Have a Great Startup Idea? Don't Move to Idaho. Here's Why.

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Idaho just decided that they prefer employer happiness over employee happiness. This is bad news for startups. HR/Benefits

Sorry Idaho, Employee Noncompetes Are a Scourge

Hunter Walker

NYTimes Conor Dougherty covers the use of employee noncompetes in Idaho as a weapon in the conflict between local existing companies and startups. What’s crazy about Idaho’s law is how far it tips against the individual. As Conor writes, Idaho “shifted the burden from companies to employees, who must now prove they have “no ability to adversely affect the employer’s legitimate business interests.””


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The Idaho Family Business Keeping the West Wild

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Southeastern Idaho's Cowboy Cordage has become the go-to source for the ranchers and rodeo stars whose livelihoods depend on a well-made rope

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Zeitgeist Half Marathon in Boise, Idaho

Feld Thoughts

I ran the Zeitgeist half marathon yesterday in Boise, Idaho with my friends Pam Solon and Mark Solon (Pam kicked our asses). I love America. It was a cold and icy morning with a beautiful blue sky. The course is hilly – a long two mile hile at mile 2 and then a one mile hile at mile 8. But following each hill was a corresponding downhill so that evened things out. The most awesome thing about a half marathon is at 13 miles you only have 0.1 mile left, not 13.2 miles.

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Why Country Girls Everywhere Can't Get Enough of This Sassy Idaho Shop

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Cheekys Brand has tapped into a lucrative, overlooked market with apparel and sassy slogans appealing to country dwellers

Episode 19: Time Tracking and Maximizing Profits with Matt Rissell

Mike Michalowicz

Matt Rissell is the co-founder and CEO of TSheets, an Eagle, Idaho-based technology firm that provides online, GPS-powered time tracking for companies with hourly employees. Show Summary. Matt Rissell, co-founder and CEO of TSheets, joins Episode 19 of the Profit First Podcast.

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Moore runs wild in Appalachian State's 47-20 win over Idaho

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Jalin Moore rushed for a freshman school-record 244 yards, and Appalachian State beat Idaho 47-20 on Saturday night

Why the Southwest is Best for Business

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Businesses in Idaho, Texas, and Utah report being happiest for everything from starting a business to hiring and taxes

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No. 15 Duke women defeat Idaho 74-68 in Cancun Challenge

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

15 Duke over Idaho 74-68 on Thursday at the Cancun Challenge CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Azura Stevens scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No.

Appalachian St wins 6th in row, beats Idaho 45-28

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — Taylor Lamb passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns as Appalachian State fought past Idaho twice in the early going to defeat the Vandals 45-28, running its win streak to six game BOONE, N.C. (AP)

I’ve Found Nirvana

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I’m off to run the Zeitgesit Half Marathon in Boise, Idaho with my friends Mark and Pam Solon. My twitter stream this morning had a conversation between Kara Swisher and Chris Sacca about a TED video from Jill Bolte Taylor. Kara recently had a TIA (minor stroke) and wrote about it.

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Appalachian State grabs 3 INTs in 37-19 win over Idaho

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

The New Job Search


In fact, Van Maren runs the Miss WA USA, Miss WA Teen USA, Miss Idaho USA, and Miss Idaho Teen USA pageants. Most recently I was a co-emcee for the Miss Idaho USA 2013 pageant. The Miss Idaho USA 2013 pageant needed someone to co-emcee with me.

What are the top VC firms and angel groups in Seattle/Portland/Vancouver (or Pacific Northwest area)?


Eastern Idaho Angel Group – Rexburg, ID ( [link] org/idah… ). The Pacific Northwest has some of the best and most active angel groups in the country (and I say that coming from New York!) Check out: Alliance of Angels - Seattle, WA ( [link] els.com/ ). Bellingham Angel Group - Bellingham, WA ( [link] els.com/ ). Boise Angel Alliance – Boise, ID ( [link] iance.com/ ). Northwest Energy Angels – Seattle, WA ( [link] s.com/ ).

Buffett, Zuckerberg & the Meeting of Billionaires

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s annual conference in Sun Valley, Idaho has a billionaire guest list. Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel, and Warren Buffett walk into a room in Idaho… It's not the start of a bad joke, just a glimpse of the guest list for Allen & Co.'s Allen & Co.'s

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Survey: Best States for Small Business

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Best & Worst States When the results were in, it turned out that business owners ranked Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah as the friendliest states for small companies. A new survey of more than 6,000 small businesses determines which areas are most inviting for entrepreneurs.

What I Learned From The First Time I Was Fired

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Idaho spuds appeared magically in 50 pounds boxes and ended up in a dank, gross storeroom. I was fired from my first two jobs. Here’s the story of one of them, which first appeared as part of LinkedIn’s My First Job content package. Those were the last two words I heard from my boss after working for six months at Potatoes, Etc., my first real job. I smirked, immaturely threw my apron at her (I was 15 years old after all), and slammed the door on my way out.

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Want Your Startup to Succeed? Stay Home


But what if you live in, say, Idaho and you have a great idea for a new company? And for the same amount of money you will probably get higher quality people onboard in Idaho.”.

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Lending Club vs. Prosper

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Following are some of the states that do not permit loans through Lending Club: North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Idaho & Maine besides others. Whether you are a borrower or an investor, you obviously want to make a choice that augurs well in the long haul, offering you outstanding interest rates. Both Lending Club and Prosper are best in the business and offers excellent value proposition to their members. Lending Club holds an edge over Prosper but only in terms of volumes.

Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

Steve Blank

The banks lobbied regulators in Louisiana , New York , California, and Idaho and soon they were issuing injunctions forcing PayPal to delay their IPO.

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How to Act Like a Startup, Even When You're Not

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Andrew Propst, EO Idaho President, Park Place Property Management, CRMC Fuel competition. "We Just because you''ve grown into a big company doesn''t mean you have to let go of your roots Being an entrepreneur means never having to be corporate.

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Orphaned mountain lion cubs moved to North Carolina zoo

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Two of the three orphaned mountain lion cubs discovered in southeast Idaho in January have a new home — a zoo in North Carolina — but the third did not survive being tranquiliz

Why Most Businesses Lose Customers (And How to Keep Yours)

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A Big Mac in Boston tastes exactly the same as a Big Mac in Boise, Idaho." The average small business loses half its customers within three years. Here are four things you can do to beat those odds. The average small business loses half its customers within three years.

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Made in USA: 6 Companies That Came Home

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” Companies like Buck Knives in Idaho are recognizing the true marketing potential of a stamp that reads “Made in U.S.A.” Manufacturing in America is hardly on the way out. In fact, it's just beginning to come back.

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For the Best Sunsets and the Fastest Job Growth, Look to the West

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The states with the fastest payroll increases this year will be North Dakota , Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon, the report predicts.

Want Your Startup to Succeed? Stay Home


But what if you live in, say, Idaho and you have a great idea for a new company? And for the same amount of money you will probably get higher quality people onboard in Idaho.”

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Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to deny President-elect Donald Trump the 270 votes needed to assume the presidency

Social Customer Service Metrics: 3 Case Studies

Duct Tape Marketing

Daniel Matthews is a freelance writer and musician from Boise, Idaho. Social Customer Service Metrics: 3 Case Studies written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. photo credit: Flickr. How has marketing changed thanks to social media?

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Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

Skype Small Business Profile: Wendy Kenney

Mike Michalowicz

WK: We have offices in Sitka, Alaska and Boise, Idaho and we have clients all over the country. In the olden days – you know, the 80s and 90s – if you wanted to do business, you had to live and work close enough to population centers so that you’d have an ample pool of clients.

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3 Things a CEO Should Never Delegate

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He presented some of these lessons in a fascinating 20-minute talk at the recent Dent the Future conference , which took place at the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho last month. If you think you can just hand off financing and investor relations to a specialist, think again.

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How to minimize customer acquisition costs

Duct Tape Marketing

Daniel Matthews is a freelance writer from Boise, Idaho. How to minimize customer acquisition costs written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. If it costs too much to bring in customers, you’re quickly going to find yourself treading water.

Trump opponents try to beat him at the Electoral College

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

BOISE, Idaho — Grassroots campaigns have sprung up around the country to try to persuade members of the Electoral College to do something that has never been done in American history — deny the presidency to the clear Election Day

Rural Broadband Necessary for Rural Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Philo Farnsworth, son of an Idaho potato farmer, came up with the key invention that enabled television — the video camera tube. It’s nice to see that people are recognizing that innovation isn’t always in Silicon Valley.

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13 states to share $10 million to cut land wildfire risks

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has announced $10 million for land restoration projects in 13 states in a strategy to reduce catastrophic wildfires

Dos and Don'ts of Boosting Your Productivity

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” Read more on The Fiscal Times: What a Big Supermarket Deal Means for Your Food Bill Why You Shouldn’t Send Your Child to An Idaho College Taxpayer Alert: Here’s How to Safeguard Your Identity That extra cup of coffee won''t always help you power through the workday.

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It's All About Ownership

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My wife and I did Glacier National Park all the way down through Idaho," Craft says. "I At craft brewery New Belgium, the beer flows freely and the company''s books are open for all employees--who are also owners--to see.

Where to Start a Business: Best Cities and States Report

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followed by Alabama, New Hampshire, and Idaho. A new survey asked small business owners to rank their city and state on business-friendliness. Which came out on top? A recent survey found that Utah (yes, Utah) is the most small business-friendly state in the U.S.,

Techstars CEO David Cohen is Starting a $150 Million Venture Fund

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According to the SEC filing, Cohen will be managing director of the fund along with Mark Solon, the founder and former manager of Boise, Idaho-based Highway 12 Ventures.

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Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

So after the stint in offshore manufacturing, Buck Knives returned 100% of their business to being made in Idaho. Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging.

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