At age 36, Steve Daines was working at his father’s construction firm in Bozeman when he got involved with a small but growing company that had developed new customer-service software for the Internet.
The company, RightNow Technologies, had outgrown its office space in Daines’ hometown and wanted a new home to house its expanding workforce.
Daines and his father, Clair, formed a partnership in early 1999 with RightNow co-founder and president Greg Gianforte to build the business park that became RightNow’s headquarters on the semirural southwest edge of Bozeman.
“That was just a dirt road, running off of 19th Street,” Daines said of the since-paved Stucky Road that now fronts a cluster of office buildings and businesses.
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