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.

iPhone Mockup
  • 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

Perspective Matters–Seize the Day!

Perspective Matters–Seize the Day!

The Background

A few months ago, during the first semester of my Sophomore year of college, spurred by years of watching Youtube vloggers and endowed with that pesky optimism us millennials always get such a bad rap for, I took a good, sizeable chunk of my summer money and bought a DSLR camera, deciding I would become a vlogger.

I know what you’re thinking. “Why, in the world, did this guy just take 4 lines to write that last sentence?” Well here’s why.

In seriousness, it may sound irresponsible (and it is), but I stand by my purchase. I believe very strongly that if you want to try something in life, you had better go for it. I think by doing so, I’ll minimize my regrets 10, 15, 25 years from today.

Unfortunately, that reasonably positive personality trait is directly contrasted with one of my greatest flaws–expert-itis.

The Upshot

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, expert-itis is what plagues any train of thought in the presence of experts. After watching years of experts create videos, I found myself full of a pretty poorly founded sense of confidence in myself.

I ended up vlogging for about 2 months, and in the end decided that I didn’t really enjoy it. I’m thankful for the time I spent, however, for a few reasons. First, because of the project, I have a new understanding for my own personal strengths and weaknesses as a filmmaker, which is important, because I’m sure my short vlogging career isn’t the last time I’ll point a camera at myself (although hopefully the worst content that I’ll make). More importantly, however, I gained a new sense of perspective for the people who can actually do it all well–from filming to editing to writing, it’s really, really hard to even make a 3 minute video that is genuinely engaging.

I don’t really have anything else to say in this article, other than a conclusion, I suppose.

Try to live your life so that looking back, you’re not left with regrets. Go for that promotion you’ve been thinking about. Go tour that dream house, and if you can’t afford it, figure out a way to make it happen.


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