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…

Gear & Gadgets

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

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,…


WebWaitr Cooks up a User-Friendly Solution for Online Ordering

By | Nov 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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…


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,…


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 That’s why the company developed SlideKlowd, a presentation platform. SlideKlowd offers an app for iOS and Android…


Increase Wine Sales at Restaurants with

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….


Follow and Fund: Crowdfunding for Higher Education

By | Sep 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Pursing higher education is one of the quintessential goals of the American Dream, but for many students, skyrocketing education costs have acted as a major barrier to entry. To make higher education more affordable for anyone, Follow and Fund was created to help students…

Gear & Gadgets

SymbeeStars: A Bright Innovation for Intelligent Consumer Lighting Systems

By | Aug 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

When David Ortega developed his intelligent lighting system, he took his inspiration from the stars. The product he created, SymbeeStars, is an incredibly diverse lighting system that is the first of its kind in the consumer space. SymbeeStars are intelligent wireless lights controlled with…


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…


5 Ways to Optimize Your Startup Team: Lessons from Startup Weekend Idaho

By | Jul 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

On the second day of Idaho’s fourth Startup Weekend, doors opened at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Phoenix for the teams to reconvene and work on their product. At the end of the day, they gave an update on their projects and discussed…


3 Ways to Showcase Your Passion and Inspire Others: Lessons from Startup Weekend Idaho

By | Jun 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

One of the most important elements of a tech ecosystem is the level of collaboration that takes place in the community. That’s why Startup Weekend, a global event in which participants pitch their ideas, form teams, and build a viable product in only 54…


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…


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…


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

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…


Create Customized Mobile Apps With Affinity Amp

By | Apr 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

Small businesses are constantly hearing about all the things they have to do – you have to have a mobile website, you have to be active on social media, you have to create compelling content to share with your target market, you have to…