Governor Matt Mead Visits Pitchengine; Talks Tech, Ag and Wyoming Whiskey with Founder and CEO Jason Kintzler
Governor Matt Mead toured Pitchengine in Riverton today to check-in with Founder and CEO Jason Kintzler and get a glimpse inside Wyoming’s newest tech space.
Mead discussed a myriad of topics with Kintzler, who with COO, Fabian Lobera, recently became involved with the Governor’s ENDOW initiative to help diversify and reboot Wyoming’s economy.
“It’s so humbling to have an opportunity to visit with our Governor like this,” explained Kintzler.
“It’s even more impressive when you see how much he cares about our state and its people. He’s always attentive and empathetic about these topics.”
Mead asked about Pitchengine’s challenges in recruiting software developers to a place like Fremont County and shared his interest in getting computer programming into the curriculum in Wyoming schools.
“He understands the important role technology is going to play across every sector of our economy. From the first time we met back in 2010, he’s been pushing to drive technology businesses like ours forward in our state,” said Kintzler.
Pitchengine, which will enter it’s tenth year of operation next year, is an anomaly among consumer software companies. Kintzler’s book, The New American Startup, details the story of the country’s most remote tech startup and why he chose Wyoming instead of more traditional tech hubs like Silicon Valley, Boulder or Austin.
“We’ve got to make more people aware of companies like ours — creative pockets that exist around the state where real innovation in new sectors is actually happening,” he said, “As the economy changes nationally to be more “gig-based,” we’ve got to be better positioned to take advantage of our uniqueness. It’s not just about scenery — a lot of state’s have that. Here we’re born with a grit and an independence that’s the foundation of successful entrepreneurs.”