implement mobile commerce technology acts as a barrier to entry for smaller restaurants. WebWaitr was created to equalize the playing field…