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Mark Stephan
Works at Community Raiser
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Hello all!

Please vote for our SXSWi Talk on, "Building Generosity in a Consumeristic Culture".


This talk is inspired by a Code for the Kingdom project.

Please Vote, and share it with others to vote!

SUMMARY: Technology is used every day to make the consumer, us, even more consumeristic. Even charities and nonprofits look at donors as consumers to target. This impacts the culture of generosity significantly making us less generous and doubling-down on the bottomless pit of 'me'.

However, what would technology look like if it helped build the foundations of a more generous world? What if at the moment of the consumeristic decision, our culture gave equal voice to helping others as well as consumption?
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Hello All,

We're looking for a team, individual or group of individuals to help us with a mobile Prayer application for a non-profit. Also probably will need a designer UX/UI person to help.

The forthcoming website is For those who know GospelFunder, this is the totally new, redone, re-strategized and renamed GospelFunder. The whole concept of Generous.Org is to impact wholistic generosity in everyday things we do (giving of time, thoughts, action and stuff). The mobile app will be called Generous: Prayer which will be the first of a series of Generous mobile apps.

Interesting? Read on.

We want it to look beautiful, and work great of course. 

The mobile app will be a MVP, so shouldn't be too 'difficult', famous last words. Though it will be integrating with the web-based platform currently under development. That Generous.Org has an API, and is built in Node and Ruby. 

It is probably going to roll-out to IOS, but would also want an android, at least eventually. Not sure about the native vs. cross-platform debate. Willing to listen to the developers. 

We are potentially getting kingdom funding, for this mobile app, but the investor wants to know numbers, time estimate, etc... for the app we have spec'ed out. So this could be a cool gig. But we need an estimate.

So if you love mobile/mobile design. If you want to work on something Kingdom-based. Let me know. 

Or perhaps you know someone I should speak with, let me know!

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Congratulations to all winners of the Create for the Kingdom Austin 2014

People’s choice - The Art Of Neighboring – Film  
Best App or Site started at the event - The 10 Minute Give
Runner-up App or Site started at the event – FosteredCare
Best App or Site started before the event - GospelFunder
Runner-up App or Site started before the event – Evant
Best Film started at the event - The Art Of Neighboring
Runner-up Film started at the event – Grace Has a Home
Best Film started before the event - Prayer Labyrinth short film
Best Game started at the event - Virtual Prayer Walk
Runner-up Game started at the event - SpitFire
Seat at Tech Ranch’s Venture Forth 8 week boot camp for startup entrepreneurs - Jeff Dyck
We also awarded two prizes for the best use of Faith Comes By Hearing’s Digital Bible Platform.
Best Use of the Digital Bible Platform API - Our Daily Bread*
Best Use of the Digital Bible Platform API - Memoryize!

Thanks to all participants, judges, mentors, and sponsors for making the this event a success. Thanks to Jim Carroll and Tangoe, Inc. for hosting us at their wonderful facility.
Special thanks to Mark Stephan, Anne-Marie Clegg, Lisa Reid, Kym Good, Shamichael Hallman, Ben Amstutz, Ali Llewellyn, Nicholas Skytland and Keith Casey for an amazing event logistics job.

We hope to see you at the NYC Code for the Kingdom hackathon on Nov 6, 8-9 2014.

#C4TK #Hackathon #GOD

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Hey All,

Someone sent me this job position for a "Kingdom-minded" tech position. The job title is: Senior Director of Internet technology Development, B2Church.

Maybe someone here is interested? Thought I'd share it with you.

Download the position info here: 
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Live in SFO? 

We're flying in from Austin, Tx and will be staying at the site. Anyone have:

- Sleeping bags
- Pillows
- Sleeping mats/inflatable mattresses

I know most of you live in SFO, and if you'd be willing to bring these things to share, it would save those of us traveling the need to bring a camping expedition worth's of luggage.

Please email me if you have some of these things!

Also, I posted this before, but a couple of us will be staying Sunday night, and fly out of SFO Monday afternoon, and would love to find a cheap or free place to stay. :-) Hospitality anyone?

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I always have a sleeping bag in my car (just in case of anything). It's available if you need it. I may bring some pillows and more for out of towners. Could help with a few supplies but not a place for Sunday night though. Sorry.
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Anyone in SF got a place for two out-of-town attendees can stay Sunday night? We fly back Monday afternoon. 
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Cool, thanks! Got a rental. Maybe tat will work. Let's connect at the event.
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Hello all!

We’re building a team for the project GospelFunder, with the goal of meeting the challenge of making generosity towards Christian causes contagious. You can visit our prototype website:

For this Hackathon we are totally reinventing GospelFunder’s front-end.

Would you join our team in helping us get Christian projects, missions, missionaries, and churches funded so that Gospel can be proclaimed?

Want to work on a project that has already made an impact in missions, and this next iteration will take it to the next level?

We need Developers and UI folks who:

- Have Javascript knowledge 
- Have Angular experience

Want more information, contact me
Revolutionizing the way missions is funded.. Turning donors into radical advocates for the gospel!
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Hello Code for the Kingdom folks!
I work for a human-centered design and research agency called

We're currently conducting research to understand different ways people approach travel. 

I know many of you travel, so thought you could help me out.

Eligible participants will be compensated with $100 in exchange for participating in a 90-minute video call interview and 30-minute exercise to be completed before the interview.

If you're interested, please follow this link to complete the survey by Monday, May 25, 2015 and we will get back in touch shortly.

Take survey here:  
All the best,
We design and develop beautiful and successful interactive products on all web and mobile platforms for startups and the world's most forward thinking brands.
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Hello All,

I'm looking for someone with Telephony, SMS, Twilio, experience, along with Mobile experience. 

If that's you, shoot me a message:

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Austin 2014  - 
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We've had a lot of Spiritual Warfare.

Join us in Praying for the GospelFunder Team.

We won't pray long, but we want to be effective and petition our Father, who is more than willing to hear from us. There is something special and powerful about praying together as one family.

Why are we praying now?: We've had fires, house explosions, Insurance company cruelty, IRS issues, nutty servers, etc... This is only a small list of the off-the-wall problems we've had. Everyone on the GospelFunder team has felt spiritual oppression. All on the team feel Satan wants this stopped, luckily, all on the team also feels that God wants us to persevere. 

If you can make it, let's pray together!

Feel free to invite others.
Pray for GospelFunder & Team
Wed, August 6, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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JP told me today, "Everything went well with the bank yesterday. Thank the Lord."

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SF Bay Area 2014  - 
Things are ramping up for tonight's Code for the Kingdom Code-a-thon! Are you ready?!?
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Feel free to stop by the GospelFunder war room! :-) We love visitors! Also, if you want to join us, we'd love more devs. We're redoing the U/I, Javascript, angular... 
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    Founder, 2011 - present
    Envisioned, planned, designed, and launched a crowd-funding and advocacy platform • Led Community Raiser to win the Product of the Year award at ICCM 2013 by designing a strategy that focused on a large niche market, that desperately needed the functionality • Led Community Raiser to win “Best Product for Pre-existing Code” at the Create for the Kingdom Hackathon 2014 by revamping the platform to meet future needs of the market
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    Director of Product Development, 2012 - present
    Created a product strategy that guided the organization to be in a position to increase its capacity to serve clients • Envisioned and created a plan for a platform for interactive learning and on-boarding in Arabic & Turkish, awaiting grant for over $200K • Re-envisioned a legacy product, awarded a $18K grant for it. Product is currently in development • Planned three product initiatives awaiting grant opportunity, envisioned other products
  • Calcedon
    Managing Partner, 2005 - 2012
    Founded, managed, and grew the company from an outsourcing firm to a multinational software company • Grew Calcedon 200% by closing a $200k multi-year ecommerce project • Managed teams of up to 14 software engineers across multiple locations • Recommendations on the following site:
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    Business Consultant, 2002 - 2008
    Taught entrepreneurism to refugees and other discriminated individuals • Taught entrepreneurism and business networking to four non-profits and Turkish associations • Evangelized the technology community promoting entrepreneurism, lean methods, and agile software practices, resulting in the launch of Scrum training in Turkey in 2007 to two of Turkey’s largest banks
  • Trilogy
    Software Development, 1999 - 2001
    Technical roles in human-computer interaction, technical documentation and software engineering • Led usability testing and agile methodology on the documentation process with Ford as a client. Helped client understand the value of high-quality UX design, which helped with closing the deal and client retention. • Developed a high-impact emergency JAVA API document that helped British Airways developers implement Trilogy’s software, received multiple accolades from BA, led to promotion to AutoDev Business Unit
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