If there is something happening in the entrepreneurial world in Montana, Paul Gladen probably has something to do with it. In 2008, Paul came to Montana armed with a degree from Oxford University and more than 15 years of experience working with Arthur Andersen and his own firm Muzeview.
In 2009, Paul helped launch Hellgate Venture Network, a Missoula-based local entrepreneurship forum. When the university was chosen to be part of the prestigious Blackstone LaunchPad, a national effort to provide viable pathways to entrepreneurship, Paul was the “go to” choice to head it up.
Since then, Paul has been a linchpin in many Montana entrepreneurship efforts. He is the co-founder of the Montana Code School, and he recently helped launch Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovation Initiative with a $730,000 grant from the United States Economic Development Administration.
Today on Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Paul discusses all things start-up. He’ll tell us what it takes to successfully launch a new business endeavor, particularly if you plan to work in a rural environment.