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"Have had to explain to out of state clients, "Montana is a beautiful place to make extraordinary work." Decided tonight to take my tech company out of this economy. Good night Montana." Comment from Montana business owner on 5/25/17
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Montana Politics & Legislature
- Is it time to leave San Francisco?
All I do is work. I merely exist.
Early Edge Montana
- Greg Gianforte's slam drives home intersection of tech, politics - Tech Stand Up
"Back then he was great with reporters. He was always eager to talk to any reporter," says Mark Coker, who handled PR for Gianforte in the 1990s. "In his new world view, it appears he considers the media the enemy."
- Gianforte's victory after assaulting reporter reflects rising tribalism in American politics
Many right-wing intellectuals blame Trump for corrupting the conservative movement so much that Gianforte can get away with hitting a reporter:
- Most Montanans had voted before Gianforte incident with reporter
Final results show the Gallatin County was in favor of Cut Bank Democratic candidate Rob Quist, who earned a 14-point win in the Republican candidate's backyard.
- Gianforte may face extra scrutiny in D.C. after assault
"He didn't just poke the bear, he body slammed the bear."
- Washington Post Opinion - Gianforte's behavior was inexcusable. The House should not tolerate it.
"Inexcusable means inexcusable."
- The Lesser Part of Valor
Preston Brooks, Greg Gianforte, and the American tradition of disguising cowardice as bravery
- Billings Gazette opinion: Representative or not, it's still a matter of trust
Forgotten? It cannot be.
- When push comes to shove
If this doesn't worry you, we have bigger problems than Russia could ever dream.
- After Montana incident, fears of violence against reporters grow
CBS News reporter Barry Petersen has the story of how Montana voters, and top political leaders and pundits, are responding to the victory.
Energy and Climate Change
- Virginia lags behind in national push for Pre-K
Across the country, nearly 1.5 million children participated in state-funded pre-kindergarten in 2016 -- an all-time high -- including 32 percent of all 4-year-olds nationwide, according to the report.
Come Home Montana
- Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time
Forward Labs' design blends right in with traditional roofs, and it's made of monocrystalline solar cells with a higher density that other solar roofing options.
- National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings
Imagine a future where a building's energy comes from its windows.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing and Communication Manager - Montana West
Montana West is looking for a marketing and communication talent with an interest in economic development, community development and entrepreneurship.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network Engineer, Senior Network Engineer, Senior System Engineer, Business Consultant and more... - Honcoop Technology Services
Honcoop Technology Services offers a positive work environment that believes in encouraging our employees' growth through continuing education.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of University Relations and Communication, Director of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education, Lead Mental Health Counselor and more... - Montana State University Billings
Located in Montana's largest city, MSU Billings is a comprehensive regional university with an enrollment of near 5,000 students.
- UM's Pursue Your Passion Program Recognizes Female Student Participants
The program, a partnership between Blackstone LaunchPad and the Women's Foundation of Montana, strives to promote entrepreneurship as a viable career for students, including women, who represent a much smaller percentage within entrepreneurship than men.
- The Best Small and Medium-Size Cities For Jobs 2017
What makes for successful smaller cities?
- 10 Quotes From John F. Kennedy on Leadership and Personal Growth
The 35th president of the United States would have been 100 on May 29.
- Montana cyber security businesses Honcoop Technology Services and Pine Cove Consulting getting busier in the wake of global WannaCry virus
Some industry observers contend that the WannaCry attack would have been contained earlier if all computer users had properly updated their computers with antivirus software and updates, sometimes called patches, that are made available periodically.
- Husband and wife at MountainWorks Software create app for Montana anglers
Their app, called Montana Fishing http://www.emountainworks.com/MTFishing.aspx , overcomes that problem by making all its maps useable offline.
Come Home Wyoming
- Here's what happens to your body when you walk those recommended 10,000 steps
"If you look at it, if everyone did just 10,000 steps a day in America we would probably decrease healthcare budget by $500 billion a year and that shows how few people actually do it."
- This Is The Part Of Your Resume That Recruiters Look At First
If you don't have their attention in the first 10 lines, you probably never will.
- Failure doesn't have to be fatal
Mackay's Moral: Make your stumbling blocks your stepping stones.
- A 7-year-old girl asked Google for a job and got a personal response from CEO Sundar Pichai
Chloe Bridgewater, who lives in Hereford, England, has a little more drive than most 7-year-olds.
- Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Business Leader?
So what are the right attributes of an aspiring business leader or founder?
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Technology Systems Administrator/Technician - Pine Cove Consulting
Pine Cove Consulting, LLC is looking for a support systems technician to service entities in the Sheridan Wyoming Area.
- Wyoming Career Opportunities - Process Engineer and more... - Wyo-ben
Wyo-Ben was founded in 1951 and remains a privately held company headquartered in Billings, Montana, USA.
- Is Rural America The New Inner City?
Whether you look at median income or per capita income, the poorest places in the nation are rural and they are overwhelmingly white.
Incubators and R&D
- Senator Tester Announces $6.7 Million to Help Montana's First Generation College Students
"When we talk about being fiscally responsible and making good investments, Upward Bound is exactly what we're talking about," said Tester, a former teacher and School Board member. "These programs put taxpayer money to its best use, preparing the next generation to be productive, contributing members of the Montana community."
- Fake net neutrality comments need FCC action, group says
Concerns over fake comments posted to the FCC website surfaced following a report from tech website The Verge, citing people listed among commenters who claim they never submitted anything on net neutrality.
- Interior Secretary Zinke Defends Agency Budget Cuts
Public lands advocates say proposed funding is at odds with Zinke's professed conservation values
- Finland's basic income experiment is already lowering stress levels -- and it's only 4 months old
With that financial security comes additional benefits.
- The line of presidential succession, for dummies - 'House of Cards' Season 5 on Netflix today.
Fortunately our country's founders took every measure to furnish us with a thorough backup plan that would maintain governmental continuity well beyond Vice President Pence or House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), no matter how disruptive things get.
- The Noise That Helps You Sleep
A small study at Northwestern Medicine found that pink noise, low sounds like that of a waterfall, helped patients more easily reach deep sleep, the most restorative part of the sleep cycle.
- Can Virtual Reality Sessions Treat Chronic Pain? Stanford Doctor Yes
While studying virtual reality for conditions like severe anxiety, a welcome side benefit of that treatment: patients' chronic pain disappeared.
- The 25 coolest tech companies in Israel
Israel continues to produce an impressive number of highly successful tech companies for a country with a population of just 9 million people.
- Feds (Canadien) open competition for $950M 'supercluster' innovation program
The Trudeau government is opening the competition for its $950-million "supercluster" program that aims to bring together industry and academia as a way to lift the innovation economy.
- The Brooklyn Navy Yard's rebirth as a high-tech center
"People saw this as just, like, a rusted-out shell," Belt said. "When I came into this building, it was mind-blowing." He saw the potential immediately.
- A third of the nation's honeybee colonies died last year. Why you should care
Experts say this may threaten our food supply.
- The story behind Denver's most popular mobile app and why it needed to change
Denver entrepreneur Bryan Leach gave up a high-powered career as an international arbitration attorney to launch Ibotta, which has grown to be one of the most popular shopping apps. The company recently launched a reboot of the app from the ground up.
- Lendio offers leg up to new and growing businesses
South Jordan company Lendio is helping reshape the small-business loan market with a business model that matches borrowers with just the right lender to meet their needs.
- Gig economy is 34% of US workforce
The gig economy may be bigger than you think.
- Mark Zuckerberg calls for exploring basic income in Harvard commencement speech
In his Harvard commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg advocated exploring a system in which all people receive a standard salary just for being alive, no questions asked.
- NBC News Video - For Siemens and Other Companies, Apprentice Programs Seen as Alternative to College
When Siemens wanted to find U.S. workers to build gas turbines, only 15 percent of those who applied had the skills needed.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Casper City Council to consider laying off dozens of city staff, shuttering facilities
The budget includes the elimination of 17 staff positions and other departmental consolidation meant to save money in light of weak sales tax revenue and a discouraging economic forecast.
- How School Districts Could Be Laboratories of Improvement
Will states use their new authority to improve academic achievement, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural areas? The answer will affect public education much more than anything DeVos will do. State policymakers who are ready to rise to the challenge should do three things.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- How Finland Created One of the Best Educational Systems in the World (by Doing the Opposite of U.S.)
Every conversation about education in the U.S. takes place in a minefield.
- Our universities aren't earning the money we give them
They're inefficient bureaucracies, with bloated administrations and over-paid vice chancellors.
Montana Education Excellence
- A Celebration Of The Joy Of Life Of Peter Rosten - MAPS Founder - 6/3 - Hamilton, Montana
Please join Susan, Charity, Amity, Justus and Medellee in celebrating the life of Peter Rosten. Peter loved beyond measure and absolutely appreciated a good celebration. Lets gather together, share stories and honor this incredible person.
- Mentoring program succeeding in Bozeman schools
Carrie Hook said Tuesday that 55 percent of students in the CAP mentoring program are referred because of academics, but they later perform about equally to kids not in the program.
- Tuition increase passes for Montana University System
The increases are dependent on the school, increases range from 2% to 12%. Great Falls College MSU will see a 4% to 4.7% increase for full-time students. That will equate to about $125 per student per year.
- Judge: Montana School Choice money can help private school students
In writing the administrative rules for the program, the Revenue Department said an institution controlled by any church or religious sect could not be considered a "qualified education provider."
Funding and Building your Business
- America's Cities Are Running Out of Room
Everyone wants to live downtown, but only the rich can afford it. And it's getting worse.
- How 'sticky' Detroit locations and streets add up to a more lively downtown
The word "sticky" when applied to the urban design context has come to mean attractive and comfortable--the kind of place that makes people want to stay away and make return visits.
Connectivity & Communications
- 3 Reasons to Start Copying Your Competitors Today
You don't have to steal strategies or plagiarize work to learn from your competitors-find out how.
- 6 Ways to Build a Billion-Dollar Sales Machine
Skyrocket your sales with these hard-won strategies from an entrepreneur who's brought in $1 billion.
- Why Entrepreneurs Need To Keep Their Business Focused
Define no more than 3 to 5 goals and priorities.
- Startups raise cash with cryptocurrency
Such offerings are possible thanks to blockchain, the catchall term for a digital ledger that promises incorruptible storage of financial transactions.
- Louisville, Ky.'s Gigabit Experience Center Brings Fiber Connection Speeds to 'Network Connectivity Desert'
The center seeks to provide a comfortable coffee shop experience for the Russell neighborhood, where residents often lack access to high-speed Internet.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Tech's latest start-up: Anti-Trump activism
"I have never seen this kind of mobilization" in the tech industry, says Aghamirzadeh, a 58-year-old retired Cisco Systems executive and electrical engineer who emigrated to the U.S. from Iran. "I think it's the first time we have seen it coming from the bottom up."
- Billings nonprofit Wheels of Change brings hundreds of bikes to Middle East to help locals get around
Dan Austin, who is Andy's father, started Wheels of Change in 2010 as a vehicle to donate an old fleet of bicycles at his business, Austin Adventures. The organization has since sent hundreds of bikes to foreign countries, mostly in Africa.
- 90 foot iconic Montana Bitterroot Mural painting hoping to find a new home.
He feverishly hopes, to see the Bitterroot Mural hanging somewhere in Missoula for all the world to see, as it has for more than 60 years.
- Filmed in Kalispell: New movie 'made for and influenced by Montana'
Adina Smith and Donley are returning to Montana this weekend for screenings of the film and for scouting locations to shoot future projects.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Best Advice From 2017's Commencement Speeches
"Try not to rely only on what you have learned in the classroom."
- Prize offered for improving Zillow's home price algorithm
The contest was inspired partly by a similar competition at Netflix, which awarded $1 million in 2009 to a group of programmers and statisticians who best improved the company's movie recommendation technology.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Google co-founder Sergey Brin to build $100M+ blimp
It would be the largest aircraft in the world and would be used for humanitarian missions, getting supplies, food and other necessities to hard-to-reach areas around the globe
- Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts
It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn't come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document.
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