Firms founded by St. Cloud State alumni are among the state’s 10 fastest-growing businesses, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “Fast 50” ranking.
» View a 2005 feature about the Weber brothers.
» View a profile of Khan.
» Visit the Field Nation website.
» Visit the NativeX website.
» Read the company’s take on the importance of mobile gaming (PDF).
Listed at No. 2 and No. 10, respectively, are Field Nation and NativeX.
Mynul Khan ’04 is founder and CEO of Minneapolis-based Field Nation, a 38-person, $27 million firm that connects companies with independent contractors. Field Nation claims more than 40,000 service providers in its global network. Khan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Twin brothers Ryan Weber ’03 and Rob Weber ’08 are senior vice presidents for NativeX, a leading platform developer for mobile advertising. Formerly called Freeze.com and W3i, NativeX was hatched in a St. Cloud State residence hall nearly 15 years ago. The company, which employs 180 people at offices in Sartell,
Minneapolis and San Francisco, claims 1 billion mobile app downloads and 46 consecutive quarters of profitability. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Rob earned bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship.
Older brother Aaron Weber, who attended St. Cloud State, played a key role in NativeX’ early days, when it was a purveyor of screensavers and other computer enhancements. He went on to found Luma, a Minneapolis firm that has developed a movie and TV recommendations app.