The river of Justice is reaching us all

With all happening in Minneapolis (Justice for George Floyd) and around the country it should be clear. You are either anti-racist, or racist. The years of me believing that racial justice wasn’t my fight are one of the reasons that George Floyd was murdered. I believed passive support of others was enough to bring change,…

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A Season unlike any Other

We are in a season of life unlike any we, or our parents have lived through for a century. People we know and care about will get sick, we will get sick, and many more than we want to will not survive. With all that said I want to make a few points: It is…

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My Heart is Weak

My heart is weak. Yesterday a man overcome by evil killed scores with a truck in Nice, France. I’ve grown tired of being surprised, shocked, or acting as though the attack was unexpected. This is a sad reality of our world today. That a 24-hour news cycle hunts for tragedies affecting a group of people to grab…

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Being Molded by my Home

The only home I remember as a child stood firm on a winding cul-de-sac. When I was old enough to care I found out it was bought from the developer who was living in it at the time. It turns out his money had been tied up in the different homes on our street and…

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In the Wake of Hate

It’s been a little over 24 hours since the most recent attack in Paris. This was not an isolated event, it was not the first, and will not likely be the last (thought I pray for a long break). There is hurt, pain, and death in life. I believe that the best of humanity surrounds…

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Interview with Power Moves Twin Cities

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…

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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…

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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 –…

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Chosen to Pitch at Rise of the Rest

I’ve been working on a startup, Fresh Vine, for the better part of a decade. Up until this point we have kept what we’ve been doing pretty close to the chest. It wasn’t out of some grand strategy of ours. Rather its from person struggle to not be the slimy person always talking about themselves.…

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jQuery Cache Images plug-in

I’m in the middle of migrating the Check-In application for Fresh Vine from Adobe Air into HTML5 wrapped in QT. One of the things that I love about Fresh Vine is how graphical it is, and that so many people add in their profile photos to their accounts. One of the challenges in making the…

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Ignore SSL Certificates in QT

I’ve been rebuilding our check-in application for Fresh Vine this past week in QT. Moving away from Adobe Air has been a while coming since it seems like they are abandoning the environment. Developing our app in HTML5/JS/CSS will allow our team to fix/improve the app more rapidly. As a part of my dev environment…

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Distance to Disruption

We wrote the first lines of Fresh Vine full of audacious dreams. Creating meaningful, intuitive, and powerful software. A tool designed to help communities decentralize their leadership and empower volunteers. This would activate resources towards their mission they had never been able to use before. Leaders loved our dream, our goal, and our approach. That…

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