October 2017

Collective Idea Honored with Business Leadership Award from the West Coast Chamber

By Sasha Wolff

June 2017

Collective Idea Named a Michigan Economic Bright Spot

By Sasha Wolff

May 2017

From Fortune 500 to Family Stores, Collective Idea covers wide range

By Sasha Wolff

April 2017

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch: Collective Idea

By Sasha Wolff

Holland’s Collective Idea among Michigan businesses to watch

By Sasha Wolff

Collective Idea Honored by State of Michigan

By Sasha Wolff

Collective Idea has been recognized as one of the 2017 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

January 2017

Collective Idea Expands Services and Offerings

By Sasha Wolff

Collective Idea, one of West Michigan’s leading software and digital product development businesses, started off the new year with two new hires. As the industry continues to grow in the region, so does the need for talented developers and strategists.

December 2016

Collective Idea Named 2016 Stellar Start-Up

By Sasha Wolff

Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 1, 2016 - Collective Idea is one of ten Michigan businesses named as a Stellar Start-Up by the BEST of MichBusiness Awards. The award ceremony, put on yearly by MichBusiness, is dedicated to recognizing companies and individuals who make Michigan a great place to do business.

October 2016

Michigan towns trying to catch up on broadband expansion

By Sasha Wolff

July 2016

Collective Idea expands Holland, Michigan office, adds jobs

By Sasha Wolff

Now hiring: Holland-area tech companies share recruiting tactics

By Matt Slack

June 2016

Holland-area interns hear why West Michigan is the place to be

By Sasha Wolff

April 2016

Collective Idea, Hope College Team Up To “Debug the Gender Gap”

By Matt Slack

October 2015

Collective Idea Adds Growth to Midwest Tech Environment

By Matt Slack

September 2014

GRBJ: Start Garden invests $20K more in high school coaching site

By Spencer Toth

Programax is a web application to help high school coaches motivate players and increase engagement. After approaching Collective Idea with the original concept, the app was developed, tested and the first customers were acquired within three months.

April 2014

Next Level Freelance: Daniel Morrison Case Study

By Spencer Toth

“Daniel Morrison started as a solo freelancer but got so busy he keeps hiring employees!” In the book “Next Level Freelance,” author, software engineer and ruby on rails developer, Jevin Maltais, interviewed a host of freelancers who turned their part-time technical work into successful businesses.

March 2014

WGVU Radio Interview: Pair Programming

By Spencer Toth

Jonathan Pichot, software developer at Collective Idea, talks about his experience pair programming during an interview with WGVU Radio’s Tech Talk.

February 2014

RapidChat: Jonathan Pichot

By Spencer Toth

Jonathan Pichot used to read Rapid Growth while at college in California. Now, he’s a professional developer working for Collective Idea in Holland and with the community through his local organization, Friendly Code. This self-taught programmer loves the way West Michigan fosters connections within the community.

November 2013

GRBJ: Health insurance is the new recruitment tool

By Spencer Toth

Edify North, a Holland-based employee benefits company, was looking for a way to incentivise their client’s employees to improve their health. Collective Idea developed a mobile app that collected data from scales and transmitted the data via bluetooth to an iPad where it displayed employee progress.

October 2013

Lifehacker: Make the First Person to Check Their Phone at Dinner Pay

By Spencer Toth

In general, if you’re out with company, it’s rarely if ever okay to check your phone during a meal or social gathering. The Downside App offers an idea on how to combat constant phone checking: make the first person to touch their phone pay.

May 2013

Rapid Growth: Put down the damn phone!

By Spencer Toth

Downside, a new app developed by the team at Collective Idea, makes a game out of not touching your phone. In a nutshell, the game begins when you are part of a group that is gathered and sitting with each other. You flip your phones face down, and the first person to pick it up loses.

March 2013

GRBJ: The Factory produces coLearning classes to meet demand for talent

By Spencer Toth

Dan Morrison, founder of Collective Idea will be teaching the first class of the coLearning program, “Intro to Ruby.” Ruby is the popular programming language for open source technology like Twitter and other apps.

September 2011

WIRED: Sideline: Tim Bugai's bookerapp.com

By Spencer Toth

Bookerapp.com began as an idea from an instructor at a local ski hill who needed a way to make scheduling ski lessons easier. The website made it to the Momentum Seed Accelerator program in Grand Rapids where it finished top of its class in a pitch to investors.

April 2010

Tech Cocktail Ann Arbor: Idea Foundry: Ruby, iPhone, iPad Dev Training

By Spencer Toth

Idea Foundry is the creation of Collective Idea which is a development group responsible for BreakThrough.com, YardVote and holland.org among others. Idea Foundry is also helping to support the Michigan technology and startup community by sponsoring our upcoming TECH cocktail Detroit mixer event.

May 2009

Rapid Growth: Showing the Ropes

By Spencer Toth

Owners of up-and-coming software design and programming firms are boosting their revenue by teaching the tricks of their trade to eager students – who may then go on to become something akin to competitors.

Holland Sentinel: Brain Storm - Entrepreneurs powered by Wi-Fi, caffeine fuel start-up boom

By Spencer Toth

Looking to the economic future of Holland, don’t necessarily think of G.W. Haworth building office panels in his garage or Ed Prince coming up with a better visor. Think Daniel Morrison and his business Collective Idea, a Web software developer.

April 2009

MLive.com: Holland companies hosting Tech Embassy to show off skills

By Spencer Toth

Idea Foundry, a creation of Collective Idea, was part of a dozen other companies who hosted Holland’s Tech Embassy: an even during Tulip Time to highlight local tech companies and have fun coworking together.

September 2008

WZZM 13: Web developers have more fun by the lake

By Spencer Toth

After traveling the country and providing training to employees at companies like Xerox and Disney, Collective Idea is luring clients back to the lakeshore for “hands-on training in a vacation setting.”