A Look to the Future


It’s incredible how much life can be compressed into just a few dozen hours, isn’t it? Since I last posted, I have resigned, been fired from, and successfully rejoined Pied Piper. And while this whirlwind meant I used up my “tears budget” a bit earlier than usual this month, it also reminded me of how lucky I am to work for Richard Hendricks, a true technological visionary. In that forward-looking spirit, I thought I’d share my letter to my 40-year-old self. I revise this missive to the future each time I begin a new professional venture, but with any luck, I will have this job — and this letter — until the day I die. Enjoy, dear readers, and take care!

Lordy, lordy, look who’s forty!

Who would have thought Donald Dunn would make it to forty-years-old? After swimming through the piranha-infested waters of the Amazon, running with the bulls in Pamplona, finding love in Paris — and losing it in Malta —you’ve seen big things, Donald.

Your life has been a checkered quilt, and some of its patches have been rougher than others. But whether a coarse swatch best forgotten or a velvet one to be cherished for all time, they have stitched together the man you’ve become. A man who sees adversity as opportunity, melancholy as but a brief minor key in life’s longer song. Not to mention, you threw one hell of a fortieth birthday bash on that yacht. Good on you, Donald!

You can be hard on yourself, but it is the lofty bar you’ve set that makes you such an exemplary friend, spouse, and father. To think, you were worried about raising one little scamp, and now triplets! It seems the chemical traces in that shipping container all those years ago didn’t cause lasting medical damage, after all. Four is a nice round number for a brood, too, and you should be glad that you went with the maroon minivan. It was the right choice.

Donald, you’ve kept so many of the promises you made to yourself. To give all of your heart, mind, and physical well being to each and every company to which you’ve pledged your faith. To treat each friendship like a hummingbird: vibrant, yet delicate. And, of course, to always wear your retainer at night to protect against stress-related grinding. Your teeth are the sparkling Christmas lights for your face, Donald, and they must shine year-round!

You are a star shooting across the Great Plains, a manta ray swimming in the sundrenched, shallow waters of the Caribbean, a single hair that raises on the back of a child’s neck after he hears his first violin solo. Never forget that you are truly something, Donald. You are tougher than anyone I have ever met, but also a gentle soul that never ceases to give first, and ask questions later.

Looking back on your life, you wish you could tell your younger self to relax, and sure, have that second glass of sparkling cider. Your soul has always been older than your body, and one day they’ll have a name for that condition. In the meantime, savor your youth and this, your fortieth birthday (give or take, depending on which of those certificates was actually legitimate). Next up: nifty fifty!

You’re the best, Donald. Richard is proud of you.

Love always,


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  1. Wormod says:

    You are a beautiful person Jared and you bring positivity to the group. I respect you.

  2. Ernest Lawrence says:

    What the?
    Are you kidding me?
    This is real?
    Nice post and way to go guys.
    Want to become like you guys.
    Don’t just know how to start!

  3. Sid says:

    This is simply amazing.

  4. Vaibhav Rathore says:

    We love you too Donald. And we love Ed Chambers too. Love from India.

  5. 杨靖 says:

    I love Pied Piper!

  6. h@ck3r_d00d_253 says:

    Jared, thank you for sharing such a personal note. May I suggest you write a letter for mile marker sixty as well? Trixie, Dixie, look who’s sixty! I would think you’ll have accomplished an exponential amount more than what you’ve already managed by then. Perhaps you’d be a grandfather by that time as well!

    Proud of you and the rest of the guys for finding yourselves in all the chaos. Keep up the good work, bros.

  7. Will Moore says:

    This is so exciting!!!

  8. Silver Slicer says:

    Jared, you are the man!

  9. Henry says:

    Good on you, Jared! 🙂

  10. Jen says:

    Love you Jared!
    I admire your endurance and positivity.

  11. Hey Donald! Loved this blog post. It’s quite impressive how you can pull out enough time from your busy schedule of pacifying the other PP members to write such a blog. Brilliant! Hope to hear more from you…

  12. Pasan manura says:

    Awwww jared you loyal puppy!!!

  13. Prtaick says:

    “A name is just a sound somebody makes when they need you”. Words of a great man.

  14. Jenn says:

    I love you, Jared!

  15. Li Jiang says:

    Jared, you are the best. Pied Piper need you as always!

  16. Francesco says:

    Great job jared 🙂

  17. assertiveguy says:

    that was one hell of a letter

  18. Marco says:

    I’m eager to see this company turning big! You guys deserve it 🙂

  19. Alexa says:

    I’m somewhat surprised that you’re predicting your life until 40. Would that mean that you’d be disappointed if you don’t now have 4 kids (including triplets!)?

    But then again, this guy fucks.

    I’m sure you won’t have any issues fulfilling your dream of being a father.

  20. Bucho says:

    keep being jared, the world needs it