Friday the 13th: How Lucky Are You?

It’s 6:30 p.m. on Friday the 13th, so if you’re reading this, it probably wasn’t a completely unlucky day.

Did you avoid walking under a ladder today?
Stood a bit further back from large windows?
Drove a little slower?

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, about one in 15 people in the U.S. are affected by a fear of this day. Many people acquire good luck charms—horseshoes, lockets, or feathers. However, as R. E. Shay said, “Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.

At least if you have been backing up with Backblaze, you don’t have to worry if your computer was lucky today.


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.