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"If obedience, diligence, and knowledge are the only things you’re getting from your employees, your company will ultimately lose. So we have to move up the capability pyramid. Beyond expertise is initiative—employees who spring into action whenever they see a problem or an opportunity, who don’t wait to be told, who aren’t bound by their job description and are instinctively proactive." Gary Hamel http://matr.net/articl ... .html and http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Brad Feld, An Early Stage Investor, Co-founder Of Foundry Group, 7/6, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4209 --- IdeaMensch An Evening With A Community Of People Who Bring Ideas To Life, 7/13, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Department of Commerce, Special Events Grants Now Available
"Since its inception in 2002, the Special Event grant program has been able to provide $757,500 in grant money to 89 events across the state," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Preventing failure and 11 other tips for entrepreneurs
When there's a problem in the company: 1. Ask why this is happening 2. Find data and study it
Highway 12 Ventures
- New Tools: New Worlds of Learning 2012 Education Technology Conference | August 6-8, 2012
You don't want to miss this year's conference! Our theme is "New Tools: New Worlds of Learning" and will focus on mobilizing learning and exploring instructional uses of online tools.
- Sphero is Now Available in the Apple Store
If there is one place Sphero fits in, it's an Apple Store.
Come Home Montana
- Getting The Most--And The Best--From 802.11n.
Because 802.11n significantly increases top line bandwidth, it has been touted as a cure-all for high-performance streaming applications.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Director - Valley Bank- North Montana
The Marketing Director is responsible for the development and production of visual elements of creative concepts that support the Valley Bank brand.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Enterprise Content Management Supervisor - Glacier Bancorp, Inc. IT- Missoula
The IT ECM Supervisor's role is to supervise and maintain the organization's enterprise content management systems (ECM) through best practices and the appropriate staffing and management of the technical team.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Process / Design Engineer - Vesta-SiMatrix
We are an OEM manufacturer with a global customer base specializing in silicone medical devices and components. The position is at our south-western Montana manufacturing facilities located in Victor.
- University of Montana Field Notes Spring 2012
- Kayaking competition brings hundreds to Clark Fork shore in downtown Missoula
The push for the Max Wave is a perfect example of how kayaking is growing. Kathy Shelton, for instance, was born and raised in Missoula, and moved away for 30 years when she was 18. Two years ago, she got back to Missoula, and came to check things out Wednesday.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IS Programmer Analyst - Arrow Solutions
This position is responsible for developing and maintaining software applications for internal and external clients. Responsibilities also include automating and streamlining daily tasks for employees.
- Starting Entrepreneurship Young in Billings, Montana - Breeze Bars
Being in business for oneself requires "extreme optimism," as well as a strong sense of self confidence
- An Evening with Brad Feld, An Early Stage Investor, Co-founder Of Foundry Group, 7/6, Missoula, Montana
Brad Feld, an early stage investor, co-founder of Foundry Group (a Boulder, Colorado based venture capital firm) and a key leader in the growth of the Boulder startup community will join Montana Programmers to talk about creating & building Startup Communities.
- Montana: More Than Just A Kickass Vacation!
Montana entrepreneurs are leveraging the Internet's democratization of place to start the businesses of their dreams in an environment that encourages creativity and allows for an amazing work/life balance that's difficult to find elsewhere.
Regional Economic Development
- Hiring at the Student Assistance Foundation subsidiary on hold after loan servicing contract delayed
"We will continue to work closely with U.S. Department of Education staff on this project, "Jim Stipcich, president of SAF and Tru Student said. "We plan to use the time before our revised go-live date to fine-tune our efforts and continue to develop our other product lines."
- University of Montana Alumni Develop Many Successful Experiential Education Programs
University of Montana alumni with a passion for experiential education have created a variety of organizations serving students' profound desire to get their hands dirty and work, play and learn outdoors.
- Missoula-based Mamalode - Forget Airbrushing: Be Part of America's Best Parenting Magazine
Mamalode, published by Elke Govertsen and her colleagues in -- yes -- Missoula, Montana, is unbelievably different from the parenting magazines on most newsstands.
- Senator Tester unveils all-star lineup for his July 13 business workshop in Bozeman, Montana
Tester's Bozeman workshop builds on the success of his 11 previous small business workshops held across Montana. More than 2,000 Montana companies and individuals have attended the sessions.
- Missoula startup Submittable goes to Silicon Valley boot camp
"Developing in Montana really kept us out of the spotlight, gave us room to screw up, and it wasn't mind-blowingly expensive, so we could live on ramen for a year," he says. "I now think that Montana's a great place to start something insane."
Washington State Business
- Creativity Is the New Economy
At the worst of the crisis, in the first half of 2009, the rate of unemployment for the Creative Class barely topped five percent, even as the rate of unemployment for the nation crested over ten percent and the unemployment rate for blue-collar production workers surged above 15 percent or more. Creative Class unemployment is roughly four percent today, a little less than half the rate for the nation as a whole.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Spokane, Washington Nurtures Internet Startups With Global Reach
"We can tell young people they can stay here and not move. We have companies that are doing cool stuff here," Noyes said.
- The Rise of the Student-Entrepreneur
The path from student to entrepreneur is changing from sequential to concurrent.
- A Conversation With Bill Gates About the Future of Higher Education
"having a lot of kids sit in the lecture class will be viewed at some point as an antiquated thing."
- New Program to Help Teen Girls Pursue Tech Jobs - Girls Who Code
To bridge the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields, a new organization to start soon called Girls Who Code will work with girls ages 13 to 17 from underserved communities to help them pursue careers in technology and engineering.
- Evidence Mounts of Lasting Benefits of Early Education
"This simple calculation does not quantify additional savings from reducing school failure and delayed high school graduation, as well as their lifetime effects on earnings and employment and crime reduction," the report states. "This return could be increased by better targeting of children and better funding per child leading to higher-quality programming."
- Missoula, Montana based REPLIK8TR MakerSpace Opens Doors to Science Teachers and Invites Classes to Visit
In order to facilitate involvement I am offering high school science teachers free membership.
- TED Video: E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists
"The world needs you, badly,"
- New Automatic Translator Could End Language Barrier in Lectures
The professor has helped build a simultaneous-translation computer program that allows students to use a laptop to gain access to real-time translations of lectures as well as any slides or presentations that a professor might use.
Montana Education Excellence
- Idaho's school spending again ranks 50th in nation
"The fact is that we've been essentially disinvesting in children."
- MSU presents "Dinosaurs under Montana's Big Sky" at 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.
Montana State University and its Museum of the Rockies are presenting a public exhibit titled "Dinosaurs Under Montana's Big Sky," an interactive look at its world-class paleontology program.
- MSNBC profile: In Montana, small changes spur nation's biggest jump in college graduates
The story, by writer Jon Marcus, explores efforts being made at MSU and across the state to help students stay in school and graduate. As a result of those efforts, Montana is increasing "the proportion of its population with college degrees faster than any other state," according to the story.
- Angel Group Review
Angel investment is more geographically diverse than venture capital.
Funding and Building your Business
Energy and Climate Change
- Think tank: freedom, not pay, is best motivation
How do you incentivise your staff without paying them more money?
- Four Reasons You Should Care About Emotional Intelligence
While a variety of factors plays a role in the success of a business, there is one quality that stands out above others - emotional intelligence.
- The Startup Failure Boom, And What To Do When It Happens To You
There's going to be a dramatic spike in failures.
- Entrepreneur Smarts Comprise 8 Dimensions of IQ
Successful entrepreneurs always seem to have several good intelligences.
- Lawyers Get Smarter About Betting on Tech Clients: Equity + Deferred or Reduced Fees = Win Win for Entrepreneurs and Attorneys
"I charge a small retainer, and then defer billing until after the Series A" financing round of a company, the first funding from institutions, says Mr. Johnson. "I'll charge a special rate for start-ups, and in return I'll ask for equity of about 1%."
- Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Key Networking Activities
I have learned over the years that there is an etiquette to this process, just like there is for social networking. Here are a few of the "do's":
- 'Hackathon' at core of Facebook's office culture
By setting aside a day to let its engineers work on anything they want, Facebook aims to keep their creativity and job satisfaction riding high. In a sector where tech giants compete fiercely for top talent, that's key.
- 10 Team Building Actions That are Louder Than Words
Success in a startup is not possible as a "one-man show."
- Flatten Your Business, Raise Your Performance - Leaders: Tear Down The Walls
“I came in the day after I became CEO, and gathered the people. I told them tomorrow when you come to work, you do not work for me or for a boss. You work for your customer. I don’t pay you. They do. Every customer has its own factory now. You do what is needed for the customer.” But what if that's wrong?
- Tech companies compete fiercely for job candidates
"We're all competing against each other and against the headhunters."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Federal Court Decision Dooms Most New Coal Power Plants
A unanimous decision by a 3-judge panel affirmed a central 2009 finding of the EPA that greenhouses gases pose a threat to public health, clearing the way for applying regulations controlling their emissions to stationary sources and vehicles.
- Nexus Q -- It's Not an Entertainment Gadget, It's Google's Bid to Control the Future
Think of it as Google's answer to Apple's Airplay and Apple TV rolled into one spherical device, but with a key difference.
- IdeaMensch An Evening With A Community Of People Who Bring Ideas To Life, 7/13, Missoula, Montana
We promise you're going to walk away with at least five super valuable nuggets of information to put to use for your own idea. This isn't a networking event, but you're sure to meet some fascinating people.
- High-Tech Paint Turns Any Surface Into a Battery
The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries now found in many mobile phones and laptops may one day be sprayed like paint onto virtually any surface, potentially ushering in a new generation of thin, flexible devices, researchers say.
- Half of all new cars will be electric?
"In 20 years more than half of new cars manufactured will be fully electric," Musk said. "I feel actually quite safe in that bet. That's a bet I will put money on."
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