How Can You Not Be Touched?


Earlier this evening, I had something happen to me that made my day. I was sitting down in the Starbucks where GigaOM got going, talking to Liz, who happens to be in New York for Internet Week, while I waited for Tony Jebara, CTO of Sense Networks, a company I wrote about earlier this morning.

While I jawed on the phone, a kind lady by the name of Nina left me a little note on a Starbucks napkin, encouraging me to stay healthy and saying how much she liked reading us. (See photo). Nina, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your gesture really touched me.

The wishes and prayers of such readers is why I have been able to find to strength to deal with my medical setback. These random acts of kindness remind me of what Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron said on Twitter: “After Sysiphus’ bolder fell down the mountain, during his descent to get it again, his time was free for the beautiful things instead.” This was a beautiful thing!



It’s cool that there seems to be more room in our hearts these days not only for the giving of these sorts of gifts, but also the warm-hearted receipt. Thanks for sharing this experience, made my day.

Pavan K

Thanks Om, no great expectations. Wishing you the best of health.

Ps… We are really missing the GigaOm Show, hope you will be well enough to bring it back soon.

Om Malik

@ Pavan

Thanks for your kind words.

When it comes to your concept, when you are ready we would love to know more, but as they say, no promises.

Pavan K


That you continue to cover so much on industries which are otherwise too disparate for us to follow is not the only reason you (and TC) are central to my daily read, even before the Guardian or BBC! That you can also retain such a genuine and transparent feel to this blog/network is inspirational.

Hopefully, when we launch a concept I have been working on since university (not linked here), we will be able to communicate how and where GigaOm helped to focus and consolidate our vision. If we get anything wrong, I am sure you guys will let us know! In advance, thanks Om.


Truly touching Om.

Also, I came across your site just 3/4 weeks before and I am hooked.

Om Malik

@ Andrew

Thanks for reminding me and pointing me to that book. I am going to read that as well, hopefully this weekend.

Andrew Baron

Hey Om! This is so awesome that it was helpful. I studied existentialism for my major in college and set out to find the purpose of life, but never found one (duh!) and became really sad and depressed for many years.

After I gave up looking, I reread The Myth of Sisyphus by Camus and while some people argue Camu’s intent, this was what I gleamed from it:

Another Liz

I’m not aware of your health issues but I wish you good health as well!

Om Malik

@ Don Jones,

I know I am. This makes it so much worth working harder in the service of the readers.

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