Gear & Gadgets

Boise

Boise’s Integrity Ballistics Innovates in Ammunition

By | Nov 21, 2012 at 9:00 am

Integrity Ballistics is a startup in a unique industry: ammunition. The Boise company produces a “less lethal” round of ammunition for a 12-gauge shotgun. Less lethal rounds are used in certain circumstances, like law enforcement and animal control. Invented by CTO Joe Kolnik, their…

Gear & Gadgets

Boise

earHero: The World’s Safest Earphones

By | Nov 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

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,…

Education

Boise

LaunchNest Will Offer Crowdfunding for Education Startups

By | Nov 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

The ed-tech industry has boomed as new startups seek to improve the process of educating students and preparing them for the workforce. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, in 2009, venture capitalists invested $150 million more into ed-tech firms than the previous year,…

Android

Boise

SlideKlowd Makes Presentations More Interactive

By | Nov 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

On any given day, 30 million PowerPoint presentations are given. Out of these presentations, how many are awesome? Not enough, according to Justin Foster, CMO of Klowd.com. That’s why the company developed SlideKlowd, a presentation platform. SlideKlowd offers an app for iOS and Android…

B2B

Boise

Increase Wine Sales at Restaurants with TipsForVino.com

By | Sep 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

When Mathieu Choux recognized that his restaurant’s servers needed wine training, he saw an opportunity to use technology for a specific industry niche. The solution he developed was a comprehensive online program intended to help restaurants improve their customer service and boost wine sales….

Culture

Boise

7 Ways to Build a Culture of Innovation: Lessons from Startup Weekend Idaho

By | Jul 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The last day of Startup Weekend gave teams the opportunity to make their final push in developing a minimum viable product. After a busy workday, participants returned to the University of Phoenix to hear from Dr. Evans Baiya, president of Evastrategics Inc., an intellectual…

Entrepreneur

Boise

4 Ways to Win Investors: Lessons Learned from TechLaunch 9.0

By | May 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Early-stage financing is an essential part of helping entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas. That’s why IdahoTechConnect, a non-profit that focuses on the development and commercialization of technology, created a business pitch competition called TechLaunch. This annual competition teaches entrepreneurs how to pitch their ideas to…

Events

Boise

Manage Your Incoming Calls Better with the Mobile Receptionist App

By | Mar 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

If you’re an app developer, getting your app approved by Apple is a big deal. Their vetting process is super strict – for a reason, of course – but it can also be really frustrating to play by someone else’s rules. After all, entrepreneurs…

Entrepreneur

Boise

Boise Poised To Tackle Problems Facing Many Tech Startup Ecosystems

By | Apr 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

For the second year in a row, Tech Cocktail traveled to Boise, Idaho to participate in develop.idaho, a half-day conference focused on software development hosted by the Idaho Technology Council (ITC). Nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise has a lot to…

Events

Boise

14 Highly Creative Startups Showcased in Boise Tonight

By | Apr 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

Tonight, Tech Cocktail will host our 2nd mixer in beautiful Boise, Idaho, home to an emerging startup scene, as part of develop.idaho 2012, presented by Perkins Coie.  This half-day, industry-led software event, hosted by the Idaho Technology Council, was put together to promote and support…

Location Based Services

Boise

Businesses: Get More Customers in the Door with the Hot or Cold Game

By | Apr 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

Remember Hot or Cold? Not the Katie Perry song, but the kids’ game: you hide something and help the seeker find it by telling her if she’s “hot” or “cold.” Well, now you can play it on your iPhone – or, for businesses, you…

Events

Boise

iO DuPont: Engineering Cycling Innovations Since 2004

By | Mar 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

If you’re a big-time cyclist, I bet you are familiar with Boise, ID-based iO DuPont, which develops high-end technology products for the cycling industry (and beyond), including PowerCordz, the world’s only synthetic fiber bicycle control cables that are super popular among professional racers. Founded…

Social Good

Boise

Kristi Saucerman of Auction Frogs: “There Is No Absolute Balance” between Work and Personal Life

By | Mar 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

As founder of Auction Frogs, Kristi Saucerman is constantly dashing around, multitasking, and doing lots of juggling. But it all boils down to one purpose: “Kristi’s passion, dedication, and commitment to help others drive her both personally and professionally and is the heart and…

Software

Boise

Startups: Illustrate Your Company History with Timeglider

By | Mar 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

For startups, your About page can be the trigger for journalists contacting you or customers feeling engaged and inspired by your mission. Instead of a boring block of text, try building a timeline with Timeglider. A startup itself, Timeglider emerged when two cofounders were…

Startup

Boise

Visualize Wireless Network Data with MetaGeek

By | Mar 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

What if understanding and analyzing your Wi-Fi network were as easy as pie? With MetaGeek’s latest innovation, it can be as easy as a pie chart. At next week’s Tech Cocktail Boise event, the MetaGeek team will be displaying their latest software development. Eye P.A. is…

Events

Boise

Sawtooth Ideas, Your Marketplace For Woodworking Plans

By | Mar 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Oftentimes we don’t find the business ideas, they find us.  At least that was the case for Russ Whitney, Sawtooth Ideas founder and CEO. “I wasn’t looking for a business idea in woodworking, I just happened upon it.” After leaving his job at Microsoft in…

Events

Boise

Oh Boise! 13 Innovative Startups at Tech Cocktail Boise Tonight

By | Apr 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Security, sustainability, and streamlined workflows are some of the themes at Tech Cocktail Boise tonight. From a service to keep your kids safe to a web security wonder, you’ll find companies to keep all of your important assets protected. Lawns can look amazing this…