Month: May 2015

Drone Focus Conference in Fargo next week

In just 5 days, on Wednesday, June 3, Fargo will host a first-of-its-kind Drone Focus Conference at the Fargo Jet Center. All drones, all day. Spurring from the successful monthly Drone Focus meet-ups held by local unmanned aircraft system (UAS) startup Botlink, the purpose of the Drone Focus Conference is to gather professionals and enthusiasts…

Why techies should all be softies

[Today’s post comes from David Batcheller, President and COO at Fargo-based electronic manufacturing company Appareo Systems. He also started The Speaker’s Bureau, which brings professionals into classrooms. Recently, David spoke about the importance of soft skills in the tech community to a class of Minnesota State University Moorhead students. We asked if he could share…

Bio-based 3D printing spool by 3Dom is first of its kind

Fargo 3D Printing officially launched their filament manufacturing spin-off, 3Dom USA, on May 19 with the introduction of a 100% bio-based 3D printing spool that is the first of its kind, and 3D printer filament made from sustainably produced NatureWorks Ingeo™ PLA. 3Dom’s push for sustainability comes as a response to the increasing amount of…

This week at 1 Million Cups: Chris Bledsoe, Bluescape

Taking the stage this week at our weekly 1 Million Cups event, all the way from Napa, CA, is Chris Bledsoe, the Senior Director of Evangelism and Partner Solutions at Bluescape.  Bluescape is a cloud-based platform that provides real-time collaboration on giant touchscreens. We’re talking 160 acres worth of touchscreen. In 2013 it was featured…

5 tips for running a successful niche meet-up group

Today’s article comes from local curly-haired game-maker extraordinaire, Mr. Kyle Weik. When he’s not working on his globally popular game On My Own, Weik runs a monthly meet-up called the Fargo Game-Makers meet-up. This month is the meet-up’s 10th Anniversary. In that time, it has gone from about 10 attendees to about 30-40 each month.…

Culture is everything: 4 take-aways from Cultivate.you 2015

The third annual Cultivate.you event by Arthur Ventures was held yesterday morning, May 20, at the Fargo Theatre packed with over 800 people. The 2 hour event is held each year to “motivate and inspire our community of entrepreneurs,” according to Andy Christensen of Arthur Ventures. This year’s topic centered around the message that building…

Behind-the-scenes with the EDC

Everyone recognizes the name – maybe because it’s a whopping 6-word long mouthful. Its people are familiar too, heavily involved in the community, with some even garnering community nicknames*. But the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, better known as the EDC, does much of its work behind-the-scenes. Jim Gartin, EDC President, illuminated a bit of…

Meet the Captains: Geoff Colgan

Our last Meet the Captains for our May 19 Startup Drinks is Geoff Colgan, Managing Director at the consultancy firm Attadale Partners! They do a lot of work with this month’s sponsor, Nokia/HERE. Naturally, we wanted to get to know Geoff a bit better through our standard Captain Q’s. Be sure to come and meet…

Meet the Captains: Amanda Hanson

Our fifth and second-to-last Startup Drinks Captain for May 19 is Amanda Hanson, a Mobile Strategist at Myriad Mobile. Unfortunately, our friend Peter Schott (otherwise known as Vader Dad) had an unavoidable work engagement come up, so Hanson will be reppin’ Myriad today! Speaking of Myriad- quick plug- Wednesday is the first day of Myriad…

Meet the Captains: James "Jim" Bastian

 Startup Drinks is TONIGHT! Get excited. We have a few more Captains that we’re able to present today, starting off with the incredible James “Jim” Bastian. A few weeks ago, Jim rocked the stage at 1 Million Cups as our oldest, most experienced inventor. The retired PhD scientist has been inventing for all 89 years…