Month: January 2014

ND Women's Startup Weekend a smashing success

The first ever Women’s Startup Weekend event in North Dakota, and one of only a handful ever conducted in the world, launched with incredible success this past weekend.  Over 60 participants, forming 7 teams, worked 54 hours to create a “minimum viable product” for their business idea.  Judges, including Border States Electric CEO Tammy Miller,…

Brandon Medenwald and Bill Burgess make things easier with Simply Made Apps

Uncounted coffees, a season of Futurama, and 48 hours of uninterrupted coding are all that was necessary for Bill Burgess and Brandon Medenwald to begin their startup, Simply Made Apps. Throw in a pack of Twinkies and you could call this a diehard programmer’s nightly ritual. Regardless, Simply Made Apps is a successful startup located…

1 Million Cups Fargo takes off with energy

It was a frigid morning in Fargo, with negative temperatures and penetrating winds, but the Plains Art Museum was full of passion and entrepreneurial spirit during the inaugural 1 Million Cups Fargo event. The one-hour program included community, startup discussion, and many cups of coffee warming attendees and spurring conversations. Weekly 1 Million Cups Fargo…

Tech services social enterprise Specialisterne to open Fargo office, announces Executive Director hire

Specialisterne, an international social enterprise that provides tech-focused jobs to individuals with autism and similar challenges, has announced the forthcoming opening of a new office in Fargo, ND.  The organization has also appointed Tony Thomann as the first Executive Director of its Midwest division, covering ND, SD, MN, MT, WI and IA. “I believe that…

Intelligent InSites Undergoes Executive Transition

Healthcare operations support organization Intelligent InSites is undergoing a transition in its executive leadership. President and CEO Margaret Laub is stepping down and will be temporarily replaced by the organization’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Doug Burgum. Laub’s decision to end her tenure as Intelligent InSites’ head executive leader was made in order for her…

Ben Milne to speak at Startup Weekend Fargo 2014

Startup Weekend Fargo organizers have officially announced Ben Milne as the keynote speaker for the event on March 7-9, 2014. Milne is the founder and CEO of Dwolla, a digital payment network based in Des Moines, Iowa. Self-described as the best way to move money, Dwolla competes with networks like PayPal to provide easier and…

Startup Communities: from Fargo to Bangalore

Today’s guest post is by Matt Gantz, a senior at Concordia College’s Offutt School of Business.  Matt recently returned from travel in India, where he participated in the Offutt School’s international business program. Approximately 20 years ago, India removed its economic barriers and became a budding international market contender. Since then, culturally-applied negative connotations of…