Last week I was talking to an entrepreneur and I went for one of my favorite questions, “How did you come up with the idea for your company?” Now, this question isn’t concerned with the quality of the idea. Rather, the goal is to hear the origin story of the business, the raison d’être. After some meandering, it was clear I wasn’t getting a crisp, memorable origin story. I wanted something compelling, something that would help me remember the entrepreneur and the business.
At the Tech Village, the origin story is one of the most frequent questions I receive. Here’s my answer:
When I moved to town following college, I had a hard time finding a community of like-minded tech entrepreneurs. We had so many great startups, but no center of gravity for the region. From that experience, I knew that once I had the time and resources, I wanted to create a place to help entrepreneurs thrive and improve their odds of success — a Tech Village.
Entrepreneurs should proactively write out their origin stories. Practice them. Refine them.
Origin stories should be crisp and memorable.
What’s your origin story?