Roseth, Norway

Roseth Name Meaning. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads named either Roset, probably from a personal name (Old Norse Rói, modern Norwegian Roe, + set ‘farmstead’, ‘dwelling’), or Røset, Rødset, from Old Norse ross ‘mare’ or rauðr ‘red’ + set. Source Ancestry.com Below is a story of an ancestry adventure during our time…

Elianstad, Hedalen Stavkirka

After an incredible journey to the Roseth farm, Joe and I headed 2 hours west towards the town of Hedalen. The countryside was absolutely beautiful, some of the best I have seen. After heading up a mountainside we stopped and looked down at the valley. Breathtaking view. We rolled into the church later in the…

Cluster Theory

The concept of clusters is an incredibly fascinating topic. How business clusters form and grow is an important for those interested in economic development. In 1890, Alfred Marshall, one of the founders of neoclassical economics, first described clusters as a “concentration of specialized industries in particular localities”. He termed these industrial districts. That theory was extended in…

MN Business – Tech Outstate

Dilema: Greater Minnesota needs jobs, while Metro tech firms need people. What if there was an overlapping solution? What if there was a way to bring tech jobs to the rest of Minnesota? http://minnesotabusiness.com/industry-watch-plus-3#spoke-how-tech-can-help-outstate-minnesota http://minnesotabusiness.com/industry-watch-plus-3#spoke-let’s-try-tech-farm-teams http://minnesotabusiness.com/industry-watch-plus-3#spoke-common-elements-of-a-successful-tech-startup-ecosystem  

Bringing Tech Jobs to Rural America

Honored to give a TED Talk on “Bringing Tech Jobs to Rural America”. Our world is changing and we must work together in new and creative ways to fuel business and create jobs. Please take 10m to check out the talk and think about what one thing you can do to help move us forward…

DocuMNtary Release Speech

September 22, 2016 I gave one of the biggest speeches of my life to that point. It’s about community, pride, and people. Here it is verbatim. ========== Tonight we are here to celebrate. Celebrate an amazing community. To do that, I need your help.  Find a neighbor, someone sitting next to you. Raise your hand,…

Heroes

Who are your heroes? Think of a hero. Your hero. Now think of why they are your hero. Challenge yourself. Make sure they really are your hero. Then think of two more for a total of 3. Someone in your life A Historic Figure A Superhero, musician, anything you are passionate about Everyone needs a…

Participate, Celebrate, Advocate

In April of 2015 I wrote on the back of an agenda. It was orange, with terrible handwriting that resembled a chicken being mowed down in a drive by. In any event, people were able to read it and they liked the idea. Thus started one of the most amazing, powerful, and insane rollercoaster rides…

Books

The past few years have been full of challenge, crises, amazing things, and enjoyment. Surviving isn’t always easy. Especially when you try something big. These books helped me along the way. Change The simple art of not giving a f*ck. Going through change? Struggling to figure out what the hell everything means? Why you are…

Impact

Ever wonder what keeps people going?  Today I listened to some excellent thoughts on how Impact will keep you motivated by Ron Gutman presented by Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders. Two specific points that struck me as fundamental. Have a vision. When things get really really hard, it’s the vision, the purpose that will keep you…

Start a Scorecard

Start a Scorecard Never underestimate the power of a spreadsheet. Whether you are trying to wrap up a project, looking for a job, building a business, or organizing an event, a spreadsheet can help organize the process and keep you accountable. Yes, it’s a spreadsheet, but more importantly, it’s a scorecard. Set a Goal Write…