Meet the Captains: Startup Drinks, November 2015

It’s time to get your SUDS on.

Wednesday, November 4, Startup Drinks (SUDS) is back with Captains, apps and drinks! Join us for a completely free, no agenda hang out at Elevate (4th floor of the Loretta building) from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

To get to know some of the awesome people that will be there, here’s some background on our November Captains. One is a goldsmith, the other a 3D printing expert, and another recently won almost $15K- and that’s not all. Whether it’s expertise in art or ridesharing, these folks are sure to pique your interest.

Cooper Bierscheid
Co-founder Protosthetics


Andy Dalman (left), Cooper Bierscheid (right). Photo by Fargo Monthly.

Do you have any nicknames? If so, share ’em with us: Coop and “Wow, you are really tall!”

Something people should ask me about: How can someone use 3D printing? Spoiler Alert: Check out Yes, you can print all of that. It’s open-source.

What’s something you value about your community? People here have great values and morals that translate into a massive support group. People in Fargo are willing to go the extra mile to help you out in whatever you need. Oh for fun!

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I have double-jointed thumbs which makes the awkward turtle hand gesture that much more awkward. Also, I have a habit of laughing when pronouncing my last name for some weird, genetic…, reason.

Why are opportunities for students to create a business important? I think that being a student is the perfect time to be an entrepreneur and create a business. There are many resources out there to help when a student such as your professors, fellow classmates, equipment, grants, PR streams, etc. Also, what other time do you get to pretend you don’t have loans/bills to pay for?

If you could 3D print anything, what would you print? I would 3D print a 3D printer. It’s like wishing for more wishes but is actually possible. I’m working on one (3D Printed Printer) right now!

Carol Schlossman
Insight To Action, LLC


Something people should ask me about: Passion for our region’s artists; and/or in the stillness there is creativity.

What’s something you value about your community? Connectedness

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I have a sailing, skipper’s certification and I love racing our 24′ trimaran.

What’s a lesson Fargo has taught you over the years? You can do it; and you can be your worst obstacle.

If you could give your 20-year-old self a piece of advice, what would you say? Figure out what outcome you really want to work on 10+ hours a day; and don’t let your creativity get stagnant.

Carrie Leopold
Founder, Inspire Lab

Leopold in the Inspire Lab.

Leopold in the Inspire Lab.

Something people should ask me about: My pets, family, the Inspire Lab, or my future goal of becoming Wonder Woman. (also ask her about THIS experience!)

How can STEAM education from a young age shape a person? This way of education provides more equitable and creative learning experiences for children. It also provides an opportunity for students to learn 21st century skills such as collaboration and problem solving.

What’s your favorite event / activity at InspireLab? I don’t know if I have a favorite event specifically. What I love the most is when someone says “I have an idea!”

What’s something you value about your community? There is a lot of opportunity and support in this community. People are friendly and encouraging and willing to jump in and help when needed.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I play and teach handbells. I also learned how to play one song (and performed it) on the hammer dulcimer.


Matthew Sullivan & Jordan Nelson
Co-founders, Jumpr


Nicknames: Sully (Matthew)

How do you think Jumpr will revolutionize ride sharing? Jumpr will allow people to travel from city to city in a continuous network of people who love ridesharing.

Something people should ask me about: Ask Jordan about the refrigerator vending machine he once helped design. Ask Matt about how Fargo helped him overcome the traditional mentality he saw in his hometown.

What’s something you value about your community? We value the energy of Fargo, Jumpr is only made possible by the people we’ve met along the way and their willingness to help us.

What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know? I(Matthew) have performed on the same stage that Bob Dylan got booed off of at a high school talent show and my parent’s house is a block down the street from his childhood home.

Edie Ramstad
Founder, Weave Got Maille

Weave Got Maille

Edie Ramstad is an active member of our e-commerce community and runs one of the world’s top chain maille manufacturers. They make chain maille for everything from jewelry to blockbuster movie costumes. They are based in Ada, Minnesota, and ship over 1 million chain maille rings per day.

Some things to Ask Edie:

  1. How she went from wanting to close her business, to feeling completely re-energized.
  2. The coolest project they’ve ever had to work on.
  3. Why she chose to become a goldsmith.

Come meet all our fabulous Startup Drinks on Wednesday, November 4, 2015! We’ll be at the Prairie Den from 5:30-7 PM, munching on the free appetizers from Monte’s and Boiler Room and enjoying Sidestreet’s cash bar. See you there!

Let us know you’re coming.


Marisa Jackels