Something that I admire in many start-ups these days is their emphasis on community. I often times wonder if there’s adoration in this because I, too, came from a community at Seattle University and feel so connected to it even after leaving. Whatever – the case, companies like Pinterest and Airbnb have stepped up their game among many others and are being recognized. During the holidays, I made sure to check out Pinterest’s 30 Days of Pinspiration highlighting the pin boards of not only celebrities, but inspiring companies, leaders, and charities. Today, I watched a video by Airbnb featuring their community hosts sharing their stories on offering up their home to those in need during Hurricane Sandy. As a graduated college student swimming in student loans and a young 20-something, I get a little overwhelmed with the thought of money. I wish that were something that wasn’t so consuming, but it is what it is. In times of need though, money was not a thought for these hosts and they willingly opened up their homes to those that have just lost theirs. I am so impressed with the direction that these companies are moving in and I’m so excited to see what the future holds in store for them.