I'm Feeling Grateful

I'm Feeling Grateful

A week ago I started an Austin Experiences business in 48 hours and generated $6k revenue.

After it was all over, I was struck by how many great friends I have and how fortunate I am. (Of course, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and have dealt with depression too.)

Just thinking about all the great people I have in my life, I was hit by an amazing wave of gratitude and appreciation.

I have a lot of friends in my life that watch over me. Lloyd from Ownlocal.com who always has my back. Or Dave from the post “The best cold email I’ve ever received” who has been extremely supportive and encouraging.

While traveling, so many people offered to show me places in Thailand or buy me tacos in their local cities (always appreciated). Jon Friedman and Edmund Lowman gave Neville and me the best tours around Thailand.

Of course I ate tacos in Thailand!

Recently at AppSumo we launched SumoMe.com which is a free toolkit for growing your website. More than 2 million people have viewed the plugin and nearly 2,000 are actively using it on their sites.

Many of the downloads are the results of relationships with fellow entrepreneurs and business owners. That includes the always great Ruben of Bidsketch, Maneesh of Pavlok, Devin Reams and so many more.

I continue to meet great new friends like Eric Barker of Bakadesuyo who I felt instantly connected to because of our witty email conversations.

I’m grateful to be able to work and travel with the full-support of the unbelievable Appsumo team: Arielle, Anton, Chad, Damian and Eric.

My family is consistently supportive. Yes, I have been very annoyed with my Jewish mother at times but she’s the most consistent person I know 🙂

Daniel at Satchel-Page for being awesome to donate a bag to an OkDork reader and buying a ticket to the atxme events above. And the many other awesome folks who have done sweet, unbelievable giveaways on OkDork.

And then I have amazing readers like you tell me how a particular post (or Excel sheet) helped you in your business. You make my day with comments on Twitter, Facebook, and on the blog.

As a way of saying thanks and “I love you too”

50 OkDork readers will get a 5-Pack of Cord Tacos and 5 readers will get a Cargito iPad Charging case.

What’s a Cord Taco? I’m glad you asked. 🙂 Mike Macadaan has an incredible story about how he came up with the idea, made the first taco, started selling on Etsy, got tons of press on blogs, and then--within a year--started selling the Cord Taco in Apple stores.

I highly recommend reading his post on Medium about his journey and how he used bloggers and social media exclusively to get customers.

Mike (and his new company This Is Ground) just launched a new product — the Cargito iPad Charging case — on Kickstarter yesterday.


To be part of the giveaway…

1. Check out the Cardito KickStarter

2. Click to Tweet:

"Cargito: Charging iPad Case http://bit.ly/cargito-ks from makers of #cordtaco & #cordito RT to win from @noahkagan & @thisisground"

3. Leave some comment love below about who you love this delightful Valentine’s day.

50 OkDork readers will get a 5-Pack of Cord Tacos (so you can share the love). 5 very lucky readers will get a Cargito iPad Charging case.


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76 responses to “I'm Feeling Grateful”

James Martin
February 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I'm so late to Valentine's Day it's ridiculous. I gave my girlfriend a chocolate flower.. I wish I had one of those cord tacos though..

February 18, 2014 at 6:36 am

My wife and I did the big VD the way we usually do--we stayed home and we didn't really buy anything. Our anniversary is at the end of the month and we feel that is a much more significant holiday.

Patrick Foley
February 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

Glad to hear about a happy Noah!

My wife and I spent Valentine's Day driving our wonderful son to a gymnastics meet ... so I got to experience some great family love. 🙂

February 17, 2014 at 4:26 am

My valentine's day was spent with my lovely lady, whom I have been with exactly one year. I have been telling her all about Appsumo, Patt Flynn, and other entrepreneurs to fire her up!

Marty Jackson
February 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I like sail boats first. Then tacos. Keep on keeping on Noah!

February 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Loving the taco cord holders! Another brilliant idea!

February 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I love myself. I love life. I love today. I love tomorrow. I love this blog. I love the emails Noah sends. I love that he genuinely wants to help others. I love that I can see progress as to the movement of my business and my life. I love that Im getting closer to my goals. I love that there is an education movement happening, and together, we are elevating consciousness and all receiving everything that we deserve.

Brian Barr
February 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Thank you Noah. Not for the cord taco or any of that. For teaching me so much about myself and pushing me to dig deeper and strive further. You're an incredible person and that's why you are surrounded by such a great support network.

People love helping out good people and I believe good things happen to people who seek it out. So keep doing what you do.

February 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

I love my family for their love and support. No matter how tough it goes, they always manage to make it better.

Mel Larsen
February 16, 2014 at 6:56 am

This Valentine's day, in snowy Boston, I love people who shovel their sidewalks!

Yael Grauer
February 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

This V-day weekend, I'm lovin'... the love of my life who I'm marrying in July (OMG!), plus his family who's always been so supportive, my good friends who make Minneapolis feel like home, my mentors who kick my ass, my mentees who are kicking ass, all of my amazing clients who I write for, and the writers who I edit... and everyone who's helped me along the way. Also all of my BJJ teammates and coaches who work with me day in and day out. And my neighbor who snow blows our part of the sidewalk, and the anonymous neighbors who helped me push my car out of the snownami in -10 degree weather.

Rose Hawley-Perry
February 15, 2014 at 4:46 pm

On this Valentine's day I am filled with gratitude for all the amazing people in my life that I love. My partner, my son, my parents, my brother, my amazing friends, the fabulous people I am meeting through my Business adventure ~ Mindfully Organized. My heart seems to grow each year to have room for more and more awesome people. Can't wait to see who I meet in 2014! Noah if you are ever in Seattle I would be happy to buy you a taco. 🙂

Rose Hawley-Perry, The Simplification Coach
Mindfully Organized

Peter Cain
February 15, 2014 at 3:10 am

EDIT: in addition to my last comment (so I'm eligible for the prize!) - of course loving the iPad Mini case, but always loving my family and girlfriend!

Peter Cain
February 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

Awesome work Noah! I met you over a taco in Melb last year, and have since really enjoyed following your blog and kick-ass marketing style (I actually didn't have much clue on your background when I met you at that dinner!). Keep smashing it mate 🙂

February 14, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Hey Noah. I like this case, very nice. [Would love to see a vegan/animal friendly version.]

Anyhoo, I *spent* (in Australia, we live) my V day with my fiancee (married in 2 weeks time) and we swapped vows.



Ronnie Christopher
February 14, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I love my wife and best friend of 22 years

February 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Shout out to my kids - Shelby and Garrett - this Valentines Day! I love you both (and that's forever!)!

Leo Tabibzadegan
February 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Love the product! hope I win because i'm tangled in a web of wires and need to go pee. Ps. Have an amazing time in Thailand! Don't forget to find and try the Mango Sticky Rice (BEST!)

Reshanda Billy
February 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I love my family, friends, and my wonderfully supportive boyfriend, Brian. I feel like you...supported, loved, and cared for. So grateful. 🙂 Thanks so much for the reminder Noah.

Mary Dang
February 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

This Valentine's Day, I love my brother. Although he's 2 years younger and the frattiest Asian that ever lived at UT, he's incredibly strong and inspires me to be better. He's 0.5 the reason why I want to be a doctor and part of why I'm going to A&m Med this fall.

Noah Kagan
February 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Haha. Fatty Asian. Have you told him how much he inspired you?

February 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

"Fatty"? try "Fratty" haha

February 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

This Valentine's day I'm grateful for this awesome coffee shop (Casa Sucre Coffehouse) that I found in Panama. Travelling full-time cafés are my office and I'm grateful that I was able to find an awesome place to work while in Panama. Not only that, but the owners have been gracious to let me work here 8 hours a day for the past week!

February 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Lovin' da okdork emails!

Noah Kagan
February 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Lovin da comments!!

Brian Kleinsmith
February 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

This Valentine's Day, I get to share it with my beautiful bride of 16 years. She makes me want to get up each morning and be the best for her.

February 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

Way to go mike! Love his story. Simple design but true high quality.

My Vday I'm thankful for my roommate that provides me a roof under my head, and a great companion for cooking and eating meals together.

Jey Pandian
February 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

I love today because it's a fantastic warm day in New York City and I can take my wife out to Times' Square, Ripley's Believe it or Not and to the Fat Witch Bakery (her favorite dessert place) in Chelsea.

Noah Kagan
February 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Good husband Jey!

Amanda Martin
February 14, 2014 at 11:07 am

Those things look so handy!

Noah Kagan
February 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm


Bad ass gravatar pic btw!

Nick Kizirnis
February 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

I'm in Toronto on Valentine's Day, and won't see my wonderful wife until after the clock strikes midnight. I do my best to stay in the moment, but right now I look forward to every minute that passes until I am back and with her again.

Sid Edwards
February 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

I'm going to take time and express my love for my family and my girlfriend, both are extremely supportive of me and my goals. I also think it's important to express self love, how can we love others if we don't love ourselves? Have a great day everyone!

February 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

In order of importance: God, wife, son, myself, lifelong friends, co-workers, generous bloggers and other "givers of knowledge".

February 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

This Valentine's Day I love my beautiful, courageous Mom who is fighting cancer so valiantly. She tries to learn technology valiantly as well.

February 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

Thanks for everything and hopefully you'll spread the VDAY love and pick me!

February 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

I love my best friend coming to visit me tonight for a sans our men Valentine's Day weekend extravaganza! Hiking, brunch, causing a ruckus a la WuTang in Venice, girl chat and I'm sure some chocolate at some point!

February 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

Coco - the best dog in the world

February 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

I love snow in the south. Soft beds. Comfortable pants. Fatty steaks. Cigars on sunny days. Happy love day!

Daniel Richman
February 14, 2014 at 9:34 am

I love my family, my community, and my ability to stay in control of what I do, and how I make a living.

February 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

Got love for the content here at okdork

February 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

I'm going to cheat a little on the "spread the love" part.

I was thinking this morning, as many men do, about how commercialized holidays like Valentine's Day has become and how that can cheapen how it feels to some people.

But then I had another thought.

It can only be cheapened if we let it be that way in our minds. I hope that today, you are reminded that everyone deserves all of the love that you can give.

Your brother.
Your sister.
The dude tailgating you on your morning commute.
Even the crazy lady that rides her bike up and down your office street all day yelling "BIKE COMING THROUGH! LOOK OUT! HERE I COME!"

Just like New Year's Day (whatever day you celebrate it on) signifies renewal, let Valentine's Day remind you to love everyone.

You don't have to like everyone, but they still deserve your love.

I love you Noah, I love all of you OkDork readers. Have a wonderful day!

(I'm all set for cases and bags, thanks 🙂

Ryan Guth
February 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

This Valentine's Day, I'm LOVING the my work!

I teach music to hundreds of kids, working on a software start-up with an AMAZING COACH, performing regularly, sleeping a little, and I still CAN'T WAIT TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING!!!

I'll share my tacos as late valentines with those that I KNOW would LOVE THEM and hype them up! No lie though...I'll probably add guac.

Ryan Guth
February 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

At some point, I'll proof-read before I hit "Post Comment"! [sad trombone]

February 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

This V-Day I love my friends. I'm blessed to live in a gorgeous city with a solid group of inspiring, motivating, and compassionate friends who I love to work with, hang out with, and get into trouble with. It's Valentine's Day, and life is good.

Chris Hrobsky
February 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

I love my wife, Heather, that refused to give me my first dollar, but supported me in getting it, my daughter, Isabella, who smiles at me almost without fail, and my dog, Abbie, who loves me unconditionally even after every failure.

Yamile Yemoonyah
February 14, 2014 at 8:46 am

This Valentine's day I love everyone who ever taught me anything. From my parents and my kindergarten teachers to all the awesome people I met online who helped me build my business by sharing their knowledge and wisdom <3

Dan J
February 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

I love my girlfriend of a year who pushes through the slow times to get my app closer to launch.

I really enjoy reading your posts and your form of writing. It reads as though you're speaking to me in a way that won't put me to sleep!

Carolyn McRae
February 14, 2014 at 8:39 am

Feeling extra love and appreciation for mis padres this Vday. Awesome parents are easy to take for granted.. as if it's their "job" to love and support us. Regardless if that's true, I'm so thankful for mine. Happy Vday, fellow OkDorkers!

Jean Paul Cortes
February 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

What would love do now? Asks a wise person. For you are love, and love needs not protection, nor can be lost. So, in gratitude I can say I love you. Whomever wants to take this and carry it today...

February 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

I love the sunlight that powers my calculator and the sequence of numbers that bloom as I press "=". I love my neighbour because I know he picks up my magazines when they fall out from the mailbox, not to steal them, but to make sure that they don't get chewed by stray dogs. Last, but not least, I love YOU WORLD, you quasi spherical lump of dirt floating in space and time, I L.O.V.E.U!

Brian Gullette
February 14, 2014 at 7:59 am

My Beth, my eternal flame, so alive and awake - she is the light I will seek until I cease to be. Thanks for the inspiration, Noah! Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!

February 14, 2014 at 7:54 am

Love the cordtaco, my missus and me mum and my sweet 5 year old Annie.

Susan Crutchfield
February 14, 2014 at 7:49 am

I love my husband because he loves me every day and not just on Valentine's Day which is why we choose not to celebrate it. I am lucky to have such an amazing man in my life who has encouraged and supported me in opening my own business. He is patient when I work nights and weekends and never complains.

February 14, 2014 at 7:27 am

Done. Visited, tweeted and love that Cargito. Who don't I love today, would be the better question? Love is in the air....

Tanner Hearne
February 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

I am enjoying this delightful Valentine's Day because it is the first Valentine's day my wife and I are sharing together since we have been married! It's really great!

February 14, 2014 at 7:22 am

Going on 27 years with my hubby! Life is fine with my man! And Noah thanks for all you do! You are rocking life & I for one am grateful for you & your team! Happy Valentines!!

February 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

My mum. I travelled 5 hours just to visit my mum recently. We only meet once a year. Being as a working mum in South region, we can only communicate through the phone on daily basis. My recent trip was devastating. She was frail and lost so much weight due to adhesion. It saddened me. She deserves to have our loves not only on this special day but everyday in our life. As such, I must go back every month no matter how tired I am in my business - before its too late.

Jonathan Courtney
February 14, 2014 at 7:15 am

You know when you're drinking milk, you laugh and it come shooting out your nose? Well I don't.

Gimme Chord Taco!

Angela Cummins
February 14, 2014 at 7:11 am

Love my wonderfully supportive husband and my three puppies!

Mathew G
February 14, 2014 at 7:07 am

MG loves M-L

Teresa D
February 14, 2014 at 7:03 am

Thank you for continuing to offer so many inspirational stories. In answer to your post, I love my fiance and my son. We make a great team, and I look forward to many more wonderful days with both of them.

Viktor Jagar
February 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

Family, friends, and co-workers. Best support group ever - fact!

Grey Thompson
February 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

I love Noah and his giveaways!

Jason Tuttle
February 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

Pretty awesome idea. I backed the kickstarter.

William Bett
February 14, 2014 at 6:58 am

All my love to my fiancé on this Valentine's Day 🙂

February 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

My husband. We just had a major fall out last night and I thought it'd be a lonely Valentine's Day...but he took the initiative to take me out for dinner tonight, awww

Lindsey Hutchinson
February 14, 2014 at 6:48 am

I love all of the great wisdom and knowledge gained from following you, your blog posts, email updates and everything else. You've been so helpful, and I'm very thankful for that. I also love, very much, how supportive my boyfriend is of my little ventures, and how proud he is of me. Dawwwwww lol

February 14, 2014 at 6:46 am

There's no one dorkier than my big guy "bobick." He can never be separated from me or from his computer. That's why I love his dorky ass.

February 14, 2014 at 6:46 am

Every time I happen upon a site using Twilighter it brings a smile to my face. 🙂

On this delightful Valentine's Day, I love my wife, Samantha. The list of reasons is too long for this comment, but I will say that one HUGE reason is the fact that her grandparents live in San Antonio, which gives us an excuse to occasionally leave Nashville to enjoy the state with the best tacos in the union--Texas, oh magical Texas.

Joao Reis
February 14, 2014 at 6:45 am

"behind every great man there's a great woman" - hey, I think about myself as great, but what really matters is I would be less than nothing without my beloved one. How can such a beautiful woman stick around for so long and fulfill my live with meaning, purpose, joy, magic and - very important - delicious TACOS ! You're my great woman, Marcia ! (she'll rant about this declaration being motivated by Noah's request, but no prob, nobody is perfect)

Chanelle Henry
February 14, 2014 at 6:44 am

This Valentines day will be the first time I officially mean it when I say I am my own valentine because I love myself. As an entrepreneur, constantly moving and dreaming it can be easy to get depressed (as I struggle with), and anxious. I have known he importance of self-love, but this year has been more shocking than ever to see benefits of this, and how I can even grow within my own industry, etc...

So yeah. I love myself, great post as always Noah.

Ed Raeker
February 14, 2014 at 6:44 am

I love my recently deceased German Shepherd dog named Rosie. My hiking buddy and office-mate of many years.

Ann McG
February 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

This Valentine's Day I am celebrating my love affair with technology! I'm an older geek, and have been programming since we did it on punch tape or a teletype. I LOVE how tech has grown and evolved to reach EVERYONE...and can't wait to see what comes in the future!

Laura Vaughn
February 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

Taco cord holders?! Best idea ever.

Happy Valentines Day to Noah and team 🙂

February 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

I will love myself this valentine's day 🙂 Through all the ups and downs of life we sometimes forget to cherish and congratulate ourselves for pulling through.