Month: September 2015

Billion dollar software company Atlassian files for U.S. IPO

Australian software company Atlassian, a company valued at over $3 billion privately, has filed for an initial public offering this year in the United States according to Wall Street Journal. Should it go through, it would be the biggest IPO of an Australian technology business to date. The 13-year-old company has found success building business…

Local video game On My Own to hit Xbox One

Earlier this year, we started following the trail of Fargo-made video game On My Own as they gained popularity around the world. Now, less than a year after its release, co-creators Kyle Weik and Chad Close have announced they will be debuting the final version of the game on Xbox One. “I’ve been playing Xbox…

North Dakota Mayors get behind-the-scenes of Fargo's startup community

Mayors from across North Dakota gathered in Fargo on September 24, for the first ever Mayor’s Summit for Entrepreneurship, to get an indepth look at the make-up of Fargo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The event was organized by Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and his team, as well as Emerging Prairie. “We hope the Mayors can hear what’s…

Fargo to represent startup boom in upcoming book

Fargo is one of ten cities that will be featured in an upcoming book by the Kauffman Foundation, exploring a nationwide resurgence of startup activity. The book, titled Startup Fever, will gather research and interviews within entrepreneurial ecosystems across the United States, taking a closer look at how startup activity is happening in cities of…

Local entrepreneur creates "Keurig for baby formula"

Nikki Lamb was holding her 3 month old son and trying to make formula for him as he fussed and cried. Her husband asked her a question, and when she turned back, she’d completely lost count of how much powder she’d put in the bottle. One more scoop? Two more scoops? In this chaotic moment…

Avoid drunk drivers and mosquitoes: Civic hackathon solves real city problems

The 36-hour hackathon was halfway over. It was 11 PM on Saturday, and Brian Pattison wanted a beer. He left the Prairie Den, where other hackers were busy sifting through massive amounts of data and writing lots of code. As many will remember, Saturday September 19, was also the evening after an epic game between…

Mixing oil with tech: Why Fargo is needed in the Bakken

Calling in the techies. We need you at the front. Yesterday afternoon on September 21, leaders in the North Dakota oil and tech industry gathered at the Fargo Theatre to discuss how both industries can improve each other. A win-win for the techies, and the …oilies. However, the oil industry may just be the “reacher”…

Beyond the bobblehead: Wisdom from FargoConnect

From the moment we were welcomed by an escort of tri-college mascots (I got the Bison) to the final clap of the thunderstick at the last applause, FargoConnect offered up a whole slew of new ways to create better digital content. The all day event, held on September 15 and hosted by Flint Group, was…

Most Likely To Succeed documentary kicks off national tour in Fargo

There were many questions from the 600 people who came to watch Most Likely To Succeed last night at the Fargo Theatre. But the one which the film’s producer and TEDxFargo speaker Ted Dintersmith points people to, is this: With our current education system, are we preparing our kids for life, or are we preparing…

Ghana to Fargo: Arday's story

Twenty-five bucks. That’s what Arday Ardayfio had when he landed in Fargo-Moorhead after leaving his hometown of Accra, Ghana. It was 1998 and he had come to America to study at Concordia College. Seventeen years later, Arday is now the successful founder of Blueprint IT Solutions, is a former Concordia College Homecoming King, is married…