• October 28

    Your Presence is Requested November 4th, 4-6pm at the WaterCooler

    Posted on: 10/28/2011 11:09:01 AM | Comments (0)

    Girls, in the techie world - this is as close as we can get to an engraved invitation (ok, its not really, but we are going for drama and anticipation).....

    Brad Feld is coming back to Boise!  He will be here, next Friday, November 4th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the WaterCooler (1401 W. Idaho, Boise).  If you aren't familiar with Brad's outspoken nature and his entrepreneurial passion, check out the following:  Foundry GroupTechStars and his books Do More Faster and Venture Deals

    This is an opportunity not to be missed!  There is a $10 admission fee - don't let that keep you from coming though.  Your dollars are going to one of our favorite nonprofits Create Common Good.  If you don't know Tara and the crew, you are truly missing out.  They are doing amazing work with the refugee community.  Follow them on Twitter at (at)cre8commongood and (at)taravrussell.

    We have it on very good authority that Brad has a soft spot in his heart for women entrepreneurs.  How about it girls?  Make us proud and stop by for a few laughs, a good cause, the opportunity to meet Brad and to show the Valley that there ARE girls in tech and there are female entrepreneurs.  Who's with us?

    This is your chance to rally!




  • October 27

    Your chance to see and be seen

    Posted on: 10/27/2011 2:24:22 PM | Comments (0)

    By now we hope you realize that it is IgniteBoise 7 day.  If you don't have a ticket, don't worry.  The doors open to EVERYONE at 6:30 pm.  The show gets underway at 7:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre.  You know everyone will be talking about it tomorrow - get in on the action and and watch the show. 


    If you don't feel up to igniting, stop by the Boise Web Tech Meetup at the US Bank building downtown.  This month is all about Google Visualization API.  Find out more and RSVP here.  It starts at 6:00 pm.

    Its also that time again for TechBoise Open Coffee Club at ColeMarr in BODO.  It starts at 8:30 am, but please get there early to get your hot beverage of choice ordered so they can start on time.

    And just like that, within less than 24 hours, you can be seen at some of the coolest and techiest events in the Valley.






  • October 26

    A Reminder to Start Your Day With Girls in Tech Boise, November 2nd

    Posted on: 10/26/2011 7:03:40 AM | Comments (0)

    We are a week away from the Girls in Tech Boise breakfast.  Have you RSVP'd?

    Join us November 2nd, 8:00 am at the BSU Center on Main (1020 W. Main St, Boise - that's ground level in the Alaska Building) for a panel discussion on keeping your website content fresh.  Panelists include:

    Rochelle Delong, Consillio; (at)RochelleDelong on Twitter; provoking world peace by growing small business
    Jess Flynn, Red Sky PR; (at)jessflynn on Twitter; storyteller, ideator, paranoid pragmatist, (at)RedSkyPR co-founder, roamer, corgi lover, wanna be chesse maker & charceuterist here
    Krissa Wrigley, Girls in Tech Boise; maybe in 2012 Krissa will ge around to writing a Twitter bio; you can follow her (at)krissaw but she doesn't really really tweet; you can read her Girls in Tech bio here

    Have some helpful hints or tips and tricks you'd like to share?  Let us know!  Send them to Candace at candace.sweigart(at)wirestone.com.  
    Sere you in a week!
  • October 25

    Syringa Networks Invites You to Transition Your Network to Meet Tomorrow's Needs

    Posted on: 10/25/2011 7:25:14 AM | Comments (0)

    Join Syringa Networks for a free one day network and technology symposium on November 9th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Best Western Plus Vista Inn & Conference Center (2661 Airport Way, Boise).  The event is free but space is limited.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Register here.  For more information, contact Jennifer at (208) 229-6181 or jennifer(at)syringanetworks.net.

    Learn more about the technological trends affecting the industry and gain insights and perspectives from:

      8:00 am

    Registration & Continental Breakfast

      8:45 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
      9:00 am


    Julio Gonzalez, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

      10:00 am Break
      10:15 am

    Transformation of Voice Communications

    Steve Gleave - Metaswitch

      11:45 am


      Noon Lunch
      1:00 pm

    Cloud Computing

    Joel Pogar, Cisco Systems

      2:15 pm Break
      2:30 pm

    Ethernet Service Monitoring CFM/Y.1731

    Seth Higgins, ADVA Optical

      3:30 pm Break
      3:45 pm

    Smart Grid

    Rick Geiger, Cisco Systems

      4:45 pm

    Closing Remarks

    Rick McKinney - Vice President-Operations, Syringa Networks

      5:00 pm Closing Reception - Appetizers & Drinks


    Julio Gonzalez

    Principal Solutions Architect
    Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

    Julio Gonzalez is a product planner for packet optical networking at Fujitsu Network Communications. He is responsible for business development and product strategy on packet optical networking solutions. Julio’s role focuses on architecting specific solutions in response to customer requirements. Additionally, he spent many years as a network engineer and product support engineer where he worked closely with customers in troubleshooting, lab and field trials and engineering support. Prior joining Fujitsu in 1999, Julio served in the United States Army and left active duty service as a Sergeant. Julio holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Troy University in Alabama, and is CCNA and CCNP certified.     

    Steve Gleave

    Vice President of Marketing

    Steve Gleave is the Vice President of Marketing at Metaswitch Networks. Employing more than 600 employees worldwide, Metaswitch Networks is a leader in the US, helping service providers transform their networks and applications to IP. The company focuses exclusively on products and solutions that help telecom service providers streamline their networks, deliver revenue generating services and maintain competitive advantage. Born in the UK, Steve graduated from Bristol University in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has lived and worked in the USA since 1996. With more than 20 years experience working for equipment vendors, Steve has marketed and supported products at a roster of companies that includes Endace, SS8, Network Equipment Technologies, Ubiquity, Jetstream, Premisys and Newbridge.     


    Joel Pogar

    Product Sales Specialist
    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Joel Pogar is a Datacenter Product Specialist with Cisco Systems and has over 20 years experience working in complex IT environments.  He is a recognized technology expert and has appeared in numerous television interviews, published several magazine articles and frequently lectures at universities around the country.    


    Seth Higgins

    Sr. Director - Global Ethernet Applications
    ADVA Optical Networking

    As Senior Director of Global Ethernet Applications, Seth Higgins is responsible for strategic direction of ADVA Optical Networking’s Carrier Ethernet solutions for opportunities around the world. His team works directly with all major customers and manages ADVA’s Ethernet feature request process. Seth has over 17 years of telecom industry experience.

    Prior to ADVA Optical Networking, Seth was a service provider solutions engineer at Cisco Systems in global technical operations, fostering communication between customers and product development related to metro Ethernet, IP+Optical and IPTV quad-play applications. Previously, Seth was a network sales engineer at Sprint, designing and troubleshooting X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, Internet and IP-VPN services for nationwide business customers.

    Seth holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE #5762) in Routing and Switching, and a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional.


    Rick Geiger

    Executive Director - Utilities & Smart Grid
    Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Rick Geiger is Executive Director for Utilities and Smart Grid, on Cisco’s Business Transformation Team and has been with Cisco for 6 years. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Geiger was VP Engineering for GE Security in physical security, video surveillance and access control. Rick has in depth experience in the global utility market with more than 10 years as VP Engineering and Chief Technical Officer for Itron. Presently, Rick and the Smart Grid Vertical Team serve the US and Canada Utility markets with Secure, Resilient and Scalable network solutions for smart grid, advanced metering, distribution automation and utility telemetry. Rick is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Member of the Power and Energy Society.



  • October 24

    Take a Break for a BetterU Wednesday

    Posted on: 10/24/2011 7:27:11 AM | Comments (0)

    The team at Red Sky PR invites you to a breakfast featuring healthy smoothies and oatmeal and the opportunity to learn more about the Go Red for Women and BetterU programs.  Stop in any time Wednesday, October 26th between 8:30 and 10:00 am at the Red Sky PR office in the 8th Street Marketplace at BoDo (404 S. 8th Street, Ste. 400, Boise).

    You MUST RSVP to Jess Flynn at jessicaflynn(at)redskypr.com.  


  • October 24

    Girls in Tech Boise Pink is Seeing Red

    Posted on: 10/24/2011 6:42:26 AM | Comments (0)

    No, we aren't angry.  We are joining our friends at Red Sky PR to promote the Go Red for Women event November 3rd at the Boise Centre from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.  Go Red for Women is the national campaign of the American Hear Association to increase awareness of heart disease in women.  Did you know heart disease is THE leading cause of death for women?  Go Red for Women is inspiring women to take charge of their heart health - together we can change this statistic.  Watch for details on a breakfast for the Better U program this week too.

    You are probably thinking this sounds all well and good... for someone else, not for you.  You are young, in-shape, healthy (relatively), the world is your oyster and your whole is life ahead of you...the future is so bright that you have to wear shades (so to speak).

    We know.  We thought that too and then we saw a tweet by our good friend (at)jessflynn at RedSky PR (and one of our panelists for November's excellent Girls in Tech Boise breakfast meeting on keeping content fresh):

    A very personal  blog post for  - not to garner sympathy, but to inspire action & awareness  

    We went and checked it out and were blown away.  Those thoughts shared above?  We had them too.  What a powerful post!  Immediately, we reached out to Jess and asked if it would be ok to share her post here.  She immediately agreed.  Read, ponder, check out Go Red for Women and Better U and just maybe you'll want to schedule that check-up.    

    Without further adieu.... Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover.  


    I grew up as a tomboy, a wanna-be jock, a hyper-competitive point-me-at-the-goal-and-I’ll-run-over-anyone-to-get-there kind of gal. Needless to say, that competitive fire has followed me through my adult life and been the spark that helped me co-found a company and embrace the entrepreneurial moniker. But, I’ve also checked off the boxes on some other milestones.

    • Freshman 15 (& adult 20+)? Check
    • Aching joints as I entered my 30′s? Check
    • Speed demon rep slowing down a bit on the soccer pitch? Double check
    • Increasing pants sizes and a bit of mid-section softness? Check :-(

    Vanity drove me to suck it in, down Advil to compensate for muscle and joint strain & pain, avoid doctor appointments for the usual pains of getting older, and like many of my generational peers – try out various diets from time to time. Problem always was… I. LOVE. FOOD. I mean, I really love it. Heck, I’m a food blogger in my other life who espouses the wonderful attributes of bacon, charcuterie, cheese and pasta. Cutting back and being disciplined about what makes me happy? No way.

    Through it all, whenever I talked about getting in better shape – for vanity or other reasons – supportive friends, colleagues and peers always said ‘But you look great!’ or ‘You are so young and look even younger.’

    A wake-up call this week drove home the point that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

    As I blogged about earlier - Red Sky is a proud partner in this year’s Go Red For Women event on November 3 in Boise. We are helping to spread the word about the free BetterU program designed to makeover your heart and educate participants on heart healthy lifestyle.

    I’m a big believer in practicing what you preach, modeling behavior and never asking others to do things you wouldn’t. So when the program recommended getting a checkup from your doc to set baselines on your key numbers I sucked it up and scheduled an appointment I’d been avoiding.

    I’ve been having chest pain for several months. Dull, aching pain on the upper left side of my chest. It was easy to dismiss and ignore. I’m 35 and look alright for my age, what could be the matter? Yes, I’m stressed every day but who isn’t? Work by it’s nature is stressful and I’ve always thrived in that environment. But like I said in my last, now prophetic, post  - It always starts out like a normal day until… it’s not. There is always something more important that focusing on yourself…until you’re faced with no other option.

    I’m a 35 year old woman and as of two days ago I’ve been placed on high-blood pressure medication and ordered to make significant changes to my lifestyle. Two hours of poking and prodding, chest x-rays, EKG and a blood panel indicate the chest pain wasn’t something to dismiss. Apparently something – lifestyle, stress, diet, exercise, etc. is causing blood pressure to be significantly above normal and my heart is showing the strain (and showing signs of something delightful called Left Ventricular Hypertrophy)

    As I jokingly said to my doc when she checked my blood pressure… “So… you’re saying that scoring 100 isn’t a good thing in this case?”

    Um yeah, it’s not. I love to wear the color red & have a burnt orange alma mater, but landing in the dark orange/red category on the AHA blood pressure chart isn’t an accomplishment I wanted to claim.

    I’m embarrassed. I’m scared, ashamed and mortified that I’m finding myself in this position.

    But I’m also pissed off. That my ‘edge’ of being able to juggle stress and responsibility might have caused this. That my lifestyle of laissez faire could be contributing. That I’m having to make changes from what is comfortable. That I’m facing this right now in the so-called prime of my life. And – I’m definitely pissed at myself.

    Heck – I own Bacon chapstick and socks and am was trying to make it at home. And I bought a book about salt’s impact on global development. Now I’m having to follow some different rules of life

    • No caffeine (are you kidding me!)
    • Significantly reduce sodium intake (bye bye bacon obsession & cheese for a bit)
    • Reduce stress (um, what? How am I going to do that!?)
    • 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily (so my 90 minutes of soccer exertion once a week doesn’t count?)
    • Take BP meds and take my BP daily (I now own a BP cuff, I feel like my grandfather)

    But in the midst of my complaining and whining I’m extremely thankful for a number of things:

    • That through serendipity or dumb luck, being part of Go Red had this issue at the forefront of my mind and I acted on it.
    • That I’ve got the opportunity to make changes
    • That I have supportive friends, colleagues and family members who are supporting me in making the changes I need (It’s always good to have that friendly voice asking you if you need an exercise buddy to nudge you towards what you need to do.)
    • And that I can (try!) to put my shame and ego aside to share what I’m going through to try and help one more person to listen to their body and make changes to get heart-healthy.

    - Jess Flynn

    (P.S. A plug for an important event for our Valley – join Red Sky and all of the other community and national sponsors in Going Red for Women on November 3. Red Sky will also host a BetterU Breakfast meetup at our offices next week. If you’d like to join us please comment on the post and we’ll be in touch!)

  • October 19

    Key4Women Invites You to a Business Fair

    Posted on: 10/19/2011 6:04:58 PM | Comments (0)

    Make contacts, renew acquaintances and network with KeyBank's Key4Women event Thursday, October 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Capitol Key Center (702 W. Idaho, in downtown Boise).  The Business Fair is in support of the WCA.  For more information, contact Jolie Lambert at 364-8579.

  • October 18

    Start Your Day With Girls in Tech Boise, November 2nd

    Posted on: 10/18/2011 9:36:39 AM | Comments (0)

    That's right, Girls in Tech Boise kicks off the month of November with a breakfast meeting!  Join us for coffee, muffins, and other assorted breakfast treats Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00 am at the BSU Center on Main (1020 W. Main, Boise - aka the 1st floor of the Alaska Building).

    Fast on the heels of October's meeting about CMS, Girls in Tech Boise presents a panel focused on keeping your website and content fresh.  You asked for it, you got it!

    The panel will feature Rochelle DeLong of Consillio, Krissa Wrigley of Girls in Tech Boise and a team member(s) from Red Sky PR.  

    RSVP here (just select November 2nd from the drop down menu).  We plan to start right at 8:00 am so you can be back in the office at 9:00.

    See you for breakfast, November 2nd!
  • October 11

    Ignite Boise 7 Speakers Announced

    Posted on: 10/11/2011 4:27:23 PM | Comments (0)

    In case you have had your nose to the grindstone today, our friends at Ignite Boise released the speaker lineup for the October 27th event.

    Check out the topics and the speakers here.

    If you don't have tickets for the October 27th event at the Egyptian Theatre, don't worry!  The doors open to the public (ticket or no ticket) at 6:30 pm.  

    Prepare to be dazzled by your fellow community members as they Ignite Boise in 5 minutes and 20 slides!
  • October 10

    Hiring Smart & Landing Your Next Tech Gig

    Posted on: 10/10/2011 12:01:44 PM | Comments (0)

    Foursquare, Facebook, Tagged, BranchOut and many others need and want talent.  Are you their talent?

    Tomorrow, October 11th, Girls in Tech Global and Tagged are holding a talent recruiting event in San Francisco that you don't want to miss.  But, San Francisco, you ask?  No, we aren't chartering a bus, plane or train and hitting the road or skies - although that would be cool.  No, this is even better.  They are going to livestream the event.  As soon as we have more details, we will let you know.  At the VERY least, they will be tweeting and blogging the information.  Follow (at)GITweet for some of the live tweeting.

    Now is your chance to be a fly on the wall (so to speak) and listen to the panel from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PT:

    •  Moderator: Forbes, Kym McNicholas
    • Panelist: Tagged, James Takazawa -- VP of People Operations
    • Panelist: Facebook, Sarah Wagener -- Executive Staffing Manager
    • Panelist: Foursquare, Morgan Missen -- Head of Talent
    • Panelist: BranchOut, Rick Marini -- Founder & CEO

    Stay tuned for more information.....



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