I’ve been at the helm of this blog for the past year, searching for stories about miserable situations that turned wonderful, radical acts of kindness and people who, through sheer force of will, refused to be defeated.
I’ve been surprised, delighted and sometimes brought to tears. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorites from the year.
Walter Carr was a college student with a broken-down car.
He was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning — at a home 20 miles from his apartment in Alabama. He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn’t about to miss his first day of work. He needed the job. He concluded there was only one option: He would walk.
According to Google Maps, it would take eight hours on foot. As a former high school cross-country runner, he knew he could do it in less. “I’ve always been that person who figured things out on my own,” Carr said. “I went out walking.”
I have seen few cities sell themselves as effectively as Chattanooga, whose mayor Andy Berke visited TechCrunch’s offices recently. He was accompanied by Luke Marklin, the CEO of tech-enabled moving startup Bellhops, which has raised $27.2 million in venture capital according to Crunchbase.
Bellhops, America’s first online moving service, announced today that it is looking to add 100 people to its community of movers and drivers as it expands its services to Las Vegas.