Ignite Happy Hour: Working Remote in Steamboat (Then, Now, and the Future)

What is it like to work remotely in Steamboat? Share your challenges, ideas, and the benefits you realize at this happy hour. Enjoy $2 Bud and $3 Guinness, Fat Tire, et al from the Old Town Pub starting at 4pm and a roundtable dicussion (see below) will start at 5pm. The first round of appetizers is on me (Scott) and we'll go until 7pm or the first horse comes inside, whichever comes first!

Hi-Tech or No-Tech, this happy hour is intended for three demographics: (1) anyone who runs a business from Steamboat, (2) anyone who lives in Steamboat but collects a paycheck from an employer outside Routt County, and (3) anyone who is interested in solving challenges experienced by #1 and #2 (translation: business opportunity).

Hear from Dale Morris, a processor architect at HP, who moved to Steamboat in 2000 and started working remotely via a dial-up modem. Dale will share the reasons why he moved here over a decade ago, the evolution he's witnessed, and answer questions about what he sees as the most important benefits and challenges facing our area in the future.

Hear from Scott Bideau, a software sales engineer, who moved to Steamboat just last year, in part because of the community Ignite provides. Scott will share the reasons he choose Steamboat and discuss with the group two important topics for LNBs and remote employees: reliable broadband/cell service and air transportation.

Let us hear from you! Why did you move to Steamboat and what are the challenges you'd like to see Ignite help you overcome?

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  • Alan R.

    Didn't address the real issues of how we build a vibrant 'location neutral executive/employee' work community in Steamboat.

    April 18, 2012

  • Scott B

    I got some wonderful information from people about the benefits and challenges they experience living in Steamboat and working remotely. It was hard to hear each other but I'm very excited to have some more intimate, more specific sessions to put these ideas into motion.

    I was also very impressed with the group's interest in getting more involved with the community through Ignite via channels like the Challenge Fund, working with the City and Chamber on ideas, etc. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and that step was taken at this happy hour!

    April 17, 2012

  • Kim F.

    I think the subject matter was good, and the two presenters have different remote working requirements/arrangements which was helpful. If one or two more presenters had been involved it might have provided an even wider range of insights and opinions.

    April 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good turnout and good questions regarding the talks that Scott and I gave on working remotely from Steamboat.

    April 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting. Enjoyed Scott's talk/ questions about what Steamboat should or could do to support the growing group of LNB residents. Great topic and much needed

    April 17, 2012

  • Shari Critchley F.

    One speaker was great and had good information to share and a real purpose for sharing his message. The other (who consumed most of the air time) spoke to the audience like he was trying to convince and educate us on the merits of being a LNB. He clearly did not consider his message for his audience in advance of taking the stage as the audience already understood it given we were all made up of LNB people. This was my only the second time I've attended a Meetup and I am not sure I will come again.

    April 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good. I liked everything Scott B. had to say. I think you should ask Alan Rudolph to speak sometime. I've watched him for probably 10 years and he seems to know what he's doing and what would help the valley.

    April 17, 2012

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