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"Change depends on unreasonable people. Don't assume-analyze. Brutal honesty trumps hypocritical politeness. Have courage. Build companies instead of cutting deals. Thrive on technological risk. Ignore the nonsense of conventional wisdom. People matter. Care about genuine issues: a healthy environment. Sustainable power. Free information. Go for GREAT, not just good. Be willing to fail but aim for revolutionary success." Vinod Khosla
Finland - First in Class in Education - New Film: "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Importance of Client Review Cycle in Translation
It is essential that the client staff or partner conducting the client review does not push this activity to the "back burner."
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Grad Nation - Mobilizing America to End the Dropout Crisis
5 Things You Can Do to Get Involved Today
- Finland - First in Class in Education - New Film: "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System."
Finland is recognized worldwide for its top ranking education model.
- Economic Development Expert, Jim Bowman hired to head Missoula Economic Partnership
The Best Place Project aims to help create jobs, attract capital investment, and retain and recruit strong businesses in the area.
City Club Missoula
- Interns Get a Head Start in Competition for Jobs
Nearly 40% of this year's entry-level positions will be filled by former interns
- Employment Success Stories
Success stories of people with a variety of disabilities who are successful in individualized, customized employment or who have started their own business.
- DisABILITY Employment Awareness Training, 5/26, Helena, Montana
Participants will gain a better understanding of how they can partner with employees with disabilities to identify accommodations needed to create a productive work environment.
- City Club Missoula - Montana DEQ director: Drinking water wells tainted with sewage, drugs
"When you tell them 'You're drinking your neighbor's Viagra,' that gets their attention," Opper told the Missoula City Club on Monday.
- City Club Missoula - A necessary return to civility
None of us are immune from the political cancer that has invaded the body politic. We all must look in the mirror and accept our own responsibility...be it staying home on election day or writing nasty letters to the editor or making angry calls to talk radio. Let's return to civility, respect, and friendship.
- Join us on May 31 for "An Afternoon with Energy Investors"
Please join us on May 31 for an afternoon with venture capitalists and private equity investors who are actively seeking investments in the clean tech and energy sectors.
- TechRanch TREK - Social Media Marketing: Google Adwords And Facebook Ads, 5/25, Bozeman, Montana
An Introduction to Paid Marketing Techniques On Google and Facebook
Come Home Montana
- West Yellowstone historic walking tour to be showcased in upcoming open house
The open house event will take place on May 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the WYED building on the corner of Electric and Firehole Streets.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - The Montana Nurses Association
The candidate will work with government, industry, labor, and professional organizations on issues important to nursing. Strong verbal, analytical, budget and leadership experience required. RN with business background preferred.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Montana Dental Association
Position requires proven management and administrative skills, strong communications background and demonstrated ability in financial management and planning
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Montana Heritage Commission
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, #80002, Montana Heritage Commission, Department of Commerce, Virginia City, Salary $60,018 - $75,022.
- It's 30-44 year olds, stupid!
College graduates leave to see the world, but they often return, sometime between ages 30-44.
- Emmy nominated flimmaker credits Bozeman, Montana-area roots as his inspiration
While Zeb has seen the world, he said Montana is still one of his favorite places - one that propelled him into a career he loves. "Being with my dad in Yellowstone and throughout Montana has definitely been the inspiration,"
Montana Economic Development
- Don't be the Jackass at work.
Montana State Fund Urges Young Workers to be Safe
- Trimble Acquires Billings, Montana-based MyTopo to Provide Outdoor Content on GPS Phones
"We are excited to join Trimble. Our multi-terabyte map database and unique content layers paired with Trimble's mobile app platform will offer outdoor enthusiasts a cohesive suite of mapping and mobile products to better enjoy the outdoors," said MyTopo founder Kevin Toohill.
- An International Company Flies Under the Radar in Montana - Whitefish payment services provider NXGEN announces European expansion
Kim Morisaki of Montana West Economic Development calls Jaffe and NXGEN's other executives "Lifestyle CEOs." They want the Montana lifestyle and are willing to run their international business from a small town in order to enjoy that lifestyle
- Senator Baucus Announces General Electric Looking to Expand Business in Montana
"GE knows firsthand just how great Montana is to do business with from the partnerships they've made at our Economic Development Summits. I can't wait for Montana business owners to bring their skills to the table to create even more good-paying jobs at the GE Aviation symposium later this year."
- U.S. Secretary Of Commerce And Montana Senator Tour West Paw Design in Bozeman, Montana
"West Paw http://www.westpawdesign.com/ exemplifies the kind of green growth and aggressive exporting that we need from small- and medium-sized businesses to reinvigorate our economy," Locke said.
- Bozeman, montana-based Schedulicity Announces Successful Expansion Into Canada
Schedulicity (http://www.schedulicity.com/), the leader in online appointment scheduling for small businesses, announced today it has successfully expanded its services into Canada. Schedulicity is now available in more than 1,900 cities across North America.
Regional Economic Development
- US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Speaks at APEC in Big Sky, Montana.
"The potential new business and new job creation in front of us is astounding."
- Senator Baucus Announces Tribal Economic Development Workshop in Billings, Montana
"I couldn't be prouder of the way all Montanans are embracing the opportunity of APEC to show the world what we can do and really deliver for our economy. Tonight's roundtable with Tribal Leaders and Secretary Locke will give us a chance to showcase some of the exciting things that are happening in Montana's reservation communities and focus on what more we can do to bring good jobs to Indian country," Baucus said. "The workshop later this year in Billings will give Montana reservation communities a chance to really build on the work we do at tonight's roundtable and boost efforts to support good jobs for all Montanans."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- US seeks lead in crafting Asia trade vision at Montana APEC Conference
Trade representatives from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum gather Wednesday in Big Sky, Montana -- near sprawling Yellowstone National Park -- to help lay out an agenda for a wide-ranging trade pact.
- Economic Development in the 1099 Economy
Is the 1099 simply a temporary situation because employers are skittish about the future? Or are we seeing a permanent change where most people freelance and only a few have full-time jobs?
- MSU offers low cost, ground-based atmospheric gas monitor available for licensing
The laser device offers a cost-effective opportunity to deploy a network of continuously operating monitors that can examine atmosphere conditions, including water vapor, aerosols and clouds.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- 8 Tips for Nailing Your Next Startup Job Interview
Why "Fit" Matters
- Red Hot: The Computer Science Job Market
Both nationally and regionally, the tech sector is exploding. Microsoft and Amazon.com are hiring aggressively. Companies such as Google, Facebook, and Zynga have opened Seattle offices in recent years because of our talent pool. Startups are hot.
- Whatever your career path, keep that entrepreneurial spirit
Every one engaged in the activity of working should approach the company as if it was their own.
- Can Working Virtually Increase Happiness?
The key is to do it right.
Funding and Building your Business
- A new option if you want to invest in startups
The way to win at angel investing, of course, is to invest in the right startups. To get there, you need:
Montana Education Excellence
- 50 Questions: How does a VC consider barriers to entry?
The best and most valuable source of competitive advantage is network effects.
- Startups Beware: Patents are Like Umbrellas. False Confidence.
Having a patent doesn't mean much anymore.
- Four tests for if you have a good startup idea
Is this something I MUST do?
- Smart Startups Think Global But Act Hyperlocal
I predict that hyperlocal services sites will continue to emerge and flourish.
- 5 Startups That Buck the Bubble Trend
A list of five startups that have been on my radar recently for doing business the old-fashioned way -- with revenue, profits and no frothiness in sight.
- These 16 Company Perks Will Make You Insanely Jealous
It's proven that corporate benefits can increase productivity and overall morale -- just look at Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
- Are you Unintentionally Trying to Demotivate Your Team?
Too many entrepreneurs and leaders are so self-centered that they really don't see what impact their actions have on others.
- How Reid Hoffman Built LinkedIn
"It's much better to start during an economic downturn," he said. "Partnerships are easier, hiring is easier, and the competition starts later."
- Senator Baucus Applauds Additional Support for Youth Education and Jobs Training Program
This program provides job training and educational opportunities for out-of-school youth while they work on construction projects in rural and Native American Communities.
- Rep. Rehberg's disconnect misses importance of Pell grants to Montana
Our success relies heavily on an educated, innovative work force of Montanans whose ideas are worth investing in. Montanans need leaders who understand our values and the unique challenges we face. We don't need to reject the very resources necessary for Montana's future.
- Engineers Without Borders at MSU one of four finalists for $20,000 national award
"These projects exemplify the outreach and engagement commitment of public universities," said APLU President Peter McPherson. "We salute each of these model engagement programs which feature students, faculty and administrators working in their community to improve the quality of life for all."
- Montana commissioner of higher education, Sheila Stearns announces retirement
"It's been a privilege and I've enjoyed almost every minute of it," she said. "But there's much work to be done in the next year. I'm ready to get back to work."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Buyouts just to get the employees
Companies like Facebook, Google and Zynga are so hungry for the best talent that they are buying start-ups to get their founders and engineers -- and then jettisoning their products.
- Senate Posturing Kills S.B.I.R. Renewal, For Now
For advocates of the very smallest companies, who worry about their being crowded out by bigger, better-connected rivals, stasis may not be a bad outcome at all.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- University of Washington hopes new leader will boost spinoffs from labs
Though it receives more federal research money than any other public university -- and twice as much as Utah -- Washington's flagship university spun off only half as many companies in 2009, according to the survey released this year by the Association of University Technology Managers.
- Angel Investing: No Revenue, No Metrics, No Magic Formula
One of the biggest debates in early-stage investing circles revolves around the importance of an actual product and performance versus talent and ideas.
Utah Economic Development
- USTAR Professor's Invention Approved by NASA for Long-term Use Aboard International Space Station
Device Helps Ensure Safe Drinking Water for Astronauts Aboard Space Station
2011 Montana Legislature
- USTAR Quickly Becoming Innovation Model for the Nation
Idaho, Nevada patterning programs on Utah initiative amid national attention
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Montana League of Cities and Towns reports on Legislature's effects
"This is the first time they ever tried to steal money from it and the first time a project was taken out by the governor," Hansen told the group. "This is the first time politics has gotten in to the Treasure State Endowment Program. I hope it doesn't happen again."
- Trillions predicted in oilsands spending in Alberta, Canada
Over the next 25 years, through 2035, $2.077 trillion will be invested in building and maintaining the oilsands, according to the Canadian Energy Research Institute.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- National Education Crisis Could Spell Venture Capital Opportunity
"The customer for K-to-12 education in this country is the parent."
- College Student Debt Grows. Is It Worth It?
What are the most worthless degrees or, at least, the hardest to monetize later on in life?
Connectivity & Communications
- American Prairie Reserve Opens First Public Campground
American Prairie Foundation has opened its first public campground on American Prairie Reserve, located 50 miles south of Malta, Montana and four miles north of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
Energy and Climate Change
- Meetup.com - Do something - Learn something - Share something - Change something
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups.
- TED Video: Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"
As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview.
- Users Sue AT&T For "Phantom Data" Charges
"This is like the rigged gas pump charging you when you never even pulled your car into the station,"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The i Matter March for Climate Change Action
We are not only the generation who will suffer most from its consequences. We are also the generation who will bring about the change needed to create a sustainable and just society that values nature and future generations as much as short term interests.
- 7 Radical Energy Solutions
The failure rate may be 90%, but if any of these exotic solutions succeeds it could significantly improve energy security and efficiency.
- Montana Recycling and Waste Reduction Events
Many opportunities to recycle do exist in Montana and citizens are encouraged to Get Caught Recycling!
- A Day Made of Glass...
Watch "A Day Made of Glass" and take a look at Corning's vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it.
- Study reports breakthrough in treating paralysis
"This is very exciting. It will make a big impact. If it works in one person, it's going to work in many people."
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