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: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution;
Ethos of Startup Storytellers
1. A world-class platform for entrepreneurs to tell their authentic story; and
2. The gathering where our community meaningfully connects.
Why I started it
to fill a need in the market and in my own personal journey
Event Concept shows promise
sold out two weeks before event
700+ Participants across two events
We Got It Right
It seemed like the rest of the world was only paying attention to the contemporary story, rather than the foundational journey of being an entrepreneur. Shark Tank Pitch v. Inspiring Lessons Learned.
I was new to Columbus as a startup founder, although I grew up here. My journey as an entrepreneur started in Washington, DC and then moved to San Francisco and Chicago before returning back home.
I was starting over in business and a new community, yet my experiences as an entrepreneur were the foundation of what demonstrated my capabilities.
The best way for me to prove what I do for the community is to demonstrate it.
I had developed a point-of-view in communication, now commercialized in the agency which produces the event, OneNineNinety, that stories bring communities together. The thesis is that if you want to bring the entrepreneurial community together, the most effective way to do so is by creating a platform for entrepreneurs to tell their stories. Their personal brand and prestige compounds, attracting other entrepreneurs and those that aspire to be an entrepreneur.
I was right. The event has sold out every year with a crowd that is:
20% will be entrepreneurs and
20% support or work for entrepreneurs
One Entrepreneur in a Conference room
In April '14, David All was inspired by the founder of the winning student startup at The Ohio State University's annual BOSS Competition to invite him to come and meet his colleagues at a local startup. This was the very first Startup Storytellers.
Let's Support 'NATIONAL STARTUP DAY'
Startup Storytellers No. 2 occurred at Mission Coffee in the Short North in August '14 to support National Startup Day. More than 40 people packed the room with one week notice; we knew we had something much bigger on our hands.
Then TechColumbus (now Rev1 Ventures) posted a story about the event on their widely read blog.
Fashion. Food. Maker Tech.
Startup Storytellers No. 3 took place at Strongwater in Franklinton in March '15. The event sold out two weeks before the event and packed more than 250 people to hear the stories of three entrepreneurs. It was co-moderated by now Mayor Andrew Ginther.
The path of the legend
Startup Storytellers No. 4 took place at the awe-inspiring Columbus Museum of Art in April '16. More than 700 attended, including entrepreneurs and the ecosystem that supports business to hear 15 entrepreneurs share some of their best stories, including a keynote talk by Nancy Kramer.
The editor of Columbus CEO, Mary Yost, wrote an article after the event worth reading.
The experience was pulled together through a thoughtful theme, 'The Path of the Legend,' which was based on Discover Your True North by Harvard business professor, Bill George.
Through curated stories, we showed how each entrepreneur was at a different 'place' in their journey and even how their most challenging experiences can help them discover their 'true north.'
Watch most of the talks...
A youth event was created, Legends in Training, where 78 high school students received engaging content to plant seeds of entrepreneurship in our youth.
And for the first time, Startup Storytellers wasn't just about the outward experience of storytelling and networking thanks to 'The Crucible.' At this experience, experts guided participants through a meditation to their most challenging moments and helped them embrace whatever was holding them back.