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Our Story

It all started in July of 2000, driven by a passion and curiosity for web and mobile technology and the potential it had for businesses to grow and reach new heights.

Our Passion

Technology + Success

We love technology, and we love helping businesses succeed. The fact that we can marry those 2 things together is what makes us want to get up every day and keep pushing forward.

The Onsharp Timeline

July, 2000
Onsharp Founded

It all started in July of 2000. College students Joe Sandin and Matt Hardy shared a passion and curiosity for technology and the potential it had for businesses to be successful. Together, they founded Onsharp.

March, 2003
Onsharp Moves to Fargo
Fargo North Dakota

9 months after graduating from The University of St. Thomas, Joe moves the company to Fargo. At the same time, Onsharp begins working with College Summer Nannies and Student Paths, 2 clients that would be key to Onsharp’s growth over the next several years.

June, 2007
First Employee Hired

After working as an independent contractor for several years, Tony Kramer becomes Onsharp’s first full-time employee, and still works for the company today. As our most senior developer, Tony builds amazing technology for our clients and is actively involved in the company’s culture committee.

August, 2008
Onsharp Hires 2nd Employee

Onsharp hires Scott Babcock as our 2nd full-time employee. Scott is still with the company today as a Senior Software Developer.

January, 2009
Onsharp Launches SmartPay

In 9 months, Onsharp designs, builds, and launches an Electronic Bill Presentment & Payment (EBPP) solution branded as SmartPay. Onsharp integrates SmartPay with several back-end merchant processors and provides a front-end software solution that allows customers to pay online using credit cards and ACH payments.

March, 2010
Onsharp Hires Samantha Nies

Onsharp hires Samantha Nies as an accounting intern. Samantha goes on to become VP of Finance & HR and a member of the company’s leadership team.

July, 2010
Onsharp Celebrates 10 Years

Onsharp celebrates a key milestone; 10 years in business. Onsharp now has a team of 8 and Joe Sandin is no longer allowed to write code (thank goodness).

May, 2011
Joe Hixson Joins Onsharp

Joe Hixson joins Onsharp as a web developer. Joe’s first project is a complete website revamp for Eide Bailly, a top-25 CPA firm. Joe blows everyone’s socks off and goes on to become VP of Operations and a member of the company’s leadership team.

May, 2012
Onsharp Wins Small Business of the Year

Onsharp wins the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is Joe with his dad Jim at the event.

February, 2013
Onsharp Wins Best Place to Intern

Onsharp wins 2013 Best Place to Intern Award presented by the North Dakota Young Professionals Network. Pictured is Karn Jilek (Operations Director), Samantha Nies (Finance & HR Director and former intern), and 3 of our current digital marketing interns.

July, 2013
SmartPay Acquired by CardConnect

CardConnect, one of the nation’s fastest-growing providers of payment processing services, acquires SmartPay from Onsharp. Onsharp continues to develop and host the product for CardConnect.

June, 2014
Onsharp Moves to Multiband Tower

Onsharp moves its offices to the Multiband Tower on the corner of I-94 and 45th St S in Fargo. The Multiband Tower becomes home to Onsharp for just shy of 5 years.

November, 2016
Jake Dahl Joins Onsharp

Jake Dahl joins Onsharp as Director of Business Development & Sales. Jake immediately takes the reigns and begins creating sales and marketing processes for the company that were long overdue. Jake, now VP of Sales & Marketing, has taken Onsharp into new markets in Minneapolis and Denver and is a member of the company’s leadership team.

August, 2017
Onsharp Moves to Downtown Fargo

Onsharp moves its offices to downtown Fargo on 1st Ave N in the Cityscapes Plaza.

January, 2020
Onsharp Sponsors Emerging Digital Academy

As a founding partner, Onsharp is an early supporter who believes in their vision to create a world class coding school in North Dakota.

February, 2020
Onsharp Becomes a LIVE UNITED Partner

In 2020, Onsharp became a LIVE UNITED Partner. LIVE UNITED Partners are organizations that commit to the highest level of sponsorship and support every aspect of United Way of Cass-Clay annually.

February, 2020
Addy Award Winner

Onsharp receives 2 Addy Awards at the AAFND Awards Ceremony. One is for a logo design done for a client and the other is for photography taken for a client website.

July, 2020
Onsharp Celebrates 20 Years

In July, Onsharp celebrates 20 years in business. Pictured is Joe Sandin holding a custom Onsharp sign made by Office Sign Company, presented to him by the rest of the Onsharp team.

January, 2022
Onsharp Moves to New Headquarters
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Onsharp outgrows its downtown location and moves into a new building at 3415 39th St S in Fargo. The new 13,000 square foot building provides ample space for Onsharp to expand its team.

August, 2022
Onsharp Named to Inc. 5000

Onsharp is listed as the 2588th fastest-growing private company in the US and as the third fastest-growing company in the state of North Dakota.

Onsharp made its debut on this prestigious list, coming in as the 2,588th fastest growing company in the country and the third-fastest growing in the state of North Dakota. Additionally, Onsharp ranked as the 335th fastest-growing company in the US in the software category.


August, 2023
Onsharp Named to Inc. 5000 (Again!)
Onsharp Ranked on INC 5000 List

Onsharp was ranked for the second year in a row on the prestigious INC 5000 list, which ranks the fastest-growing privately held companies in the US. 

In 2023, Onsharp ranked as the 2,658 fastest-growing company overall as well as the 4th fastest-growing in the state of North Dakota.

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