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Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Great Falls Development Authority
- Hackers turn attention to American universities
Recently, hackers have been targeting universities around the country, forcing many higher education institutions to reevaluate their security standards.
- Target exec's departure puts spotlight on CIOs
CIOs from companies in all walks of business --from retail to banking and drug discovery-- are using the Target breach as a rallying point to call attention to their struggle and garner additional funds and manpower to fight digital threats.
- Time for Senior Managers to Get Serious About Cybersecurity
Simply throwing more money at the problem isn't likely to fix it. Many billions are invested every year in cybersecurity, and still hardly a week goes by without news of a major breach.
- Improve Decision-Making Through Peer Experiences
If this group is something you are interested in, apply today.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Today's TED Talk Philip Evans: How data will transform business
Philip Evans has a bold prediction for the future of business strategy -- and it starts with Big Data.
- Predictive analytics puts a new twist on startup investing for San Diego's Correlation Ventures
It's no secret that venture capitalists are loving big data right now.
- Colleges use technology to promote student success
The goal is "use data to look at where students are now, where the pitfalls and opportunities are and how data can be used to improve learning and the collective student experience."
- Billy Beane Expects Big Things from MLB's Big Data Play
"There's some really, really bright people in this business. You can't do the same thing the same way and be successful for a long period of time."
- Learning from Analytics in Sports
In sports or business, analytics is a team sport.
- Video: 21st Century Montana Entrepreneur : Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana
This is one of several excellent videos by Content Monkeys http://www.contentmonkeys.com
- Entrepreneurship Club Presents: Paul Gladen - Blackstone Launch Pad - From Idea To Ideal Career, 3/11, Missoula
Come listen to this experienced and successful entrepreneur explain how to turn your dreams and passions into a career you love. All are invited.
Startup Weekend in Montana Communities
- Missoula, Montana's No.8 Wire Motorcycles Brings Treasures Back to Life
No. 8 Wire Motorcycles offers any kind of repair work from complete engine rebuilds through to complete 'cafe racer' conversions.
- How can 1 person thread drill pipes quickly? Chuck has the "Drill Pipe Handler"
With remote controls and stacking racks, only one person is needed to run the whole operation.
- Kickstarting startups at Missoula's Startup Weekend this Weekend 3/7-9
The weekend will be incredible.
- Startup Weekend Bozeman, 4/4-6, Bozeman, Montana
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers.
- Missoula Job Service Career Fair, 4/24, Missoula, Montana
After last year's roaring success--100 employers and training providers and almost 3,000 job seekers--the Missoula Job Service is thrilled to announce the 2014 Western Montana Career Fair--the largest regional hiring event of the year. With a much improved economy--Don't Miss It.
Incubators and R&D
- Montana Tax News You Can Use
Tax credit available for land owners who allow access to state lands
- UM research continues despite national funding cuts
Compared with other schools of similar size, the University of Montana has largely avoided devastating cuts to research dollars that plague the rest of country.
- A Rocky Mountain high for some tech start-ups - Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association
"I was impressed with the maturity of the companies and amount of traction" they are getting."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Tiered certificates at Montana 2-year colleges to speed students to workforce
"This grant is really focused on providing workforce development and training opportunities centered around energy development and advanced manufacturing across the state."
- Why Teaching Entrepreneurship Keeps Kids in School
Founder and CEO of Build http://www.build.org/ Suzanne McKechnie Klahr discusses teaching entrepreneurship to disadvantaged students on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."
- Montana Girls STEM Collaborative opens new mini-grant cycle April 1 March 5, 2014
Mini grants are designed to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations in order to encourage girls to pursue STEM-related educational programs and careers.
Montana Education Excellence
- Colleges Need to Act Like Startups -- Or Risk Becoming Obsolete
Universities that excel at preparing students for a creative economy prioritize the same three things that drive successful startup cultures: density, shared resources, and community.
- Girls who play with Barbie may not see their full career potential
Playing with Barbie can limit a girl's view of her own career potential, compared to that of boys. Playing with Mrs. Potato Head doesn't have that same effect, according to researchers at Oregon State University.
- These resources will help you pay for your child's college education
Many students (and their parents) are unaware of these options.
- Think MBA Students Are Arrogant? Blame Their Narcissistic Teachers
"If you want less narcissistic business grads, it might help you to hire less narcissistic faculty."
- Does eliminating late registration raise retention rates in college?
By preventing students from entering a class they're unlikely to complete you're actually supporting those students in more positive ways than you're hurting them."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Upgrades give MSU faster, more mobile-friendly computer network
At the heart of the ongoing series of improvements to the computer systems is a new network core that has a capacity of 100 gigabits per second, the engine driving future network expansion.
- UM misses out on money after performance-based funding instated
"What's frustrating is we know we have a system put together that is flawed," Ressel said. "We've drawn the short straw and ended up being the losers in the deal."
Funding and Building your Business
- Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Provides $2.4 Million for Montana Statewide Online College-Prep Curriculum
"Dennis and Phyllis Washington are pleased to complement the efforts of Bill and Melinda Gates to advance the first implementation of EdReady in the nation," said Mike Halligan, executive director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. "The Washingtons believe that Montana's children must achieve at higher levels if they are to fulfill their own dreams and strengthen America. EdReady will provide students with the resources to accomplish their goals."
- MSU's biggest donor Norm Asbjornson also gave to dark money group
"This is the first time I've heard about this," Cruzado said, when asked about Asbjornson's ties to Western Tradition Partnership after Wednesday's University Council meeting.
Energy and Climate Change
- Hire Slow, Fire Fast
This approach is more compassionate than the alternatives.
- Apple's smackdown of climate skeptics is the latest in a new wave of corporate responsibility
Cook's outburst is an emotional example of the way some businesses are finding it easier to resist the corporate orthodoxy espousing shareholder welfare.
- Maximizing shareholder value: The goal that changed corporate America
The belief that shareholders come first is not codified by statute. Rather, it was introduced by a handful of free-market academics in the 1970s and then picked up by business leaders and the media until it became an oft-repeated mantra in the corporate world.
- Assistance for Business Clinics - Various Montana Cities and Dates
This hands-on clinic is specially designed to assist New & Established employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals & lawyers by providing a broader understanding and/or steps to implement the latest changes to various law, rules and regulations.
- The 35 Habits That Successful Entrepreneurs Use To Get Things Done
Being productive as an entrepreneur is no easy feat.
Connectivity & Communications
- Tesla will have a $35K car that can go 1,000 miles on a single charge by 2020
Wait, let me correct myself. I expect that by then, cars will be driving themselves. Our robotic assistants will have all the fun.
- Susan Crawford on Why Our Internet Access Is Slow, Costly and Unfair
How our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest -- rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition putting us at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.
- Small Towns Can Have Big Internet Access
Even rural communities around the globe are finding that they do not have to be left in the dust, if they adopt and adapt this technology.
- MTA Announces ConnectMT™ Gigabit Goal for Montana Schools, Libraries and Anchor Institutions
So what are we doing today to ensure that our schools, libraries and anchor institutions have access to high-capacity broadband connectivity?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Most nonprofits in Utah run by women
"Women are more often drawn to opportunities where they can envision themselves or their organizations helping people in need, giving a voice to those who are not being heard, serving the community more broadly, and overall making a difference in people's lives," the study states.
- Two Computer Scientists That Met At Stanford Are Conspiring Against LinkedIn - Conspire
Conspire could become one of the most useful email add-on products ever.
- Allegiant to Offer Nonstop Service from Kalispell and Great Falls to Los Angeles
"With out ultra-low fares and great vacation packages, we're confident the community will enjoy the convenience of this new service."
- Low cost carriers drop average flight cost during one of the busiest times of the Bozeman airport's year
Low cost carriers have led to legacy carriers like Delta and United lowering their fares, as well.
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