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"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but I'm afraid this wasn't it." -Groucho Marx
Tonight - Tell Us Something: Live Storytelling - The Night's Theme -"On The Road" 6/20, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Governor Bullock Announces Keynote Speakers for Innovate Montana Symposium July 12 - 13, 2017 in downtown Billings
"Dave and Bethany bring powerful diverse perspectives about innovating for success in today's global economy," said Governor Bullock. "This event will be a great opportunity for Montana's small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors to access new resources to help them grow and succeed."
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte Calls for Civility After Being Convicted of Assault - Audio - Argues against mugshot or fingerprints for assault charge
"Gianforte is fighting a judge's order that he submit to being booked and photographed like other defendants, which would produce a mug shot ripe for use by political opponents," the A.P. noted. "Asked about that Friday, Gianforte declined to comment." Listen to audio of Greg Gianforte repeatedly stonewalling the Associated Press
- Anatomy of an assault - Readers weigh in on Gianforte vs. the reporter
So I suggest you take a week or so off, clutch your pearls, enjoy pate de foie gras, sip your chardonnay in haunts far away from the great unwashed, then re-enter life, and contemplate how such a political disaster could possibly have occurred.
Come Home Montana
- EV battery life extended by feeding energy back into the grid
Researchers at the University of Warwick have demonstrated a new "smart grid" system whereby energy from idle electric vehicle (EV) batteries could by pumped back into the grid to power large buildings, while still leaving enough power to complete the vehicle's daily journeys.
- The Shocking Doomsday Maps Of The World And The Billionaire Escape Plans - Land in Montana is going to get very valuable
When I wrote my first article on billionaire bunkers years ago, I never would have imagined how quickly our world was changing.
- 'Magic' alloy could mean cheaper solar power
Researchers have developed a new kind of semiconductor alloy capable of capturing the near-infrared light located on the edge of the visible light spectrum.
- Nevada's New Solar Law Is About Much More Than Net Metering
Jon Wellinghoff, former Tesla policy lead, says the guaranteed right to self-generate electricity makes net metering a moot point.
- Tesla kills the duck with big batteries
Even the experts are shocked at the speed this is happening
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Inside Sales Professional, UX/UI Designer, Senior Front-End Developer and more... - Submittable
More than degrees or particular skill sets, we're looking for obsessive, self-motivated people who have done one or two things in their lives that most people would consider exceptional or very interesting.
- 20 Under 40: Bracha Tenenbaum traded Brooklyn for Montana and Submittable
"We just bought a house. That's something we would never have been able to do in New York. The quality of life is so much higher here," she said.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Is America Encouraging the Wrong Kind of Entrepreneurship?
At times the entrepreneur may even lead a parasitical existence that is actually damaging to the economy.
- The United States Of Venture Capital: The Most Active VC In Each State
Although startups based in California, New York, and Massachusetts have traditionally accounted for the majority of VC tech investment activity in the United States, VCs are spurring other hotbeds of innovation across the country.
- "Leadership Material" - 9 Keys To Maximizing Your Business Leadership Impact
I just finished a new book, "Leadership Material," by Diana Jones, containing a wealth of insights, compelling stories, and examples taken directly from her coaching sessions with current business leaders.
- 'Like a jet engine winding up': Bitcoin center's noise bothers some in Bonner, Montana
Project Spokane LLC, was recently awarded a $416,000 grant to create 65 new jobs in Bonner through the Big Sky Trust Fund, an economic development program that reimburses companies that create good-paying jobs that bring in money from out of state.
- New Missoula restaurant and bar, Locals Only offers unique business model
Now there's a way to eat tacos while giving back to your community.
- Stockman Bank recognized as top performing bank
Stockman Bank has received this distinction numerous times since such recognition began in 1998.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- The Most Common Career Advice That Graduates Should Ignore (And What To Do Instead)
Chances are you are hearing a lot of platitudes. Here are five that are total BS.
- If Elon Musk Can Admit His Mistakes, Then So Can You
The Tesla CEO gave a presentation at company's 2017 shareholder meeting yesterday.
- More than 90 per cent of Scotland has access to superfast broadband
The Scottish Government has pledged that all homes and businesses in Scotland will have superfast broadband available to them by 2021 with an interim target of 95 per cent by the end of this year.
- Effective Rural Programs Are at 'Grave Risk'
Public programs that invest in rural America reduce poverty and expand the economy, an economist tells the Senate ag committee. Senators must exercise leadership to preserve these effective programs.
Incubators and R&D
- Big Sky organizations receive $5 million in resort tax money
The Big Sky Fire Department, which received $1.5 million, topped the list of roughly two dozen area recipients that ranged from the local post office to Morningstar Learning Center.
- Senator Jon Tester Shares Montanans' Stories As 13 Senators Write Secret Health Care Bill
"There are 13 Senators working behind closed doors on a secret health care bill that could kick thousands of Montanans off their health insurance, put rural hospitals at risk, and force folks in their 50s and 60s to pay more for health care," Tester said.
- Johns Hopkins researchers say they've unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it
Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading.
- Scientists Discover a Key to a Longer Life in Male DNA
"This whole issue has shocked us."
- Cushman & Wakefield Launches Inaugural 'Tech Cities 1.0' U.S. Report
A dominating hub for life sciences and government, Washington, DC also serves as a significant outpost for tech companies seeking proximity to policymakers as well as for burgeoning cyber-security investment.
- America's most successful companies are killing the economy
They are destroying local economies, driving down workers' wages, shackling growth, depressing entrepreneurship and increasing the inequality that's ripping our country apart.
- Big Prize in Amazon-Whole Foods Deal: Data
Amazon for years has been looking for more ways to gather information about how consumers shop.
- Utah's Homie roils real estate with new business model
What we are really doing is disrupting the industry in a way that creates a direct and measurable benefit for every customer ... and they'll remember that it was Homie that made it happen."
- Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development Finance Information: Proposed Changes to BSTF/WTG Guidelines; FY18 WTG Applications
On June 29, the Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed changes to the 2019 Biennium Guidelines for the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) and Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) programs.
- Governor Bullock Announces New Accounting Technology Apprenticeship Program
"This new program is an exciting opportunity for Montanans to receive the workforce training they need so the finance sector can grow and expand their talent pipelines," said Governor Bullock.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- American Pickers TV Show Headed to Wyoming - looking for collections
The pickers cull only from private collections, so people who own stores, malls, flea markets, run museums, auctions or anything open to the public are not eligible to be part of the show.
Montana Education Excellence
- 7 ways rural schools can sustain personalized learning
Personalized learning isn't just for urban and suburban schools--it can be successful in rural districts, too
- Traditional school assessment rewards the wrong behaviors-here's why
Instead of rewarding students for how many problems they solve, here's what schools should be focusing on instead.
- Gallatin Valley Farm to School receives $100,000 grant, looks to expand programs
"To get a federal grant of that size is a vote of confidence in what you are doing and an investment in Montana."
- Kids learn better when Bozeman teachers make parents part of the team
After trying the parent-partnership idea for two years, they've seen great results. They'd like to see the idea spread to more Bozeman classrooms.
- Other states, schools, have different models to help students get college degrees
Montana is leaving behind students at the lower end of the income scale when it comes to paying for and actually earning a college degree.
- Missoulian editorial - Montana should focus on expanding financial aid for college students in need
It's as good a time as any for Montana to re-evaluate the way it supports college and university students in need.
- Montanans have choices in making college more affordable
Montana does give away a lot of money for student aid, some $75 million of its own dollars. But a lot of it goes to subsidize out-of-state students -- who pay more in tuition -- and athletes.
- Public comment invited for Montana State University reaccreditation
Regional accreditation is a voluntary, self‐regulatory process that helps assure a university's quality and accountability. It also enables students to be eligible to receive federal financial aid and for many of MSU's programs to receive federal funding.
Funding and Building your Business
- Empty Bowls - Bending Toward Justice, 6/29, Missoula, Montana
On June 29, a simple meal shared among neighbors will serve as a reminder that there are those in our community who will go to bed hungry tonight.
Connectivity & Communications
- 5 Indications That Your Startup Is Poised For Success
Every startup wants to be a predictable success, yet so few ever achieve this enviable position. In reality, getting there is not a random walk, and requires an understanding of the stages that every business must navigate and the organizational characteristics necessary at each stage.
- 10 Qualities Separating the Extraordinary Salesperson Apart From the Pack
Salespeople are the infantry of business. The one who succeed have embraced that it's a tough job
- Two Simple Concepts for Thinking about the Future
Imagine is a simple word, but it has huge potential to unlock vision.
- After decades of innovating, Jeff Bezos admits he needs new ideas
Jeff Bezos is soliciting your Next Big Idea.
- Startup success for Stanford students yields riches -- and a return to the dorms
So where did a couple of young guys -- technically on leave from Stanford University in 2013 but dropouts in the eyes of some family members -- turn? A blank white board.
- Behind Amazon's success is an extreme tolerance for failure
Unlike almost any other chief executive, Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, has built his company by embracing risk, ignoring obvious moves and imagining what customers want next -- even before they know it.
- 10 Things You Must Do Before Quitting Your Job to Start Your Company
Being impulsive could be a huge mistake so you need to create a list of the advantages and disadvantages you will face when quitting your job.
- 'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 to share life's data
"The advantage of a contractor is you don't have to gather a team,"
- Every business owner needs an exit plan
I ask nearly every business owner this critical question when we initially meet. The majority have the same response, "Yes, at the right price!"
- Managing Your Lawyers as Your Startup Grows
Five ways to better manage your legal counsel.
- $1 billion startup Automattic is closing its San Francisco office and having everyone work from home
No one was showing up at its huge gorgeous office, so the company decided it didn't need it.
- Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur
They'll read your business plan but it's you they invest in.
- Senators Introduce Bipartisan Rural Broadband Bill
The bill helps streamline the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana groups get nearly $1M in National Endowment for the Arts grants
The annual NEA grant is "a large chunk of our current and future funding," said Kristin Han Burgoyne, one of the council's interim co-directors.
- Podcast: Why Blockchain Creates A New 'Architecture of Trust'
Wharton professor Kevin Werbach explains why the blockchain is upending the business world.
- Lyft's electric ride-sharing vehicles to run on renewable energy from day one
Lyft today announcing plans to power all of its electric autonomous ride-share vehicles with renewable energy, starting with the first to roll into action in Boston within the coming months.
- Montana STE(A)M Summit, 8/8, Bozeman, Montana
- Learn Spatial Stats And Programming ArcGIS With Python - 8/7-11 - Helena, Montana
- Tell Us Something: Live Storytelling - The Night's Theme -"On The Road" 6/20, Missoula
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