This year has been a pretty notable one for our little company... most notably we're an actual company instead of being just one or two people trying to fix the way broadcast works. We've felt especially blessed to be able to work on something we love so much, so each of us has taken a few paragraphs to share what we're thankful for.
###Randall Man. A crazy year. I'm thankful for the customers, investors, employees, spouses, family members and random internet folk who've believed in Vidpresso to keep it going this long. I'm really grateful for the people who believed in us in the early days (Justin Caldwell!) and for everyone who've contributed to building something at least a few people want.
Most people don't know this... but Vidpresso is a pretty happy accident and there are two people who are especially responsible. One: Traci, my Wife. During two specific turbulent work periods for me, she took over as the sole income recipient and allowed me to continue pursuing my passion. The first time led to the germ of an idea which morphed into data driven video. The second led to Vidpresso becoming a viable company instead of a side project.
And two: Tanya Vea. She's the station manager of KSLTV and KSL Radio. She understands what we're doing, and a few years ago she took a chance on bringing me to KSL to work on both Vidpresso and KSL stuff. I'm still really proud of what we accomplished there, and I know it's the beginning of the future of video.
###Jake In my day-to-day routine, I constantly remind myself to think about the big picture. Is this change really going to make things better? Is this feature the best one to focus my time on? To focus our companies limited resources on? I imagine that for Randall (our founder), this battle is more consuming. When you're focused on fixing stuff that is broken, it is easy to forget what works: the things, events, and people that make each day worth getting out of bed for.
This year, I'm especially thankful for my wife: a great partner and a fantastic mom to our 2 kids. I'm thankful for my own mom and her strength. I'm thankful for my brothers. I'm thankful for my in-laws, their support has made a huge difference this year. I'm thankful for the years I got to spend with my dad Rocky--who I lost this year. I'm thankful for my friends, their support and humor keeps me going when times get tough.
Working here has been amazing, I'm thankful everyday for the opportunity. Specifically I'm thankful for: Randall whose vision and persistence has gotten us this far; Eric for keeping the lights on and the customers happy; Hassan for sharing Vidpresso with customers and prospective customers; Justin for amazing me with his awesome designs everyday; and Pauli for his humor and coding skills. I enjoy signing on every morning to work together creating the future of TV. I'm thankful for our customers: trying a new product in this industry can be hard, so thanks for giving us a shot. I'm thankful for our investors: We wouldn't be here without your support and confidence. I'm thankful for Heroku, Github, Slack, Netflix, Sublime Text, microbrews and sporks.
I don't know how the first "Thanksgiving" went down. I was a little late for that party. I am thankful for all who have come before me, especially those close to me that helped me become who I am today. A few other things I am thankful for: knives and forks, automobiles, brakes, businesses that put Christmas lights up after Thanksgiving, peanut butter and jelly, extra phone chargers, indoor plumbing, snow, snow plows, electricity, internet, sushi,
long walks on the beach (edit: wrong kind of post,) Photoshop, After Effects, Cinema 4d, Apple, apples, street tacos, Wikipedia, friends, friends dogs, family, and everything that Jake said (but I'm sticking with my own family.)
###Hassan It's hard to articulate my gratitude without it sounding like a cheesy Oscar speech, but I'll give it a go.
Over the past few years I faced various challenges which I could not have overcome without the unwavering support of my wife, parents and siblings. Great friends and kids also provided much amusement, and a sense of humour through it all.
I am thankful Randall looked past convention and decided to work with "some guy in Pakistan", when most wouldn't have. It is exactly this kind of brave thinking that challenges the norms and makes profound changes.
I am grateful for the culture at Vidpresso which has enabled me to enjoy life without trade-offs. I get to work with a fun, intelligent, world-class team and serve diverse clients around the globe, while having the flexibility to indulge my passion for travel and put my sons to sleep most nights. I couldn't have scripted it better myself.
###Eric A year and change in and I'm still thankful to work with such a great team on an awesome project. It's kind of crazy to believe that 5 years ago I sent Randall an email out of the blue to help with a Podcast network and ended up here a little over 4 years later (after sending Randall another random email). I've learned, and continue to learn, so much from this team and this company that I'm constantly amazed. I'm thankful for my friend and family who, though they probably think I'm crazy, have always supported me in my decisions.