Across America, entrepreneurs are blossoming like spring flowers. They are cropping up everywhere. From the Silicon Prairie to the Southern Gulf to my back yard in northwest Montana, we are seeing start-ups grow successfully in unlikely places – creating jobs, innovating and attracting investment. We’ve made surprisingly swift progress. When I founded a ground-breaking tech company in northwest Montana, I was asked repeatedly, “How will you ever be able to grow a tech business from a small town in a flyover state?” The answer was, easy … technology would make it possible. And it did.
My husband, our daughter and I had moved to Whitefish, Montana, in 2002 from the Washington, D.C., area. We’d looked all over America for a community that had four seasons of recreation, good healthcare and public schools (our daughter was then 8 years old) and enough restaurants that we didn’t have to cook every day. My background was in telecom so I had seen firsthand the kinds of opportunities for business, healthcare and education that the Internet was making possible. We believed that we could make a living just about anywhere that had fast and reliable communications connectivity, and we found it in Whitefish.
I passed the Montana bar exam in 2003. In contrast to the Virginia bar exam I had passed years earlier, this time I studied for it not in a classroom but in my living room. In 2004 I was approached by a young entrepreneur with an idea for a revolutionary tech company. Combining his tech vision and my business skills, we launched a company in Kalispell, Montana, that today is known as Vubiquity, the largest global provider of multi-platform video services. In fact, still today, some of the most cutting-edge video compression and distribution technologies in the world are being developed in Kalispell by a team of brilliant tech pioneers who work with colleagues and customers located all around the world.
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