November 2, 2018 Newsletter
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Montana High Tech News

SoFi hosts 75 at Helena Member Reception on October 23

SoFi welcomed Alliance members and guests into their newest Helena building, which houses 150 of the company's 360 engineers. David Thompson, VP of Engineering, led interested members on a tour around the building. This reception marked the Montana High Tech Business Alliance's first event in Helena.

Photos by Jason O'Neil, Jason O'Neil Photo.
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Connect: State and national educational leaders discuss K-12 computer science education with Montana execs

Allyson Knox, Senior Director for Education Policy, Microsoft, speaks to Montana tech executives about working with state policymakers to pass clear regulations surrounding computer science standards in public schools. Watch for a comprehensive write-up on the conversation.

Other speakers included Ken Fichtler, Head of Economic Development for the State of Montana; John Paxton, Director, Gianforte School of Computing at Montana State University; Yolanda Reimer, Professor, University of Montana Computer Science, Department and Lead-PI, NSF CS10K Project; Jeff Braun, Associate Professor, Montana Tech Computer Science Department; Shaun Scott, Associate Professor, Carroll College Computer Science Department; and Rob Irizarry, Founder, CodeMontana; Director, Customer Experience Optimization, Oracle.

Promote: Axiom IT Solutions and iResponse give lightning talks about their growing companies

Marc Dousset, CEO of AXIOM IT Solutions in Missoula, said he and his partners started the custom software development company 17 years ago as a way to stay in Montana. AXIOM has developed the software to purchase Montana hunting and fishing licenses, as well as the software that Early Stage Montana winners Superior Traffic Services uses in their traffic management system.

Dousset said AXIOM's versatile permitting system may soon be used in more industries. Any organization that receives and vets online applications within specific periods of time and specific compliance reviews may be able to utilize AXIOM's software.
Joel Rosette, Legal Counsel for iResponse, LLC in Box Elder, and Shastelle Swan, Accounting, describe iResponse's purpose in creation: to provide an accurate, effective, and timely means of Section 106 Consultation.

Rosette said iResponse's software and consulting helps companies, governmental agencies, and industries across the US and Canada navigate complex mitigation and avoid adverse affects on tribal and ancestral lands.

ACCELERATE: GOED calls for public comment on state regulations for computer science standards

Ken Fichtler, Chief Business Development Officer for the Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development, called for input from those gathered around the table on draft regulations for minimum computer science standards. Your comments can help guide the development of computer science regulations for statewide education.

Add your comments here.

Planning for Growth: Experts offer Montana tech companies a playbook for solving real estate and transportation challenges

Montana executives gathered in Blackfoot Cafe at the Missoula College to discuss  growth in tech hubs across the state. Photo by Paige Pavalone, Pistol Creek Photography.

By Noah Hill

While Montana news headlines warn of impending affordable housing crises, entrepreneurs and tech executives are also feeling a real estate crunch. Rapid business growth demands physical growth, which can be a challenge in some of Montana’s space-restricted communities, like Missoula and Bozeman.

Business executives from around the state gathered to discuss some of the challenges associated with planning for company growth at a Montana High Tech Business Alliance CEO Roundtable hosted by Blackfoot at Missoula College in May.

Building the Space: Cost, Quality and Time

Ask any business owner in Missoula or Bozeman, and they’ll tell you that office space is hard to find. As a result, many business owners opt to build their own.

“The process of developing commercial space is one defined by constraints,” said Joe Easton, Project Development Manager at Jackson Contracting.

Easton, along with CTA Architects Engineers Project Designer Jimmy Talarico and Blackfoot CEO Jason Williams, offered practical tips for Montana high tech and manufacturing companies anticipating new construction or expansion projects.

The speakers emphasized the importance of planning and stated that, in order to be successful, companies need to identify the quality of the work environment, the desired timeline for project completion, and the budget for the project. These three components comprise the “vision triangle” of project development, Easton said.

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Member News:

Elixiter acquired by digital consulting firm Perficient

Perficient, Inc., the leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and other large enterprise customers throughout North America, today announced the acquisition of Elixiter. an award-winning $6 million annual revenue marketing consultancy, specializing in Marketo marketing automation services, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of October 29, 2018.

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share immediately.

“We are excited to continue to strengthen our digital capabilities with the strategic acquisition of Elixiter,” said Jeffrey Davis, Perficient’s Chairman and CEO. “Elixiter’s marketing automation capabilities and specialized Marketo services are highly complementary to those of our award-winning digital agency, Perficient Digital, where we have built a fast-growing, highly skilled Adobe practice. With Adobe’s announcement that it intends to acquire Marketo, we’re particularly excited to bolster our marketing cloud expertise, enhancing our ability to help clients deliver exceptional end-to-end, omni-channel customer experiences.” 

Read the full press release.

Goodworks Ventures: The ecosystem that creates industry

Inventor Steve Mangold and CEO Joe Anderson co-founded Reflex Protect by building on their prior experience as both entrepreneurs and effective, non-lethal self-defense advocates. Photo via Goodworks Ventures.
By Andrew Schulz, Goodworks Ventures

Goodworks Ventures’ latest investment…

We are proud to partner with Reflex Protect, a safety company that provides a non-lethal self-defense spray and violence response training for use at home and in the workplace.  

Reflex Protects offer a highly effective yet non-violent alternative for violent situations at home, work, schools, medical centers, or just about anywhere else people are at risk.

In a world where we see acts of violence against race, religion, or beliefs and those under the influence of hard drugs who endanger others we believe there should be an intuitive and easy to use non-violent solution.

It all began over a local micro-brew…

Here in Missoula, we host a monthly networking event called Hellgate Venture Network, founded by Goodworks Ventures’ CEO, Dawn McGee, and Paul Gladen, director of the Blackstone Launchpad. HVN’s genesis was an event bringing entrepreneurs, local business-people, and community members together to meet, mingle, and explore potential opportunities.

Read more about Reflex Protect.

Read Goodworks' newest blog post: Attention Entrepreneurs Who Want to Excel: Add More Women to Your Boards

MSU solicits bids for a safety app for MSU students, faculty, and staff

MSU Police Department (MSUPD) and Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) are seeking a vendor to provide a safety phone application that can be used by students, faculty and staff to contact MSUPD in case of an emergency and/or other assistance services. Click here to view the requirements. MSU is asking bidders to provide "a minimum of three (3) references of Universities that have used the services of the type proposed in this IFB, within the last two (2) years."

For more information or to express interest, contact Phillip Luebke, Government Contracting Advisor, Montana State University at 406-994-7748 or 

AdvicePay Integrations with Orion and TD Ameritrade go live

AdvicePay has launched integrations within the Orion Advisor Services, LLC, and TD Ameritrade portals.

“We are excited to offer financial planning firms this convenience for financial planning fee billing. We know that financial advisors use many portals and platforms to do their job. Providing a tool that is compliant, data secure, and efficient is what we are about,” says Alan Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of AdvicePay.

Look for the AdvicePay logo next time you log in!

Pulsara expands its offering to include three additional time-sensitive emergencies

Bozeman, Montana —  Pulsara unveiled on Oct. 23 that it has doubled the size of their already robust platform with the addition of Trauma, Sepsis and Cardiac Arrest modules. Each of these new additions allows all care team members to communicate effectively and efficiently based on specific patient type.

Click here to read the full press release.
ATG, Montana World Trade Center, MonTEC, Missoula Economic Partnership, Blackstone LaunchPad: Missoula Economic Partnership, UM and local government set course on collaboration (Missoula Current)
Montana Chamber: Montana Chamber president Webb Scott Brown to retire (Helena Independent Record)
DataSmart Solutions: The 10 Transformational Leaders Of The Healthcare Industry, 2018 (Mirror Review)
Pulsara: Pulsara launches 12-lead EKG Integration as Part of Expansive Integration Strategy (Pulsara)
Hellgate Venture Network: Connect and collaborate: New co-working lounge opens in Old Sawmill District (Missoula Current)

Welcome New Members:

Multiplier Consulting Group, Hannah Bratterud, Bozeman
Vision Net, Inc,, Corey Jensen, Great Falls
Wholesum Food Calculator, John Kamman, Missoula

Upcoming Events: 

1 Million Cups Bi-Weekly Meeting - Missoula. Nov. 7. Meets the first and third Wednesday each month at 9:00 am at The Loft, Missoula. 1 Hour Free Parking across the street in the city parking garage. Start your morning with coffee and start your business with 1MC Missoula, a place to percolate your startup. Entrepreneurship runs through it. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.
1 Million Cups Monthly Meeting - Bozeman. Nov. 7. Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 am at Red Tractor Pizza, Bozeman. Creating conversation around Bozeman startups, business development, and economic growth in the most entrepreneurial state in the nation (plus, coffee). For more information and application to present, visit the website.
2018 Communication Upgrade - Missoula. Nov. 8. Solstice Building, Missoula. Effective communication skills are essential to help your employees, managers and organization meet their objectives. Communication is only accomplished when both the sender and the receiver understand the same information. Your success, both personally and professionally, is closely tied to your ability to effectively communicate. During this seminar, you will learn a simple, yet proven method of using your knowledge of “Type” preferences to become a more dynamic and efficient communicator. Learn more and register.
Infinity Film Festival (IFF) - Beverly Hills  Nov. 8-9, The Paley Center for Media, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. Audience Awards and Infinity Film Festival Beverly Hills (IFF) invites you to Experience Limitless Media, featuring this year's most compelling experiences of content and technology, and a showcase of storytelling driven by tech in: Film, TV, OTT, Streaming, Mobile First, Digital, Social Media, Immersive, Gaming and more. Learn more and register here.
2018 Montana Manufacturing Jobs Summit - Kalispell. Nov. 8-9, Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell. Montana is the fastest growing state for manufacturing GDP in the nation with $3.2 billion in manufacturing GDP in 2016— a $1.2 billion increase from 2011. From high-tech production of parts for Boeing’s newest planes to Montana’s local microbreweries producing high-quality beers, the Treasure State is home to thousands of manufacturing jobs across numerous sectors. The Summit will bring together state and national leaders in manufacturing, trade, and economic policy to highlight Montana’s booming manufacturing industry and share ideas about how to grow economic opportunities in the state. More details to come on the website.
Grow with Google - Bozeman. Nov. 15, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Bozeman Event Space, 14 S Tracy Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715. Want help getting your business on the map? Need someone to show you how to use Google Spreadsheets or other GSuite tools? Come chat with Googlers, who will be on hand to give personalized help. Learn more and register.
1 Million Cups Bi-Weekly Meeting - Missoula. Nov. 21. Meets the first and third Wednesday each month at 9:00 am at The Loft, Missoula. 1 Hour Free Parking across the street in the city parking garage. Start your morning with coffee and start your business with 1MC Missoula, a place to percolate your startup. Entrepreneurship runs through it. For more information visit the website or Facebook page.
Montana High Tech Business Alliance Reception - Missoula. Nov. 27, 2018, hosted by First Interstate Bank.
Montana World Trade Center EU GDPR TechEx Event - Missoula. Nov. 27, Worden Thane P.C. Conference Room, 321 W Broadway St Suite 300, Missoula, MT 59802. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation is now in place. It applies to all firms doing business in the EU, even if your firm has no physical presence there. Fines for non-compliance are substantial and far reaching. Join us for a training session with TechEx team member attorney, Joel Henry, and commercial specialist, Isabelle Roccia, of the U.S. Mission to the European Union who will be video conferencing from Brussels, Belgium. Isabelle will provide guidance on current enforcement of the EU GDPR while Joel will cover the fundamentals of an effective compliance program and practical steps to get one in place. You can also register for a one-on-one meeting with Joel after our morning session. Register by calling 406.243.6982 or emailing Read the flier to learn more.
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Past Newsletters:
10/18/2018 - Bozeman's Zoot invests in new platform, new markets, & MT communities; Leaders grow high-tech workforce; Charter 1GB Billings; STEP trade show grant
10/04/2018 - FBI cyber security specialist advises MT CEOs; TechCrunch Disrupt puts MT on radar; UM tech camp draws 45 students; Elixiter award; Google event
09/20/2018 - Cognizant acquires ATG; CEOs' advice for hiring more women; Blackmore's new doppler radar; MEP hires new Exec. Dir.; Elebase powers UNESCO site
09/06/2018 - Photos: Kalispell Reception; Amazon exec named new onX CEO; Tech execs meet Pres of Fed Reserve Bank; Cowboy Crickets go to Boomtown
Click to view more past newsletters.

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