I tend to get very sentimental at this time of year. The short days and cold nights are a perfect trigger for introspection, and I enjoy taking the time to be conscious and grateful for all the good things that have happened over the past year. It is very easy to be swept away by all the end of year madness, so it’s important to pause and reflect on the bounty of things we have to be grateful for.
First and foremost, I’m incredibly grateful that Skimlinks continues to blossom, despite the ever-changing and aggressive industry we are in. After 7 years, we are still launching new products and features, expanding to new customers, becoming stronger, faster, better. For that, I have all of *you* to thank: your loyalty, support, feedback, and collaboration are the reasons Skimlinks is what it is.
The other great joy of leading this company is welcoming new team members into our fold. I have always been frightened of becoming a “big” company, of losing the charm and dynamism of a startup as we bring on new people. To my immense relief and gratitude, our culture has remained as electric and buoyant as ever, despite (or perhaps even because of) the new additions. We are now 75 people, a number I never thought we’d reach, but I’m proud and thankful for each of them – old-timer or newbie – for making Skimlinks’ culture something really special.
We live in a world full of uncertainty: 2014 has seen conflicts spring up in Israel and Palestine, in Russia and Ukraine, in Iran, Syria and Pakistan, even my hometown of Sydney was not spared. And while we learn about these events with horror, it engenders real moments of mindfulness, of in-the-moment awareness of our own being, of our health, of the presence of loved ones around us, and the freedom to work and study and travel and exist as we like. I hope you all get to experience as many of these precious moments as possible, and may they fill you with the energy and conviction to start 2015 with freshness and spirit.
Thank you all,
Co-Founder & CEO of Skimlinks