Read About my History in the Tech World
I started my online journey in the early 1990s when a friend gave me their old Tandy computer that included a dial-up modem. There was no public Internet at that time but that computer had Compuserve software included along with a few of the early games. I discovered another tool on that computer that allowed me to visit with people around the world on a black text screen using Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
In the fall of 1994 I started at Anoka Ramsey Community College for one year taking a Business Administration track. In the summer of 1994 the college installed the first T-1 Internet connection to the campus. Between classes I discovered for the first time what the Internet looked like using the only Web Browser that was available, Netscape. Using the computer lab I learned how web pages were created by simple code language that I could open using Notepad on the computer. I could save the web page files and then edit the text and later I learned how to add photos and save the files to the local computer drive.
In 1995 I landed my first website client- The Bank of Elk River. One of the bank’s VPs and I sat in the basement of the bank using a computer with a dial-up modem and MS FrontPage to create the first website for the bank on their original domain www.the-bank-er.com which you can still find on the Internet Archive site. (see image below)
I built a community website called ElkNet.com that included one of the first website pages for the City of Elk River. The website also had information about where to vote in the 1996 primary election. (see image below)
Back in the mid 1990s I operated my business under the name of GTA Business Solutions which offered website development and other Internet services. I also sold Long Distance Phone and 800 Number Service to businesses. One of my first clients was the City of Chanhassen, MN. They just wanted a simple directory of the city, nothing fancy back then.
Those were some primitive looking websites by today’s standard…
A major advance in building websites happened when WordPress was released on May 27, 2003 by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Shortly after WordPress became available, I started to build my own personal WordPress Blog sites to experiment with the new software.
In March 2004 I launched my new business, Mission Springs, which had a simple vision of providing bottled Spring Water for ministries to sell for mission fund raising.
From 1997 to 2008 I worked in the IT departments of three companies before I went full-time with my own business, Mission Springs, in March of 2008. For the next four years I worked with my primary client Jeff Mills and his Internet marketing business. We traveled around the USA and even went to Israel presenting conferences and workshops for people who wanted to start their own businesses online. Among other services I managed his video production team for live-streaming of conference events.
As I became more involved in helping with Internet Marketing over the next several years we upgraded the business name to Mission Springs Marketing LLC in July 2012. I focused on creating websites for local business clients. I built WordPress websites for many local businesses in our area as well as helping non-profits and ministries with their websites.
In late 2014 I closed my business to prepare for a move to California with my wife to attend the ministry training school at Bethel Church, BSSM. We returned home to Elk River in June 2017.
In February 2020 I re-launched my business with a focus on Digital Online Consulting for organizations, ministries and businesses in need of help with Digital Marketing, Podcasting, YouTube videos, Website Design and Hosting Services. If you need help in any of these areas, let’s talk.