What is “Startup”? 10 GIFs That Accurately Describe Your Reactions to Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation

November 27, 2014

1:00 pm

Thanksgiving dinner is the best. Almost. I’m all about the food, but when it comes to being surrounded by family members that you haven’t seen in quite a while, I would rather put myself in the oven. I mean, sure, I love family, but for a gay, liberal New Yorker coming back to a family of Republican Catholics in Virginia, it doesn’t leave much for pleasant conversation at the Thanksgiving dinner table. My usual Thanksgiving tactic often involves drinking to the point at which I’m physically incapable of comprehending questions from my relatives or to the point at which I can provide a a coherent answer that I know will please them. For those working in startups, it just adds another level of frustration go the Thanksgiving dinner conversation – with questions surrounding what the hell precisely it is that we do. To help with those awkward Thanksgiving dinner conversations, I’ve compiled some great reactions GIFs that you can mimic at the Thanksgiving dinner table.

What is a “startup”?


So, it’s just like an everyday company?

giphy (3)

Your cousin just got a promotion at BCG.

giphy (1)

Why haven’t you guys gotten funding yet?

giphy (2)


Are you like the Google, yet?


I hear your sister’s company just raised their Series A.



Do you do the social media all day?


Health insurance?

200 (3)


Why did you quit your job for this?

200 (4)

Or, I mean, you can just YOLO at the table.

200 (1)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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