What is Gangplank Utah?

We are an informal, vivacious community that believes in the power of sharing ideas, believes innovation breeds innovation and values the entrepreneurial spirit of risk taking. We form the foundation – your talent makes the difference!

Q: Why is collaboration so important?

A: We have built Gangplank Utah around the fact that smaller creative teams function together best. We are not afraid to share ideas with each other and we don’t believe that anyone has a corner on great ideas. If you have the next great idea you can bet that there are hundreds of others out there with variations on that same idea. If we collaborate and are not afraid to share, we can accomplish much more than we can in a closed secretive environment.

Q: What can I expect from Gangplank Utah?

A: We host casual, comfortable events (no black-tie here). Our gatherings are extremely informal so you can feel free to drop by at any time and stay as little or as long as you like.

  • We put ideas and frugality above opulent spending and surroundings (being yourself is more important than “dressing the part”).
  • Our events and gatherings will always be offered free of charge.
  • We include everyone (we won’t turn you away, although you won’t be happy here if you don’t share the same values).
  • We welcome vibrant discussion with no restrictions on technologies or platforms.
  • You will see us pat folks on the back – regardless of their affiliation (or not) with “the good ol’ boy (or girl) network.”
  • We are open to new ideas and adhere to the old adage that ‘there is no such thing as a bad idea.’
  • We are believers in the power of video and will have live video feeds between Gangplank Utah and Gangplank Phoenix at all times.
  • While we respect our corporate sponsors we won’t bow to them – no matter how much money they throw at us.
  • We believe in supporting the community at large both within our organization and externally.

Q: Why is the student connection important?

A: One of the things that makes Gangplank Utah unique is our connection with the TechTITANS Student Innovation Society. This provides benefits to both students and non-students alike. It’s great for students because they get to know industry pros – pick their brains and just see how things work out there – in an informal setting and on an equal playing field. For the rest of us, since TechTITANS attracts college students state-wide, it’s a chance to engage with some of the brightest, most innovative students in the state.

Q: What sets Gangplank Utah apart from other local organizations?

A: Some might ask what the difference is between Gangplank Utah and other user groups, technology councils, and the like that already exist here in Utah. It’s actually quite simple: Utah’s existing technology councils, organizations and user groups provide a much-needed business resource for companies and individuals as representatives of companies, and as far as we know, we are different than any other group in that, first, we are committed to supporting individuals as individuals, and second, we believe in a collaborative, “bottoms up” approach where getting things done together matters more than how much money you have or what you have been a part of in the past.

Q: How do I know if Gangplank Utah is right for me?

A: You have to spend some time and get to know us in order to know whether Gangplank Utah is for you. Other users groups share many of the traits and values that are important to us. It’s up to you to figure out who does what and what feels right for you.  All of our organizations have a place, Gangplank Utah just chooses to be and do things a bit differently.

Q: Can I find a job at Gangplank Utah?

A: We are not a “layoff lounge” and we do not facilitate job placement, although we do welcome those that find themselves currently without employment.

Q: What if I am already working?

A: We strongly encourage those with daytime jobs to come by in the evening and join us. We provide an invigorating outlet from the “hum drum” of the day-to-day corporate environment.

Q: Can I participate if I work from home?

A: Absolutely! We are a great place for independent and small businesses to come rub shoulders with others in a casual setting. Whether your goal is to expand your network, find someone with complimentary skills, or just listen to what others are thinking, we invite you to join us as often as you can.

Q: What if I (or my company) want to support Gangplank Utah?

A: We welcome any individual or company who wants to support our mission. Supporting sponsors must share the same values that we have here at Gangplank Utah. To preserve the energy created by independent thought and mutual respect, it’s critical that our sponsors agree that we will not be driven by any outside agenda.

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