When the cities go dark,
When we disconnect from phones and games,
We see our home.
The calendar year 2013 has drawn to a close, and as we celebrate the new year we at OurPangea are hopeful and full of joy. 2014 will be a great year for everyone. No doubt with its ups and downs, but nonetheless, the change will be positive and good.
We accomplished a lot this year. We developed strong support and drew together the right team to build OurPangea. So take a deep breath, it’s getting close.
At the start of this year we give thanks to all those we worked with. To name a few:
Ari, thank you for your time and steadfast dedication. You are making positive impact wherever you are and for everyone you work with.
Vern, Trent, thank you for tackling such a crazy project and thank you for sharing the vision with me.
To my parents, family, and friends, thank you for your endless encouragement and support. You are the world to me.
Thank you all.
2014 holds great promise that I hope to share with you.
OurPangea is built by people. And transforming an idea into reality is a process, a fun one. What I’ve learned is that it’s a process best done by a team.
Teams are interesting. Everyone brings their strengths, but also their weaknesses. It’s a matter of figuring out how to motivate everyone towards a single goal and helping each member apply themselves in that direction. Celebrate strengths and help with weaknesses.
Networking around Austin has opened my eyes to the wonderful diversity of people, but what strikes me most is that everyone has something that makes them happy. It’s incredible how diverse these things can be, and it makes me wonder how many people out there share the same interests with me? If only we had OurPangea to help.
While networking around Austin has opened my eyes to the granularity of people, the granularity of people has opened my eyes to the similarities. Austin is a weird place. So weird they probably take that as a compliment… There are so many people here, but at the root of everyone lies the same hopes and fears. It’s kind of wonderful.
At the root of OurPangea, we hope that each user finds a similar experience. That of difference and acceptance. When everyone is working towards the same goal, in this case representing culture we will have to accept the differences along with the similarities, both strengths and weaknesses.
Teams are interesting because of their diversity. United toward a single goal we learn from the strengths of others and hope to improve our weaknesses. It’s an interesting experience where we learn the value of others, but most importantly we learn how to value others.