Category: Recruiting

  • Four Boise-based Startups Hope For Funding

    Four Boise-based Startups Hope For Funding

    By Sharon Fisher | June 16, 2022 With a return to in-person events, Trailhead held a live Pitch Night on June 7 in Boise, with four Boise-based startups looking for funding. The event didn’t feature “winners” as such, but enabled the founders to present their companies to a variety of people in the startup ecosystem who could help them develop further. Here are the four founders and what their companies do. Ryan Bokan, Prima Medical Prima Medical is pattern recognition software that helps assist doctors in treating atrial fibrillation (AF), said founder Ryan Bokan in an email message. It was

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  • Next Week’s Capital Connect Conference to Look at ‘Boomerangs’

    Next Week’s Capital Connect Conference to Look at ‘Boomerangs’

    By Sharon Fisher | April 19, 2022 The focus during next week’s eighth annual Capital Connect conference, produced by the Idaho Technology Council (ITC), is going to be on Idaho companies – not just the ones looking for early rounds of funding, but what ITC founder and CEO Jay Larsen calls “boomerangs”: companies that appeared as early-stage startups several years ago and are now returning after major investments or exits. “Boomerang” companies scheduled to present include StuKent, VisitPay, LiveFree Emergency Response, Lovevery, and House of Design. VisitPay CEO and cofounder Kent Ivanoff spoke at a Capital Connect conference five or

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  • Capital Eleven is Bullish on Boise

    Capital Eleven is Bullish on Boise

    By Sharon Fisher | April 12, 2022 If you’ve been reading about startups investments in Idaho during the last couple of years, a new name has started popping up a lot. It’s Capital Eleven, a Meridian-based seed stage investment company with a portfolio of more than 30 companies, mostly Boise-based startups. “We’re nontraditional when it comes to venture investment, and we took a nontraditional path to get here,” said Travis Hawkes, managing partner. Where Capital Eleven comes from The company started 13 years ago, when Hawkes and his partner David Gardner, from Idaho Falls, decided to formalize their arrangement they

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  • Recap: 2022 Develop.idaho Conference

    Recap: 2022 Develop.idaho Conference

    By Sharon Fisher | March 8, 2022 ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ and ‘designing for delight’: the 2022 develop.idaho conference by Sharon Fisher Watch the Conference on the ITC YouTube Channel  Now in its 11th year, the develop.idaho conference from the Idaho Technology Council (ITC) is usually thought of as referring to software development. But this year’s hybrid conference seemed focused on development in a larger sense – the development of Idaho startups, the Idaho tech ecosystem, and even the development of individual Idaho entrepreneurs as people themselves. ITC CEO and founder Jay Larsen started out the conference by

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  • The New Normal of Idaho Tech Recruiting

    The New Normal of Idaho Tech Recruiting

    By Sharon Fisher | March 1, 2022 Between the Great Resignation, the work-from-anywhere world brought to us by COVID-19, the housing bubble, and the booming economy, Idaho companies are facing sticker shock when it comes to hiring new employees. COVID put a damper on hiring, but that’s over, said Allison Bruce, partner and vice president of marketing for TalentSpark, a Boise-based recruiting agency, with businesses continuing to grow and employees leaving or retiring. So now there’s a hiring backlog. “We have had more job requests from companies in December and January for software engineers than we had in the 18

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