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Rising Above the Critics

About Joshua

Dr. Joshua Riedy is the founder and CEO of Thread. Joshua was born in Hettinger, ND and was raised on a ranch near Thunder Hawk, SD. He graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor’s of science.

Joshua’s entrepreneurial journey first began in Fargo with the “support of a robust ecosystem and the support of Microsoft TechSpark.”

“Thread mines, stores, and maintains the data that digitizes our world’s critical infrastructure, which includes fuel, energy, wireless communications, and even the water we drink.”

About Thread

As a society, we are becoming increasingly dependent on critical infrastructure. “Thread is the leader of enterprisescale autonomous robotics for delivering precise inspection insights.”

As Joshua reflects on the highs and lows of his entrepreneurial journey, he states, “The high point of my entrepreneurial journey remains an audience with Microsoft TechSpark leadership, including Brad Smith.” This gave him the confidence to start Thread. Joshua explains that the low point of his entrepreneurial journey is, and always will be, “unfair and unnecessary criticism leveraged against me and my company.”

“There are always critics, as founders, we must rise above in order to affect positive change.”

When asked how the community can support Joshua and Thread, he states that the community should, “Advocate for those that lay it all on the line to change our world. Founding technology startups is not for the faint of heart.”

Readers can learn more about Joshua and Thread by visiting their Website (

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