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TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-11-23

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Editor's Note: Startups are hard, this much is certain. But on this Thanksgiving, no matter how bleak the outlook, we all have people to be thankful for.

Who were the people that helped you in the past year? Sure you may have investors, advisors, or even us at the Founder Institute ;-). But there are probably scores of others who simply took a minute out of their day to help you, if even with the most trivial of favors. As a startup you need all the luck you can get, so the small things can make a big difference. Give these people a nice, hearty thank you.

And finally, pay-it-forward by responding to that email, returning that call, providing that intro, or reviewing that plan that a fellow aspiring entrepreneur sent you. We all have them buried somewhere in a long list of priorities, but find the time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

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