New Law

Lawyers are expensive.

Gary Allen, who has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years and partner at Boise law firm Givens Pursley, understands why.Read more

Where are they now?

Those who watch the entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank know one of the most interesting parts of each episode is when they feature updates on the businesses a year or two later. We’re taking a page out of their book and doing the same with the Boise companies we’ve profiled over the past year.

Let’s get started…Read more

Speed Racer

Kris Bloom has loved drag racing for as long as he can remember.

“I’ve been involved in drag racing since before I was born,” Kris says. “My dad was drag racing from when he was a kid until I was born. He took me to the races when I was a kid. I grew up around it.”

After learning how to code in the Air Force (more on that later), Kris decided to follow his passions.Read more

Friendly Competition

In 2008, while working as a developer for Clearwater Analytics, he realized a problem: Technical phone interviews. They were a mess of coordinating conference calls and screen sharing tools. Unlike a traditional phone interview, developer interviews required live coding tests to prove the interviewee was up to snuff. Screen sharing tools required additional software and setup, wasting time for both parties

Ben knew there was a better way.Read more


Law associate Chris Hoyd was starting a code school in Boise.

Software developer Matt Overall was also starting a code school in Boise.

So when Matt unknowingly stumbled on Chris’ Craigslist ad looking for instructors, it was kismet.Read more

New View

To say 2008 was a life-changing year for Brooke Linville and Dan Thurber is a pretty major understatement.

In August, their home was one of ten destroyed by the Oregon Trail Heights fire — a massive, fast-moving grass fire in Southeast Boise.

In September, their first son was born.Read more

Capturing Focus

“I realized around 2001 that TV news would be forever changed by the internet,” says Ed Vining, a sports broadcaster turned entrepreneur.

But the internet didn’t just change TV — it changed him too.Read more

Finding a Niche

To call Nathan Barry transparent is an understatement.

Barry — part entrepreneur, part teacher — has built his reputation as a blogger, software designer, app developer and author by not just being transparent, but radically transparent. (Each year he chronicles every detail of his business and personal life, including finances, on his blog.)Read more