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.


Chosen to Pitch at Rise of the Rest

Rise of the RestI’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.

Reality hit earlier this summer. Fresh Vine is amazing. Yes there will always be more to do, and a future that is brighter then today. But we’ve been breaking the odds ever since we started. We’re going to have our best year, and last month was our best month ever.

I made the decision to throw our hat into the Rise of the Rest ring for their $100,000 pitch competition here in Minneapolis. To my delight, I found out earlier today that we were chosen to pitch along side 7-9 others.

It’s time we transform the way that organic non-profit communities run. It’s time to give them tools that will make the corporate world jealous. It’s time to help more of them change the world – one person at a time.

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Your First 100 Customers: Ideas for Lead Generation and Closing


A group of 50 people collaborated during MinneBar around how to get sales rolling in our start ups. We generated two separate lists to reference when an afternoon becomes open. Make sure to come back to this for reference in the future. If you have more ideas make sure to leave it in the comments and I’ll update the lists.

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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 is not what happened.

We’ve had to become far more subtle in our disruptive approach.

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