Montana High Tech News

Fast Company: How Tiny Bozeman, Montana Became a Booming Tech Town

Fast Company: How Tiny Bozeman, Montana Became a Booming Tech Town

Jake Bullinger, a freelance journalist from Seattle, has written a long article on Bozeman’s tech scene for Fast Company published May 9, 2017. Companies and individuals interviewed or mentioned include: Andrew Hull, Elixiter, Bozeman Greg Gianforte, RightNow Technologies (Oracle), Bozeman Montana State University Montana High Tech Business Alliance and our 2017 High Tech Industry Survey(…)

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CBS National News: Why Montana is Experiencing a Tech Boom

CBS National News: Why Montana is Experiencing a Tech Boom

Meg Oliver, alumna of the University of Montana Journalism School and Correspondent for CBS News in New York City, read 15 Montana Companies to Watch in 2017 and was inspired to do a story that aired across the country on May 4, 2017. The first link below is the segment that aired on the digital network CBSN. The(…)

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Montana Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Study: Missoula and Bozeman Have Some of the Highest Levels of Entrepreneurship in U.S.

Montana Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Study: Missoula and Bozeman Have Some of the Highest Levels of Entrepreneurship in U.S.

April 17, 2017 MISSOULA – Conversations about entrepreneurship often focus on Silicon Valley, Boston or other major metropolitan areas, yet Missoula and Bozeman, Montana enjoy some of the highest levels of entrepreneurship in the nation in terms of startup and high-growth companies, as well as spinoff activities, according to a report funded by the Ewing(…)

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High tech revenues top $1 billion, survey says

High tech revenues top $1 billion, survey says

MISSOULA – High-tech companies are an important component of Montana’s economy, generating more than $1 billion in revenues in 2016 and growing at rates seven times faster than the statewide economy, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The study found that Montana High Tech(…)

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15 Montana Companies to Watch in 2017

15 Montana Companies to Watch in 2017

By Christina Henderson Here’s a quiz – how many high tech and manufacturing companies do you think we have in Montana? On December 20, 2016, the Montana High Tech Business Alliance emailed our third annual survey of Montana tech companies with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana to 242(…)

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Engineer Turned Lawyer Helps Montana High-Tech Companies with IP, Patents: Q&A with William MacBride, Founder, MacBride Law

Engineer Turned Lawyer Helps Montana High-Tech Companies with IP, Patents: Q&A with William MacBride, Founder, MacBride Law

Quick Facts: Company: MacBride Law, LLC Location: 2066 Stadium Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715 Industry: Law, Intellectual Property and Patents Founded: 2016 Employees: 3 employees Key Leaders: Diana White, Contract Legal Assistant and Ryan Chauner, Contract Office Administrator.     How did MacBride Law get started? I organized it myself, upon moving to Bozeman from Helena in 2016, with the vision(…)

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Missoula’s Sunburst Sensors Continues to Innovate in Wake of $2 Million Ocean Health XPRIZE: Q&A with Jim Beck, CEO & Co-Owner

Missoula’s Sunburst Sensors Continues to Innovate in Wake of $2 Million Ocean Health XPRIZE: Q&A with Jim Beck, CEO & Co-Owner

Quick Facts: Company: Sunburst Sensors, LLC Location: Missoula, Montana Industry: Chemical sensors Founded: 1999 Employees: 10 employees Key Leaders: Professor Michael DeGrandpre, University of Montana Chemistry Department, Co-Owner and Founder How did Sunburst Sensors get started? Sunburst Sensors was launched in 1999 by Michael DeGrandpre and David Irwin to manufacture the SAMI-CO2 (Submersible Autonomous Moored(…)

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Internet Marketing Powerhouse Hagadone Digital Accelerates High-tech Growth in Western Montana: Q&A with Kimberly Weaver, Multimedia Specialist, Kalispell

Internet Marketing Powerhouse Hagadone Digital Accelerates High-tech Growth in Western Montana: Q&A with Kimberly Weaver, Multimedia Specialist, Kalispell

Quick Facts: Company: Hagadone Digital Montana Locations: Kalispell, Montana. Hagadone also has offices in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Beloit, Wisconsin; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). Industry: Digital Marketing, Website Design, SEO and Social Media Founded: 1999 Employees: 3 in Montana 50+ Internationally Key Leaders: Darah Fogarty, Multimedia Specialist, Kalispell and Kevin O’Day, Multimedia Specialist, Missoula(…)

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2016 Missoula Reception Draws 130 Tech Leaders

2016 Missoula Reception Draws 130 Tech Leaders

  First Interstate Bank hosted the Montana High Tech Business Alliance Reception in Missoula for the third year in a row, welcoming more than 130 guests to the sixth floor of their downtown branch on November 15, 2016. First Interstate Bank is a founding member of the Alliance and a strong supporter of Montana’s booming high-tech industry.(…)

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10 current trends of workplace wellbeing

10 current trends of workplace wellbeing

    As the cost of healthcare continues to rise and skilled talent is hard to come by, many Montana employers are turning to health and wellness programs as an opportunity to reduce costs, increase employee engagement, and improve people’s lives. Jackie Rainford Corcoran, founder of Core Health in Bozeman, helps companies cultivate thriving workplace(…)

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First Security Bank Completes Merger with Teton, Serves Growing Global Needs of Local Customers: Q&A with Steve Wheeler, President/CEO, Bozeman

First Security Bank Completes Merger with Teton, Serves Growing Global Needs of Local Customers: Q&A with Steve Wheeler, President/CEO, Bozeman

Quick Facts: Company: First Security Bank Location: Headquarters in Bozeman Industry: Banking and Financial Services Founded: 1919 Key Leaders: Steve Wheeler, President/CEO, member of MHTBA Board of Advisors How did First Security Bank get started? First Security Bank was created by local bankers in Bozeman in 1919. The first location was a remodeled butcher shop located just a block(…)

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Why Fast-growing Workiva is a Best Workplace for Technology, Millenials: Q&A with Jeff Trom, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Why Fast-growing Workiva is a Best Workplace for Technology, Millenials: Q&A with Jeff Trom, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Quick Facts: Company: Workiva Locations: Workiva has 16 offices. Two of our developer-focused offices are in Montana – 448 East Main St., Bozeman and 140 S. 4th Street West, Unit #2, Missoula Industry: Software as a service (SaaS) Founded: 2008 (formerly WebFilings) Employees: 1,200     “Montana is an exciting place to be, especially for a technology company…Bozeman has a(…)

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KOA Takes a High-tech Approach to Outdoor Hospitality: Q&A with John Adams, AVP of Information Services, Kampgrounds of America, Billings

KOA Takes a High-tech Approach to Outdoor Hospitality: Q&A with John Adams, AVP of Information Services, Kampgrounds of America, Billings

Quick Facts: Company: Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Location: Billings, MT Industry: Outdoor hospitality Founded: 1962 Employees: 75 Key Leaders: John Adams, AVP of Information Services, Kampgrounds of America (KOA), Billings, MT Pat Hittmeier, President & CEO Toby O’Rourke, Chief Franchise Operations Officer John Burke, Chief Financial Officer “KOA is a very special place.  As someone who has bounced around to(…)

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Finding Space for Growing Tech Companies: Q&A with Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner, NAI Landmark Real Estate, Bozeman and Southwest Montana

Finding Space for Growing Tech Companies: Q&A with Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner, NAI Landmark Real Estate, Bozeman and Southwest Montana

Quick Facts: Company: NAI Landmark Real Estate, ERA Landmark Real Estate and Intermountain Property Management Location: Serving southwest Montana with offices in Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston & Ennis Industry: Real estate Founded: ERA Landmark 1990 (current ownership), NAI Landmark Commercial 2008 Employees: 12 Key Leaders: Robyn Erlenbush, Broker/Owner Management team also includes Steve Olson, Kelly Bresnahan and Rachel Tasker(…)

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Silicon Valley Analytics Pioneer FICO to Add 50 Jobs in Bozeman

Silicon Valley Analytics Pioneer FICO to Add 50 Jobs in Bozeman

FICO CEO Will Lansing plans to hire 50 new employees and expand to a new downtown location in Bozeman within the next 18 months. Image by Rachel Leathe at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Silicon Valley analytics pioneer FICO has quietly been establishing a foothold in Montana’s Gallatin Valley, and plans to expand its workforce there in the coming months. At(…)

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SoFi’s Helena Team Serves 150,000+ customers, $10 Billion in Loans: Q&A with Megan Smith, Human Resources Manager

SoFi’s Helena Team Serves 150,000+ customers, $10 Billion in Loans: Q&A with Megan Smith, Human Resources Manager

Launched in 2011, SoFi is a San Francisco-based financial technology (fintech) startup that raised $1 billion in 2015 and has financed $10 billion in loans. SoFi’s core software engineering team is based in Helena. Directors of Engineering David Thompson and Matt Conroy plan to grow their Montana team to 100+ developers. Quick Facts: Company: SoFi Location: Helena and(…)

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ViZn Energy Growing Fast in Columbia Falls, Added 45 Employees in Two Years: Q&A with Paul Siblerud, V.P. Product Management

ViZn Energy Growing Fast in Columbia Falls, Added 45 Employees in Two Years: Q&A with Paul Siblerud, V.P. Product Management

Quick Facts: Company: ViZn Energy Location: Columbia Falls, MT Industry: Energy Storage Founded: 2009 as Zinc Air, Inc. Employees: more than 60 Key Leaders: Ron Van Dell – CEO/President Craig Wilkins – Board Chairman John Lowell – COO Mike Grunow – VP Marketing Paul Siblerud – VP Product Marketing Kevin Waldher – VP Finance Jeff Hider – Controller “As a(…)

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Kalispell Member Reception 2016

Kalispell Member Reception 2016

Bob Nystuen, Kalispell Market President, and Glacier Bank hosted more than 75 tech leaders from across the Montana in the vintage splendor of the Desoto Grill in Kalispell for the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s reception on August 30, 2016. The Flathead region boasts the Alliance’s third largest group of members. Photos by Thomas Kurdy, Ndigena.     Desoto(…)

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PFL (PrintingForLess.com) Grows from World’s First Online Print Shop to MarTech Machine: Q&A with Suzie Lalich, Human Resource Director

PFL (PrintingForLess.com) Grows from World’s First Online Print Shop to MarTech Machine: Q&A with Suzie Lalich, Human Resource Director

Quick Facts: Company: PFL (PrintingForLess.com) Location: Livingston, MT Industry:  Online Printing and Marketing Technology Founded: 1996 Employees: 225 Key Leaders: Andrew Field, Founder and CEO Suzie Lalich, Human Resource Director Daniel Gaugler, VP of Marketing (on Montana High Tech Business Alliance Board of Advisors) “PFL has a work hard play hard mantra. We want our employees to enjoy(…)

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PROOF Research Takes High-tech Approach to Re-invent the Future of Firearms: Q&A with Chris Polley, Marketing Manager

PROOF Research Takes High-tech Approach to Re-invent the Future of Firearms: Q&A with Chris Polley, Marketing Manager

  Quick Facts: Company: PROOF Research Location: Columbia Falls, MT Industry: firearms manufacturing Founded: 2011 Employees: 70 Key Leaders: Larry Murphy, CEO (on Montana High Tech Business Alliance Board of Advisors) KK Jense, President Chris Polley, Marketing Manager   How did PROOF Research get started? The company was started by a group of passionate firearms manufacturers to fill a(…)

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PayneWest Insurance is a “Best Place to Work” with Deep Montana Roots: Q&A with Sarah Walsh, COO

PayneWest Insurance is a “Best Place to Work” with Deep Montana Roots: Q&A with Sarah Walsh, COO

  Quick Facts: Company: PayneWest Insurance Locations: Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington Industry: Personal Insurance, Business Insurance and Health Benefits Founded: 2012 (merger between Payne Financial Group and Western States Insurance) Employees: 675 Key Leaders: Terry Payne, Chairman, Missoula Kyle Lingscheit, CEO, Missoula Allison Johnston, CFO, Missoula Sarah Walsh, COO, Helena Steve Smelley, COO, Beaverton OR Troy Kane, Managing Director of(…)

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Montana Work Ethic and Values Key to Creating 800+ Jobs: Q&A with Paul Leach, Loenbro

Montana Work Ethic and Values Key to Creating 800+ Jobs: Q&A with Paul Leach, Loenbro

Quick Facts: Company: Loenbro Inc. Location: Great Falls, MT area Industry: Energy – Oil and Gas Pipeline Fabrication, Construction and Services Founded: 1998 Employees: 800+ Key Leaders: Paul Leach, President Jon Leach, Vice President Lee Haven, VP of Business Development “Montana provides us with able bodied, willing workers who go the extra mile.  Our employees are our most valuable(…)

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Butte Member Reception 2016

Butte Member Reception 2016

NorthWestern Energy President and CEO Bob Rowe and team hosted 75 leaders in high-tech and manufacturing from across the state in their beautiful new building in Uptown Butte for the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s reception and CEO Roundtable on June 20, 2016. This was the Alliance’s tenth event but our first in Butte. The city’s central(…)

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