Monday, April 26, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
J.C. is our Chief Technology Officer, he makes sure that everything works, even when it shouldn't. He is like a babysitter for binary numbers, when they get out of line he is so patient with them. He listens, understands and coaxes them in to doing what he wants. Not like me, I throw stuff and yell. And when I break it because I threw it, I yell more.
We have all logged a lot of hours trying to make this dream a reality. From JC's technology battles to Andy's Ecommerce project and my content, on-air, and production management, we are firing on all cylinders. The fun comes at the end of the day when we crack a bottle and laugh. The Chaos comes during the day when we are trying to complete tasks, and the challenge comes when we fall just short of a goal for the day.
We have a great team, and we have a lot of support. The people who stand behind us mean the world to us. We have all taken a risk and are believe in what we are doing. I jokingly tell my wife "this will make a good book some day." But to be quite honest, it really will. We are three guys working 70 hour weeks to launch a product that is in completely uncharted waters. We have faith that our passion and vision are in need.
With all of that being said we can't do it with out all of you. We need your help in spreading the news. We have put together a campaign called 'Cru of 1000'. We are trying to get 1000 friends to join the Cru Facebook page by May 1st. We realize it is an aggressive goal but we have such a great support network we know we can do it with everyone's help. If you haven't joined our Cru Wine Specialists Facebook page please do so. If you have we simply ask you to spread the word and let everyone know we would love their support too.
Thank you to everyone for following us, and for those of you who have no idea what I am talking about visit www.cruwineonline.com to see how we are revolutionizing the wine industry.
Until next Monday...Salut!
Cru Wine Online
Monday, April 12, 2010
It all started when we moved in to our new location in downtown St. Cloud last month. Ms. Downtown herself Pegg A.K. Gustafson came over to welcome us to the neighborhood. She asked what we were all about and if she could put our new location in her weekly email.
This is all fine and dandy, I mean, don't get me wrong, I love publicity, but we were not exactly ready yet. The launch of our site was to be the first week of May, not April. However, after countless hours and hard work by our Chief IT Director J.C. Turner and his mad scientist web developer Mark Monn over the weekend we were able to get our public site up and running. I am not exaggerating when I say that J.C. has logged over 50 hours in the last 3 days. If there were an Olympics for Information Technology J.C. Turner would have won the gold.
You can check out our new and improved website at www.cruwineonline.com. While the full launch of our membership page will not be ready until May, we encourage you to check out the public site and pass it along to anyone you know who may be interested in having fun and learning about wine. The site is loaded with videos to explain exactly what our new adventure entails. In addition we have posted a sample of an online tasting as well as an example of a Cru radio podcast. I will keep you up to date with any changes, postings, or additions made.
This is the most excited and nervous I have ever been. Thank you again to everyone for your continued support, because without you, we would have to drink alone!