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Why Networking Is Not Overrated:


When I decided to launch StartupThreads, I needed to get companies on board each month to let me use their logo. The well of folks who I had met at conferences and meetups were the initial group I went ...


Cyber Security For The Small Business Owner, 4/27, Missoula:


Better Business Bureau serving Montana is hosting a special seminar that will take a fast-paced look at how identity thieves target local small businesses. If you work or live in Western Montana, ...


The newest Silicon Valley perk? Paid time off to protest Trump.:


Silicon Valley firms have long been known for offering a litany of employee perks: home-cooked lunches, free massages, climbing walls and dog-friendly offices. Now some are adding yet another incentive ...


Drone Experts to Offer UAS Training Course at University of Montana May 22-26:


The University of Montana Autonomous Aerial Systems Office and Sands Unmanned Aviation Training of Kalispell will team up to offer a Basic Unmanned Aviation Systems Training Course next month. Held ...


'We're close' --BBG Ventures President Susan Lyne on the future of women-led startups:


We sat down with Susan Lyne to discuss the evolution of the tech industry, a woman's buying power, and the challenges women face when pitching male investors. Susan is the President of BBG Ventures, an ...


How to Find Great Co-Founders for Your Startup -- Fast:




Boeing launches venture-capital arm:


Boeing has formed a small venture-capital division called HorizonX to capture some of the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of tech startups. Steve Nordlund, who previously headed InSitu -- ...


5 Ways This Gutsy Entrepreneur Got Mark Cuban's Attention in Minutes:




Jeff Bezos 2017 Annual Letter to Shareholders:


"Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?" That's a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I've been reminding people that it's Day 1 for a couple of decades. I work in an Amazon building ...


"Be in the Five" Webinars - How Business Owners Can Value their Businesses To Achieve a Successful Exit:


Rocky Mountain Bank http://www.rmbank.com is partnering with the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center http://www.montana.edu/mmec/ here in Bozeman and Strategic Value Advisors here in Bozeman to host ...


Food Biz Boot Camp Aka "How To Start A Small Food Business In Missoula" - 4/18-5/23:


Learn the ins and outs of creating your own specialty food business. The series will feature panels and professionals experienced in financing, fabrication, labeling, distribution, marketing, equipment, ...


Google just released Data Studio as a free product:


Google just released Data Studio as a free product, because we realize data is only important if everyone can share, read, and analyze it. https://www.google.com/analytics/data-studio/ Many thanks ...


Design Thinking Comes of Age:


There's a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn't about aesthetics. It's about applying the principles of design to ...


LinkedIn's head of recruiting explains why the first thing he does in every job interview is hand over a marker :


When LinkedIn's head of recruiting, Brendan Browne, interviews someone for a job, one of the first things he does is hand over an erasable marker and direct the candidate to a whiteboard on the wall. Richard ...


Your Company Impacts More People Than You Think:


As of this writing, there are no businesses that function without people. Businesses still require people to do the work (make the stuff, sell the stuff, service the stuff); people to buy the product ...


3 Things Every Powerful Mission Statement Has:


There are mission statements that are just for show and then there are these. By Minda Zetlin Co-author, The Geek Gap@MindaZetlin Full Story: https://www.inc.com/magazine/201704/leadership-mission-statements-into-sales.html *** ...


How Pre-Seed Stage Financing is Changing:


In recent years, further declines in the cost of bringing new software products to market has continued to alter the world of financing early stage software companies in three fundamental ways: First, ...


7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup:


Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one - someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. In a moment of crisis, ...


The Most Influential Books For Entrepreneurs:


Over the past eight years, we have asked thousands of entrepreneurs what the one book is they believed made the biggest impact on them as entrepreneurs. I usually end up buying one or two books every ...


How to Bully-proof the Workplace - "It is a problem, if not epidemic.":


n more than a decade of running The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, an executive coaching and development firm, partners Peter Dean and Molly Shepard noticed a rising tide of bullying in the workplace. ...


How to Bully-proof the Workplace - "It is a problem, if not epidemic.":


n more than a decade of running The Leaders Edge/Leaders By Design, an executive coaching and development firm, partners Peter Dean and Molly Shepard noticed a rising tide of bullying in the workplace. ...


Three Questions I Ask Every Job Candidate To Test Their Soft Skills:




Bill Sharks? Pro Negotiators Helping Consumers:




Learning about social entrepreneurship beyond the classroom:


Social entrepreneurship certainly isn't a new concept, but it is one that has seen new levels of interest in recent years. According to organization and management studies (OMS) Prof. Chitvan Trivedi, ...


5 Steps to Recruit Tech Talent to Your City:




4 Behavioral Interview Questions That Reveal What a Job Candidate Is Really Like:




Why More Tech Companies Are Hiring People Without Degrees:




Why Entrepreneurs Everywhere Should Stop Crafting Elevator Pitches:




Need investors? Prepare to exercise patience and kiss a lot of frogs:


Entrepreneurs often put years into building products and services, working to build expertise in their area. But they sometimes fail to focus on fundraising, even though it's crucial to success, said ...

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