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"In a free society, you get what you celebrate. If we continue to focus our adulation on the results of our national wealth, the "leisure time" for sports and entertainment, rather than the brilliant inventors and innovators who produced it, we will continue to fall behind. It would be easy to blame teachers or politicians for our predicament, but pointing fingers won't help—swift action will." Dean Kamen http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Two new organizations in Montana: Startup Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html - Montana CleanTech Alliance http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html - Wonderful insights: The city as a startup http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Madison, Wis., Opens Up City Data
"It's the tip of the iceberg," Resnick said, estimating that approximately 5 percent of city data has fueled current civic entrepreneurial efforts to date. "The innovation really comes when you say, 'Here is the rest of the 95 percent of the data sets that you can work with.'
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Printingforless.com June Newsletter - A Tribute to Entrepreneurs and New Toys of the Trade
Think toys are just for kids? Toymakers are turning the tables on the benefits of toys in the workplace. Think of it as play with purpose.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Get Lost (In Montana) Magazine
There's only one way to ever really find the real Montana--Get Lost. Plunge down dusty backroads, peer into small towns, tromp into the wilds and shake hands with local characters through the pages of Get Lost in Montana--The Magazine.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Weblogic, JBOSS and Web Server Administration Contractor, etwork Architect Systems & Technology Systems Programmer .NET Developer, Junior Application Developer and other positions - Arrow Solutions Group
At ASG, we are passionate about fostering successful relationships with our customers and candidates--relationships where quality, honesty and respect matter.
Come Home Montana
- Vision Net Brings Cutting-edge Cloud Technology to Northwest Region
"It's absolutely the way of the future and we're thrilled to partner with Cisco and Datalink to bring this technology to Montana."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Information Officer - The University of Montana
The University of Montana invites applications for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and also serves as the Institution's IT liaison to the Montana University System.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship - University of Montana
The Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship reports directly to the University President.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Application Programmer - Visual Life Web
Situated in Bozeman Montana, Visual Life Web is well-positioned to leverage additional capacities and resources. With strong collaborative relationships to Montana State University and both state and federal agencies managing the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, our existing network of relationships provide an ideal environment for development and deployment of integrated data technologies.
- MSU News: Loan program for Montana entrepreneurs to operate under new partnership
The partnership will enable MSU business students to be involved in selecting entrepreneurs to receive loans from the Bootstrap Montana Loan Program.
- Startup Montana
Startup Montana draws together resources for Startups from across the state. From K-12 education to entrepreneurial degrees and certificates in higher education. From accelerators to incubators to coworking. From government programs to kickstart your business to private venture financing. Startup Montana will connect you.
- Flynn's Harp: Auction of Washington Wines - The 25th for state wine industry's key event
By last year, the auction raised $1.55 million, swelling the total the event has raised over the years to $26 million, with uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital being the key beneficiary.
Montana Economic Development
- Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans: Syracuse, UCLA, Griffin-Hammis Associates
EBV provides intensive training and support in business development to Veteran's with Service-Connected Disabilities.
- Davidson Companies CEO Bill Johnstone: Improving economy will take compromise
"As we consider and discuss solutions to the fiscal crisis, we hear frequent reference by all sides to our Constitution and its principles," he said. "I would hope that we would also remember that the Constitution was a product of much compromise regarding strongly held principles and interests." Bill Johnstone
- Montana CleanTech Alliance
The Montana CleanTech Alliance's ("MCA") mission is to be a resource for clean technology industry in Montana by increasing cleantech jobs, company growth, access to capital, investments and improving Montana companies' ability to compete in the global marketplace.
- The city as a startup
"It's the role of the government to set the stage for innovation to flourish."
- Meet The League Of Extraordinary Women: 60 Influencers Who Are Changing The World
"We have to plant seeds for the new economy," says Jennifer Buffett of the NoVo Foundation. "Hillary Clinton understands that the woman or girl in poverty isn't so far away anymore--and is an undervalued asset."
- 90 Million Workers Won't Be Needed By 2020, Study Says
Tens of millions of people worldwide will be condemned to long-term joblessness unless global leaders make significant changes to address unemployment and worker training, according to a new study.
- Avoiding MBA Internship Blunders
"If a student completes the internship without (a) acquiring new skills, (b) developing a list of new contacts and professional relationships and mentors, it was time wasted."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Mayor Taps Official to Aid Small Businesses
The new initiative has a goal of allowing 95% of business applications and renewals to be handled online, an extension of the mayor's larger attempt to digitize city services that long involved a tangle of paperwork.
- North Dakota Surplus to Hit $2 Billion Within a Year
North Dakota's sales tax collections were nearly 53 percent more than originally projected through May and individual income taxes were 60 percent higher than expected, according to the state OMB report.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Luring Entrepreneurs with Free Land in Oklahoma
Grove, Okla., has recently doubled the size of its industrial park and is luring businesses with promises of free land for any that stayed for five years. "Who can refuse that offer?"
Utah Economic Development
- University of Washington launches $20 million venture fund to spur startups
Though at least half of the fund's investments will go to UW spinouts, she said, the rest will be available for companies spun out from other schools and research institutions.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah Builds Business with Broadband
"Utah enjoys a greater level of connectivity than many other states with similar population densities and geography, largely due to the collaboration that exists between public and private entities,"
- Cleveland School District plans to move STEM high school students to Cleveland State University campus
CSU and school officials say it is an innovative new model for teaching and learning that would enhance the readiness of high school students to go to college and pursue STEM fields.
- The Connection Between Education, Money and Happiness
By focusing on the shortest path to success students will fail to fully develop as people and ultimately short-change their own happiness.
- Dean Kamen: U.S. Must Focus on STEM to Regain Innovative Spirit
In a free society, you get what you celebrate. If we continue to focus our adulation on the results of our national wealth, the "leisure time" for sports and entertainment, rather than the brilliant inventors and innovators who produced it, we will continue to fall behind. It would be easy to blame teachers or politicians for our predicament, but pointing fingers won't help--swift action will.
- TED Video: Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom
In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.
Montana Education Excellence
- How Star athlete R.C. Owens and The College of Idaho lifted each other to new heights
Owens' talents extended beyond athletics. He was a good student who became one of the first African-Americans to earn a diploma from C of I.
- Former Montana Tech chancellor Frank Gilmore heads the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation scholarship program
The national scholarship program that was formed in 1986 to provide help for students majoring in math, the sciences and engineering.
- Montana a Battleground for School Choice
As the school-choice movement spreads across the nation, advocates believe Montana's time has come.
- Visiting Angels and Entrepreneurs in Northern Europe
We were in Europe for a month, visiting four countries. In total, I delivered 21 lectures and workshops, conducted 10 press interviews, participated in four panel discussions, mentored over two dozen entrepreneurs and teams and spend 60 hours in from of audiences totaling about 1600 angels, entrepreneurs and others in the entrepreneurial community.
- The Road to Crowdfunding Hell
It is remarkable to me the lack of rational analysis about equity crowdfunding.
Funding and Building your Business
- FOUR new grant announcements
- Tulsa authorities bulldoze edible garden for being too tall
Now Morrison is suing Tulsa for violating her civil rights. She says the inspectors went way over the line. So far, the city doesn't have anything to say for itself. We're hoping that when they do, it starts with "sorry" and ends with several zeroes.
Energy and Climate Change
- Are You Agile Enough for the New Business Economy?
The rebound may be here, but business will never be the same. Look for new volatility, caused by inflation or deflation, new government regulations, and of course new technology and even more determined competitors.
- Entrepreneurial Tightrope: Remember, 'success' is subjective
It is common to feel that our ideas and philosophies are the right ones and the people in our lives would be better off if they would just adopt them.
- Techies can appear slow to embrace philanthropy
"Their hearts are not here yet."
- Companies Slip Workouts Into Work
Companies are targeting a broader group of workers, thinking up clever ways to get people moving without cutting into busy workdays or donning a stitch of Spandex.
- To be a winner, learn from 'losers'
Top performers are often the luckiest people, who have benefitted from rich-get-richer dynamics that boost their initial fortune.
- Creating An Innovation Culture: Accepting Failure is Necessary
Innovation is the result of iterative learning processes as well as environments that encourage experimentation, critical inquiry, critical debate, and accept failures as a necessary part of the process.
- Who's the Boss? There Isn't One - Welcome to the Bossless Company
Welcome to the bossless company, where the hierarchy is flat, pay is often determined by peers, and the workday is directed by employees themselves.
- This Entrepreneur Malaise is Deadly for Any Startup
Founders almost always cite lack of money as the reason for failure, but if you look deeper, I believe the reason is more often about dysfunctional people and leadership.
- How to Hire a Great Salesperson
Hiring a good salesperson is both an art and a science.
- Equity Crowdfunding for Dummies: The Simple, Plain-English Guide to the CROWDFUND Act
Crowdfunding is a subsidizing method whereby a large group of individuals combines financial resources with relatively small amounts of money, to help raise capital for a new business venture.
- When is a Startup Non-Disclosure Really Required?
Here are some rule-of-thumb considerations that should help you decide when an NDA is really required, or actually has negative value:
- A Management Revolution
"If obedience, diligence, and knowledge are the only things you're getting from your employees, your company will ultimately lose. So we have to move up the capability pyramid. Beyond expertise is initiative--employees who spring into action whenever they see a problem or an opportunity, who don't wait to be told, who aren't bound by their job description and are instinctively proactive." Gary Hamel
- Homes Get Power From Electric Cars
Electric vehicles have huge batteries that store a large amount of energy. But for a large majority of the day and night, the car and it's battery just sit idle. Car manufacturers for Toyota and Nissan are starting to think about how to tap into that battery, both for use at home and as a resource for the power grid.
- eBay to build U.S.'s largest fuel cell data center
Dedicating itself to becoming an even greener technology company, eBay has announced that it is to build a new six-megawatt renewable data center, making it the largest non-utility fuel cell installation utilising renewable energy in the US.
- The Headwinds Hindering America's Transition to Renewable Energy
Nations like Denmark are leading the world in producing renewable energy. But the transition to renewables doesn't just amount to the number of solar panels or wind turbines that can be built, it takes a smart grid to maximize their potential.
- 3 Ways Next-Gen Leaders Can Bring More Tech to Government
Younger workers typically use technology to solve problems even if they don't work under a CIO or in an IT enterprise. Here are three tips to younger public employees for bringing more technology into their day-to-day work.
- University of Montana graduate and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina knows how to grab attention
Messina, 42, who is from Denver, managed his first campaign as an undergraduate at the University of Montana and in the 20 years since has never lost a race.
- Rice brothers to match $1 million in gifts to Easter Seals-Goodwill
"When it comes to providing services to the people Easter Seals-Goodwill serves, there is no option, it has to be done," said Pat Rice, who has served on the organization's board for 22 years. "Today Easter Seals clients need more comprehensive services, and we provide those. And clients are staying in our programs much longer. We have some that are retirement age. So we need to have the facilities to provide those services."
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