Giveaway: The Modern World Map That Started a Business

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Win this modern world map, lovingly designed by our friends at These Are Things!

After wanting an awesome map to hang in their home and being unable to find it, Jen Adrion and Omar Noory made one they loved. Hang it in your home to remind you of all the exciting places you’ve yet to visit!

Longtime readers may recall that I first wrote about Jen & Omar, the owners of These Are Things, in The $100 Startup. Then, I was fortunate to collaborate with them on a major project earlier this year, Designed to Sell.

Jen & Omar are still making maps (and many other things), but this is the one that started it all. I have it in my office… and now you can have one, too.

What you need to know:

  • This map is a great size for any room at 24×36
  • This map is designed on heavyweight natural paper
  • This giveaway is available to readers worldwide. Anyone can win!
  • Our cats and biased judges will pick someone on Sunday night at 6pm PST

Enter this week’s giveaway by posting a comment, then check back on Sunday night. We’ll announce the winner and send them the prize!


Update: Comments are now closed. Congrats to Crystal Foth, selected by cats and a random number generator to win the map! Everyone else, thanks for entering. We’ll have another giveaway next week.

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  • Christian E. says:

    I’d love to have this in my room!

  • Kiira Kirsijóna Taylor, Oregon USA says:

    Heck yeah. I so need one. This rocks.

  • Eric Johnson says:


  • Jonathan Ytreberg says:

    Love maps, would love to have this one in my office.

  • Coral K-C says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous piece of art! I love that not only is it sleek and modern and lighthearted (that smiling compass is adorable), but it could serve as a daily reminder that our world is vast, but our world is not beyond our reach, and a little source of daily inspiration to remember what else is out there, outside of my little apartment.

  • Kevin says:

    A very cool map. I’d love to have it hanging on my wall!

  • Mark Ward says:

    Interesting, I’ve got a spot on my wall in my new apartment that is perfect for a map of the world. This is exactly what I’m looking for…

  • Hendre Janse van Rensburg says:

    Yes please!

  • Clare says:

    love it!

  • Gordon says:

    It would a great edition to the nursery we are designing.

  • Brian says:

    I have room on my wall for this.

  • Wade says:

    Would love to have a map like that for my kids.

  • Antje Roggemann says:

    Looks great. Could replace the outdated globe that I have.

  • Steve says:

    It’s funny, I’m about 20 minutes from finishing $100 Startup on my next break. I’d love for a constant reminder.

  • John says:

    would love a new map

  • Nicole Gravagna says:

    Chris, I wish we had connected in Chattanooga. I was speaking there too. I love These are Things. Thank you for putting them in your twitter feed. It’s where I look for novelty and news everyday. I like Jen and Omar already and I’ll take them up on their offer to be friends. 🙂

  • Nathan says:

    Very cool design!

  • Alain says:

    I love maps! Definitely want this one!

  • wes says:


  • Ian Hoyt says:

    If I remember correctly, they are out of Columbus. I live in Columbus and would love to meet them! Perhaps I can pick up the map from them if I win? 😉

    Regardless… this map would be a beautiful addition to my room’s walls.

  • Steven Willetts says:

    This would be a fantastic addition to my extremely plain room. My current map is free from national geographic! X

  • Erica Mooney says:

    Lovely!! Thanks for this opportunity and for all you do 🙂

  • Paul says:

    I love all things maps, globes, atlases, star maps, etc. It would be an honor to have this.

  • Crystal Foth says:

    What a lovely map – I’d love to have one to hang up! 🙂

  • Quinn says:

    A reminder of travels past and travels to come.

  • Eric says:

    I have some empty walls that could use this.

  • Anna Gordon says:

    What a lovely map! Would be a great way to show my son the places we’re going to travel to in the future. Aside from that, whether I win or not, I just want to say that it’s nice to see a small business win. Wishing Jen and Omar continued success!

  • Jake says:

    What a great prize! I absolutely love maps, and that one would look great in my office.

  • Jeff says:

    That looks great! I have been thinking about getting a world map to hang up for a while, this would be perfect.

  • tiffany l says:

    a perfect way to mark the places i want to visit!

  • Thomas Bennett says:

    Would love something like this in my apartment to keep track of my travels 🙂

  • Jarratt says:

    I have the perfect wall for that poster!

  • Harini says:

    I love the color scheme of this map!

  • Susan M Hall says:

    Thanks for the tips for awesome travel products. “These are Things World Map” and “Tom Bihn Backpacks”:
    Early out retirement September 3, 2014. Here are my tentative retirement plans:
    January: Let’s Go Haiti half marathon, Jacmel, Haiti
    February: Moorea Blue half marathon + Ahe atoll and the Kamoka Pearl Farm
    September: Montericco half marathon Guatemala + turtle hatchery
    October: Steamtown Marathon
    November: Beirut half marathon
    November: Marabana half marathon Havana, Cuba
    November: Lake Atitlan half marathon Guatemala
    November: Reggae half marathon Jamaica
    NYRR Five Borough Series New York

    With maybe a Habitat for Humanity International Build somewhere in the Spring.

  • Kyra says:

    I would love to put this map in my office to always be able to visualize where I’m going next!

  • Sarah M says:

    This is a great map!
    Sarah M

  • Ivana says:

    I moved into my new office months ago and the walls are still blank. I think I have been out of inspiration, and so far none of my ideas look quite right.

    THIS MAP WOULD BE IT! It would definitely help in providing a sense of inspiration during a particularly long office lull.


  • Jason says:

    Memememememe!! I need a map!!!!!!!

  • Heath says:

    Where will it take me?

  • DimitraDaisy says:

    Oh, I would really love one of those!

  • JF says:


  • Sidharth Ramachandran says:

    Would love to have this one!

  • Jon says:

    My 11 year old loves maps. This would make an amazing centrepiece of a room we are preparing to redecorate!

  • Brooks Williams says:

    This would look so great in my house! Beautiful map!

  • Arjuna says:

    South America is bigger than Greenland, so yeah, I’d put it up. Please, thanks.

  • Jen Zeman says:

    Love Jen & Omar! fell in love with their story when I read about it in $100 Startup and loving their guidance in Designed to Sell. I would be honored to have one of their maps in my home – a daily does of inspiration to keep moving forward. Thanks Chris!

  • Jackson T says:

    This is what I need!

  • Mark says:

    I have a spot on my wall already picked out.

  • Daryl says:

    I love looking at maps. It helps me put my foot forward in fulfilling my travel quests.

  • Katrina says:

    This would look great on my wall!

  • Peter says:

    I’d love to win this map!

  • Doris says:

    Nice looking map!

  • Andre says:

    That would look great over my Desk.

  • Francesco says:

    It’s a real map of dreams! Best chance for all!!

  • Kyla says:

    I’ve been searching for something unique to put on my living room wall…and this is it! I’d love to win this as a reminder of my future world travels.

  • Camilo Luna says:

    I’d love to see it on my study room!

  • Dare says:

    There is a place available above my fireplace for this beauty.

  • Amanda says:

    I’ve been looking for a world map for my study area – this one would be perfect!

  • Taylor says:

    I would like to own that map.

  • Martin Lee says:

    This looks great, I’d love to put it up on my wall, ready to plan some new adventures!

  • Ben says:

    This wall map would be so much cooler than my wall cat!

  • Jake Bramante says:

    This story was, among other things, that helped spawn my idea to create a map and guide hybrid for day hiking in national parks and is the foundation of my business!

  • Nathan says:

    Looks great, would love a map like this.

    Good luck to everyone!

  • Katie w. says:

    I have the perfect spot for that on my boring white wall!

  • Kristen A. says:

    i love maps!!!

  • pat dowling says:

    My kids need geography lessons, ❤ love the map

  • Katie says:


  • Kalle says:

    That’s a cool one!

  • Emma says:

    This would look great in my home office!

  • Emily says:

    our family would love this!

  • Mike says:

    Third time to enter…maybe 3rd time’s a charm!?

  • Cimarron says:

    Beautiful! Could very well be the frst piece of art on the walls of my pied-e-terre.

  • Chris Allen says:

    I love maps.

  • William Verge says:


  • Genevieve says:

    I’ve loved them since I read about them in your book!! I would love this map in our home

  • Adam says:

    This poster looks amazing.

  • Troy C says:

    I love this map! (but it appears they drew the earth round, we all know it’s really flat!)

  • Sony J says:

    Millions of people out there are dreaming about creating a map like that. Hundreds of thousands are thinking about selling it and starting a business like yours. But only a few have the courage, determination and persistence to follow through and making it work, and I guess you’re one of those few. Thanks Guys for sharing your story, and Chris, for finding these people.

  • Lauren says:

    Maps are my favorite. I am on a quest to be able to name all the countries in the world in under 15 minutes, and I’m always just a few countries off… Maybe this map will help me get closer!

  • Joseph says:

    I’d love to have that one hanging in my living room. I’l so glad that you specified you are willing to ship internationally, too! 🙂

  • Jen Heuett says:

    Hell ya I just moved in a new place and haven’t put anything on my walls yet. Would be an awesome addition! 🙂

  • Camila says:

    This is the very exact colour scheme of my living room! <3

  • Rebecca Jee says:

    Oh it’s so beautiful! I loved their wisdom in Designed to Sell (and would love their map!).

  • Jessie says:

    LOVE the map, and this would allow me to toss the globe that is just cluttering up the bureau. I could put this above the bed in our guest room-turned-yoga studio!

  • Timberly says:

    Places to go! Things to See! Please pick me!

  • Ian Jones says:

    i love maps, although not sure about a world one.
    Does it help to miaow for the cats… Or hinder if I mention my Airedale terrier !

  • Mariana Moreira says:

    Am I the only one from Brazil here? So I think I deserve to win 🙂

  • Ada says:

    This prize will look so good in my room 🙂

  • Natalie M says:

    Gorgeous, I know just the spot for it 😀

  • Jen says:

    I’d love to win this beautiful map and hang it on the wall above my couch!!

  • Takki says:

    Have a passport, will travel. Need a map!

  • Peter Conley says:

    I want, I want!

  • jenny says:

    That would go so perfectly with the ‘postcards of the world’ feature wall i am just making in my lounge. Thks for the chance to win

  • Erik Vodopivec says:

    All my dreams on one map, one life, one chance.

  • Dan says:

    That is one cool map. Thanks for the give-away!

  • Ahmed says:

    Maps are some of the most inspiring tools for college students like me

  • Neil Corman says:

    Just Say Yes to a These are Things map.

  • brittany says:

    I love it! I want it!

  • Bud Simpson says:

    I like it, it’s sort of “classic age of travel” retro.

  • Dani says:

    it would look great on my wall 🙂

  • Elena Muller says:

    I SO want this map!! Pick me!!

  • Linda says:

    I’d love to have this in my room!

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