Month: November 2016

Fargo's bike share pedaling to a tech-friendly future

When Great Rides Bike Share launched in Fargo’s in March 2015, staff hoped each bike would get checked out a couple times a day. That’s not what they got. They beat that goal 5 fold. “We’re excited about the cultural shift,” says Great Rides “spokes”person, Sara Watson Curry. She’s Great Rides’ director of operations. Season…

Abode app simplifies home buying

You know what’s fun? Ordering a pizza and eating on the floor of your first home. You know what’s not fun? Figuring out your closing costs and tax payments. Kyle Stoner wants to simplify the home buying process. He’s putting data analytics to work with Abobe. This app matches buyers to the various professionals they…

Lifelong learners at Montessorium build apps to encourage independent learning

“Don’t be discouraged by the traditionalists.” For the type to think outside the box, it’s sage advice. Especially when it comes from Steve Jobs. “In the middle of the night, [he] sent us a note and said, ‘I love what you’re doing,’” says Bobby George. George and his wife June gambled their life savings to…

Act now to voice your tech-related policy concerns

Legislation moves slowly but you still need to act fast. There’s only a short window of time to get legislation considered. Have a room to rent on Airbnb? Is your company thinking about investing in data centers? The Information Technology Council of North Dakota (ITCND) wants to help you voice your tech-related policy concerns. Last…

Arthur Ventures eyes big investment goal for North Dakota's tech industry

Mischievous is not the word you want to hear about the person managing your investments. At least not until you get a little context. Someone who’s mischievous doesn’t settle for the norm. James Burgum was just that kind of kid, saying that he was in “constant motion.” He grew up and “evolved to push the status quo.” He’s now a partner at Arthur Ventures, a venture capital (VC) firm.

NDSU student researchers working to make prescription drugs cheaper

Meticulous. Creative. Intellectually courageous. That’s NDSU student Kelly Howard in a nutshell. This from Professor David Wells, Ph.D, who teaches Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Howard has the course load you might expect from someone with her skill set. She’s majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and minoring in chemistry, microbiology, and botany. Oh yeah, she…

Fargo entrepreneurs standardizing pocket billiards ratings with FargoRate

Steve Ernst sees a problem and he fixes it. Turns out, there’s a pretty big problem in the world of pocket billiards: there’s no standardized ranking system for player abilities. Instead of getting the eight-ball blues, Ernst and business partner Michael Page created Fargo Ratings. The software analyzes player data the world over and spits out…

Gaming for Good. Games on the Plains raising money for sick kids.

Twenty-four hours of gaming isn’t enough, so Games on the Plains is leveling up. The next daylong gameathon hits November 5-6. So does Daylight Saving Time. The result, a 25-hour event. Talk about bonus time! GOTP aims to build connections within the gaming community. Jake Kohl and Evan Balko founded GOTP for nostalgic reasons. “We…