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Dave Olson, Published January 17 2014

Trade Talk: Pinball arcade to open in Fargo

FARGO – A pinball arcade is coming to downtown Fargo.

Tilt Pinball will open sometime this month in former office space on the main floor of an apartment building at 413 Broadway, said owner Scott Nelson.

Nelson, an entrepreneur who operates rental property in downtown Fargo, plans to run the arcade without a staff as a membership-only operation.

Access will be controlled using a key-fob security system similar to the kind used by health clubs, said Nelson, who intends to keep the hours flexible.

“If you get off work at 3 in the morning, you can go play. If you get a break at lunch, you can go play,” Nelson said, adding there’s “a whole ton of people” who love pinball machines.

He said the person who helps keep his machines running has about 100 clients in the Fargo area.

Nelson said Tilt Pinball, which will have about 11 “pins” or pinball machines, grew out of his own need for a place to keep his personal collection of machines.

A membership in the arcade will likely cost $35 for the first year, with subsequent renewals costing $20 a year, Nelson said.

The membership gets people in the arcade. Once there, members and their guests will have to pay to play, the price per game being whatever the pinball machine originally charged.

“If it was a quarter, it’s a quarter. If it was 50 cents, it’s 50 cents,” Nelson said.

To contact Nelson, call (701) 799-3885. The arcade will also have a website at www.tiltpinballfargo.com.

1 Million Cups

Entrepreneurs looking to talk about ideas and how to get startups off the ground will soon have a venue for doing that in Fargo.

The event is called 1 Million Cups, and it will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Plains Art Museum, starting this Wednesday.

The local event, born from an idea developed through and spread across the country by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., is a joint effort by the Plains Art Museum, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., and Emerging Prairie, an online publication and resource for entrepreneurs in the region.

Presenters at 1 Million Cups events are given a few minutes to share information about enterprises they helped start.

The presentation is followed by audience feedback and questions – and coffee.

At the Fargo events, coffee will be sponsored by Danielson Legal, a firm specializing in intellectual property and technology law.

“We’re doing a six-week pilot, with the hope that it does well and will go indefinitely,” said Greg Tehven, a volunteer organizer of the local 1 Million Cups program.

For more information, contact Tehven at (701) 361-7274.

Myriad tweaks name

Fargo-based Myriad Devices has changed its name and opened a new office in Minneapolis.

The company, which describes itself as North Dakota’s largest custom mobile development company, is now called Myriad Mobile, a reflection of its core strength in mobile technology, said Jake Joraanstad, the company’s CEO.

Myriad Mobile recently opened an office in Minneapolis, as well as an office in Atlanta, Ga.

With the new Twin Cities location and plans for additional offices in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., Myriad Mobile is better situated to work with large metro areas directly, according to Matt Pacyga, vice president of business development in Minneapolis.

“The opportunity for mobile as an industry in the Twin Cities alone is enormous, let alone the region and beyond,” Pacyga said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555