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Archive for the ‘Boise’ Category



Oct 11
Beers With Brad In Boise
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

On Friday November 4 from 4-6 pm, Highway 12 Ventures will host a special event featuring Brad Feld of Foundry Group at the WaterCooler in Boise. For those who saw Brad speak at Idavation a couple of years ago, you know what a treat this is. Brad is one of the most successful and outspoken VC’s […]

May 30
Boise State is Helping to Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Imagine making a hiring choice between two equally knowledgeable and credentialed individuals; both of them having an MBA, both of them doing well in the interview process, but one of them had just completed a prestigious, year-long mentoring and development program (and you had received positive references from the CEOs who had been mentoring this […]

May 10
Searching For A Co-Founder
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

An ad for a co-founder? Yes, that’s what this is. We have a close (and long) relationship with a very talented entrepreneur who is planning to launch an online startup in the global remittance industry and if possible, headquarter the company here in Boise. This founder has significant experience in global banking and is looking […]

Apr 27
TechBoise Open Coffee Club
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

When I spoke at develop.idaho last week, I announced that Ryan Woodings (Founder and CEO of MetaGeek) and I would be co-founding the Boise Open Coffee Club which we’ve since decided to fold under the TechBoise umbrella. TBOCC will occur the last Friday of every month at Cole Marr Coffee House in Bodo from 8:30-10:00. […]

Apr 24
OK Boise: Now What?
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

Last week, I was invited to speak at develop.Idaho 2011, the first annual gathering for Boise’s software community. From my perspective, the event was terrific as these things go. I saw lots of old friends and I was very encouraged by how many new (and younger!) faces I saw as 250 people showed up for […]

Oct 10
ITC Hall Of Fame Dinner
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

On October 27, The Idaho Technology Council will honor Ray Smelek & Dick Hackborn as the first inductees into the new Idaho Technology Hall of Fame. Ray Smelek – After a circuitous route landed him in Silicon Valley, Ray Smelek found himself in the early stages of the technology revolution and joined a fledgling company […]

Nov 16
Community Hours At The WaterCooler
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

A few years ago, I asked asked a very accomplished CEO what he most attributed his success to. Without even pausing he said “CASE”. “CASE”, I replied? “Right”, he said. Copy And Steal Everything. In the spirit of CASE, I’m borrowing a page from my friend Brad Feld’s playbook. I’ve spent the last few years […]

Jun 22
Balihoo Gets Toasted
Posted by: Mark Solon
 

About 18 months ago, we invested in a Boise-based company called Balihoo which has developed an insanely slick web-based local marketing automation solution. Their platform allows local affiliates of national franchises the ability to customize and fulfill all of the franchise’s creative materials across all mediums including in-store collateral, direct mail, email, television, radio, online, […]

May 04
Local Knowledge vs. Outside Perspective: Cage Match
Posted by: Glenn Michael
 

Last week, the Boise Chamber of Commerce hired a professional from Washington DC to be the new CEO for the Chamber.  I certainly wish this person the best, but believe his unfamiliarity with the people and business of the Treasure Valley will put him at a disadvantage for a period of time versus hiring a […]