Social Good

Sunlution Aims to Make Solar Power Cost Efficient and Global

By | May 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Jeff Roth, founder of Sunlution, has worked in the power utility and solar photovoltaic (PV) industry most of his life. Through his experience, Roth noticed a need for lower-cost solar PV products that made solar power more practical. Roth has already filed a utility…

Social Good

Conquer Child Sexual Abuse with Speak Your Silence’s P2P Fundraising

By | Apr 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Nonprofit Speak Your Silence is tackling a tough issue: child sexual abuse. Their platform, Outspoken, lets supporters raise money to fight it and to rally others to public support with marathons or events. Proceeds fund a free counseling program for victims of sexual abuse. Below, CEO…


Mobi2Market: Marketing Services for Small Business

By | Apr 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

James Blackburn is a small business owner and an entrepreneur. With Mobi2Market, his goal is to give businesses access to the marketing services that big corporations have, without putting them out of business. Mobi2Market, the company he started with his son Mike, helps businesses…

Social Good

Social Good Network Helps Nonprofits Get More Donations

By | Apr 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

According to the Social Good Network, about 47 percent of people who go to donate to a nonprofit end up giving up. That’s a lot of lost money that the Boise startup wants to put in the hands of worthy causes. Social Good Network’s offerings…


Smart PJs, ‘World’s First Interactive Pajamas’, Wins Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startup

By | Apr 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

When you were a kid, was there anything more satisfying than your onesies?  Hint: nope.  Pajamas own that soft spot in your heart by combining comfort, self expression, and positive association.  Smart PJs, winner of last night’s Hottest Showcasing Startup – Boise, wants to…


Tips for Vino: A Look at Mathieu Choux’s Online Wine Classes

By | Apr 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Tech Cocktail covered Tips For Vino’s launch in September, and we wanted to check up on Mathieu Choux’s creation. The site offers an online wine class for servers that promises an instant surge in wine sales and better trained staff. “Guests have an expectation…


Slow and Steady: Boise’s i-KPI Software is Proud to Be a Tortoise

By | Apr 14, 2013 at 10:00 am

Founded in 2009, i-KPI Software is still plodding along determinedly to improve the manufacturing industry. Their app, FactoryKPIs, lets manufacturing executives monitor processes and deal with issues on the go from an iPhone or iPad. Below, president John Nichols shars his slow-and-steady, persistent approach…


Silverback Learning Solutions Uses Data to Help Students Succeed

By | Apr 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Dr. Jim Lewis, CEO of Silverback Learning Solutions, Inc., wanted to create an education technology program that centers on the success of educators and provides a clear picture of a student body. To help educators perform at their highest and most well-informed levels, Lewis…

Social Good

Donate to Charities in America: One4All and Jason Hausske’s Mission

By | Apr 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

“One4All was started because of two core beliefs” explains Jason Hausske, founder. “The first is that we live in a world of latent good and many of us want to do more good. Second, anyone can be a philanthropist; not just billionaires.” Hausske found…

Who is Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startup? [Poll]

By | Apr 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Founded in 1864, Boise, aka The City of Trees, ranks as the 101st largest city in the US (according to the 2011 census) and was voted the #1 city for men in 2013 by Men’s Health.  These are all facts I pulled from Wikipedia….


Performance Demand Marketing: The Pandora of Education

By | Feb 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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…

Gear & Gadgets

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

By | Feb 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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

By | Feb 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

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…



By | Jan 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Boise State University, along with other research universities, has officially launched GoGo Labs, a startup company that developed educational gaming platform 3D GameLab. GoGo Labs founder Dr. Lisa Dawley, a national expert on learning environments and a former professor and chair in Boise State’s…


An Evening of Startups in Boise

By | Dec 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm

On Thursday, November 8th, there were two Tech Cocktail events taking place in very different parts of the US. While one was taking place in the nation’s capital and the other one was far west, in Boise, Idaho, the two events had much in…


GoGo Labs: Transforming Classrooms into Living Games

By | Dec 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

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…

Startups & Apps

From Woodworker to Entrepreneur: An Interview with Boise’s EZInlays

By | Nov 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

EZInlays is targeting a very niche audience: woodworkers. They build tools and templates that help woodworkers put decorative inlays on their creations, like a bear on a dresser or a rose on a dining table. Below, founder Kurtis D. Leatham explains how he went…