February 21, 2019 Newsletter
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ATG gears up for growth in Missoula following acquisition with new office, consultant training program

ATG, a Cognizant company, recently moved into its new office space in the Old Sawmill District in Missoula. Photos by Katy Spence/MHTBA.

By Katy Spence

Framed artwork and photos line the floors in Tom Stergios’ new office. He hasn’t had time to hang them up.

In the last month, Stergios and his team at ATG, a Cognizant company, have moved into their new Missoula office, launched a training program in partnership with Cognizant and Missoula College, and unveiled an upcoming visit from Governor Steve Bullock in March.

On September 18, ATG announced that it had been acquired by Cognizant, a US-based global IT provider with more than 260,000 employees. ATG will continue operations under ATG, a Cognizant company, and Cognizant will soon have its own distinct presence in Missoula.

To better illustrate how Cognizant’s arrival could impact Missoula, Stergios, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, imagines how the two companies might sponsor local sports teams.

“ATG, a Cognizant brand, is going to show up on the back of little league uniforms,” Stergios said. “Cognizant is also going to be established in Missoula, and you’ll see it on the back of little league uniforms, too.”

ATG began moving into its new office in the Old Sawmill District on January 21, and nearly 100 employees have moved from the Studebaker and Garlington building to the new office on the third and fourth floors of Cambium Place.

Stergios said the ultimate vision is a tech campus, where both Cognizant and ATG will have overlap but also work in separate spaces.

While the company is still settling in, there are already hints at the kind of culture that ATG is known for: a dog bowl by the water fountain and Milkbones in the kitchen on the designated dog-friendly floor; a brand-new tipi leaning in the corner outside Stergios’ office, ready to be set up; empty standing desks awaiting employees to fill them; and 360-degree views of the Missoula valley.

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Montana Pavilion featured on TechCrunch website; register your interest for Disrupt SF 2019 and save $500

Jen Frandsen, CEO of Elebase, was one of four Montana startups who attended Disrupt SF in September 2018. MHTBA is interested in gathering another cohort of startups for Disrupt SF 2019 in October. Photo by Katy Spence/MHTBA.
TechCrunch's flagship event Disrupt SF celebrates startups and innovation from all around the world. Startups learn, collaborate, and network over three days with ambitious founders, talented developers, leading VC firms and cutting-edge tech companies. Four Montana startups attended Disrupt SF last September, and the Montana Pavilion was featured as a case study on TechCrunch's website.

MHTBA would like to gather a new cohort of talented and ambitious startups for Disrupt SF 2019, October 2-4, 2019. If you think your startup might be interested, register your interest with TechCrunch now to get an additional $500 off when registration opens next month. This is not a commitment: simply input your email address to let them know you're interested and qualify for $500 off the registration fee.

Let us know if you're interested, and we'll keep in touch as we start gathering interest and partners for this fall's Disrupt conference. Email with interest and questions about Disrupt SF.

Meet a member of the MHTBA team: Kyla Kozole

Kyla Kozole is a recent Marketing graduate from the University of Montana and is finishing up her last semester for the Bachelor of Fine Art degree in ceramics and painting. Post-graduation, Kyla plans to pursue marketing work in Montana. Kyla will also further her own art practice with hopes of graduate school in the future. Kyla enjoys spending her free time recreating with her two dogs in the mountains.

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Missoula health care execs get $1.2M in venture capital for tech startup PatientOne to better prepare patients

John O'Conner, Jeff Fee and Erik Guzik founded PatientOne, Inc. Not pictured: co-founder John Beighle. Photo via Missoulian.
By David Erickson/Missoulian

A group of health care executives in Missoula have attracted $1.2 million for a new technology-based startup that aims to improve surgical patient outcomes and are planning on creating at least a handful of new jobs here.

Former St. Patrick Hospital CEO Jeff Fee has teamed up with Five Valleys Urology administrator John O’Conner and software expert Erik Guzik to create a digital health company called PatientOne, Inc. Their platform offers remote patient monitoring services to independent surgeons, surgery centers and hospitals.

The company recently announced it had attracted the funding from Dundee Venture Capital and Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, which was co-founded by former America Online (AOL) CEO Steve Case. Other investors in PatientOne’s seed round include Next Frontier Capital of Bozeman, Goodworks Venture fund of Missoula and Service Provider Capital of Golden, Colorado.

Read the full story from the Missoulian.

Read more: Upstart Missoula digital health care company, PatientOne, announces seed funding round (Missoula Current)

2018 MT Cyber-Security Report: Analyzing the Failures of MT Businesses in 2018 to Prepare for 2019

Video via Pine Cove Consulting.
by Jace Holyoak/Pine Cove Consulting

Montana law dictates that companies report their breaches of data to the Montana Department of Justice regardless of whether the breach came because of hacking, criminal cyber-attacks, or human error. See (MCA 30-14-1704(8)).

The Montana Department of Justice shares this information publicly on their website for transparency reasons. We at Pine Cove Consulting have taken the time to analyze this data and present it in a way that may help you better understand the threats and what you can do to protect yourself. In this report we analyze:
  1. Overall cyber-breach statistics for Montana
  2. Common types of cyber attacks
  3. How you might consider preparing yourself for 2019 cyber-attacks.
We hope you enjoy our findings and find them useful as you craft your cyber-security protection for the coming year.

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LC Staffing expands reach with new location in Columbia Falls

LC Staffing, Montana’s leading employment company, announced on Feb. 11 that they are opening an office in Columbia Falls, MT to serve the Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Glacier corridor communities.

LC Staffing opened in 1985 to serve the timber industry in the Flathead. Originally named Labor Contractor, Inc., LCS expanded their recruiting services as the valley continued to evolve and bring in new business. In 1989, LCS added clerical, technical, hospitality, professional and sales to their recruitment services. The following year, 1990, they opened an office in Missoula, and in 1995 an office in Bozeman.

“LC Staffing is excited to be contributors in the thriving community of Columbia Falls.” LC Staffing’s President and CEO, Kristen Heck, said. “For decades we have provided workforce solutions to employers from Columbia Falls through the Glacier Park areas. This location will offer the convenience and in-person quality service that our employees, client companies and job seekers expect.”

LC Staffing will host a Grand Opening for their new location on Tuesday, March 26th, which will include a Business After Hours with the Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Doors open at 5:00pm, light appetizers, beer and wine will be served until 7:00pm.

The LC Staffing Glacier Office will be open for business on March 4 at 8:00am. 

Read the full press release.

Can Do: Next Frontier Capital Helps Take Start-Ups To The Next Level

By Arnie Sherman/MTPR

Will Price’s motivation for founding Bozeman, Montana-based Next Frontier Capital in 2015 is deep-seated: he’s a member of an extended Montana family, and like many, work early in his career sent him far away from the state. By giving tech start-ups the capital they need to stay and create jobs for the next generation of Montanans, Price’s goal is nothing short of a reversal of the Treasure State’s historic brain-drain.

The Harvard-educated Price, whose family history in Montana dates to the 1850's, brings a wealth of experience to the state’s investment landscape. Price served most recently as the CEO of Flite, which in 2016 was acquired by Snap, the parent company of Snapchat. He was a managing director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and before that, he worked for Pequot Capital and for Morgan Stanley in NYC, Hong Kong and the ASEAN markets. 

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Blackfoot, PatientOne: Upstart Missoula digital health care company, PatientOne, announces seed funding round (Missoula Current)
Blackfoot: Bill would create prop-tax moratorium for new broadband cable in MT (KPAX), High-speed internet? Bill gives tax breaks to companies that install fiber optic cables (Missoula Current)
PayneWest Insurance: PayneWest Insurance offers competitive benefits to battle workforce crunch (Missoulian)
ExcelliMatrix: ExcelliMatrix brings big-city software services to Montana (Daily Inter Lake)
LMG Security: Missoula’s LMG Security protects businesses nationwide from cyber-criminals (Missoula Current)
Pulsara: New Leadership Brings Healthcare SAAS Experience to Growing Healthcare Communications Platform (Pulsara)
Bozeman airport: Allegiant adding flight from Bozeman to Los Angeles (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
Business on reservations: Business professionals learn to build better relationships with Montana tribes (Helena Independent Record)
Missoula airport: Airline ticket prices drop at Missoula International Airport due to increased competition (Missoulian), Daines tours Missoula airport as $111M terminal project kicks off (Missoula Current)

Upcoming Events:

2019 Economic Outlook Seminars - Statewide. Seminars begin Jan. 29 and run through March 24. This year’s Economic Outlook examines the challenges of affordable housing. EOS 2019 will travel to ten cities across the state and provide a live webcast for other regions. This year, the seminar will visit Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Kalispell, Sidney, Miles City and Big Sky. Find registration information and the full meeting schedule on the website.
2019 GRIT High School Trades Workshops - Missoula. Registration forms for Welding are due Feb. 25, 2019; Registration forms for Auto Mechanics are due April 1, 2019. This winter and spring, the GRIT (Girls* Representing in Trades) program is offering three 20-hour workshops for high school students in Missoula and western Montana! These in-depth workshops will cover carpentry, welding, and auto mechanics! In each workshop you’ll gain tangible skills through hours of hands-on practice, work as a team to complete projects and solve problems, build confidence and leadership skills, make new friends, and have lots of fun!  For more information and registration, visit this website.
Bozeman Bunker Brews at Hoplite - Bozeman. Feb. 28, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Hoplite Industries, 945 Technology Boulevard, Bozeman, MT 59718. Hear from Hoplite Industries Founder and President Anthony Cochenour. Hoplite is a leading-edge cyber security company with a mission to empower customers with the real-time intelligence, context, and automation required to proactively defend against rapidly evolving threats from around the world. The Bozeman Chapter of Bunker Labs aims to start their 2019 Bunker Brews Series with an event to Link, Support and Promote Veteran Entrepreneurship in style at host Hoplite Industries. Learn more and register.
Montana High Tech Business Alliance Reception - Bozeman. February 28, 2019, hosted by Rocky Mountain Bank.
Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is: Investing Locally - Butte. March 2. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Slainte Butte America Pub, 43 East Park Street, Butte, MT 59701. Join Crowdfund Mainstreet and Purse for the People to learn about the power you have to invest in the businesses and communities you love the most, even if you're not wealthy. They'll share creative tools for moving your money from Wall Street to Main Street. You'll also learn about a nationwide community of investors called Angels of Main Street that is working to make the vision of well-funded small businesses a reality. Learn more and register.
1 Million Cups Monthly Meeting - Bozeman. March 6. 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.
1 Million Cups Bi-Weekly Meeting - Missoula. March 6. 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.
Big Sky Employment Fair - Missoula. Fair to be held on March 6, from 9:00am - 3:00pm in the University Center Ballroom (third floor). Second day interviews are available for registered employers from 9:00am - 3:00pm on March 7th, 2019 in the Career Services Office — Lommasson Center, Suite 154. This is an excellent opportunity for recruiters to network with students to fill employment opportunities. To register, please log into Handshake. Learn more and register.
2019 Manufacturing and International Trade Day - Helena. March 18, 6 pm -10 pm. Delta Hotels—Helena Colonial. Manufacturing & International Trade Day recognizes the importance of two economic drivers in Montana – exporting and manufacturing. Each year, this event celebrates achievements from these groups, and awards the Manufacturer of the Year. Please join the Montana Manufacturing Association, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and our partners, at a dinner and reception that includes special guest, retired Senator and Ambassador Max Baucus. Learn more and register.
Montana High Tech Business Alliance Reception - Billings. April TBD, 2019, hosted by Diamond BTS.
Montana Code School Full-Time Course - Missoula & Bozeman. Full-time class dates: May 20, 2019 – Aug. 9, 2019; Sept. 16, 2019 – Dec. 6, 2019, Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. Part-time class dates: April 9, 2019 – Sept. 24, 2019; Oct. 8, 2019 – April 14, 2020; Location: Missoula & Bozeman, Tuesday & Thursday for 6 months, 6pm – 9pm + 1 immersive weekend a month. Financing available. Montana Code School’s full-time immersive program gives you the skills and fundamentals you need to land a job as a full-stack Jr. Web Developer. Contact 406-219-1392 or Learn more here.
Montana High Tech Business Alliance Reception - Missoula. May TBD, 2019, hosted by Blackfoot.
Big Sky Dev Con - Bozeman. June 8, The Commons, Bozeman. A Montana state-wide tech conference for developers hosted by Montana Programmers. More information will be released on the website as it is available.
Past Newsletters: 
02/07/2019 - The Lawyers Behind Montana’s Biggest Tech Deal; Zoot wins AVA Digital awards; AdvicePay closes $2M seed round; LMG in NYT; Helena robotics team
01/25/2019 - Jobs board reveals MT hiring trends; Legislature issues to watch; Workiva named Best Workplace; Blackfoot apprentices; XYPN aids furloughed workers
01/10/2019 - Figure brings dozens of jobs to MT; Apply for MT Exporter of the Year; Reg. for Economic Outlook Sem; Submit proposal for Big Sky Dev Con
12/27/2018 - 2018 Year in Review- 5 Trends Indicate Rosy Outlook for Montana's Tech Scene in 2019; Next Frontier Capital invests in new Bozeman company
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