Our thanks to Emerging Prairie for inviting us to participate in the first-ever Entrepreneurs Day at the state capitol. We learned a lot and connected with other North Dakota entrepreneurs who are working hard to build their businesses.

We would also like to thank our state legislators, who do an enormous amount of work in a very short amount of time. We learned yesterday that about a thousand bills will go through the legislature in their eighty-day session.

We had a great meeting this week to create a roadmap for the year ahead. We outlined some ambitious goals and made a plan to achieve them. 

We also talked about how we will expand the team when the work grows beyond our capacity to manage it all, and how we will know what kind of people will be right for our team. As part of that conversation, we defined our core values.

As a company and as individuals, we value:

  • Autonomy and accountability
  • Efficiency
  • Growth
  • Service and impact

Autonomy and accountability

We each understand what our role is and what our responsibilities are. We are accountable for getting the job done with direction from our supervisors, but without hand-holding and micro-managing. We are self-starters and go-getters.

Efficiency

We find ways to maximize the value of our time and effort so we can achieve more. We help our customers do the same.

Growth

We value teaching and learning. We are lifelong learners who know we all have something to teach each other, as well as room to grow.

Service and impact

We care about serving our customers, our community, and each other. We are driven by the desire to make a positive impact wherever we can.

We are finalists in the fifth annual ‘Spark Your Startup’ Barnesville Business Pitch Contest. We’ll pitch our first product, MICA, next Wednesday evening at Stoneridge Software headquarters in Barnesville. We’ll be competing for a cash prize of up to $1,500, as well as business mentoring.

We’d love your support as we try to win the People’s Choice award. Please go here to vote for Rising Tide Software: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KH8ZXCJ

Major Incident Command Assist, or MICA, is a software application that helps law enforcement agencies work more efficiently and effectively during major incidents like child abductions and shootings.

MICA gives responders the tools they need for emergency workflow management, communication between field officers and the incident command center, and officer location tracking. MICA will help law enforcement agencies save more lives. In addition, major incident response is expensive, so every hour that MICA saves during an incident also means considerable cost savings for the community.

We got the team together yesterday to start working on the MVP (minimum viable product) of our software application. We wrote more than 100 Aglie user stories, which our tech team will turn into code in the coming weeks. 

We have also been working closely with the West Fargo Police Department to make sure our software meets their needs during major incidents. 

Half of the Rising Tide team Visiting the West Fargo PD during a training exercise.
Visiting the West Fargo PD during a training exercise

We have a busy few months ahead of us, and we’re ready to get to work. Stay tuned for announcements on a new product name, a V1 release date, and more.

Sadiyo Hassan is featured in a new article by the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation:

When Sadiyo Hassan steps onto the stage at TEDx Fargo on July 26, she’ll share a story about transformation.

This 2018 graduate of West Fargo High School will talk about the need for transformational change in the tools used by law enforcement. She’ll speak about how connections can transform a community and empower others to be more successful.

Hassan understands this well because transformation is her story.

In 2005, she moved from Nairobi, Kenya, to North Dakota as a refugee, along with her mother and five siblings – all of Somali heritage.

Now, Hassan is the valedictorian of her graduating class of nearly 300 people, this year’s Startup Weekend winner, and the founder of a technology company. She credits these successes to the support she has received from the Fargo community.

“It’s surreal,” Hassan said, describing her transformative journey. “Mine is just one of hundreds of lives affected by the involvement of the community. It changed my life. I can’t express enough how amazing the community members and the businesses are in Fargo. Without them, I would not be where I am today, nor would I have found my passion.”

Read more at the GFMEDC website and make sure to get your tickets to see Sadiyo at TedX Fargo on July 26.

We made it official. Last week we filed our articles of incorporation with the North Dakota Secretary of State.