Month: February 2016

Play the game, make it rain: Energy-saving project launches new incentive

An online game launched last week could help the people of Fargo save millions in energy conservation, according to NDSU professor Malini Srivastava. Srivastava is leading a project called efargo, a partnership between the City of Fargo, NDSU, Cass County Electric Coop and Xcel Energy, with a goal of cutting Fargo’s overall energy use by…

Arthur Ventures leads $4M Series A round for healthcare startup Protenus

Arthur Ventures, a Fargo-based venture capital firm, led a $4 million Series A round for Protenus, a healthcare startup based in Baltimore, Maryland. The partnership, announced on Feb. 16, is their first publicly announced investment since June 2015. Protenus creates what they call “an immune system for medical records,” or a software security solution for…

On My Own launches on Steam

Today, Feb. 26, Fargo-made video game On My Own launched on the online computer gaming platform Steam. The game, a 2D woodland survival game featuring a philosophical backpacker, was created by Fargo locals Chad Close and Kyle Weik. The story is written by Sarah English and the music is all originally written and produced by…

North Dakota UAS industry draws international eye

Drone industry leaders from around the world are beginning to plant stakes in North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry. At yesterday’s UAS Industry Day by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, attendees traveled from Nevada, Texas, Maryland and as far as Norway and Israel to attend. “If you’re in the UAS industry and you’ve…

Fargo tech startups reach 100% team giving on Giving Heart's Day

On Feb. 9, we announced a new incentive for Giving Heart’s Day designed in collaboration between Emerging Prairie and Impact Foundation. The incentive challenged local tech startups to get 100% of employees to give. If they were successful, Impact would then donate an additional $1,500 to an organization of their choice. Following Giving Heart’s Day…

Intelligent InSites hires on new CTO, Morgan Korn

Intelligent InSites, Fargo-based provider of healthcare software, has hired on a new chief technology officer, Morgan Korn, to replace former CTO and co-founder Trevor Gruby. Korn started working with InSites in January 2016. He comes from an extensive background in software starting as a software engineer for IBM, then a business development manager with Great…

What is Startup Weekend, really?

For the fourth year in a row, Startup Weekend is coming to Fargo. You may have heard the buzz, the distant tales of sleepless nights, 54 hours of work, of nerve-wracking pitch nights and infamous dance moves. But…what is it, really? We did a little digging and spoke with past participants to present to you,…

Inside Microsoft: Fargo team builds software toolbox of the future

It can be easy to forget that not far from Fargo’s bustling downtown, out in the open farmlands on the southern edge of Fargo, Microsoft has its third largest campus. Built up in the wake of Great Plains Software’s acquisition, the software giant quietly exists, where over 1,800 employees work on platforms like Dynamics and Azure.…

Robot Aviation bridges Norway, North Dakota drone industry

Robot Aviation, an aerospace company based in Norway, is planting a stake in North Dakota’s drone industry this week at 1 Million Cups Fargo and UAS Industry Day. “Robot Aviation is involved in a lot of activities in the development of drone technology, operations and regulations in Europe but not in North Dakota yet,” said…

Fargo startup PRX Performance lands deal on Shark Tank

PRX Performance, a Fargo-based cross fitness equipment manufacturer, landed a deal with Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank in an episode that debuted tonight on ABC. O’Leary, also known as “Mr.Wonderful,” invested $80,000 for 20 percent equity in addition to 20 percent of all distributions. He was the only shark to make an offer. “There were…