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Took a different approach with the topic for a MinneBar talk this past spring from talking business.  Instead we talked about Depression and Burnout using a lot of personal examples and gifs. It’s an issue that is very present in the tech industry. I watched it again now that it’s online and reminded myself of a few things. Hope its helpful for some of you out there as well.

So stay awesome, learn to take better care of yourself, and make the world a better place. We need you in it.

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I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes this last spring with a few of the team from Power Moves. They wanted to know what it was like to start a software company in Minneapolis.

It has been a rocky road for Fresh Vine – as all start ups. We’ve become profitable and outdone over 95% of startup companies. This interview was a nice time to reflect our experience up to this point.

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4 Reasons Suburban churches should stay out of the city

I’ve heard that several prominent suburban churches in Minnesota announcing plans to open locations downtown. As an urban dweller – who is also a missionary and student of the church – I thought I’d share some major reservations about this development. At the core this is an issue of culture and world view.

A mentor taught me about the natural reach every minister has. Someone needs to be able to identify with the Pastor and/or staff of a church. It’s that identification that helps them enter into a transformative pastoral relationship. He spoke of the limit of age, and I believe this extends to culture & world view. Few foreign language churches impact outside of their linguistic group. Each of those churches is an important part of Gods work in the world. Yet, it would be unrealistic to expect a non-native church to impact beyond those who are within its cultural purview. We can express frustration about this, but there are only a few examples to the contrary. Even Jesus was intentional about limiting the scope of his ministry – with only a few exceptions.

We have many biblical examples of people leading their own (David, Jesus, Peter, and more). We also have examples of people leaving their culture to lead others (Moses, Paul, and countless missionaries over the millennium). Underlying these 4 issues is my concern that this cultural divide is all too easily overlooked.

I believe there are 4 major issues separating urban from suburban.

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Custom Link Shortener for SAAS Apps

Ever need a link shortener for a project your working on? Want something you can host? I put something together this weekend specifically designed for saas style companies.

Drop three files into your project, and then make short links to your little hearts desire. The application itself can be hosted on it’s own domain – or within a directory. It allows every link to be connected to a specific customer account, and user id.

You can also add custom variables onto the links themselves for location, person ID, and 3 others (a,b,c). Imagine an email with one link, but being able to track total clicks, and who clicked. Plus we also break down device data, and geo-code the IP address (though that seems a bit inaccurate – eh).

Easy to make custom landing and error pages (just use a folder and it’ll grab and display the content.

Check it out in action here

https://freshv.in/ – Landing
https://freshv.in/sijfsdkfj – error
https://freshv.in/coco – redirect to the coco site

Grab the Code Here:

https://github.com/FreshVine/link-shortener