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Giving Thanks To The People Who Have Changed My Life

Thursday, November 24, 2016 17:43
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It’s amazing to think that nine years ago my blog was just getting started and here we are in 2016, I’m still blogging (almost) every day, and I have more readers than I could have ever imagined when I first started. While I have a lot of people I’d like to thank, I’d like to first take a minute to thank each and every one of you, from Europe to Asia, Africa to Australia, Canada to Mexico, my readers are truly global and while not all of you celebrate Thanksgiving, that’s not going to stop me from being thankful to have you along for the journey!

Right now I’m sitting in my Dad’s living room in Northern California, the house smells amazing, the table is set, and we’re about 45 minutes away from showtime. I’m in charge of the stuffing which means I have about ten minutes to write this and then it’s onto cooking duty. So here it goes.

Daina, the love of my life. We are so lucky to be able to spend every day working together building a company that we can already see is fundamentally changing commerce. As anyone who has ever run a startup knows, there are lots of ups and downs, and I couldn’t think of a person I’d rather go through this journey with than Daina.

My family, I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive family. As we get deeper into the startup world we find ourselves in the Bay Area more and more which means I’m actually seeing my family more now than I had when we lived in LA.

Our incredible team at Fashion Metric. I couldn’t be more proud of the team we have built, we have some of the smartest, most passionate people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Together we are changing the world, these are still the early days but I am more confident than ever that this is the right team for the job.


Next up is Jason Seats and the entire Techstars team. We joined Techstars at a pivotal time for our business and it absolutely changed our life. Jason saw something in us at a time where few did, and for that and everything he and the rest of the Techstars Austin team did for us.

Along with Jason and team, Brett Hurt (co-founder of CoreMetrics and BazaarVoice) was a major early supporter of ours, and since then has been an incredible investor and advisor. Brett has gone above-and-beyond for us, and for those who know him, you know he’s an incredibly busy guy – we are so grateful for the time and energy he has given to us.

Okay, last set of Fashion Metric thanks. I am incredibly thankful to all of our investors, John Ives from Tahoma Ventures who gave us our first term sheet and serves on our board, Braden Pollock, a good friend and angel investor that has been an incredibly strong supporter, Elementum Ventures, Corsa Ventures, Geekdom fund and many of the other angels like Dario Meli (co-founder of HootSuite), Ammar Kubba, and the list goes on.

Last but of course not least are the incredible friends we have made in Austin, from Brian Fryer to Josh Kerr, Brandon Marker to Jason Bornhorst, we have met some truly amazing people over the last couple of years.

Okay, well I’m out of time, and yes, like usual I went way over time but it’s Thanksgiving so I couldn’t possibly go through the day without giving thanks. If you’ve read this far you really should put down your iPhone and go back to spending time with your family.

Happy Thanksgiving and as always, thanks for reading!


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