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One aspect of an ever-growing global community like Startup Weekend is that there will inevitably be times when the ones we care about fall into harm’s way. Hurricane Sandy isn’t the first time members of our community, your community, have been threatened with real danger or experienced loss and difficult circumstances. It certainly won’t be the last. Our thoughts are with everyone and their families dealing with this right now, from New York, to Florida, to Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and everywhere in between.

This is a good moment to reflect on the precious nature of life and to be thankful for the opportunity we have been given to pursue our dreams. We’ve been given a chance to follow our passions; a ride that has thus far been far beyond our most ambitious hopes. We don’t take this opportunity and responsibility lightly – and we know that all of you are equally dedicated to changing lives, educating others, and especially at times like this, spreading hope and offering support.

There are people on this planet, including areas we operate in, that don’t have the freedom or opportunity to pursue their goals or reach their full potential, regardless of natural disasters. As we look to help our friends, family, and loved ones pick themselves up after Sandy passes, let’s continue to stay dedicated to each other and pursue the common goal of changing the world for the better and helping our fellow human beings, especially when they need it most.

The ways in which we all choose to go about accomplishing that will be drastically different, but the passion is the same at the core of our efforts:  We’re all trying to make things better for others and ourselves.

It’s important to take time to recognize the individuals around the world dealing with difficult circumstances – whether it be the result of Sandy or other natural disasters, imbalanced political-economic situations, inequality, persecution, or other limitations, and remind ourselves that even though things are, in many ways, better than they have ever been and we should be proud of where we are, we still have much work to do.

To everyone experiencing difficult times, loss, or uncertainty right now: We’re here for you. Please stay safe, fight on, and take care of each other; sunnier weather is right around the corner.

With love,

The Startup Weekend Crew

Mitchell Cuevas
(@mcuevasm) I am the Sr. Marketing Director here at Techstars, am passionate about helping entrepreneurs, and am obsessed with finding, playing with, and implementing all the best new marketing (and other) technology I can get my hands on.