Montana Tech & Tech-preneur Events

Launch Montana is a community effort to provide Montanans a single place to keep track of all the awesome business, tech, and design user groups and what they are doing across the state.  Submit your event to organizer@launchmontana.org to have it added to our calendar and monthly newsletter.  If you are part of a user group, you can get your group on our map too!

Jul
29
Tue
Ruby Mini-Meet (Bozeman) @ Hastings
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Following the example of the Ruby Lunches over in Missoula, we are going to start up a couple Ruby mini-meets here in Bozeman. Hastings seemed to work out decent, so we’ll try that location again. No official topic, just talking Ruby.

Jul
30
Wed
Open Coffee 2.0 @ Sola Cafe
Jul 30 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Open coffee group for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

Some details on the principles of the Open Coffee concept from the original blog post that got it started:

What is it?
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time - it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Something that can be replicated anywhere else at little or no cost — though we do want to build a list of all the places (wiki to come) where entrepreneurs can meet and know people might be around for them to talk with.

More information here: http://opencoffee.ning.com/

Thanks to Tiffany Lach and Sola Cafe for hosting this event!

Sola

Brown Bag Lunch: Being Fierce @ StartupBozeman
Jul 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Being Fierce

Of all the challenges leaders’ face, perhaps the most difficult is their own tendency to avoid difficult and painful conversations. This can lead to a destruction of trust and a perpetuation of a collective delusion. In his talk, former venture capitalist turned professional business coach Jerry Colonna will address this tendency and, most important, what tools you can use to say what needs to be said.

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About Jerry:

As a certified professional coach, Colonna draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. He established his coaching practice in 2007. Prior to this work, Colonna was venture capitalist focused on investing in early stage technology-related startups.

In 2002, Colonna became a partner with J.P. Morgan Partners (JPMP), the private-equity arm of J.P. Morgan Chase where he led the firm’s investments in companies such as ProfitLogic Inc. Colonna served as a director at ProfitLogic until its purchase by Oracle Inc.

During his time at JPMP, his commitment to the non-profit sector increased significantly. In the fall of 2001, he worked with The Partnership for the City of New York to help launch the Financial Recovery Fund, a $10 million-plus program that made recoverable grants to small businesses impacted by the attacks on the World Trade Center.

 In January 2002, he was named co-Executive Director of NYC2012, the organization designed to secure the City’s designation as the representation in the competition to host the 2012 Olympic Games. In that year, he helped raise more than $6 million to further those efforts.

He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners. With his partner, Fred Wilson, Colonna launched Flatiron in August 1996. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early stage investment programs.

During his tenure with Flatiron, Colonna was responsible for the firm’s investments in companies such as Geocities Inc. and Gamesville Inc. Colonna joined his first venture firm, CMG@Ventures L.P. in February 1995 as a founding partner. CMG@Ventures was the first “Internet-specific” venture firm.

Prior to joining @Ventures, Colonna worked for ten years for CMP Media Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he served in a variety of roles at InformationWeek, including a three-year stint as its Editor. Colonna also serves as a director, trustee, or advisor to a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Naropa University.

Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies. It is the only accredited Buddhist-inspired university in North America.

The recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans. A graduate of Queens College, Colonna lives in Port Washington, New York.

Follow Jerry on Twitter:

@jerrycolonna

@theceobootcamp

Check out Reboot.io

Other resources: 

Twist interview #1

Twist interview #2 - The 6 Biggest Mistakes Founders Make

The Good Life Project: Interview with Jonathan Fields - Delusion & Peace of Mind

The Crucible of Leadership

NYC Startup Roundtable 

BG Dharma & Uncertainty in Business

Being Fierce (Spark Capital Spark Sessions)

GAN: Authentic Leadership

Scott Britton: How to Manage the Emotional Roller Coaster of Entrepreneurship with Jerry Colonna

Aug
6
Wed
Open Coffee 2.0 @ Sola Cafe
Aug 6 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Open coffee group for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

Some details on the principles of the Open Coffee concept from the original blog post that got it started:

What is it?
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time - it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Something that can be replicated anywhere else at little or no cost — though we do want to build a list of all the places (wiki to come) where entrepreneurs can meet and know people might be around for them to talk with.

More information here: http://opencoffee.ning.com/

Thanks to Tiffany Lach and Sola Cafe for hosting this event!

Sola

Aug
12
Tue
Ruby Mini-Meet (Bozeman) @ Hastings
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Following the example of the Ruby Lunches over in Missoula, we are going to start up a couple Ruby mini-meets here in Bozeman. Hastings seemed to work out decent, so we’ll try that location again. No official topic, just talking Ruby.

Aug
13
Wed
Open Coffee 2.0 @ Sola Cafe
Aug 13 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Open coffee group for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

Some details on the principles of the Open Coffee concept from the original blog post that got it started:

What is it?
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time - it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Something that can be replicated anywhere else at little or no cost — though we do want to build a list of all the places (wiki to come) where entrepreneurs can meet and know people might be around for them to talk with.

More information here: http://opencoffee.ning.com/

Thanks to Tiffany Lach and Sola Cafe for hosting this event!

Sola

Aug
20
Wed
Open Coffee 2.0 @ Sola Cafe
Aug 20 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Open coffee group for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

Some details on the principles of the Open Coffee concept from the original blog post that got it started:

What is it?
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time - it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Something that can be replicated anywhere else at little or no cost — though we do want to build a list of all the places (wiki to come) where entrepreneurs can meet and know people might be around for them to talk with.

More information here: http://opencoffee.ning.com/

Thanks to Tiffany Lach and Sola Cafe for hosting this event!

Sola

Aug
26
Tue
Ruby Mini-Meet (Bozeman) @ Hastings
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Following the example of the Ruby Lunches over in Missoula, we are going to start up a couple Ruby mini-meets here in Bozeman. Hastings seemed to work out decent, so we’ll try that location again. No official topic, just talking Ruby.

Aug
27
Wed
Open Coffee 2.0 @ Sola Cafe
Aug 27 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Open coffee group for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

Some details on the principles of the Open Coffee concept from the original blog post that got it started:

What is it?
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time - it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Something that can be replicated anywhere else at little or no cost — though we do want to build a list of all the places (wiki to come) where entrepreneurs can meet and know people might be around for them to talk with.

More information here: http://opencoffee.ning.com/

Thanks to Tiffany Lach and Sola Cafe for hosting this event!

Sola

Sep
3
Wed
Open Coffee 2.0 @ Sola Cafe
Sep 3 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Open coffee group for anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

Some details on the principles of the Open Coffee concept from the original blog post that got it started:

What is it?
This is an attempt to establish recognized, open and regular meeting places where entrepreneurs can meet with investors (and anyone else who fancies coming along) in a totally informal setting.

The key is a regular place and a regular time - it’s not important who comes along, some days it might be no one – just that people know if they want to meet, this is the time and this is the place.

We want to create some density for people — a few places where people know they can meet or bump into others.

Something that can be replicated anywhere else at little or no cost — though we do want to build a list of all the places (wiki to come) where entrepreneurs can meet and know people might be around for them to talk with.

More information here: http://opencoffee.ning.com/

Thanks to Tiffany Lach and Sola Cafe for hosting this event!

Sola