A Million Dollar Vision — Walking for Water on March 21

Ruth HardinRuth Hardin has a vision – to raise $1 million to provide sustainable water solutions for some of the one billion people around the world without safe drinking water.

Hardin formed an event called ‘Silicon Valley Discipleship Walk for Water” that takes place on Saturday, March 21. The event started out as an activity for her church, St. Timothy’s in San Jose, in 2014. St Timothy’s senior pastor, Pastor Dan Selbo, had heard a compelling message from Water Missions International, a Christian engineering ministry that provides safe water in 49 countries. What impressed Pastor Selbo was not only that Water Missions was solving water problems, but that it was helping meet the spiritual needs of people in developing countries as well. Continue reading

Serving and Transforming the Bay Area

TBCThe San Francisco Bay Area has one of the lowest percentages of church going people in the U.S. According to a study in 2013 by the Barna Group, church attendance is 30% lower in the Bay Area than average attendance in the U.S. But that may be changing. God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley. Continue reading

Venture Capitalist David Lane – Fulfilling His God-given Purpose

David LaneVenture capital is a glamorous, but very difficult business.  The glamour comes when investments lead to breakthrough products and when portfolio companies go public or are acquired.  But less than 10% of start-ups deliver outstanding investment return, and the majority of start-ups fail. “It takes wisdom, insight, hard work, and a little bit of luck to succeed,” says Diamondhead Ventures founder, David Lane.  It also takes humility, perseverance, and a long term perspective to endure when start-ups fail. Continue reading

Abide Prayer App Launches

Abide Launch Party

Abide Launch Party

Recently, I wrote about Neil Ahlsten, an entrepreneur who left a high-powered job at Google to create the prayer app, Abide, designed to make the power of prayer easy, and available to be shared anytime and anywhere. Abide launched on Veterans Day, November 11 for the iPhone and is now also available for the Android.

On Veteran’s day, Abide shared its first national prayer for wounded warriors and their families. People in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and countries as far away as Malaysia, India, and Japan engaged in over 24 hours of praying for wounded soldiers and their families. Continue reading

Living Out His Dream — Andrew Laffoon, Entrepreneur and CEO of Mixbook

Andrew Laffoon

Andrew Laffoon

Andrew Laffoon is living out his dream as an entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of Mixbook, a company well on its way to success. Mixbook’s annual sales top $25 million. The company is profitable and employs 60 people.

In December 2012, Inc. Magazine recognized Laffoon and his partner, Aryk Grosz, in its annual “Top 30 under 30” – a list of entrepreneurs to watch. In 2013, Forbes Magazine named Laffoon one of its “Up and Comers” and one of “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35.” Continue reading

Kirk Perry, Google President of Brand Solutions — Called to the Bay Area

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kirk Perry, president of brand solutions at Google. Perry was formerly president of family care at Procter & Gamble and moved to the Bay Area less than a year ago.  He will be the speaker at the upcoming Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 13, 2015. Kirk has an inspiring journey of faith. He shared with me some of his story and how he has learned to entrust his life and decisions to God.
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Peninsula Covenant Church – Not Your Typical Church

PCC logoNestled against a rolling hillside in Redwood City, among mature redwood, pine, and cedar trees, sits Peninsula Covenant Church. Its pastoral setting, however, belies its fierce commitment to service.

The Apostle Paul sums up one of God’s most important commands in Galatians 5:13 (ESV):  “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” This is a command that Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) in Redwood City takes seriously. Continue reading

Venture Capitalist Promod Haque – Called by God to Business

Promod HaqueIs business a calling?  Most of us are familiar with people being called by God to become ministers, priests, or into some other vocational ministry.  But does God call some people to a career in business?  Top Silicon Valley Venture capitalist, Promod Haque, believes God called him to a career in business, but only after he first felt called to vocational ministry. Continue reading

Struggle, Faith, and Purpose — Tom Tognoli, Entrepreneur and Intero President and CEO

Tom Tognoli

Tom Tognoli

Tom Tognoli is living out the American dream.  In 2002, he co-founded Intero, an innovative Silicon Valley-based company, which grew to become one of the top real estate firms in the country.  In 2013, Intero accounted for over 11,000 transactions and $8 billion in sales.  The company’s success was noticed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.  In the spring of this year, Berkshire Hathaway’s affiliate HomeServices of America, the second largest independent real estate brokerage firm in the U.S., acquired Intero.  Tom Tognoli leads Intero as the firm’s President and CEO. Continue reading

“When God Calls, You Better Show Up!” — Neil Ahlsten, Entrepreneur

Neil Ahlsten

Neil Ahlsten

Throughout history, people have used the tools available to help them communicate with God.  Prayer is recorded on cave walls by the aborigines in Australia and elsewhere. Biblical prayer was put in written form and distributed when the printing press was invented.  Prayer was broadcast on radio by our leaders during World War II.  I recall the television day beginning in the 1950s with the National Anthem and prayer.  More recently, people have used PCs and the Internet to help them pray.  Prayer requests and prayers themselves can be emailed and sent as text messages. Continue reading