1 Million Cups Fargo welcomed a handful of notable guests and groups last Wednesday. With over 220 people in attendance, this was 1 Million Cups Fargo’s largest event to date. Scott Bintz of RealTruck and the Misfit Collective: Fargo were on deck as the morning’s entrepreneur presenters, who showed their local love as well as a desire to do what they enjoy most (and make a career out of it).


Following along with the crowd was Nate Olson, the founder of the national 1 Million Cups movement, who decided to come to Fargo and see what was driving the area’s entrepreneurial community.


Audience members were both entertained and informed by Scott’s story, from starting his own pickup truck accessory e-commerce website from scratch to its meteoric rise and success. He began with a risk of registering a company credit card with a $40 monthly payment. Initially fearing failure – and having to pay that monthly credit card fee – RealTruck is now on track to have over $30 million in sales this year.


Representatives from a new undertaking, the Misfit Collective, were also present to share with the audience their plans to create a cohort of designers interested in collaborating and improving the aesthetic appeal of the Fargo community’s many happenings. By combining the talents of diverse designers in the region, the Misfits believe they can make this community better. Watch out for more from this group throughout Fargo in the near future.


Head to The Stage at Island Park this week for another round of 1 Million Cups Fargo. Coffee is free thanks to Miguel Danielson and Danielson Legal, LLC, but bring your own coffee mug as a means of making this a more sustainable event. The conversation begins this Wednesday, May 14, at 9:15am. The creators of CoSchedule will be there to tell everyone about their product that just obtained $500,000 from venture capital firms. Register here so Miguel knows how much coffee to buy!

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Matt Gantz