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Diane Smith
Diane Smith serves on the Advisory Board for Mobile Future, a broad-based coalition of businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals interested in and dedicated to advocating for an environment in which innovations in wireless technology and services are enabled and encouraged.

Diane’s experience as an entrepreneur in rural America, combined with a background in public policy, gives her compelling insight into subjects ranging from emerging technologies and rural connectivity, to venture funding. From 2005 – 2007, Diane was a co-founder and CEO of Auroras Entertainment, an IPTV and digital media services company. During that time, she led Aurora’s evolution from concept to start-up through a merger to become Avail Media, Inc., where she served as President until 2008. In less than five years, Avail Media grew to be the largest independent digital media services company in North America. Diane was also a senior executive with Alltel Corporation from 1988-2002, where she managed teams of public policyspecialists to maximize the company’s opportunity for success in the rapidly changing local exchange and wireless industries. Smith lives in Whitefish, Montana with her husband David and daughter Ally.

Entries by Diane Smith

The Mobility Game Changer

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 12:22 AM

With 27 million Americans starting or running new businesses, American entrepreneurship has soared to new heights. This ground-breaking growth is due in no small part to the expanded opportunities mobile technologies are offering entrepreneurs. Mobility has become an economic and entrepreneurial imperative - and it's a...

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Mobile Entrepreneurs Share Insight Into Building a Successful Business

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 4:10 PM

I recently had the chance to catch up with two remarkable entrepreneurs and Mobileys winners, Carlos Fernandez, Jr., Co-Founder of Page-Out/Clutch Studio and Siobhan Bulfin, Founder and CEO of Melon Health. The Mobileys is an annual competition that recognizes companies that are helping make the world a better...

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Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Be Ready to Answer When Raising Money

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 10:16 AM

As an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor-to-many living in Northwest Montana, I often look at business plans and meet with lots of entrepreneurs looking for funding guidance. So, I was pleased when my friend and colleague Liz Marchi recently joined me for a webinar to share insight on the questions every...

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Building the A Team - Advice for Start-ups

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:55 PM

"Bet on the jockey, not the horse." Just about every investor I've ever spoken with has repeated this gem of wisdom in one form or another. Sometimes it comes out as, "invest in a mediocre product with a great team over a great product with a mediocre team"... or, "good...

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5 Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 10:42 PM

I was recently a speaker at an event in Kansas City, sponsored by U.S. SourceLink, America's largest resource network for entrepreneurs. Acknowledging the national importance of entrepreneurship to America's economic growth, one of the attendees there asked an important question: How do we encourage more people to become entrepreneurs? As...

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Winter Meets Heroes Hauling Technology

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 9:58 AM

It's been a tough couple of days here in Northwest Montana. Just in the past week, in addition to sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions, three people were found after an avalanche swept away a house; two skiers were rescued after a life-threatening night spent lost in dangerous terrain; and one...

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More Women Tech Entrepreneurs -- Hallelujah!

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

I recently had the great fun and honor to be a judge for

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Welcome to Silicon Everywhere

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:11 PM

The tech world has changed a lot in recent years - instead of looking toward Silicon Valley, we're seeing innovations happening closer to home. From Silicon Alley in lower Manhattan, to the Silicon Swamp in Florida, across the Silicon Prairie, and down on the Silicon Bayou in New Orleans, wireless...

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Money, Brains and Broadband: Tools to Thrive in a 21st Century Economy

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 7:04 PM

Across America, small business innovators are harnessing the tools of 21st Century economic growth: money, brains, and broadband. 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. That's...

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Letting Go, Staying Connected

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:05 PM

I'm a sandwich Mom. I'm a mom to a brilliant, wonderful 18-year-old who I love totally. I'm also these days a caregiver to my mother-in-law, a warm, delightful 87 year-old whom I love totally. Our 18-year-old is full of dreams of the future while our 87-year-old lives mostly in the...

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Hacking Our Way to Social Good

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:24 PM

A recent hackathon sponsored by Autism Speaks once again proves that we are harnessing the power of wireless to change lives in powerful and creative ways. At this hackathon, over 25 teams of tech-types worked to create mobile apps that improve the lives of those on the autism...

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Smartphones and Tablets -- Rural Shoppers Don't Leave Home Without Them

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, Food Coma, Shop Local. Well, along with many others, I did my part. Without ever leaving my house in Montana. After plunging into diet-defying feasts of food on Thanksgiving, I avoided the Black Friday crowds by cyber-shopping til my thumbs hurt. Then, on Saturday, I bought a...

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Forging Economic Opportunities in Rural America

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Congratulations to all the winners in this year's election. And, thanks to all of those who ran at every level. Now the hard work begins. Every election cycle, we hear lots about the divide between urban and rural voters. Well, as someone who lived for many years in the D.C....

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Staying Connected With an Empty Nest

(4) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 5:06 PM

I've been lucky to have great jobs -- tech entrepreneur, corporate exec, author. But the coolest job I've ever had is being mom to our only child, Ally, a brilliant 18-year-old headed off to college this year. She's ready, excited and full of anticipation. I'm, to put it mildly, conflicted....

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