…ies instead. Still, we kept in touch and even bumped into each other at XOXO last year in Portland. If there’s one thing I’ve learned to embrace in the past seven years of running a business, it’s valuing people and relationships as highly or even more highly than product. None of our businesses would have succeeded without the kind words and deeds of others. Doors close in your face all the time. Don’t burn the house down out of spite.