While Minot might not be silicon valley, Connect Minot used their Wednesday meeting to showcase two tech start-ups currently based in the Magic City.
First up was George Zerebski of MCP Networks who shared his application Aerez with the group that morning. “Building this has been a great experience,” said Zerebski.
Aerez is an easy-to-use app with companion router system for households with multiple internet-using devices. Their web-based solution allows one to set hack-free parental controls, manage bandwidth usage, and pause the internet for specific users and/or devices at the touch of a button. Think of it like a super-powered remote control for one’s internet.
Zerebski said working out of Minot as opposed to a technology center like Silicon Valley or Austin’s Silicon Hills hasn’t been detrimental.
“I don’t think it’s a roadblock, it’s more of a speed bump,” said Zerebski. “Overall, our goal is to keep it simple.”
The second speaker at the event was Justin Auch of Also Creative Inc. Also Creative Inc. was founded in 2010 in Grand Forks with the goal of creating a unique and exciting place where developers and designers can be inspired to build great things for great people.
Also Creative Inc. is one of a few ND-based software development companies that provides mobile development services to the Upper Midwest. They’re a team of expert UI/UX designers and Xamarin Certified Mobile Developers that specialize in developing apps using the Xamarin platform and MVVMCross to give them an edge over their competition. This allows them to more efficiently create high-quality and cost-effective cross-platform mobile applications for a variety of clients across a wide spectrum of industries.
Connect Minot is a community-based social group with a goal of connecting, educating and motivating the public in order to be successful. Meetings are once a month and involve two speakers who give advice on the current business landscape.