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"At 3:55pm yesterday I cried." Brad Feld http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- DSL speed could soon get a boost with new technologies
Through a combination of existing and emerging technologies, DSL providers starting as soon as this year are expected to increase their Internet speeds up to 100 megabits per second or more, which is comparable to the top rates offered today by Comcast and other cable Internet providers -- and a lot faster than most consumers actually use today.
- How a Simple Press Release Reveals AT&T's Anti-Competition Hypocrisy
It's confirming the very message it's been trying to deny for years: that only when there's real competition will AT&T invest in making a better service.
- ROD AUSTIN: Tech hubs need speed
If Missoula wants to make a name for itself in this century's digital economy, where better to start than at its source: The networks that bring the Internet to homes throughout the community.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Nonresident Visitors To Montana Set Visitation, Spending Records
Recent research shows both the number of nonresident visitors to Montana and how much they spent in the state were higher in 2012 than any previous year.
- Treasure State tourism - Montana is marketing a brand called beauty
"there are so many choices for places to go on a vacation, if you don't have the visibility out there you're forgotten."
- Big Sky tourism on the upswing
When it comes to wowing visitors with Montana's grandiosity, few do it like guest ranches and lodges.
- Study reveals business opportunities for Great Falls
"We have a number of site selectors for the retail industry who have been calling on us in the last year and we need data to help persuade them to come develop in Great Falls," Johnson said. "We can tell them that it's great and all this and that, but at the end of the day what site selectors want to see is data."
Come Home Montana
- Tech jobs: CIOs look safe, IT managers face chop, chief digital officer is the next big thing
"Overall, it's a progressive move towards more technology-driven leadership in total,"
- Can you explain your 'big data' tech to a middle schooler? (video)
At our San Francisco office, VentureBeat invited four CEO's from various cloud and "big data" companies to talk tech in an on-camera interview.
- Top 10 BI Predictions for 2013 and Beyond
Ready or not, information workers will demand more BI control
- Big Data, Fast Data, Smart Data - Go Real-Time or Go Obsolete
Collecting large amounts of statistics and numbers bring little benefit if there is no layer of added intelligence.
- Social-Media Analytics Offer New Insight on Risk
More businesses than ever will begin using social media to identify quickly arising intellectual-property, reputational and brand-value risks, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey.
- Handful of new businesses breathe life back into tiny Fromberg, Montana
Business owners with new ideas are taking a chance on Fromberg.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Developer - Porchproductions.net
I am looking for a web developer in Missoula or Montana for a start up.
- Flynn's Harp: The "Harp" is five years old this month
Finding the original material to bring readers information they didn't already have has been satisfying. But even more so have been the responses, some moving, some laudatory, some critical, from many of the now-1,400 or so who receive the column each Wednesday evening.
- Spring Montana Ambassador Newsletter
Why not think past spring, and think "golf" and register for the 2013 Montana Ambassador Business Open to be held August 15th!?! The registration form is included in the newsletter.
Montana Economic Development
- Best Places to Work in the Flathead Valley/ Glacier Park Region? - Nominate your organization!
It is an excellent opportunity to gauge employee engagement at an organizational level as well as on a comparative level with similarly sized organizations and those in your industry.
- Montana Cloud Summit follow Up
I want to thank you for your hard work and patience in working together to implement a successful Cloud Symposium event http://www.matr.net/article-55100.html in Billings this week.
- In the spirit of Montana's small towns - Willie's Distillery
"A lot of stars just lined up," Robin said. "It seemed like a good fit, turning Montana products into something tasty." Seven years later, the couple birthed another baby. It's called Willie's Distillery.
- Business for Montana's Outdoors Launches Website
"We know our public lands play a big role in attracting entrepreneurs and talent to Montana's communities, leading to responsible job growth and diversifying our state's economy. "
- Missoula, Montana's Partnership Health welcomes 10 new resident doctors in July
The new residents have already been selected and will come from all over the country.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Montana West: Flathead Valley on the Move
Whitefish is now the headquarters of yet another innovative and bold company.
- 5 year old runs successful garbage business
Developing a sense of what it takes to be an entrepreneur is invaluable to a child.
Come Home North Dakota
- Data Science Emerges as New Discipline
Because it can be "applied to just about any domain of knowledge," data science requires not only programming and computing knowledge, but the creative and communication skills required to "present whatever insights are discovered in a way that they can be best understood by domain practitioners in their own terms."
- How Recruiters Really Read Your Resume: 7 Steps in 7 Seconds
"Is there anything in here that will allow me to eliminate this person from further consideration?"
- The Modern Data Nerd Isn't as Nerdy as You Think
Some of the best minds in the field lack the sort of heavy math or science training you might expect.
- Career Meaning: Advice from the Wizard of Oz
Clients often tell me they cannot find their passion and they blame themselves.
- 10 Winning Steps for Finding a Job or a Partner
These next few months are the perfect time for starting a new career.
- Startup Etiquette: How to Get the Most Out of Coffee Meetings
Sometimes meeting someone for the first time at your local coffee shop can be awkward or less productive than you'd like. So, let's explore the nuances of these frequent events.
- North Dakota Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer - McKenzie County Healthcare Systems
The CFO will direct the organization's financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationship with lending institutions and the financial community.
Incubators and R&D
- Wanted: Workers to staff an economic recovery in Idaho
A few years ago, Idahoans couldn't find a job. Now employers may not be able to find workers.
Utah Economic Development
- Business Incubator of the Year goes to Grand Junction, Colorado's center
"One of the reasons our Incubator is unique, is that we have a number of programs under one roof."
Washington State Business
- Forbes editor: Face your education challenges, Utah Event - Key issues threaten prosperity, he says, noting all industries also must adapt to change.
Three letters -- NYC -- should worry Utah businesses that are struggling to find qualified, technically trained employees, Post said, citing hundreds of thousands of startup companies based in Manhattan.
- Who's your mentor? Two Seattle execs and one software platform (Collective Changes) aim to help women grow their businesses.
Collective Changes will use technology -- specifically, a mentoring platform called Chronus -- to help women build small- and medium-sized businesses around the world. Its goal is to involve one million women by 2020.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming board approves $8 million in business grants
The Business Ready Community Program, administered by the Wyoming Business Council, provides the financing for publicly owned infrastructure that serves businesses and promotes economic development within Wyoming communities.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Why your 8-year-old should be coding - Tynker can help
Learn-to-code startups abound these days, but one in particular is focusing on the very young and is having some success in elementary schools around the country -- even underserved schools with no budgets for STEM but a great need for better tools.
Montana Education Excellence
- School technology levies deserve voter approval
Let's encourage every registered voter to support the two technology levy increases, regardless of how they may feel about the fairness of the superintendent's salary.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Senator Tester takes lead to expand education opportunities across Montana
Senator to chair Congressional Caucus focused on helping students go to college
- Montana campuses start to tackle performance funding
The task force is working "fast and furious," Trevor said, to come up with a proposal for the May meeting of the Board of Regents, but it also plans to spend a year developing a more refined, long-term performance formula.
- Paralysis treatment program seen as cutting edge at University of Montana
The New Directions lab at the University of Montana http://physicaltherapy.health.umt.edu/ is on the cutting edge of treating paralysis by training the body to do what it knows how to do but cannot complete because of trauma to the spinal cord.
- "Innovation" Grants from business mentors help Montana students tap into imaginations
"At a cultural level, if we are not inspiring our students and inculcating a culture of excellence and helping to give students opportunities to be innovative," Philp said, "we are failing as a community."
Funding and Building your Business
- Bozeman, Montana computer inventor Maury Irvine honored by Microsoft founders
Irvine has dug for dinosaur bones on five continents with Jack Horner and studied with the Dalai Lama. He still refers to himself as "a Butte boy" since he was born and raised there, but he said Bozeman just always "felt like home."
- Workshop To Explore How Student Groups Impact Community, 4/25, Missoula, Montana
This workshop will be answering the question: "How does your group impact the larger community?"
- The 2013 Boston Marathon
At 3:55pm yesterday I cried.
Energy and Climate Change
- What's Your EQ? How to Foster an Emotionally Intelligent Culture
Today, the business world's general belief is that EQ rivals IQ in importance and relationship to success.
- An Entitlement Culture in Business is Usually Fatal
Here are some examples of people rationalizing their entitlements, especially when the fantasy serves to owe them money or power:
- 7 Entrepreneur Attributes Imply Execution Ability
Key attributes in identifying the entrepreneur who can deliver, versus the fast-talking idea person:
Connectivity & Communications
- 'It's about water' - "This is not about the earth surviving. It's about us."
"When is enough enough?"
- Shodan - The Web's scariest search engine
Shodan exposes online devices
- How are E-Discovery Tools Making Sense of Big Data in Government?
We don't run into too many states anymore that don’t have any tools at all.
- Hackathon Aims to Improve the San Francisco Experience
On April 19 and 20, San Francisco will host a weekend hackathon dedicated to improving how residents and tourists experience The City by the Bay.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Student Assistance Foundation competing for grant
Vote for "A Step Ahead" at http://files.safmt.org/common/PressReleases/vote-for-saf4.1.13.pdf today through April 22. Supporters can vote up to 10 times per day.
- NEA announces Brookings Institution publication based on collaborative effort on the arts and economic development
Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decisionmakers are increasingly focused on what makes places livable.
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