It’s hard to know how to start a note to you today. First, of course, I want to tell you that I hope you are healthy and safe. My heart is with every single person who has been affected by COVID-19. But what else can we say? If I’m being honest, I’ll also tell you that I have felt almost frozen so many times over the past week. How do we move forward in the midst of a global pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen in our lifetimes? How do we focus on anything? Are my parents safe? My children? How do the logistics of this even work? But then, like all of you, I’ve taken a deep breath and kept moving. Because, like you, I have to; because no matter how much I wish we could hit pause, we cannot. The world does not stop for any of us.
The Riveter is a not quite 3-year-old startup. We are headquartered in Seattle, where we are home to just 2% of the US population but over 20% of those who have tested positive for the virus. The city has shut down—as it should. I am working from home with my four young daughters, the oldest of whom is 5 and the youngest 9 months. I’m staring outside at empty streets and quiet skies. I miss my teammates. I miss the normalcy of work and the excitement of sharing ideas and the happy exhaustion of a long brainstorm. This is impossibly hard, truly unprecedented in our lifetimes, and every single thing about tomorrow feels uncertain.
And yet there is still one thing about which I am certain: It is in these hardest moments where we must come together; where community can save us. In the midst of all of this, I keep thinking of the namesake of this community: Rosie the Riveter. She represented the almost 20 million American women who went to work in the factories and shipyards during World War II. Although Rosie wasn’t a real person, the women who inspired her image were very real. They were our grandmothers. Our sisters. Our friends. And they joined together in America’s time of need because they knew they had to—and because they had one another.
Now, more than ever, we must come together. Although we cannot meet in real life during this time, we are honored and eager to welcome you to our online community. You can join us here. At The Riveter, we will continue to share our stories, to lend a hand to one another, and to help one another through whatever challenges lay ahead. We’ll gather for virtual events, community gatherings, and to hear from experts. I’m really proud of what we’ve built at The Riveter and what we are continuing to build stronger—with your help—everyday and I know that this community will always show up for one another. We’re here for you and we’re thankful to you for always being there for us.
I know what we’re doing, but I can’t know exactly what you need right now. If you’d fill out this survey, it would help my team and I focus our resources where you need them.