Board of Directors

Early Stage MT is led by some of Montana’s best tech experts and experienced professionals who are each committed mentors and strategic industry advisors.

Adam Gilbertson

Billings, MT

Adam is the Senior Vice President of Field Technology & Innovation at RDO Equipment Co. – one of the nation’s largest distributors of construction and agriculture equipment. His responsibilities there include investigating and integrating new technologies in construction, mining and landfills to include machine learning, unmanned aerial vehicles and machine guidance. He is a former officer in the United States Army, Iraq War Veteran and a 2020/2021 Presidential Leadership Scholar. Learn more about Adam on his LinkedIn page.

Pat LaPointe

Board Chair - Bozeman, MT

Pat is the founder and managing director of Frontier Angels, a 100+ member angel investment group focused on investing in Montana’s emerging technology companies. An entrepreneur who built and sold three companies in the marketing and data analytics field, Pat draws on this experience when mentoring entrepreneurs on their path to growth and success while helping to grow Montana’s technology ecosystem. Pat also serves on the board of the Angel Capital Association, the national organization of 200+ angel investment groups. See more at his LinkedIn page.

Philip Brittan

Livingston, MT 

Philip Brittan grew up on a ranch east of Livingston MT, earned a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, and currently works at Google. Prior to Google, he worked for over 30 years as an entrepreneur, CEO, CTO, business leader, innovator, Board member, and adviser. He founded and managed 4 software start-ups, led the fastest growing business unit in Bloomberg, served as CTO and Global Head of Platform for Thomson Reuters, and had an earlier stint at Google heading up Google Finance. Philip is an innovator and an inventor on a number of software patents. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager, a PADI Rescue SCUBA Diver, and of course is Avy 1 certified. Philip loves writing, making music, and outdoor adventures.

Philip is an advocate for startups, product innovation, and leadership and proudly serves on the Board of Directors at Early Stage MT.  Learn more about Philip's experience on his LinkedIn page.

Greg Rogers|

Bozeman, MT 

Greg is a serial entrepreneur and tech leader, currently launching Graceful, a collaboration tool to organize and safeguard families' prized content and critical information. Prior to Graceful, Greg was a partner with Techstars, where he led investment operations in 9 cities including NYC, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, and Tel Aviv - generating a portfolio of 200 including Chainalysis, Alloy, Arweave, Novo Bank, Quantive. He has an extensive background in digital advertising, as co-founder of Pictela, which was acquired by AOL.

Dan Rausch

Sioux Falls, SD

Dan is Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy for NorthWestern Energy where his responsibilities include finding and investing in emerging clean energy and “green” technologies in Montana and across the Western US, while overseeing all treasury activities of NWE. He is a member of corporate development and strategic planning for NWE and many of its subsidiaries.  Learn more about Dan on his LinkedIn page.