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Background on Tech in the Valley:
The Boise Valley’s technology industry dates as far back as the 1970s. In the early part of that decade, technology bellwether Hewlett-Packard established what would later become its LaserJet division in Boise, and introduced its first laser printer in 1980. Simultaneously, another Boise-based technology company, Micron Technology, was founded and has since grown to be one of the largest makers of computer memory in the world.

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With these two companies firmly anchored in the community, new talent poured into the region, and in the decade that followed, the Boise Valley welcomed numerous spinoff companies and start-up businesses poised to capitalize on the tech boom of the 1990s. Today, technology is among Idaho’s largest and fastest growing industries, and the Boise Valley is home to hundreds of high-tech businesses spanning a diverse range of sectors, from software and semiconductors to online services and nanomaterials.

Click here to download an in-depth brochure on technology in the Boise Valley.

"A Techy Boomtown"
In March 2014, TIME Magazine featured Boise as #1 region "Getting it Right".  As they explain in their feature called Red-Hot Town, "#1 Boise, Idaho: Once the gateway to remote mining camps, 
Idaho's capital has become a techy boomtown with a thriving cultural scene.  An economy boosted by megagrocer Albertsons, the multinational Micron Technology and the potato giant J.R. Simplot has helped jump-start a fast-growing real estate market." Click here to view the excerpt 

Want to get a taste of Boise's "techy boomtown with a thriving cultural scene"?  Check out www.GrowIdeasHere.com to watch video vignettes on 6 people who live and thrive here in the tech scene.

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 Idaho technology quick facts:

  • Over 48,000 workers in Idaho are employed in technology.
  • Between 2000 and 2010, the number of high-tech companies in Idaho grew by 61 percent
  • Statewide, technology accounts for 17 percent of all wages earned ($3.4 billion)
  • More than 4,700 of Idaho’s 65,000 establishments are technology businesses
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Below is a small sample of the many technology companies that are located in the Boise Valley.  Click here for a more detailed brochure on the technology industry.

Hewlett-Packard
The world’s largest technology company, HP established it printer division in Boise in 1973, immediately putting the Boise Valley on the map as a hub for technology innovation. The company’s first LaserJet printer was developed in Boise nearly 30 years ago, and since then HP has amassed a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. With more than 4,000 employees, Hewlett-Packard is one of the Boise Valley’s largest employers.

Micron Technology
Founded and headquartered in the Boise Valley, Micron Technology is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, and one of southwestern Idaho’s largest employers, with over 8,000 employees. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products.

WhiteCloud Analytics
WhiteCloud Analytics provides deep and proven expertise in the design, implementation and development of next-generation analytic applications for the health care industry.

MetaGeek
Based in Boise, Idaho, MetaGeek develops troubleshooting tools for wireless network administrators, including the award-winning line of Wi-Spy spectrum analyzers.

Keynetics
Keynetics is a premier inventor and developer of highly reliable and elegantly simple Internet businesses. The largest privately held technology company headquartered in the state of Idaho, Keynetics owns and operates several technology-based businesses, including ClickBank (one of the Internet’s largest online retailers) and Kount (a provider of highly-advanced fraud-fighting solutions for F100 retailers and payment processors).

Inovus Solar
Inovus Solar is a solar street lighting manufacturer that provides solar-LED lighting and solar streetlights worldwide. Since its founding, the company has filed 22 patents, installed systems in 11 countries, and created an industry solely designing and manufacturing products in Idaho. Inovus has grown 300 percent over the last year and is projected to continue at that rapid rate.

Clearwater Analytics
Clearwater is a foundational example of an Idaho success story, starting with its launch in Boise in 2004.  Clearwater Analytics provides web-based, investment portfolio reporting and analytics for 4,700 clients, including Google, Oracle, Cisco and Yahoo.  Today, the company reports on more than $650 billion in assets from its corporate headquarters in downtown Boise.  With 145 employees among the two downtown locations and their New York office, Clearwater Analytics is one of few companies hiring and gaining speed during the recession.

Balihoo
Founded in 2004 in Boise, Idaho, Balihoo is an emerging leader in the rapidly growing Local Marketing Automation space.  By automating local marketing with software and services, Balihoo gives national brands unprecedented control over local marketing execution and the ability to control the customer experience closer to the point of purchase. Averaging nearly 300 percent revenue growth for two consecutive years, Balihoo employs over 50 people in their downtown Boise offices, and counts among their clients such outstanding brands as Geico, Kohler and Aflac.

CradlePoint: Founded in 2004, CradlePoint has deployed a half-million systems, with products certified and promoted by major worldwide carriers. As an industry leading 3G/4G Network Solutions provider for primary connection or redundant network failover, CradlePoint supports a broad range of markets.  Their Boise office houses around 100 employees.

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Clark Krause
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