About Shawn Riley

Shawn, a lifelong technologist and entrepreneur, founded his first company at the age of 16 and he has been a thorough leader at companies like IBM and the Mayo Clinic. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded significant change and transformation initiatives in multi-billion-dollar organizations, holding positions such as CEO, CIO, CTO, and Information Management Officer. In 2017, Governor Doug Burgum appointed Shawn as North Dakota’s Chief Information Officer and a cabinet member. Currently, Shawn is the co-CEO of Bisblox, a Venture Studio that builds companies worldwide with a mission to be bold, disrupt the ordinary, and foster growth, driven by the question, “How might we help others succeed?”

About BisBlox

BisBlox is a minority and veteran-owned business dedicated to a defined purpose, mission, vision, and values. The organization is governed by these overarching principles. The team has international experience with a wide range of organizations, from sole entrepreneurs to multi-billion dollar enterprises. These principles enable the team to approach any organization with open minds and extensive knowledge, ensuring that companies can excel.


Tell us about your company and your mission.

“Bisblox asks the question, how might we help others succeed? We help people to break out and become more! We help build founders and entrepreneurs and communities.”


What are some wins you are celebrating?

“As an individual, I have been honored with dozens of national awards over the years. But the awards that others on the team are given are always much sweeter than anything I receive. Our team members have done amazing work to make the lives of people better!”


What is the most important lesson you’ve learned throughout your entrepreneurial journey?

“Help others and the universe will help you back.”

BisBlox is officially a part of the Fargo-Moorhead founder family. How can our community support you in your next stage of growth?

“Come talk to me! We would love to help you!


What are you grateful for today?

“I am grateful for those who give back everyday!”

Readers can learn more about Shawn Riley and BisBlox by visiting his LinkedIn page !

Carly Pfennig

Carly Pfennig is from Bismarck, North Dakota currently studying at Minnesota State University of Moorhead for both Communications and Marketing. Carly is very passionate about forming connections within both the community as well as being the helping hand for people in need!