Meat & Potatoes Podcast with James Curran – Silicon Slopes

James Curran of WhistlePitch Talks Mass Communication – Meat & Potatoes Podcast – Silicon Slopes TV

In this podcast we are joined by James Curran, the founder of WhistlePitch, a mass automation communications company. A former rapper, James has plenty of experience communicating with different types of individuals and the frustrations of trying to connect with strangers. With WhistlePitch users…


Fixing the Vendor Security Screening Process with Whistic – Silicon Slopes

Fixing the Vendor Security Screening Process with Whistic – Meat & Potatoes Podcast – Silicon Slopes TV

Whistic provides an inventive solution to the months long process of gathering security and privacy questionnaires from third party vendors. Having developed a framework that automates vendor security assessments, companies can access a potential vendor’s security profile in just a few hours by u…


Silicon Slopes to Induct Senator Mike Lee into its Hall of Fame this Thursday – Silicon Slopes

Astrid S. Tuminez, Ph.D. (UVU President); Todd Pedersen (Vivint Founder and Chairman); Warren Osborn (serial entrepreneur and investor); and Senator Lee are the newest inductees into the Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame

Silicon Slopes today announced that U.S. Senator Mike Lee is being inducted into the Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame.

Three other noted leaders are being inducted into the Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame:

Astrid S. Tuminez, Ph.D.:  President of Utah Valley University;Todd Pedersen:  Chairman and Founder of Vivint Smart Home; andWarren Osborn:  Serial Entrepreneur, Investor and Board Member (awarded posthumously);Shown left to right: Warren Osborn, Todd Pedersen, and Astrid S. Tuminez, Ph.D.

Each of the four Hall of Fame inductees will be fêted during the 2021 Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame & Awards program held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City this Thursday, February 24, where over 1,000 business leaders are expected to be in attendance.

Additionally, 21 individuals and organizations will receive Silicon Slopes Awards as Utah’s Best of the Best in 2021 in categories ranging from CEO of the Year to Intern of the Year and from Best Software Product to Top Web3 application/entertainment.

A Brief Biography of Senator Mike Lee

A vigorous defender of the fundamental liberties of all Americans and the country’s founding constitutional principles, U.S. Senator Mike Lee also stands as a major supporter of Utah’s technology, life science, and business communities.

Raised in Utah and Virginia, Lee developed a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution by observing his father, Rex E. Lee, serve as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan. After receiving his undergraduate and law degrees from Brigham Young University, Lee’s has career spanned both private practice and various positions in governmental service, including

Work specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation;Clerking for Justice Samuel Alito on the U.S. Supreme Court;Serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City; andServing as General Counsel to Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Senator Lee has been a vocal champion for all Utahns.

As a current leader on the Senate Commerce and Senate Judiciary Committees, Senator Lee focuses on such key issues as privacy, workforce development, antitrust, and innovation.

His support for the “State of Silicon Slopes” was publicly showcased recently as world-renowned executives Tim Cook (Apple) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) came to Utah at Lee’s invitation to deliver keynote addresses at the 2022 and 2021 Silicon Slopes Summits, respectively.

Beyond skills of oratorial recruitment, however, he continues to vigorously uphold the ability of all Utahns to dream, innovate, and execute as they choose. Hence, for these reasons and more, Silicon Slopes is honored to induct Senator Mike Lee into its Hall of Fame.

Additional Details About the 2021 Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame & Awards Program

Launched in 1999 by the then Utah Technology Council, the Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame identifies and applauds technology pioneers and breakthrough leaders who have contributed to the ongoing and growing success of Utah and Silicon Slopes.

Sixty-five inventors, creators, and business leaders have been inducted into the Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame since its launch over 20 years ago, with honorees ranging from such people as Alan Ashton and Bruce Bastian to Gretchen McClain and Fred Lampropoulos.

In addition, from hundreds of nominations, 89 organizations and individuals have been selected as Finalists this year for the inaugural Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame & Awards Program, which is designed to identify Utah’s best of the best from 2021, while also serving as a return to the past with the rebirth of the Hall of Fame program.

The Finalists for these awards are broken out as follows:

In the 10 Company Categories, there are 46 Finalists, while43 individuals have been named as Finalists across 11 different Categories.

Additionally, finalists representing Utah-based organizations are located throughout the state from Logan to St. George, and were selected across diverse industries that range from

Aerospace to Architecture, and fromCryptocurrency to eCommerce, as well as fromFashion to Healthcare, and fromSoftware to Solar Power.

Additional details about the Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame & Awards Program, as well as biographies about this year’s three other inductees into the Hall of Fame, can be found here.

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We Unveil 89 Finalists for the 2021 Silicon Slopes Hall of Fame & Awards Program – Silicon Slopes

Silicon Slopes today unveiled the names of 89 Finalists for its 2021 Hall of Fame & Awards Program, the organization’s first statewide awards and recognition program.

The Finalists are broken out as follows:

In the 10 Company Categories, there are 46 companies named as Finalists, while43 individuals have been named as Finalists across 11 different Categories. Additionally,Finalists representing Utah-based organizations are located throughout the state, from Logan to St. George, and across diverse industries that range fromAerospace to Architecture, and from
Cryptocurrency to eCommerce, as well as from
Fashion to Healthcare, and from
Software to Solar Power.
“We are extremely pleased with the number and quality of the entrants for this inaugural Hall of Fame & Awards Program, with entrants from across the state and from a wide variety of industries,” said Clint Betts, Executive Director of Silicon Slopes. “In reviewing the recent successes of all our nominees, it’s clear to us why the state of Utah is the hottest economy in the country. ‘We’ are doing amazing things, and it’s an honor to be able to recognize some of our best and brightest through this awards program.”

Finalist Companies for the 2021 Hall of Fame & Awards Program

A list of the Finalist Companies in their respective Categories is highlighted below (with organizations listed in alphabetical order).

Category:  Advertising

Backcountry,Harmon Brothers,Kizik,Pura, andZAGG.

Category:  Aerospace and Defense

Catalyst Campus,Defense Unicorns,Fortem Technologies,UAMMI, andWeber State University.

Category:  Branding

Homie,Hyperquake,MX,Struck, andTraeger Grills.

Category:  Health and Wellness

Hemplucid,Impact Suite,R-Zero,Sword Health, andTru…….

Utah’s ‘Silicon Slopes’ see action as law firm Holland & Hart poaches from rival – Reuters

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Holland & Hart poached venture capital practice leader from Ballard SpahrLaw firms have been flocking to Salt Lake City, dubbed ‘Silicon Slopes,’ due to emerging tech hub there

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(Reuters) – Holland & Hart on Friday said it has tapped a venture capital leader from Ballard Spahr’s Salt Lake City office, becoming the latest large law firm to add to its ranks in a tech-rich market dubbed the “Silicon Slopes.”

Todd Reece, a co-leader of Ballard Spahr’s emerging company and venture capital practice, has joined Holland & Hart as a partner, the firm said.

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Slalom opens Salt Lake City office to help Silicon Slopes companies and Utah businesses capitalize on growth opportunities – GlobeNewswire

SALT LAKE CITY, May 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Slalom, the $2.2B modern consulting firm focused on strategy, technology, and business transformation, today announced the opening of its Salt Lake City office to help Silicon Slopes and other Utah businesses accelerate digital transformation by enhancing cloud-based business capabilities and creating more customer-centric organizations. In its first few years, Slalom plans to bring 100 jobs to the Salt Lake City market, resulting in a forecasted $35M economic impact annually to the region by the end of 2025.

“Salt Lake City and Silicon Slopes are driving innovation worldwide, and we’re committed to accelerating that growth,” said Troy Johnson, Slalom’s chief growth officer and co-founder. “In the past year, we’ve seen newer entrepreneurial organizations rapidly scaling, while other businesses and public sector organizations are reinventing themselves to better serve customers in a digital age. Businesses need a partner to help them speed up transformation, and Slalom is the ideal partner.”

Despite the pandemic, Utah’s economy remained strong and has sustained positive job growth, emerging from 2020 in a better position overall than the rest of the nation. Today, Silicon Slopes is home to more than 6,000 of the most innovative start-ups and tech companies.

“Slalom will be the largest full-suite consulting firm with a dedicated physical presence in Utah, offering strategy, technology, and business transformation capabilities for both private and public sector clients,” said Isla Bragg, Slalom’s general manager of Salt Lake City. “What also makes Slalom unique is our team lives and works in the Salt Lake City community. We have a vested interest in the region and want to join with others to build and shape a better future.”

Do what’s right, always

Slalom’s mantra, “Do what is right, always,” refers not only to the company’s ap…….

Tim Cook talks privacy and security at Utah’s 2021 Silicon Slopes summit – iMore

Source: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Tim Cook is back to talking privacy and security, but this time it’s actually in person.

As reported by the Deseret News, the Apple CEO sat down for a fireside chat with United States Senator Mike Lee at Utah’s 2021 Silicon Slopes Summit. During the chat, Cook said that the people he saw at the event are the ones who “want to change the world.”

“What I look for when I go places is people who want to change the world. Technology should serve humanity and not the other way around. And that’s what I see here.”

When Lee asked Cook about Apple’s stance on privacy and security, the CEO echoed other executives and said that they view privacy “as a human right.”

“We view privacy as a fundamental human right. What we see is that your phone has more information on you than if someone went through your house and opened every door and closet and everything in your home. Your phone has your history, your financial information, your health information, your close contacts, who you call.

The only person that has the key to your (Apple) phone is you and we think that’s the way it should be.”

Cook went on to push back against ideas of a back door designed for law enforcement, saying that it was impossible to prevent others from accessing it as well:

“People say do it (program a device backdoor) just for this government agency, but it’s not possible from an engineering standpoint,” Cook said. “You can’t create a backdoor that’s just for the good guys.”



Black and white: Jazz owner Ryan Smith confirms team rebrand at Silicon Slopes Summit –

Dwyane Wade, part owner of the Utah Jazz, left, and Jazz owner Ryan Smith laugh as they talk about rebranding effort for the team at the Silicon Slopes Summit at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Dwyane Wade called Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith with a question that probably should have been obvious.

“Hey, my mom wants to know what the Jazz colors are and we can’t figure it out,” Smith remembers Wade telling him.

A look through the recent Jazz uniforms reveals the source of the confusion. In the last three seasons, the Jazz have worn navy, yellow, green, a red gradient, black with yellow, and even purple. They’ve pretty much covered the whole rainbow.

The franchise’s history in Utah has been filled with multiple brand changes, so is another one on the horizon?

Smith confirmed as much Wednesday while speaking at the Silicon Slopes Summit, stating the Jazz will build a new identity around black and white. For more details, you can look at everything that’s been happening around the team’s branding heading into the season.

On Monday, the J-note statue that sits outside Vivint Arena got a new look. The navy, green and yellow multicolored structure was repainted black and white, continuing a design theme the Jazz have been slowly unveiling over the last few months.

The Zions Bank Basketball Center, where the team practices, was repainted black and white ahead of training camp, the Jazz social media accounts all now use a black and white logo, and this week the Jazz released a schedule calendar that was black and white and … yellow.

All the changes have been the cause of a lot of hand-wringing among some Jazz fans, so the first question posed to Smith as he sat down on the Sil…….

Wilson Sonsini Enters Salt Lake as Silicon Slopes Lure Big Law – Bloomberg Law

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is opening an office in Salt Lake City, as another Big Law firm is lured to the area for its pool of lawyers and growing start-up scene.

The Silicon Valley-founded law firm said Tuesday it would hire Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas for the office when he retires in March of next year. The firm also hired former Holland & Hart corporate partner Marc Porter, while Matt Squires, a Seattle-based Wilson Sonsini partner, will relocate there.

Long overlooked, Salt Lake City has been an increasingly popular destination for Big Law firms. The city has a rising start-up scene dubbed the “Silicon Slopes,” and law firms have become comfortable opening smaller outposts following pandemic-driven epiphanies about the capabilities of working remotely.

Firms are also entering new markets to gain access to more attorneys during a surge in demand that has created intense workloads for Big Law corporate departments.

“Our expansion into Salt Lake City will allow us to better serve Utah’s innovative companies, as well as the investors and institutions that support them,” Doug Clark, Wilson Sonsini’s managing partner, said in a statement.

Kirkland & Ellis, the country’s largest law firm by revenue, opened an office in Salt Lake City in September, saying it was lured to the market by its “extraordinary talent pool.”

Last month, Foley & Lardner opened an office in the city, luring a team of IP litigators from a boutique firm. The city has in recent years attracted other law firms, including Dentons, Quinn Emanuel, and Lewis Brisbois.

For its part, Wison Sonsini has had a presence in Salt Lake through its automation subsidiary, SixFifty, which started in 2019.

The firm said in a statement it has a long track record of advising Utah-based venture capital firms on initial public offerings and has done substantial M&A work in the Beehive State.

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Buchalter joins law firms gaining foothold on ‘Silicon Slopes’ – Reuters

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Large law firms have cited Salt Lake City’s growing tech industry in opening offices thereSeven attorneys will join from midsize Utah firm to open Buchalter office

(Reuters) – Buchalter said it has opened a Salt Lake City office, following a number of other large firms that have opened their doors in the region, known as the “Silicon Slopes.”

The office will include seven attorneys hired from Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, a midsize Utah firm, according to Buchalter’s Wednesday announcement.

Adam Bass, president and CEO of 350-lawyer Buchalter, said in a statement that the city’s “thriving,” real estate, technology and financial services sectors were behind the firm’s decision to open in Utah.

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