I support equal rights for all families

This is a web development blog, and I intend to keep it that way. However, I feel the issue of equal rights for all Americans is so important that I need to take advantage of the handful of hits a day I get to do my part to support marriage equality and individual rights.

The following video is the most influential I’ve seen, please take a moment to view it and help keep hate out of Minnesota by signing up to say informed at MnUnited.org

I’ll be back soon with more technology posts, please forgive me for going off topic with my personal politics

What Three Twin Cities Web Entrepreneurs have in common

The EstateSales.net story is similar to the other successful small to medium sized start-up stories I’ve heard from other Internet start-ups.  

  • Rob Buntz  has a story where he was involved in real estate as a investor, then a close relative needed to buy a house and didn’t want to pay a huge commission to a agent, and Webdigs.com was born.
  • Charles Bailey   told me a similar story on how he founded ResortsandLodges.com and went on to expand, through acquisitions and growth into TravelNet Solutions. He found a problem he solved the problem, he didn’t mess it up.
  • Daren Cotter this guy…ugh amazingly successful with all kinds of growth awards. Apparently Daren got involved in some early attempts at online customer loyalty sites decided he could do better, and did.  

What all these guys did was get out and participate in the community around them, pay attention, and find a problem with a magnetizable solution that could be repeated over and over, then they didn’t mess it up.  It’s not rocket science, it’s not fancy or glamorous, but it is lucrative & rewarding.

One importance difference between the 3 of these companies is that Webdigs.com has not found an effective way of communicating what they are about in 5 seconds.  In more traditional sales, a pitch is limited to a 30 second elevator speech.  However on websites I think that users only allow for more of a 5 second pick-up line.  Both TravelNet Solutions & CotterWeb do a better job of communicating to users almost instantly why their sites are compelling.

Free Geek – Help the needy get nerdy in the Twin Cities!

FREE GEEK is a 501(c)(3) not for profit community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service.”

There are a couple of folks looking to set up a Free Geek branch in the in the the Twin Cities

If you are interested in helping out you can contact them here.

Here’s a video with the low down on why this organization is so cool: