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Facebook turned me down (when I applied for a job). It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure. Brian Acton, on Twitter, when he was rejected for a job at Facebook in 2009. Facebook announced last week that it was buying WhatsApp, the company Acton founded, for $19 billion.
TODAY! - Big Data Alliance Meeting, 2/25, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- TecNet February Event, 2/27, Billings, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4906
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- Security And Privacy Are Entrepreneur Opportunities
There is a real business opportunity here for startups.
- Here's why the government wants a national data breach law
The faster people are aware of a breach, the sooner they can look for suspicious activity on their accounts.
- University of Montana speaker Dan Wagner, founder and CEO of Civis Analytics : Big data brings new tools to elections, education, more
The old method of spending millions of dollars running flashy campaign ads and cold-calling voters was upended in 2012 when a team of big-data scientists found a new way of doing business.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Debate ISP Classification, but Bring on Bandwidth Abundance
Competition, or even its threat, moves us toward bandwidth abundance.
- Google Fiber: Portland looked like a loser, but years of work may now pay off
"Google's approach is you need to do all these things to be broadband friendly. So we started down that path," said Mary Beth Henry, director of Portland's office for community technology.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Bozeman Backpacker hostel to offer affordable lodging to travelers
"There's always a need for low end of the market, the most affordable option and that's what we're offering."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Current jobs with Arrow Solutions Group - Executive Help Desk Specialist- CAD Drafter- System Administrator - Software Developer
Arrow Solutions Group (ASG) is Montana's only specialized IT & engineering staffing and recruiting agency, connecting IT professionals and engineers with companies in Montana, Wyoming, North & South Dakota.
- Reseeding brownfields: GFDA uses EPA money to make six projects happen
"We've spent about $1 million and have about $280,000 left in the revolving loan fund to clean up buildings or property for redevelopment throughout Cascade County," said GFDA President Brett Doney. "We love the Brownfields program because it helps put underused and vacant commercial property back into productive use."
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 16 stories for the week of 2/23/14
Lots of congratulations to go around this week!
Come Home Montana
- Healthcare slow to get on board with Business Intelligence
More than half of healthcare organizations have yet to implement business intelligence systems. And with shifts toward pay-for-performance, that could leave their bottom line open to financial hits.
- Dallas Museum of Art Trades Memberships for Data
Anderson says the data he's gathering helps him pitch deep-pocketed donors that the museum depends on.
- Klout's Joe Fernandez: How a Math Mediocrity Became a Social Ranking Guru
The six-year-old company analyzes more than 15 billion pieces of data every day and computes more than 100 million scores.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Manager, Chief Marketing Officer - Montana Department of Commerce
Are you ready to tell the Montana story?
- Montana Career Opportunity - Manager of Software Development - PrintingForLess
We are doing big things.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Technology Technician Tech 1 - Blackfoot Telecommunications
Seeking a full time IT Tech 1 in our Bozeman office who has a positive attitude and thrives and enjoys a fast paced, high-octane environment.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Support Analyst - MSU Bozeman
MSU Bozeman Support Analyst In AuxIt at MSU-Bozeman!
- Spare The Excuses, Come Strike Up Some New Connections!, 2/27, Missoula
Our upcoming social event for e-club members and community members alike.
- U Of M Entrepreneurship Club Hosts Ed Wetherbee - Old Sawmill District, 3/4, Missoula, Montana
From concept to construction, hear Ed Wetherbee explain the process of transforming an uninspired stretch of land in the middle of Missoula into a bustling shopping district.
City Club Missoula
- USKH Expands into Montana, Opens Eighth Office in Billings
USKH professionals offer architecture, engineering, surveying, GIS, landscape architecture, environmental and planning services to public and private clients.
- City Club Missoula Forum - Raising The Next Generation Of Healthier Missoula Kids, 3/10, Missoula
The March City Club Forum features a presentation by Let's Move!
- Gazette opinion: New teacher in Montana governor's office
Angela McLean wasn't an obvious choice for Lieutenant Governor, but she may prove to be a great choice.
- 2013 Achieving the American Dream State Ranking Report - How Does Your State Rank
"The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." - James Adams, The Epic of America
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho Commerce director pitches new tax incentive
What if Idaho allows companies that hire new, well-paid employees to recoup up to 30 percent of their income, sales and payroll taxes after they've proven to have met expansion promises?
- Idaho's reputation hinders recruitment of talented young workers, but sexuality is just one of several issues, tech leaders say
"In terms of the rest of the nation, it's comparatively unwelcoming and unfriendly,"
- Gov. Butch Otter: We must focus on priorities -- education, economy
Our focus must remain on advancing practical, measured and sustainable investment in the recommendations of my public schools task force, advancing K-through-career goals for workforce development, professional-technical training and higher education, and ensuring that Idaho remains a safe harbor of fiscal responsibility in a sea of government deficits and debt.
- Boise call center to lay off 1,600 workers in April
Maximus Inc., operator of a Boise call center that has held job fairs to hire workers as recently as Jan. 25, now says it will lay off most of its workers two months from now.
- Stanford's StartX among region's key university incubators
Getting into StartX is now almost as fiercely competitive as getting into Stanford itself.
- Oregon's Sad Focus on 'Happiness'
"You have to wonder about the rhetoric of happiness," suggests economist Bill Watkins, who predicts the state won't be back to 2007 employment levels till next year. "You need jobs for people to be happy, you would think."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World
The most prominent Bitcoin exchange appeared to be on the verge of collapse late Monday, raising questions about the future of a volatile marketplace.
- Lt Gov McLean aims to strengthen Montana early-childhood education
"Right now Montana is one of nine states that does not have early childhood (education)," she said. "We know that there's a significant return on investment for states."
- Can early computer science education boost number of women in tech?
"If we want to hire the best software engineers in the world," says Jocelyn Goldfein, a Facebook engineering director, "how can we be confident that we're doing that when we're drawing practitioners from only about half the available talent pool?"
- In a First, Women Outnumber Men in Berkeley Computer Science Course
Berkeley isn't the only university making improvements in this area.
- The Wrong Way to Close the Education Gap
If we want to succeed in raising achievement levels, here's how:
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Haas School of Business Has an 'Unconventional' Plan to Attract Students
If the series helps the school win a future war for talented MBAs, it may someday make for an interesting case study of its own.
Montana Education Excellence
- State Farm Insurance has awarded the MAPS Media Institute $7,500 to fund the continuation of MAPS "Give Back" program.
"Throughout the relationship with MAPS students and staff, the creativity, completed work, and testimonials by beneficiaries has been nothing short of exemplary and far exceeded proposed outcomes." Daniel Losk, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist
- New MSUB Foundation leader Chuck Wendt 'looking forward to getting in with both feet'
"He's a real experienced guy and I think everybody who talked to him on the phone, looked at his credentials and finally met him when he was here agreed he was right for the job." MSUB Chancellor Rolf Groseth
- Sunburst students national finalists in Samsung science competition
"Given the fact the whole (elementary and middle) school of Sunburst is 107 students, any school we compete with is larger than our school," Bloch said. "We're competing against charter schools and high schools."
- Montana State University names Jerry Sheehan new chief information officer
"I look forward to joining the Bozeman community and plan on enjoying the beautiful mountain views and the opportunity to engage with the great minds at MSU."
Funding and Building your Business
- Helping the homeless in Olympia - Small World, Big Idea
In a few cities, "micro-housing" is close to sheltering populations of the chronically homeless.
Connectivity & Communications
- User-friendly ways to build mobile websites
Individuals and small businesses now have new, user-friendly ways to create websites that are ideal for today's go-go world of mobile devices.
- 6 Invaluable Lessons for Startups From Stanford's Famed Design School
For those that can't decamp to Stanford to learn these skills firsthand, the team at Main Street Hub have shared some of the secrets of their success.
- What Does WhatsApp's Success Say About Advertising?
WhatsApp - ads will never appear and no data will be collected.
- This Man Says He Can Speed Cell Data 1,000-Fold. Will Carriers Listen?
Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that's about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn't share it with anyone else.
- Analyst: Google Fiber Could Put Carriers Out of Business
"People are hungrier than ever for faster Internet, and as a result, cities across America are making speed a priority."
- Big Data, Big Questions
New technologies can't solve what are essentially political questions about power and rights.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- You Can Always Count on Montanan's To Do the Right Thing
This video ABSOLUTELY will make your day. With all the bad happening in our world, we need more of this!!!
- How to salvage data from a hard drive
Disk corruption and crashes have an ugly history of eating data. These tips can help.
- Say hello to Project Tango! Google shipping phone with 3D scanning!
The convergence is here!
- Volvo's concept Roam Delivery service brings your groceries right to the trunk of your car
This sounds like a win-win to us.
- Los Angles Launching First Bicycle Friendly Business District
Coming soon to Northeast Los Angeles: a "Bicycle Friendly Business District." The Northeast Los Angeles pilot project is expected to clear the way for a citywide program in 2015-16.
- Frontier announces nonstop flights from Denver to Missoula
The courtship process to bring Frontier to Missoula lasted several years, and Frontier's senior director of planning and scheduling said the fit appears to be a good one.
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