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GatherBoard is a software platform designed - a little ironically - to get people off their phones and into concerts, classes and community gatherings. It's a kind of Squarespace or WordPress for online events sites: small-to-mid-sized communities and companies purchase its license and design their own customizable, monetizable events calendars. To date, 44 communities have licensed it, and Missoula's Molly Bradford, GatherBoard's co-founder and CEO, sees faster growth ahead.

Kym Corwin, director of production success, and Claude Sammoury, vice president of sales, business development and alliances at Advanced Technology Group. File photos. Dec. 14, 2018.

Just seven years ago, the Missoula, Montana business-technology consulting wing of Advanced Technology Group (ATG) consisted of two people in a basement. Today, ATG employs more than 130 people in its quote-to-cash billing solutions center.

What is “quote to cash?” It’s the process of fine-tuning a customer’s interaction with a company from start to finish - or the “full lifecycle of managing a customer, through buying something from your company,” explains Claude Sammoury, ATG’s vice president of sales, business development and alliances.

The secret to their success, according to Kym Corwin, director of production success at ATG, is the pool of talent in Missoula - and the “Montana work ethic.”

Can Do: Rebranding A Company In the Fintech Market

Nov 16, 2018
Eric Hathaway, vice president of marketing at Zoot Enterprises. LinkedIn headshot Nov. 16, 2018.
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When Zoot Enterprises hired Eric Hathaway three years ago, the financial services technology provider needed to refresh its entire brand, and Hathaway thrives on change. “I love to help businesses move to the next level – it drives me,” says Hathaway, Zoot’s vice president of marketing. 

Hathaway, who has a global business leadership resume including Credit Suisse, Standard & Poor's, Microsoft and T-Mobile, helped Zoot reposition itself in the “fintech” – financial technology – market and change the way it sold itself, communicated and found new clients.

Today on “Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs,” host Arnie Sherman and Hathaway discuss what it takes to rebrand a 25-year-old organization and turn it into the leader in its industry.

Steve Bannon, former presidential adviser to Donald Trump, speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Former Presidential Adviser Steve Bannon is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a conference on the University of Montana campus in Missoula December 10.

The International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology is billed on its website as a scientific forum on research in entertainment computing.

Today on "Can Do," Christina Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, explains what entices so many new companies to start up or relocate to Montana, and how the Alliance plans on continuing to help start-ups and established businesses alike.

MIT Press

We have all heard that there are no longer any places left on Earth untouched by humans. The significance of this goes beyond statistics documenting melting glaciers and shrinking species counts. It signals a new geological epoch. In The Synthetic Age, Christopher Preston argues that what is most startling about this coming epoch is not only how much impact humans have had but, more important, how much deliberate shaping they will start to do.

On this "Episode of Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," Michael Braun, professor of management and marketing at the University of Montana, discusses what young entrepreneurs need to know when starting a company in a technology-fueled industry.

05/31/2015 - Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other -- a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It’s been said that smart technology creates dependency on devices, narrows our world to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills through shortcuts and distraction. Are these concerns an overstatement of the negative effects of high-tech consumption?