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Published December 16, 2012, 07:49 PM

A local app development company is keeping students around after college

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We have heard a lot about "brain drain." Those who get a good education, then leave our region for "the big city." But tonight, a story that could indicate the tide is turning, and you can thank young college students and technology for that.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We have heard a lot about "brain drain." Those who get a good education, then leave our region for "the big city." But tonight, a story that could indicate the tide is turning, and you can thank young college students and technology for that.

On top of the old Hector Airport building in North Fargo, one of the latest and fastest growing tech companies in town.

Myriad Devices is the brainchild of Ryan Raguse and Jake Joraanstad. They have outgrown the NDSU Tech Incubator building and now have their own space and 16 employees on the payroll.

Jake Joraanstad: "I love it, I am graduating from college next week. And the biggest thing we are keeping people here, we are hiring people right out of college."

For the two young entrepreneurs, it is all about keeping up with technology and providing businesses the tools to stay in the game.In the case of Myriad that means going mobile...apps. Partnering with Sanford, local banks and big companies like Bobcat.

Ryan Raguse: "It is like not being on the internet, that would be crazy today, and in 5 years, you are going to be crazy if you don't have something mobile, and that is the way everything is going and we can facilitate that."

Jake: "That is the biggest thing. How do we keep up. But have to adapt, we are young. The oldest is 25. The average is 22. We are able to adapt and always adapt."

And it is not all just business, life at Myriad has its laid back moments.

And the plunge into the high tech world has taught the two men and our state a valuable lesson. You can have it all...here.

One thing there is a lot of talent here and we have done a good job of keeping that talent in Fargo.

Jake: "They see we are doing something relevant, they are doing it in Silicon Valley, we are doing it here too."

For more on Myriad and the work this growing company does, go to wday.com and click on the easy link tab.

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