10 Things Startup Founders Should be Grateful for this Thanksgiving

Kennedy Nuñez
10 Things Startup Founders Should be...

This time of year is all about giving thanks and expressing gratitude for things that might go unnoticed or unappreciated otherwise. When you’re the founder of a startup, it’s difficult not to be appreciative. There are an unlimited amount of reasons to be grateful. 

To help you get in the Thanksgiving spirit, here are 10 things to be thankful for!

1. A hard-working team

Behind every successful startup is a dedicated and hard-working team.  It’s important to recognize and reward your startup’s core team for their dedication, efficiency and passion.

2. Investors

Of course, investors made this list. It’s possible that your startup wouldn’t have made it past the ideation stage if it weren’t for them, so let’s show our appreciation for their support, as well as their wallets.

3. Accelerator programs

Accelerator programs are a godsend for technology startups. They provide mentors, expertise, and investments to assist your startup in reaching the next level of success. So, thank you, accelerator programs.

4. Mentors

Like accelerator programs, mentors are around to help you navigate the startup world’s ups and downs. The best thing you can have is a support system to lean on when you feel like giving up or when you need a boost of confidence before pitching to investors.

5. Coffee shops

In the startup world, coffee shop work sessions are a given – it’s almost an unwritten rule that they define startup culture. When it comes to starting a new business, coffee shops are the place where innovative ideas are born. And let’s not forget about salted caramel cappuccinos, for which we will always be grateful.

6. LinkedIn and networking opportunities

LinkedIn is well-known for being an excellent social networking platform. There is no better way to connect with like-minded individuals and get your product or service in front of people all over the world. Networking can help you get a long way toward your startup’s goals. So, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, whether on the internet or in person.

7. News media

News of funding announcements or product launches would be much more difficult to disseminate without the media. Love them or hate them, the news media is essential for your startup’s brand awareness and revenue growth. Remember to thank your tech PR  agency for its efforts in establishing and maintaining relationships with the journalists who cover your business.

8. Live and virtual events

When COVID-19 swept the globe, in-person events appeared to be a thing of the distant future. Fortunately, thanks to video platforms like Zoom, we could still learn and connect with people from the comfort of our own homes. As society returns to live and in-person gatherings, we can rejoice in the fact that we now have two options for networking and promotion. 

Finally, after a two-year hiatus, SXSW is making a strong comeback, and it is one event we are particularly excited about. Don’t forget to get your tickets before it’s too late!

9. Other startups

Recognizing that your startup isn’t the only one the world has to offer is a great perspective to have. Other startups that provide cutting-edge technology and ideas that can then be used by your company are something tech founders should always respect and appreciate.

10. Friends and family

The startup world can be very taxing on a person’s personal and family life. For this reason,  startup founders should be especially grateful for their friends’ and family’s unconditional support, as well as their understanding of any late nights or missed events. Now is the time to step back from the startup industry’s chaos and express gratitude to anyone who has helped you in any way!

About Kennedy Nunez: Kennedy is a Business Development Associate for Swyft, which is a tech PR firm in Austin and Houston and a top digital marketing and PR agency in Denver since its founding in 2011. Swyft also has a small satellite office where it offers tech PR in San Francisco. Swyft has been listed as one of the top tech PR agencies in Texas for two years running by the B2B services review site, Clutch.co.

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