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10 Years, 10 Offices at Instructure

10 Years Ago, Josh Coates, an entrepreneurial founder, had an idea to create a learning management system that was easy to use and created from the ground up to be awesome. Instructure now has more than 3000 learning institutions using their platform. In this, their 10th year of operation (founded in 2008) the company has more than 1100 employees across the globe and their 10th office is right here in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The second campus in Utah will be home to more than 400 employees focusing on worldwide technical support and software engineering. Unlike the ribbon burning at their [...]

By |2018-03-26T09:32:49-06:00March 26th, 2018|

FY2019 H-1B Visa Petitions: Start Early, Prepare Thoroughly

In previous years, Utah employers and their foreign professional employees have enjoyed an easier review process for H-1B petitions. Recent trends, however, suggest employers should begin working with counsel earlier than usual and should prepare for enhanced scrutiny from USCIS. Per federal regulations, each fiscal year USCIS makes available only 85,000 H-1B visas. Considering that H-1B applications always exceed the number available, the greatest challenge previously facing an employer was prevailing in the lottery style selection process. This year, however, in addition to the lottery process, there is an unprecedented shift in H-1B adjudication. Specifically, USCIS is challenging and scrutinizing [...]

By |2018-03-19T11:01:27-06:00March 19th, 2018|

From Utah’s Classrooms to Utah’s Workforce: Talent Development and Retention

      We all know how important a talented workforce is to the health of Utah’s businesses and overall economy. With the growth of Silicon Slopes, Utah industries are going to require more and more highly-skilled and highly educated workers in the coming years. Fortunately for us, Utah has a strong and vibrant system of higher education and technical colleges. Unfortunately, however, Utah is a net exporter of trained and educated talent. A recent analysis of census data shows that migrants coming to Utah from other states are less educated than Utahns leaving the state. Senate Bill 104, Talent [...]

By |2018-02-16T11:53:45-06:00February 16th, 2018|

Computer Science: Every Classroom, Every Age

  It was last October that I sat across from Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight and former UTC board member, as he shared his vision for Utah’s educational future. The goal: computer science offered in every classroom at every age. As our economy changes, our education must change as well. Utah needs to invest in the digital future, to ensure that all our students have exposure to the skills desired in future workforces. Computer science is more than coding, it is creativity and innovation - problem solving through experience where the solutions are as unique as each individual student. For [...]

By |2018-01-31T13:49:10-06:00January 31st, 2018|

Why I will be at Silicon Slopes 2018 Tech Summit

We’ve all gone to those conferences where, by the end of the first morning, we are questioning why we haven’t already made our way to the hotel pool to avoid one more droning conversation, one more irrelevant presentation or less than dynamic speaker. The lighting is mediocre, the chairs are uncomfortable, and you’ve been staring at the back of a stranger’s head so long you are convinced you have every hair memorized. Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is NOT that conference. Utahns are genuinely excited about the rapid growth of the state’s tech scene. Investors have not only taken notice, but [...]

By |2018-01-08T10:44:53-06:00January 8th, 2018|

Check out Silicon Slopes’ latest feature on our Hall of Fame Inductee, Amy Rees Anderson! 

Photo Courtesy of Deseret News   "On the evening of November 10, REES Capital Managing Partner Amy Rees Anderson will be inducted to the UTC Hall of Fame alongside Pluralsight CEO Aaron Skonnard and Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. At age 17, Anderson arrived in Utah as a BYU freshman. Armed with her first checkbook, she quickly bounced enough checks to compel her dad to catch a flight to Salt Lake City and explain to his daughter how bank accounts work. “If I can go from being that girl who couldn’t balance a checkbook to selling a company for $400,000, 000, that’s a testament [...]

By |2017-10-11T15:23:25-06:00October 11th, 2017|

Silicon Slopes Feature – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Is Coming To Utah

We are excited to announce that today marks the first of UTC's Silicon Slopes Feature Series, where Silicon Slopes will give an inside scoop on all things Hall of Fame!  Check out their post below! Every year, one world-renowned tech CEO is chosen to speak at the Utah Technology Council’s Hall of Fame Gala, a celebration of the greatest tech entrepreneurs in Utah. In the past, this has included such notable speakers as Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Marc Benioff of Salesforce. This year’s Hall of Fame Gala (the 19th of its kind) is being held on November [...]

By |2017-10-04T22:05:32-06:00October 4th, 2017|

Honoring our 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

We are excited to announce that we will induct three tech industry leaders into our Hall of Fame. Aaron Skonnard, Amy Rees Anderson and Patrick Byrne will be honored at the UTC Hall of Fame Celebration which will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on November 10, 2017. The Hall of Fame Gala has become the largest annual gathering of leaders from Utah’s thriving technology industry. The theme of this year’s gala is “Celebrate Transformation". This theme is especially fitting as we honor three innovative individuals who have literally transformed their companies and helped [...]

By |2017-09-25T08:00:15-06:00September 25th, 2017|
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