Events to honor Boise tech startups on Thursday

Statesman staffMay 3, 2013 

Boise technology entrepreneurs and workers will gather Thursday for two back-to-back events intended to celebrate Boise startup-success stories.

The first event, Startups and Beers, will last from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crux, 1022 W. Main St. Matt Rissell, CEO of T-Sheets, will speak. T-Sheets is a local tech company whose growth has recently accelerated with deals with Intuit and Snap-On.

Live music from the Fiddle Junkies will entertain people while startup CEOs and entrepreneurs mingle.

Startups and Beers is sponsored by four Boise tech companies: Meal Ticket, Locate Express, Beacon Guides and VoxBright. Organizers say free beers will be provided to the first 50 entrepreneurs walking through the door.

The second event will begin immediately after Startups and Beers a few blocks away at the Water Cooler on 17th Street. It is Kickstand’s monthly meeting, which will feature Boise’s Michelle Crosby, founder of Wevorce. Wevorce was selected to participate in Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator incubator program, which led to $1.5 million raised in venture capital.

The cost is $10 at the door and includes two drink tickets plus light hors d’ oeuvres. Admission is free if you have never attended a Kickstand event. Networking lasts from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the presentation will last from 6 to 7 p.m., including a Q&A with audience.

“Everyone knows Boise is a great place to live and raise and family," said Doug Joseph, founder of Locate Express. "Unfortunately, not many people realize that Boise is also a wonderful place to start up a tech company. There’s incredible talent, creativity and spirit generated from startups here. We want to raise awareness within our community and let it be known that you don’t have to come out of Silicon Valley to create great technology.”

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