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A Season to Be Thankful

Another year has gone and here we are, looking back to what 2015 brought us.

As usual, Peldi will publish a detailed “looking back” post soon. In short, we have grown, released our biggest update ever, learned a lot of amazing things, and are all excited about the new year.

Even if we keep on growing, we haven’t changed our best traditions. One of these is Christmas Gifts.

This year, Santa brought everyone a winter jacket embroidered with the Balsamiq logo. And since we all have different tastes, every Balsamico got to choose their own jacket at REI. We like the idea of letting everyone pick something they need and want, and will actually wear! So we've done personalized clothing for a number of Christmases. Some of us are starting to be asked by strangers if Balsamiq is a brand of clothing. 😉


The end result is that we are all happy with our jackets, and proud too, to support REI and their effort to get everyone outside.

We also received a photo-album from our last retreat (thank you, Anna!) and a whole pile of smiley stickers!


When I received my gifts, I was filled with gratitude and joy, but a lot of my attention was focussed on the little dedication that Santa-Peldi wrote for us. I'd like to share it with you:

Every December when it’s time to write this little note I wish I had spent some of my PD time taking a writing class. 🙂

This year is especially tough: I would like to say something thoughtful and appropriate about dealing with recent news events, but I’m not up to the task. What I do know is that, personally, I find great comfort in being surrounded by such a kind, warm and kick-ass group of friends.

It really is a blessing and a privilege to be working through this personal and company Kaizen path with you all.

It looks like 2016 is going to be yet another awesome year. Let’s take some time at the end of this one to relax and take a big breath, there will be time to dive back in in January!

Please give a big hug to your loved ones for me - pets included!


We hope you all have a great holiday season, and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Francesca for the Balsamiq Team

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