I woke up today thinking about the amount of passion, time and energy that goes into building something you truly care about. The sheer volume of attention, commitment, and care entrepreneurs must demonstrate day in and day out to realize their visions is staggering. And really what it all boils down to, is love.
How fitting given the impending holiday where chocolate, roses, and winged cherubs rein supreme!
Business professionals don’t typically use the word “Love” very much. As Gapingvoid’s Hugh MacLeod astutely asserts:
“It embarrasses the grownups.”
But then, if love isn’t a part of the daily equation, how do we accomplish anything truly meaningful? Love is everything. It’s an emotion underpinned by thoughtfulness, empathy, and selflessness…all stellar qualities for any business to personify.
If Valentine’s Day is all about showing your love and appreciation, we’d like to take this opportunity to shout out 8 brands and business that make us swoon. They inspire us, give us insight, make us think differently, and encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves!
Not only do they care deeply about what they do, they are also ever mindful AND just plain delightful.
Why we ♥ them: Apart from their homepage being one of the most quirky and tantalizing places on the whole internet (seriously, check it out), Canva does an incredible job empowering everyone to be creative. Their fresh and simplistic approach to design coupled with their user-centric mentality is more than impressive, it’s heartwarming. Keep up the beautiful work, y’all!
Why we ♥ them: We seriously don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have SplashThat’s gorgeous event planning platform at our disposal. We use it constantly and not only does it make us look super cool, it streamlines the entire events process. From invites to check in, the stellar team at SplashThat makes it ridiculously easy to throw unforgettable events people can’t stop talking about.
Why we ♥ them: While the education space can be tumultuous, Rocketship Education does a fantastic job staying focused on their ambitious goal of eliminating the achievement gap in our lifetime. While this might seem like an insurmountable task, Rocketship dedicates all its efforts day in and day out to celebrating students, empowering parents, and building communities. Bonus: They never shy away from confrontation or naysayers. You only need to browse their blog to see that they truly are rethinking elementary school from the ground up.
Why we ♥ them: We’ll be the first to admit that we freaking love delicious food, but Good Eggs takes tastiness to a whole new level. From their mouthwatering, visually driven user interface to their truly innovative community events, heart is at the center of everything Good Eggs does. Eating mindfully has never been easier or more scrumptious.
Why we ♥ them: Who else gives you a high five or flashes you a “rock on” sign just for sending an email? No one. MailChimp has done such a killer job elevating the mundane, we can’t help but smile every time we do anything on their site. The fact that they also sponsor some of our favorite podcasts also doesn’t hurt. They’ve got taste and personality. HIGH FIVE TO THAT!
Why we ♥ them: Waking up to Quartz’s daily news digest is pretty much the best way to start your day. Not only are the headlines comprehensive and informative, the reporting is unparalleled. You can absorb everything via mobile or browse articles by images if you’re a more visual person. The Matters Of Debate section is stacked with cocktail conversation starters and we guarantee you’ll love the energy and personality Quartz brings to the table.
Why we ♥ them: We gave Gapingvoid’s creator a shout out in our intro, but that does not does encapsulate the appreciation we feel for his work. Heck, one of his recent emails was the inspiration for this blog post! We mostly adore that we can always count on Gapingvoid cartoons for a motivational nudge. Seriously though, if you’re seeking a daily dose of warm and fuzzy, Gapingvoid is where it’s at.
Why we ♥ them: Ever just wanted someone to just talk straight with you about money, finance, and business? Enter Kabbage. Not only are they massive champions of small businesses, they are also a wealth of useful information like, ALL THE TIME. Seriously though, their blog is our go to source for business advice and their team couldn’t care more about empowering entrepreneurs.
Annnnnnd finally…the entire Onclusive teams sends each of you, our adored and appreciated readers, some love. Without you, we don’t know what we do.
Thanks for being awesome and Happy Valentine’s Day!