Rob Irizarry – Founder of Kudoso

[quote style=”boxed”]I’d start much, much earlier. I didn’t join my first startup until I was 34, looking back I would have done it the day I graduated from college.[/quote] Rob Irizarry spent three decades working with hardware and software technology in the finance, garment and automotive industries, with twelve of those years engaged in pioneering […]

Greg Gianforte – Founder of RightNow Technologies

[quote style=”boxed”]Focus earlier on growing our own leaders internally.[/quote] Greg Gianforte and his wife Susan have called Bozeman home since 1995. He is a serial software entrepreneur and active mentor of Montana entrepreneurs. Mr. Gianforte founded RightNow, in Bozeman in 1997. The company grew to more than 1,100 employees worldwide and more than $225 million […]

Shannon Hughes – Co-Founder of Spur Studio

[quote style=”boxed”]”Disconnecting from the world for a few moments is usually the best way to reconnect with yourself and your creative superpowers.”[/quote] Shannon answered Montanaʼs siren song of steep peaks and endless adventure after graduating from the University of Vermont in 2002 with the ultimate in useful, in-demand degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in English […]

Phil Leiritz – Owner of Your Custom Cellar

[quote style=”boxed”]Learn. Read. Communicate. Meet people and ask questions. Travel.[/quote] Born in France, in the white wine region of Alsace, Phil moved in Michigan in 1993 as a mechanical engineer for a big machine tool company (Charmilles Technologies, at the time). After nine years he decided to quit, and then took his little family to […]

Kali Lindner – Owner of Oula Fitness

[quote style=”boxed”] I love this quote by Thomas Edison: “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”[/quote] Oula was created in 2010 by Kali Lindner. A graduate of The University of Montana in Missoula, Kali became a certified yoga instructor and then received her White Belt in the Nia Technique in Portland, Oregon. […]

Josh Hughes – Co-Founder of Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company

[quote style=”boxed”]The single biggest thing I want to say is to those audacious enough to think they are worth something and can have an impact: YOU ARE RIGHT! You are right and don’t let others tell you different![/quote] When Josh Hughes was in kindergarden, his teacher prescribed video games for him to help with his […]

Brianne Burrowes | Founder of

A born creator, Brianne Burrowes’ favorite childhood picture is an image of herself holding chunky crayons to a granular coloring book page. With her hair in pigtails and six-year-old chub tucked into turquoise overalls, she had a personal style that made her a fashionista before she knew it was the cool thing to do. Brianne […]