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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Meet your facilitator

Travis Cannon

Travis Cannon

Technology Consultant & Advisor |   LinkedIn Google+ Travis Cannon is an engineer with an MBA and a passion for startups. With over eight years experience in software development, he has a unique blend of business and technical savvy. He is currently a Technology Consultant and Developer for various startups and small companies, Facilitator and Organizer for Startup Weekend, and Curator of Portland Startup Digest.

Our venue partner

Hell Gate Elks Lodge Thank you to our 2014 venue partner the Elks Lodge #383 in downtown Missoula.

Schedule

Friday

Mar 7
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Mar 8
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Mar 9
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Kim Knuth

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Venture Forward   |   LinkedIn

Kim was born in Nebraska and earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Industrial Engineering. During her time at Iowa State she was elected the 2001-2002 National President for the National Association of Engineering Students and received the 2002 Dean’s Leadership Award. Before earning her International MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Kim worked at John Deere where she specialized in Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, process efficiency and partner management. During her time as the senior manager of Dealer Development she partnered with John Deere dealerships and focused solely on increasing dealer profitability. In 2006, Kim transitioned from traditional manufacturing at John Deere to technology development for Intuit, Inc. During her time as a Group Product and Marketing Manager, she was directly responsible for the design and development of products that enabled small businesses to get help easily, operate efficiently and grow their business.

Jesse Lakes

CEO & Co-Founder, GeoRiot   |   LinkedIn

An entrepreneur at heart, Jesse Lakes spent his free time in college working on web based “projects” with classmates and roommates. His first success came in 2009 after launching a series of extreme sports soundtrack websites that utilized the iTunes and Amazon affiliate programs. This led to authoring the first book on the iTunes Affiliate Program and then starting GeoRiot (his current focus). The publication caught the eye of the iTunes Marketing team at Apple and shortly thereafter Lakes packed up his gear and spent two years in Silicon Valley as global manager of the iTunes / App Store Affiliate Program. He now leads the GeoRiot team in Seattle.

Ben Sokoloski

Owner & Founder, Market on Front   |   LinkedIn

Ben received a degree in Finance and Real Estate with an emphasis of entrepreneurship from the University of Denver. During college, Ben mentored both “in front of the house and back of the house (kitchen)” at one of Denver’s premier restaurants, Elway’s Steakhouse. During his time at Elway’s, he developed an understanding for restaurant success: consistency, over the top customer service, an excellent/fresh product, and an impeccable checks and balance system. Upon graduation, Ben traveled around the world for one year with the objective to learn cultures and languages. More so, he viewed the societal motives when individuals conduct business transactions predominately in the food market industry. After returning to Denver, Ben became aware of the popular food markets, which offered everything from fresh produce to prepared dinners. These establishments were consistently busy and Ben realized that Missoula and other tertiary markets would be the perfect location for a similar business. Last May, Ben completed an apprenticeship in Denver reviewing a local market deli and assisting in the opening of a new location.

Jesse Spaulding

CEO, Spaulding International Cinema   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Creator of The Ghost Camera Stabilizer, received his degree in Digital Filmmaker, but has always had a passion for engineering. Though born and raised in the jungle of Papua New Guinea, he now finds home in the mountains of Missoula, Montana with his wife and business partner, Hannah Weinert.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Elke Govertsen

CEO & Publisher, Mamalode Magazine   |   LinkedIn

Elke Govertsen is the CEO and publisher of Mamalode Magazine (print, online, ipad). Mamalode has been dubbed "America's best parenting magazine" by Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer. Elke started the "Learn as you go lecture series" and the Missoula Business Book Club. She is a passionate champion of mentoring, learning and building a healthy startup ecosystem.

Dawn McGee

CEO, Goodworks Ventures, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Dawn McGee is the CEO of Good Works Ventures, LLC a Montana based company that invests in high social impact companies. She is also President of the High Stakes Foundation, which provides support to visionary people and organizations that are leading and implementing changes that create a sustainable future for Montana. She loves to play outside and play music as often as possible.

Shannon McGuire

Co-Founder, GeoRiot   |   LinkedIn

After earning her BS in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University, Shannon spent the first part of her career as a government contractor. We can't tell you more than that or we'd have to kill you. (Seriously.) Whatever it is that Shannon did worked, because it landed her a spot on the prestigious iTunes engineering squad where she stayed until she parted ways to join GeoRiot. Besides engineering it up, Shannon loves the outdoors. In particular skiing, running and mountain biking. In addition, she is the resident caretaker of GeoRiot's office dogs Jack, Daisy, and Moxy.

Jakki Mohr

Regents Professor of Marketing   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Jakki Mohr, Ph.D. is the Regents Professor of Marketing and the William & Rosemary Gallagher Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Montana-Missoula. She is an international expert on the marketing of technology and innovation, and the co-author of a book on that topic. Motivated by the desire to bring the promise of new technologies to solve social and global problems, she has worked with companies and universities worldwide in strategic market planning to commercialize innovation. Her most recent interest is in the field of biomimicry. Funded by the Marketing Science Institute out of Boston, she is studying how companies can successfully use nature-inspired designs to solve technical and engineering challenges. She has presented this work at two TEDx events in addition to a variety of national and international audiences.

Courtney Perkins

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Venture Forward   |   LinkedIn

Courtney was raised in San Diego, California and earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Business and Communications. She was actively involved in the Kellogg School of Business’s entrepreneurial associations and earned Runner-Up to the Annual Kellogg Undergraduate Business Plan competition in 2003. Before earning her International MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Courtney was a management consultant at a top tier consulting firm and conducted business with Fortune 500 companies such as DuPont, MASCO, ING, AXA and Sun Life Financial. Most recently, Courtney was the Chief Financial Officer for a firearms manufacturing company in Whitefish, Montana. She and her family invested in the early stages of the opportunity, quickly accelerated its operational and financial growth, and positioned it for a liquidity event in May of this year.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

JJ Adams

National Economic Director, U.S. Senate   |   LinkedIn

Jobs policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee & Chairman Baucus. Produced the last two Economic Development Summits in Butte. Before working in the senate, founded 5 businesses in a variety of industries.

Sean Benton

Partners Creative   |   LinkedIn

Sean is one of the agency principals at PartnersCreative. He has won numerous ad awards throughout his career. He is also a speaker at the UM on nonprofit branding, digital marketing, entrepreneurial brand development. Sean has worked with many startups through his agency and through the Missoula Economic Partnership's Innovation Initiative.

Pat Boyle

CPA, Boyle, Deveny, & Meyer PC   |   LinkedIn

Pat Boyle, CPA, received his Masters of Accountancy from the University of Montana in 2005, joined Boyle, Deveny, & Meyer in 2007. At BDM, his practice focuses on business and personal income taxes, financial statement compilation, and assistance with complex accounting transactions.

Molly Bradford

Founder, HB Enteprises   |   LinkedIn

For nearly 15 years Molly Bradford has been involved in sales and marketing in the greater-Missoula area, working with 500+ small business on successful marketing and advertising strategies. Through her roles at many Missoula businesses, she and delicately guided customers, and even her employers, through grand openings, moves, promotional events, sales and closures. Today, Molly is the co-owner of HB Enterprises, Inc with Colin Hickey. In the 4th year of their startup, HBE has just launched GatherBoard, their cusomizable and monetizable community events calendaring SaaS. Locally you know them as MissoulaEvents.net and Missoula Indoor Ads.

Jeremy Brown

Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney   |   LinkedIn

Jeremy Brown is an associate in the Corporate and Public Finance groups. His corporate practice involves a variety of matters, including venture capital financing, mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, private and public securities offerings, and general corporate advice. He was formerly an associate in the corporate, mergers, acquisitions and securities group of K&L Gates in Seattle, Washington, from 2005-2009

Chris Calder

Analyst, EPIC Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Christopher Calder is an analyst at EPIC Ventures, where he focuses on Series A investments in SaaS, cloud-enabled, and internet of things companies. Prior to joining EPIC, Chris was part of the founding team at XYDO, a venture-backed news aggregation company. He holds a degree in finance from Brigham Young University.

Bob Clay

CTO, onXmaps   |   LinkedIn

Bob Clay is a serial entrepreneur with a unique mix of technical and business skills. He worked as a Senior Systems/Network Engineer for Boeing on NASA and DOD contracts for 7 years, then went to the dark side to drive Product Development, Product Marketing and eventually Business Development in Silicon Valley at Cisco Systems.

He moved to Montana from Silicon Valley and changed his career track from direct Cisco product revenue generation to R&D, and from 2001 to 2008 worked as a Senior Business Development Manager at Cisco analyzing new markets and new technologies and identifying new business opportunities. Bob has driven product teams (marketing and engineering), built business plans and product lines, and started and ran companies. In January of 2014 he joined a young Montana Company, onXmaps, as their Chief Technology Officer.

Dan Cripe

CTO, ATG   |   LinkedInGoogle+

From ATG website: "Dan has worked with Fortune 500 companies, global consulting firms, and a number of leading-edge technology startups. Dan is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and is a former naval submarine and cryptologic officer. He lives with his family in Missoula, MT, and is actively involved in global projects addressing extreme poverty and women’s empowerment."

Richard Denenny

Vice President, Product & New Market Development, Telect, Inc.   |  

Richard is the VP of Product & New Market Development at Telect, a 350 person Spokane-based company that is a leading provider of network equipment solutions. At Telect, Richard is responsible for the Product, Marketing, and New Market Sales Teams. Prior to Telect, Richard was COO at Next IT Corporation, the world's largest provider of intelligent virtual assistants. Richard is active in the Spokane startup community. He is also a recovering lawyer....

Marc Dousset

VP Operations, AXIOM IT Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Marc, an equal Partner of AXIOM and Vice President of Operations,
leverages over eighteen years experience in analysis, design,
architecture, development, implementation and project management of
custom technology solutions. He has a degree from IUT Annecy, France, a
Computer Science degree from the University of Montana and
certifications from Sun and IBM. Marc has served on the State of
Montana Project Management Office Advisory Group and as a
board member for the Missoula Winery.

Ken Fichtler

COO, Me!Box Media,   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Ken Fichtler is a multi-time entrepreneur, an experienced marketer and a business leader. He has filled both marketing and management roles with great success in several industries including web and mobile applications, consumer products and manufacturing. Start-up and growth-stage tech business environments are where Ken thrives. He also co-founded TEDxBozeman, the first TEDx event in Montana, and has led it to two highly successful annual events. The first of those events was featured in Wired Magazine in December 2012.

Dori Gilels

COO & Publisher, Mamalode   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Most of Dori's career is grounded in grassroots environmental and social justice advocacy, politics and teaching. She founded and directed numerous projects and organizations over the years including the role of executive director for a local women's health organization. In less than 3 years, she took this organization to the national level, increasing the annual budget ten-fold

Elke Govertsen

CEO & Publisher, Mamalode Magazine   |   LinkedIn

Elke Govertsen is the CEO and publisher of Mamalode Magazine (print, online, ipad). Mamalode has been dubbed "America's best parenting magazine" by Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer. Elke started the "Learn as you go lecture series" and the Missoula Business Book Club. She is a passionate champion of mentoring, learning and building a healthy startup ecosystem.

James Grunke

CEO, Missoula Economic Partnership

Rob Irizarry

Director, Blackstone LaunchPad MSU   |   LinkedInGoogle+

My name is Rob Irizarry, I'm a husband, father of three and technology addict.

I've spent the last 25 years in working with hardware and software technology in the finance, garment and automotive industries.

I've worked in and with public and private sector organizations from 10 people to the Fortune 10 building systems, processes and teams in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South Africa and spent a decade living in Asia.

I’m currently in the third stage of my career. The first stage I spent as an employee of a large company in a variety of roles (engineering, sales, marketing & training) and locations.

Jen Knoetgen

Boyle, Deveny, Meyer   |  

Jennifer Knoetgen joined BDM in 1998. She is a graduate of Binghamton University in New York and is a QuickBooks Pro Advisor. Her practice includes a unique perspective on small business needs including accounting systems and software, human resources, technology, compliance and taxation. Jen manages the service department at BDM which provides payroll and bookkeeping services and she is an Enrolled Agent eligible to practice before the IRS. She currently serves on the board of Montana Community Development Corporation. Jen spends as much time outside as possible with her horses and managing her small farm.

Kim Knuth

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Venture Forward   |   LinkedIn

Kim was born in Nebraska and earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in Industrial Engineering. During her time at Iowa State she was elected the 2001-2002 National President for the National Association of Engineering Students and received the 2002 Dean’s Leadership Award. Before earning her International MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Kim worked at John Deere where she specialized in Six Sigma, lean manufacturing, process efficiency and partner management. During her time as the senior manager of Dealer Development she partnered with John Deere dealerships and focused solely on increasing dealer profitability. In 2006, Kim transitioned from traditional manufacturing at John Deere to technology development for Intuit, Inc. During her time as a Group Product and Marketing Manager, she was directly responsible for the design and development of products that enabled small businesses to get help easily, operate efficiently and grow their business.

Michael Manhardt

Founder and Partner, Acuity Design/Helix3D   |   LinkedIn

Having founded 2 companies in as many years, Michael is quickly becoming an expert in founding start-ups! With a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UW Madison, and an MBA from UM, he has applied both in forming a company that invented an enterprise 3D printer called Helix. He has an uncanny knack for creating something from nothing, including prototypes of products and high powered teams!

Nora McDougall-Collins

Web Developer, Montana Webmaster Team   |   LinkedIn

Nora McDougall-Collins took an alternative route to becoming a programming. First, she learned management skills by being a stay-at-home Mom of 5 for 15 years. Then she learned about small business through working as the Office Manager for a small community newspaper. That job lead to a job working as the Customer Service Coordinator for a company that created websites for community newspapers. This, in turn, lead to Business Administration and Computer Science degrees. Rolling that all up into one, the thing Nora enjoys the most is helping small businesses plan and implement their websites to fit their long term business goals.

Brian Morgan

CEO & Founder, Adventure Life   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Brian Morgan is founder and CEO of Adventure Life, an adventure travel company with trips worldwide. He founded the company in 1999 with little more than a cell phone and a laptop, and the company has grown to serve 3500 travelers each year with 18 full-time staff in Missoula. The company has been nationally recognized for its outstanding itineraries in such places as The New York Times, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler and more. Outside Magazine has repeatedly listed Adventure Life as one of the Best Places to Work in the US. Brian has also built several apartment buildings in Missoula and is an investor in a local bank.

Doug Odegaard

Consultant & Software Engineer, intraLogix   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Doug is a native Montanan who has been involved in software engineering and business consulting for over 30 years. He operates a consulting company called intraLogix based in Missoula which serves clients in a variety of vertical markets including healthcare IT, utilities, insurance and workers compensation and many more. In the last five years he has had the extreme pleasure of working with fellow developers and startups including WhoCanHelp.com navigating the wild waters of raising tent poles on an idea and taking flight.

Kevin O'Reilly

President & Founder, Orbital Shift   |  

Kevin is president and founder of Orbital Shift, a software company headquartered in Missoula, Montana. He has more than a decade of experience developing and working within the computer and software industry. Kevin holds a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas, and an MS in Computer Science and MBA from The University of Montana. After graduating from UM in 2009, Kevin started Orbital Shift, developing and marketing web-based workforce management applications to various industries nationwide. Living in Montana and developing quality software products that benefit local community businesses and beyond is a pursuit Kevin continues to enjoy today.

Courtney Perkins

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Venture Forward   |   LinkedIn

Courtney was raised in San Diego, California and earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Business and Communications. She was actively involved in the Kellogg School of Business’s entrepreneurial associations and earned Runner-Up to the Annual Kellogg Undergraduate Business Plan competition in 2003. Before earning her International MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Courtney was a management consultant at a top tier consulting firm and conducted business with Fortune 500 companies such as DuPont, MASCO, ING, AXA and Sun Life Financial. Most recently, Courtney was the Chief Financial Officer for a firearms manufacturing company in Whitefish, Montana. She and her family invested in the early stages of the opportunity, quickly accelerated its operational and financial growth, and positioned it for a liquidity event in May of this year.

Alex Philp

Founder & President, GCS   |   LinkedInGoogle+

​Alex Philp, Ph.D. is the founder of various advanced technology companies in Missoula, Montana, including GCS, Adelos and, most recently, TerraEchos. Currently serving as the Founder and President of GCS, Alex launched GCS as a spinout from NASA funded research and development in advanced geospatial information technology at The University of Montana. Dr. Philp received his Masters and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Montana, combining interests in history, geography, ecology, and geospatial IT into comprehensive examinations of historical landscapes and how and why they change over time. Prior to attending the University of Montana where Alex currently serves as a Faculty Affiliate in the Dept. of Geography and the School of Business, he worked for the Lewis and Clark National Forest and as a Park Ranger in Glacier National Park. Alex’s undergraduate degrees were in Philosophy and History from Seattle University, graduating as a life long member of the National Jesuit Honor Society with a public commitment to scholarship, loyalty, and service. In addition to his service work in recognizing and rewarding excellence in student scholarship, Alex serves as a board member at Providence Western Montana Health Care System, The University of Montana School of Business Administration Advisory Board, and as an IBM Champion, evangelizing, lecturing, and speaking about advanced technology and interdisciplinary topics. Alex and his family reside in Missoula, Montana.

Mario Schulzke

Assistant Vice President of Marketing, University of Montana & Founder, IdeaMensch   |   LinkedIn

Mario Schulzke is the founder of IdeaMensch, a community he started to help people bring their ideas to life. He is the AVP of Marketing at his alma mater the University of Montana where he also teaches in the business school. Before, Mario spent 10 years managing digital strategy teams at ad agencies up and down the West Coast.

Jill Seigmund

Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Flathead Valley Community College   |  

Jill Seigmund is the Entrepreneurship Coordinator at FVCC, where she links small businesses and entrepreneurs to the resources they need to succeed. She also owns Word by Word, offering writing and editing services to a variety of businesses and organizations.

Brandon Smith

Instructor, Salish Kootenai College   |   LinkedIn

Brandon Smith is currently an instructor at Salish Kootenai College in the business department and the team leader at eFinancial Solutions, Inc.

Smith has over 20 years of experience leading teams to implement successful technology solutions for employers and clients including CRM solutions, storage area networks, media distribution networks, traditional business networks, voice recognition and core database systems. He has led marketing and product teams to implement both hardware and software plans from development through distribution and promotion. Four start-up companies have thrived under his leadership from concept, through formation and funding to production. Smith has managed projects with upwards of 40 people and budgets up to 60 million dollars.

Part of Smith’s varied experience is teaching at the university level and working in the film industry. He has taught at 4 different colleges and universities in the areas of film and media, business and communication. He worked in the film industry for several years and then parlayed his experience into teaching at both Azusa Pacific University and Vanguard University. While at those schools, he developed a full media studies department and started a film festival to encourage healthy competition between universities.

Smith has a Bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in Communications and a Master’s degree in Business from Vanguard University. He also has numerous other certifications and training in leadership and organizational communications. He is currently writing a book on crypto currency basics for beginners.

Mike Sparr

CEO & Founder, Goomzee   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Mike Sparr is a fifth-generation Montana native and alumnus of the University of Montana School of Business Administration. He is a founder of the University of Montana School of Business Information Systems Advisory Board and served for several years. His professional career began at an early age while working his way up through the ranks of his family's automotive service business into management but his passion, however, has always been for software technology. Mike helped grow the software division of an Internet company that sold to a national conglomerate in the late 90's, and then he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to lead software architecture and project management teams for global consulting firm Accenture. His clients included Nokia, British Telecom, Oracle/BEA and Sun Microsystems and he worked and lived around the US and abroad before starting his own company in 2003. Sparr began providing e-commerce solutions to small businesses, and evolved to provide consulting and crisis management for large enterprises. In 2007 after recognizing an opportunity in the real estate industry, the company reorganized to provide mobile software and productivity tools to real estate agents nationwide. Sparr funded and bootstrapped his company Goomzee and products its first two years, and then attracted and raised over $1.6 million in angel and venture capital. He then steered the company through rapid growth despite economic hurdles to amass nearly 20% US market reach, and a nationally-recognized brand amongst key channels and vendors in just over two years. The company continues to grow its brand, technology, team, and market share.

Colin Stoner

Technical Founder, Gift Gather   |   LinkedIn

Seasoned IT and startup veteran. IT Director for Novo Construction in San Francisco, and Technical Founder for Gift Gather in Menlo Park.

Matt Sullivan

Creative Director, The Difference Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Matt is a Co-Owner and the Creative Director for theDifference Consulting, a creative consulting company focusing on strategy, people, and change. Matt has worked as a Visual Communicator since 1997, helping organizations all over the world uncover what they want to communicate through visually depicting their conversations and ideas. From Fortune 100 companies to government agencies to educational groups, he enjoys helping people convey and explore ideas through stories and images. Matt runs theDifference's Creative Studio in Bozeman.

Bruce Tribbensee

Co-Founder, Submittable   |   LinkedIn

18 years with startups in San Francisco, Boston, and now co-founder of Submittable in Missoula.

Deep experience with software development (desktop, mobile, web). Familiar with software patent issues, robotics, film/video production.

Chris Yates

Founder & CEO, Hatch Ventures, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Chris Yates is an internet entrepreneur who actively acquires and manages established websites and online businesses. He has the ability to spot undervalued assets in websites and make improvements to transform them into top performers.

Tom Snyder

Five on Black   |   LinkedIn

Tom won the john ruffatto business plan competition and started his fast casual concept Five on Black Brazilian Grill in 2013. Five on Black has received "Best New Restaurant" in the Independent and Missoulian awards. They won 1st in "Solo Dinning" and second in "Budget Lunch" and "Vegitarian".

Dave Pyron

Business Development, TrueCloud   |   LinkedIn

Dave Pyron works with small and mid-market companies helping them grow and overcome technology challenges by using state-of-the-art SaaS, cloud-based platforms. He has extensive experience working with retail, ecommerce, manufacturing, private-practice healthcare, professional services, and oil & gas industries.

Harold Shinsato

SAP Labs, Montana Agile Culture House, Inc   |   LinkedIn

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