Life does not always go in straight lines.
The idea for Stories About Places had been growing in my brain for quite a while.
Fast forward to earlier this year when Greg Gehrich, who I have known for about 2 years through the San Diego Tech Coffee Meetup, asked if I wanted help turning the idea into a company. Greg had done a startup previously, and I had provided some feedback on an educational series he had been working on that was based on the book he wrote on Agile Product Development (Build It Like A Startup). We seemed compatible and had complementary skills, so I said yes.
Well it has not been a straight line from then to now, but in the startup world that’s actually a good thing. Startups need to test their assumptions, and when Greg joined on we not only had to test assumptions, but through the process of becoming co-founders we had to figure out what we agreed upon and what we didn’t. This is an important step, especially since I had the original idea and he was joining as a co-founder.
But you can’t have a partnership unless there is agreement, and one of the first things you have to agree upon with a tech startup is what the problem is and what the proposed solution should be. And ideally that should be done with some sort of testing.
Long story short, it was not a straight line. We talked and did hangouts, discussed and debated, plus we did interviews and tests. And after 9 months we are ready to push out our first public offering – our Minimum Viable Product.
We are pleased to announce our new website – Stories About Places (www.storiesaboutplaces.com)
So now what?
Well, we want to hear from you! Tell us what you like and don’t like, and tell us what you want to see us add next.
And by all means, please visit it as often as you can so you don’t miss any stories about unique and interesting places.