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Kalispell Startup Company Vying for Support in Global Contest
Jerry Reynolds' new online vacation planner is about to launch and currently is involved in a startup contest
After years of development, Jerry Reynolds' latest startup project — an online collaborative vacation planner called Plandree — is ready to try and shake up the travel industry.

The Kalispell entrepreneur said he hopes to officially launch the site next weekend after an extensive beta testing period.

Leading up to the unveiling, Plandree is vying for attention in TechCrunch's Startup Alley contest, which features young companies from around the world battling for a grand prize of $50,000 and a moment in the spotlight at an upcoming technology conference in New York City. The contest tallies votes in each category, such as travel, education and entertainment, through shares and "likes" on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Voting is underway and closes April 28. As of yesterday, Plandree was in first place by only two votes.

"Part of this process is mobilizing community and I am hoping the Flathead can come to my support by sharing in this great moment for the Flathead," Reynolds said in an email to the Beacon. "I have committed to keeping Plandree here in the Flathead and the eventual jobs coming this summer. This vote is a very big step in that process."

Click here to check out the contest and to support Reynolds' pursuit. To vote, "like" or share Plandree with one of the four social networking applications.

The Beacon wrote about Reynolds' new endeavor in October.

Here's a video of Reynolds introducing Plandree:

Plandree Introduction from Jerry R Reynolds on Vimeo.

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