Du Hoang and I had our homes burglarized. We live separate in different apartments in NYC. Du’s home had been burglarized and everything was stolen, including his work laptop. When this hit the twitter-stream, everyone gave a resounding “WTF.”
Normally, in this situation that’s the conversation where a group of random strangers who met on a bus would end. But, having met on the bus meant that we were part of a community that was more than just friends.
Within 12 hours of being burglarized, the 60 people from the NYC StartupBus from 2011 and 2012 were able to raise over 1500 dollars to help Du buy a new work laptop. Du didn’t know about this until the next morning when we made a phone call and transferred the funds.
This is the community that we’re part of…
Could you say the same? That you’ve got a group of friends that would without asking raise $1,500 dollars for you within 12 hours so that you’d be okay to go into work tomorrow?
A week later, I was also personally burglarized and this is what I saw at 4am in the morning…
Thankfully, I was alright and didn’t need to bother my friends, but they were always ready and waiting =). I’d like to thank my friends.