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8 Websites That Will Help You Learn Coding Basics for Free

By | Aug 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

So you want to start creating websites of your own? Or maybe you just want to get better at editing your own WordPress theme. Is it possible that you just want to start building sites from the ground up? You’re likely going to need…

Reports & Rankings


The Most Well-Funded Startups By State

By | Feb 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

Have you ever thought, “What is the most well-funded startup in North Dakota?” I’m guessing not – unless you happen to live in North Dakota and have a startup. Aside from South Dakota, what are the most funded startups by state? We tend to…



Boise Accelerator Collabortank to Provide Resources for Local Startups

By | Sep 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

A coalition of successful business owners and educators have joined forces to create Collabortank, a startup accelerator at Boise Hub co-working space for entrepreneurs. The Boise accelerator comes at a time when the city is starting to get national attention as a growing tech hub, recently ranked top 5…



Apple Acquires BookLamp, Final Amount Still Pending

By | Jul 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Late last week TechCrunch reported that Apple had made an interesting move to acquire Boise, Idaho based book startup BookLamp. The location of acquisition paired with the fact that Apple is buying a startup in the literature market are both causes to pay close…



Solar Roadways Is Exactly What It Sounds Like, And It’s Awesome

By | Jun 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Solar freakin’ roadways, man: that’s what people are already saying about Scott and Julie Brusaw’s company, Solar Roadways. You see, they’re the perfect amount of entrepreneur mixed with big dreamer, and they’ve invented a way to power homes, offices, and schools by turning our…


Celebrate Startup Tour


Boise’s Hottest Showcasing Startups Are…

By | Apr 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

On Wednesday night, we teamed up with develop.idaho for a Boise Mixer & Startup Showcase, and it was a fun night! It included the Best Pitch award determined by our live SMS poll and the pre-event Reader’s Choice online poll. Here are the winners: Boise’s…



StartupBoise: Energizing the Boise entrepreneur and startup scene

By | Aug 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

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…


Toasts and Technology at the Tech Cocktail Boise Mixer

By | May 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

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…

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…



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….



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…