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I attended an event a couple of days ago celebrating the launch of a tasty startup – Yes, that’s right, bacon without an “o.” The company started as a Twitter Tweet gone berzerk by a bacon-loving software engineer.

If you love bacon, you need to visit this site. You’ll find great recipes, fun t-shirts and, believe it or not … a hot little company focused on how technology changes real lives of real people.

What started out as a fun idea built around his passion is actually growing into a business. Scott Kveton took his love for bacon, searched and found that there were actually a few business needs that he could fill by taking a fresh approach on a much-loved food.

So what does a little startup like this have to do with your life, and how you search for ways to keep a positive attitude through the murk of doom and gloom in the technology industry?

There’s a ton of work to do, but the great news for all of you out there is that innovation is still alive. There are lots of smart people in this country and in our industry. In general, wherever smart money is you’ll also find smart people, and vice versa.

It is clear to me that now is the perfect time to build a new company … whether you are a bacon-lover or someone with experience and vision for the future of cloud computing. Things haven’t been worse in a long, long time. And if we’re not at the bottom yet, we’re not far off.

But even newly formed, innovative startups are only part of the answer. Ask yourself what is behind each killer startup? People. Smart people.

From my well-positioned seat on the sidelines, one message I have not heard anyone broadcasting is this: we’re all in this together, people! We pass each other in the coffee shop, at schools while dropping off our kids, and countless other places. WHEN we pull out of this dive, it will be because a majority of us decided to work together.

That is, after all, what every hotbed of technology has started with: smart people, working together as ambitious individuals. True, many competed with each other, but no one was afraid to step out of the shadows and take a risk, even if it meant failure. I’m starting to see people throw caution to the wind, even if it’s for no other reason than pure desparation and a lack of other options.

As you strive to keep “above the fray” of negativity, realize that you are not alone. Others are fighting this same battle every day. If you are employed, go about your day with a sense of vigor and opportunity. After all, if you’re still employed, it’s probably for a good reason and with a company that has resources to join the other companies with resources to pull out of this funk.

If you are searching for the right job and/or have been let go by your company, take hope in the people you see every day. Connect with people, put some energy into that idea that has been rattling around in your head. And pause for a moment to look into the eyes of the people you pass at your child’s school.

We’re all in this together, friends. In rough times and in good times this has always been our reality.