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The Horizon Award honors a graduate of the past 15 years for early career accomplishments or exceptional service to their community.

Jake Joraanstad
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BS Fall '12, Computer Engineering

Ryan Raguse
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BS Fall '11, Accounting

Jake Joraanstad, BS Fall '12, computer engineering, and Ryan Raguse, BS Fall '11, accounting, are the co-founders of Myriad Mobile, Fargo. Joraanstad is the company's chief executive officer, while Raguse is chairman and president.

The mobile technology business was launched in 2011, when Joraanstad and Raguse were students at NDSU. Since then, the firm has grown from a handful of part-time workers to more than 50 full-time employees at offices in Fargo and Minneapolis, along with a presence in Atlanta, Kansas City and Chicago.

The firm has developed more than 200 projects for clients across the nation, ranging from multi-billion dollar companies to non-profit organizations. Myriad Mobile also coordinates the "Midwest Mobile Summit," one of the largest mobile-specific conferences in the country.

"Their passion and commitment will continue to create success for their company and our community," wrote Joel Jorgenson, CEO and president of Creative Consulting Partners and NDSU adjunct faculty in electrical and computer engineering, in a letter of nomination. "The Horizon Award has been described as recognizing the leaders of tomorrow, but I feel that Jake and Ryan are clearly today's leaders."

The two business partners are highly active in Fargo's emerging high-tech entrepreneurship community.

Joraanstad helped create the Mobile Tech Meetup, a group that explores the latest innovations in mobile technology. He also is active in 1 Million Cups Fargo, part of a national movement where entrepreneurs share their stories, and is a co-founder of Emerging Prairie, a volunteer organization to support Fargo’s emerging entrepreneurial community.

Raguse is an adviser to AdShark Marketing, a new, start-up marketing company with four employees. He also leads Virtual Farm Manager, an early-stage company seeking funding. He also played a facilitator role in 1ForceUnited, a new organization dedicated to ending human trafficking.

"Jake and Ryan lead by example," wrote Greg Tehven, co-founder of Emerging Prairie, in a letter of support. "They live the mission of NDSU and believe in making a positive contribution to their company, community and world."

Joraanstad and his wife, Maribeth, live in Fargo, as do Raguse and his wife, Melissa.

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