TechKi

Devoted to stories on technology companies in the Boise area

BOISE, ID – It’s the heart of charitable giving season.  Charities hold gala events to raise money for their causes.  Many hold silent auctions.  That’s where one Hidden Springs woman comes in.  She thought those auctions could be run better.  So she founded a company called Auction Frogs to host them online.

Bobec Apps – Hot or Cold?

Nov 26, 2011

BOISE, ID – Remember the kid’s game Hot or Cold?   If you’re getting closer, you’re getting hotter.  If not, you’re getting colder.  A group of young Boise area professionals want to update that game for the smart phone age.  They plan to submit their I-Phone version of Hot or Cold to Apple Friday.  Scott Ki profiles one of the creators behind the app.

BOISE, ID. – A lot of homeowners use a timer to automatically water their lawns.  But, a Meridian company wants to change that.  Baseline Systems makes a moisture sensor that turns sprinklers on or off.  In fact, this high tech product will be used to keep the landscape healthy at the 9-11 Memorial Plaza in New York City.

Imagine growing a business with someone you’ve only met on the Internet. And, not seeing that person for years. That’s the level of trust that’s guided a Boise man as he launched Kayako with partners halfway around the world. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

The Greenhouse is about helping innovative companies grow. It’s something Boise Mayor Dave Bieter highlighted in his State of the City address last week.

Mayor Bieter: I’m happy to say seven companies are located in the Greenhouse and we expect over the coming year at least one of those businesses will graduate and be out on their own.

Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki visited the local business incubator to find out how far along these companies are.

Imagine you’re laid off after twenty years. That’s what happened to Eagle resident Barry Baker. But, he turned that setback into an opportunity to reinvent himself. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, Baker’s created a software program called Portfolio D-M that launched this week.

Imagine playing with kittens in Idaho while you’re quaffing a brew in Munich. Or trying to grab a prize out of a machine in Beijing while sitting in Boise. As Boise State Radio’ Scott Ki reports, a local company called Apriori Control has the technology to make these applications possible.

Chemistry and Computer Science – each subject on its own is arguably one of the tougher programs at any graduate school. Combine them and the result is likely even tougher. But researchers at Boise State University have successfully bridged the two disciplines. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, they teamed up to develop “Dock-o-matic,” a software application that streamlines the process of modeling potential drugs.

In today’s installment of Tech Ki, Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki talks with the founders of Tsuvo. Sort of sounds like a small country in Asia doesn’t it? But it’s a web site development and internet marketing firm that also develops cutting-edge software.

If you’re in Boise and have a great idea for a technology or other start-up company, what do you do? In previous stories, we mentioned a couple of groups that can help like Tech Boise and the Idaho Technology Council. In today’s installment of Tech Ki, Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki talks with Kickstand, an organization that supports entrepreneurs and innovators in any industry.

Look up while walking the streets of downtown Boise at night and you’ll see them everywhere – streetlights. But the basic design of the ubiquitous electric street light and those that illuminate parking lots and other areas haven’t changed much in oh more than 100 years or so. One Boise company hopes to radically change that. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on Inovus Solar.

Some tech entrepreneurs will tell you they had a vision of how to make the world a better place. Others will build a product to fulfill a need or to improve on what’s out there. MetaGeek is a Boise tech company that really wanted to make things simpler. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, it found a niche and keeps on growing.

Business incubators are known to nurture start-up companies so they become successful on their own. In Boise, the WaterCooler is one such incubator. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki takes a tour of the WaterCooler to see how it’s doing more than two years after it was established.

Like tech companies we profiled in the past, Toumetis is another that has several key executives that used to work at HP and Extended Systems. It’s much smaller than Cradlepoint or Balihoo, but you expect that from a start-up that’s been in operation for less than two years. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki has this report.

A number of technology companies are headquartered in Boise, yet very little is known about them. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on Cradlepoint, a company whose products help people and companies stay connected wirelessly.

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