It feels good to thank and be thanked. Which got us wondering:

What would happen if we all did a lot more of it? 

What if we could show others more appreciation for all the big and little things they do in a fun and easy-to-send digital card?

With that, thankr was born.

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  • Danielle Gillespie

    thankr is my middle name

    Danielle Gillespie is tech-crazy, LOVES video and discovered the fun in thanking more than 10 years ago. Her personal motto, “it’s a great day to thank someone!” She encourages you to give it a try and see what you think.

    Giving Back: Girl's Hope of Pittsburgh, Summerbridge Pittsburgh, Tull Family Theater

  • Beth Pyle

    thankr extraordinaire

    Beth Pyle runs a VERY active household and is also the mother of two energetic young children who keep her running at warp speed. She believes in the power of the thank you note but had to brace herself for the challenge of getting her kids to write them! Beth is a founding member of the thankr team and wants to help moms everywhere simplify their lives.

    Giving Back: Austin's Playroom, Edgeworth Elementary School, Local Youth Sports

  • Max Gillespie

    thankr team

    Max Gillespie graduated from Washington University in St Louis in May 2020! He majored in Electrical Engineering/Comp Sci while pursuing Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he likes to play the guitar, bike and help startups create a professional on-line presence.

    Giving Back: Huntsman Cancer Institute, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Sewickley Academy

Digital Gratitude without Digital Commitment

Digital Gratitude without Digital Commitment

Digital Immigrant: it’s a thing, believe it or not. It basically means that you are crossing the great divide between adopting a digital approach to communication versus the good old-fashioned phone call or, gasp, written letter. Couple the gaping divide with the fact that social media has taken off and you may just find that you’ve been left in the dust.

There is a generation of young people being raised who will never experience a non-digital world (just google “millennial using rotary phone” for a good laugh). Digital is instantly gratifying. Sending messages on social channels is fast and easy. And most people have a network of friends and followers with whom they regularly interact digitally.

The trouble comes when adults want to bridge the communication gap between themselves and the younger generation.

But what’s involved with a digital relationship? In order to send messages to one another, you’re required to be social media “friends” or “followers”. It can be a challenge to decide how many people you accept into your personal digital sphere – sure, most of your friends are accepted but do you really want your boss, a teacher, Aunt Sally, or worse, mom and dad in the sphere? So oftentimes, in order to communicate digitally, you have to make a commitment – you have to follow, friend or like the recipient – starting a digital relationship.

How Do You Cross the Great Divide?

So, then, how do people who want to communicate with the younger generation do so in a way that is comfortable to both parties? How do we bridge this communication gap?

We have at least one solution as it relates to gratitude. Thankr eliminates complications and allows people to send fast, fun thank yous without the digital relationship. Thanking for the small things can be very satisfying to both parties and with the thankr app, this can even be accomplished digitally!

We challenge you to give it a go and let us know what you think (hint: app download links can be found here). Happy thanking!


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