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The Story & Mission of Echo

In February of 2006, Ben Rugg decided to turn away all of his freelance web design work and begin developing a prayer reminder service. His intention was to create a web application that would help him and his small group keep track of their prayer requests and remind them to pray for each other throughout the week. After working solely on this web-based service for three months, he launched Echo Prayer.

Over the eight years since that launch, Echo has grown to nearly 20,000 users across the world, sending out close to 100,000 prayer reminders a day via email and text message.

After co-founding Clover (a company that makes websites and provides online donation tools for ministries and non-profits), Ben and his business partner, Jim Elliston, had been hoping to start a re-development on Echo. Their goal was to create a modern solution to the same problems Ben faced with his small group in 2006. Unfortunately the demands of running a business forced Echo to be a side project for the past eight years... Until now.

Echo's number one goal is to help people pray.
Whether it be to simply keep track of prayer requests, give space to engage with God, or simply help remind people to pray... Echo is a tool to help Christ-followers engage with God.

An Overview of Echo

Ben had a chance to present Echo to Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley in 2014.
Here is a walkthrough of the heart behind creating Echo, as well as some of its features.

The Creators of Echo

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Ben Rugg

Ben originally created Echo in 2006. After Echo he spent some time working at Cornerstone Church as a web developer until starting The Regime Design Company with Jim in 2007. Since then, Ben has co-founded Clover as well as other side projects like Jumpkick.

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Jim Elliston

Jim grew up leading worship in the church, and eventually ended up serving as the worship pastor at Cornerstone Church where he met Ben. After leaving full-time ministry, Jim started The Regime with Ben, and together they founded Clover.