Tag: Startup

  • Startup Uses Crowdfunding To Get It Off The Ground

    Startup Uses Crowdfunding To Get It Off The Ground

    By Sharon Fisher | May 31, 2022 Pitch Aeronautics Inc., developing a drone that can perform high-altitude inspections more quickly and safely, launched its crowdfunding raise on May 31 on StartEngine, a crowdfunding platform geared to startups. The crowdfunding round, with which Pitch Aeronautics hopes to raise $1 million, is a follow-on from the $250,000 IGEM grant it received from the Department of Commerce in partnership with Boise State University in 2020, and will enable the company to develop a prototype model for demonstrations this summer, said Zach Adams, cofounder and chief engineer. “The people we’re competing with aren’t other

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  • What’s Nifty – And What Isn’t – About NFTs

    What’s Nifty – And What Isn’t – About NFTs

    By Sharon Fisher | May 17, 2022 It’s been difficult lately to avoid hearing about NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. It sounds like science fiction. Two people, without even knowing each other or their identities, could sell things to each other, including intangible items such as music or computer-generated art, safely and reliably, without having to worry about proving authenticity, currency conversion, or having any banks or governments involved with it at all. So what’s the problem? What does NFT mean? First, what is an NFT? Let’s break it down. “Fungible,” in the context of finance, means there isn’t any difference

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  • Startup Spotlight: SturdyAI

    Startup Spotlight: SturdyAI

    By Sharon Fisher | May 10, 2022 Every company knows stuff about its customers. Too much stuff. There’s so much material that it can’t be summarized into anything actionable. That’s where SturdyAI comes in. “We take all of the communications that a business has with its customer – support tickets, email, chats — organize them in one spot, and use artificial intelligence or natural language processing to extract relevant relationship triggers,” explained Steve Hazelton, founder of SturdyAI. The software “de-noises” the message stream and then uses robotic process automation to route information to the right people, such as sending happy

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  • What’s All the Chatter about ChatterQuant?

    What’s All the Chatter about ChatterQuant?

    By Sharon Fisher | May 3, 2022 You may remember, early last year, when stock in several companies – notably GameStop, but also AMC – suddenly boomed due to discussions on social media. A Boise startup, ChatterQuant, is working to capture such movements as they happen. The company already has 12,000 customers and won the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge pitch competition and at Hackfort. “We collect data on different social media platforms in real time to identify social sentiment around stock, positive or negative, then we extract price targets, what price people are buying or selling, and entry and exit prices,”

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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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