Month: June 2016

TEDxFargo Where Are They Now: Aaron Feickert

At TEDxFargo 2012: The City 2.0, as part of a special two-minute Action Pitch Session, Aaron Feickert pitched the idea of bringing Fargo together through a bike share program– but he was not always keen on the idea. “I was a skeptic at first,” Feickert said. The idea of a bike share was originally presented by Fargo City Commissioner Mike…

Fargo South grad launches fashion company, featured on Fast Company

Scott Gabrielson, a Fargo South grad and Oxford University alumnus, launched his e-commerce fashion company Oliver Cabell with a bang today. His products, a line of bags hand-stitched in Italy, have already been featured in Fast Company in an article titled, “Oliver Cabell wants to disrupt the luxury fashion market.” That title says it all; Gabrielson…

Fargo native is bringing Netflix tech to video broadcasters, and investors are taking notice

Fargo native and Y Combinator grad Jonathan Dahl has been building a startup in stealth mode for the past year, but now the word is out and investors are taking notice. Introducing Mux, a software that provides video performance monitoring and a Netflix-like platform for streaming video. Dahl and his team are no stranger to…

Grand Forks launches free entrepreneurship program for veterans

North Dakota’s Center for Innovation in Grand Forks is launching a Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), the fourth in the nation, aimed at equipping veterans with the tools to start their own business. The program, which is free for attendees and funded through grants and donations, will begin with a five week online training course and…

eOneSolutions team launches new startup: PopDock

Martin Olsen, an Australia native who came to Fargo to build his company eOneSolutions, has another project up his sleeve — a software as a service (SAAS) startup called PopDock. PopDock, a data-aggregating software application that will be available for computer and as a mobile application, emerged from a need Olsen had with his own…

Grand Forks student venture fund backs Michigan drone startup

Originally published in Droning On: A North Dakota UAS news blog. Written by Brandi Jewett. A Michigan company developing detect and avoid software for unmanned aircraft systems has received backing from a Grand Forks investment group. Dakota Venture Group, a student-run venture capital fund based at the UND Center for Innovation, recently finalized an investment into SkySpecs…

'It's about time': FAA releases new regulations for commercial drones

After years of waiting for guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration, the drone industry breathed a collective sigh of relief as part one of those guidelines was released this week. The new guidelines, which apply to all unmanned aircraft under 55 pounds, swings the door wide open for commercial drone operations. “It’s about time,” Joey…

TEDxFargo: Behind the design

TEDx was created in the spirit of spreading TED’s mission: to provide a platform for “ideas worth spreading,” particularly on the topics of technology, engineering, and design. But just as important as the ideas shared on TEDx stages around the world are the design and technology that bring them to life. According to Jay Herratti, Executive…

Techstars facilitator Michael Norton bets on Fargo, moves into Startup House

Michael Norton has spent the past year of his life hop-skotching around the U.S. and Canada, facilitating Startup Weekends and observing the startup communities across the board. This summer, after visiting over 25 cities, he decided Fargo was the right place to be. “I’ve been to cities of 10,000, like Yankton, South Dakota, and I’ve…

Fargo engineer and military vet invent new workout: the SpinUp

During Mike Sather’s third deployment in Afghanistan, he was “run into the ground” by a Special Forces candidate with an exercise routine he had never heard of before. The move required you to put your feet up on a bench and walk planks around it, working your entire body to stay off the ground. It…