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Governor Bullock Announces Keynote Speakers for Innovate Montana Symposium

Innovate Montana Symposium to connect diverse industries with economic opportunities

Thursday, June 15, 2017/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the keynote speakers for the second annual Innovate Montana Symposium: Dave Morin, CEO of Slow Ventures and Bethany Yellowtail, founder of b.Yellowtail Designs.

“Dave and Bethany bring powerful diverse perspectives about innovating for success in today’s global economy,” said Governor Bullock. “This event will be a great opportunity for Montana’s small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors to access new resources to help them grow and succeed.”

The Innovate Montana Symposium will be held July 12 – 13, 2017 in downtown Billings at the Double Tree by Hilton, Northern Hotel, and Pub Station. Pre-conference workshops will be held July 11. The event will highlight the innovation of Montana’s small businesses and connect diverse industries with economic opportunity through informative panels, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities for attendees.

The Innovate Montana Symposium was launched by Governor Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project to bring business leaders across the state together to grow businesses, train and educate Montana’s workforce, increase economic opportunities and encourage innovation.

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Dave is an entrepreneur & investor. He is Founder & Partner at Slow Ventures. A leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm that champions long-term thinking and innovation. Slow serves a community of over 200 of the most innovative entrepreneurs and companies in the world. Including Slack, Pinterest, Evernote, NextDoor, Postmates, Blue Bottle and more.

He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Path which was acquired by Kakao in 2015. He co-founded Path with the mission of being a source of happiness, meaning, and connection through simplicity, quality, and privacy in technology and design. Path continues to serves tens of millions of people each month to this day.

Dave has had a lifelong passion for technology, entrepreneurship, culture, design, photography, nature, skiing, and improving society. He served both Apple and Facebook for several years during periods of rapid innovation and growth. Today, he serves on the Board of Directors of Eventbrite, Dwell, and Hinge. And, on the Boards of three Non-Profit Organizations, the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and Montana ExplorationWorks. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He grew up under the big sky of Montana where he was ranked as one of the top downhill ski racers in America. Today, he lives and works in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Brit, son Ansel, and dog Pixel.


Raised on the "Apsaalooke" Nation in a cattle ranching family, Bethany Yellowtail was first taught sewing from her Aunties and Grandmother growing up on the Crow reservation. As a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) in Los Angeles, Bethany worked in corporate fashion specializing in pattern-making and design consultation for various prominent brands before launching her own brand, B.YELLOWTAIL, in December 2014.

Her Great-Grandmother, Irene-Not-Afraid-Yellowtail’s regalia inspired the company’s founding aesthetics. In June 2015, B.YELLOWTAIL launched THE B.YELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a brand initiative that features art from Native American makers primarily from the Great Plains tribal regions. All pieces are handmade using time-honored techniques and traditional methods passed down from family generations. The COLLECTIVE proudly carries heirloom-quality artisanal goods, jewelry, and fashion accessories from some of the finest Native artisans around the country.

Set on re-invention of tradition and continuity of culture, B.YELLOWTAIL shares indigenous art and fashion with the world while providing empowering, entrepreneurial initiatives for Native people.

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