Month: November 2015

How to make a homemade startup ecosystem

In the past few months, I’ve been to a couple retreats that gather startup community leaders and entrepreneurs together from around the country (I wrote about one here). At each of them, we talk about the communities we come from; in the East Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest, The South, sometimes Canada. Each person shares…

1 Million Cups Fargo Reunion celebrates failure and success

Every once in a while it’s important to pause, look back and celebrate. That’s what Fargo’s last 1 Million Cups of 2015 was all about. At the Nov. 25 event, 1 Million Cups Fargo held it’s first ever reunion. Twenty-five past presenters took the stage to give a quick presentation and update (go over your…

Senator John Hoeven Calls ND Drone Industry 'The Leader of the Pack'

At this month’s DroneFocus meeting, special guest Sen. John Hoeven commended participants for their work in the field and discussed his hopes for the future of drone technology. On Nov. 25, engineers, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts from around the region gathered in the Prairie Den to discuss recent innovations in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry.…

Doug Burgum on Gratitude

Doug Burgum has numerous speaking gigs around the country each year, but there is often a common denominator. Big bold letters fill the first slide, spelling one word: Gratitude. “It started a long time ago,” Burgum said. Back in the early days of Great Plains Software, the company Burgum built and sold to Microsoft for…

Lynn Luckow returns home to present LikeMinded, crowdfunding for non-profits

Lynn Luckow is a lot more than his bow ties – and that’s saying something. The North Dakota native is former President and CEO of the Craigslist Foundation, and well-respected globally for his expertise in fundraising. Last week, he came to his homestate to share his latest venture: a crowdfunding platform called LikeMinded. LikeMinded is…

Corey Cliett: Fargo's newest indie game champion

When Detroit native Corey Cliett told his grandma he was moving to Fargo, North Dakota, she asked him this: “Are you sure?” He said yes. “Then go,” she said. And so he hopped in his car and went. He was drawn by two things: his long-distance girlfriend, Christine, and the indie game developer scene emerging…

PayPal recognizes Fargo as e-commerce hub; does North Dakota?

Last week, Pay Pal named Fargo the fastest growing city for small and medium online markets in the U.S. But for some local e-commerce leaders, it’s not Pay Pal they want recognition from – it’s North Dakota. “Here’s a chance for us to pull revenue in to North Dakota with no limitations as to population,”…

A weekend with Techstars: How I learned to spell "entrepreneur"

The word “entrepreneur” meant very little to me a year ago. I was a recent college grad, fresh out of a year living in France, with no concept of the startup world that I’ve come to know. I say “startup world,” because that’s how it feels – like it’s own realm. I’ve since taken a…

Hour of Code in North Dakota addresses low student interest in computer science

“A lot of my friends don’t really know what computer science is,” says Allison Inman to me over the phone. Allison, or “Alli”, is a 17-year-old senior at West Fargo Highschool. As the daughter of two IT professionals, Alli was introduced to the tech world at a young age. She went to a STEM based…

Why coworking spaces are like student unions

The “college experience,” is an amazing thing. Why else would people pay up to $50,000 a year for close living quarters in tiny rooms and crappy cafeteria food? But after the experience has come and gone, it’s not the food and dorms people miss; it’s the community. Finding that X factor of what works and…