42 Entrepreneurs Should be Thankful for...

  • 1. Still being excited to work past 1 a.m.

    2. My spouse continues to support the dream despite all the risk and uncertainty.

    3. Knowing that Silicon Valley can’t be captured in a cable TV show.

    4. We finally won’t have to talk about Color anymore.

    5. Founder resources like Steve Blank, Naval Ravikant, Mark Suster, Fred Wilson, Paul Graham, and Brad Feld.

    6. Products like Basecamp, Stripe, Github, SendGrid, Google Apps, MailChimp, Square, Eventbrite, MacBook, MSFT Office, and Gmail that keep our businesses running.

    7. Not having a 9 to 5.

    8. Checks to cash.

    9. Friends who throw your startup a bone when you desperately need it.

    10. I can operate a global company from my laptop.

    11. MC Hammer and PSY hooked up.

    12. Parents that are proud of their kid’s startup.

    13. TechCrunch’s triumphant return earlier this year has stuck.

    14. Cofounders who push you to your best with their example.

    15. APIs.

    16. The freedom to operate and create a business of your choosing.

    17. Arrington and MG are back on TechCrunch.

    18. Thoughtful design.

    19. Entrepreneurial books like Startup Communities, The Startup Owner’s Manual, Founders at Work, and Steve Jobs.

    20. Founders around the world working tirelessly to build their local community.

    21. No new incubators have launched in the past few months.

    22. Startups measured not by the amount they’ve raised but by the traction they’ve received.

    23. Engineers who aren’t jerks.

    24. Business guys who act like engineers.

    25. Investors and shareholders who understand no one is always right.

    26. Max Woolf’s comments.

    27. People that give without expectations or strings.

    28. Thank you emails from customers.

    29. Never being accused of growth hacking.

    30. Over delivering.

    31. Customers that pay for products.

    32. Resources like Kauffman Foundation, AngelList, Stanford, Startup School, SFciti, and Startup Weekend that help entrepreneurs.

    33. Kids who hug and kiss you regardless of how early you leave or late you come home.

    34. Silicon Valley state of mind.

    35. When the guy worth 100x the other guy picks up the lunch tab without an awkward pause.

    36. Product market fit.

    37. Millionaires that drive beat-up old cars.

    38. Chris Dixon moving to California.

    39. Customers that make life easier, not harder.

    40. Founders willing to sleep in their car or at AOL to succeed.

    41. Founders who will never give up.

    42. My startup is alive to fight another day, week, and month. What more could I ask for?