Bozeman has a new high-tech company in town.

The business, Zinovo, plans to take advantage of the large reach of do-it-all cloud computing giant by offering support and maintenance for the $74 billion company’s range of services.

Salesforce itself offers a number of customer relationship management tools for businesses, everything from data analytics to web development. But once companies adapt the software, there’s often a need for a guiding hand, and that’s where Zinovo comes in, said co-founder Jonathan Distad.

“We saw a really unmet need in the Salesforce delivery network around the care and feeding of the application,” Distad said.

Distad, along with co-founder Peg Rifleman, formed Zinovo in August. The company began operating in early September.

A fifth-generation Montanan, Distad’s grandfather ran a grain operation on the Hi-Line, while his father was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Distad currently lives with his wife and three children in Minnesota, but plans to move back to Bozeman by next summer.

“We’re genuinely excited to be in Bozeman. It’s an untapped gem in the tech and startup space that’s slowly being uncovered by folks,” the co-founder said. “It’s a great story and hopefully we’re in the middle of a healthy growth spurt in the tech space.”

Zinovo currently employs three people, but Distad said he hopes to hire several more by the end of the year and grow the business’s ranks to 20 or 30 by the end of 2019. The company — currently operating out of a home — will eventually move to an office on Main Street, Distad added.

The venture partnered with the city and economic development nonprofit Prospera Business Network and is in the process of applying for a Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund grant to assist with operational costs.

“Part of our model is to take individuals out of university and the high school system in the Gallatin Valley and bring them into a tech (company) that pays really well and has a long trajectory of useful and meaningful work,” Distad said. “We’re excited about the ability to add a large number of meaningful and well-paying jobs to the valley.”

Kendall can be reached at 406-582-2651 or He is on Twitter at @lewdak

Lewis Kendall covers business and the economy for the Chronicle.

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