Starting a business takes a whole lot of hard work, some vision, some luck. Getting one to go fast and generate millions of dollars with a big liquidity event, well, that’s gold. That’s the one-in-a-million win that makes the rest of us happy just to think about it.

Which is not to say that there aren’t a lot of other good reasons, beyond just the big pot of gold, to start a business and to work hard, grow it, and keep it healthy.

Which is not to say that there aren’t a million or so businesses dropping every year, probably more so this year, although those numbers are hard to keep track of.

But still, it’s fun to acknowledge the winners. It’s sort of like that feeling you get when you buy a lottery ticket, before the results come out, when you get to dream. What would I do with a whole bunch of money?

So here it is. Enjoy.

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Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timberry.