You’d be hard-pressed to hear a start-up pitch without an aching or humorous backstory about why the founder’s firing or sudden skin infection became the basis for a one-in-a-million venture idea.
Good origin stories still happen, they’re just rarer.
Sometimes the obstacle in today’s origin story is: How do you take an online connection to real-life meetup?
In a rare @thewaywemet story involving digital means, a man and woman talk about being matched on Tinder.
He didn’t message her for five days, so she unmatched him.
The guy found his crush on Instagram and sent a picture holding a hand-written sign apologizing for not asking her out.
The against-all-odds storyline can also become: How is it that we didn’t meet sooner?
That’s especially relevant when singles meet through dating apps that highlight mutual friends, such as Hinge, Tinder and Coffee Meets Bagel.Karen Fein, the vice president of marketing for Hinge, says that couples might realize they grew up on the same street.“The story is: ‘I can’t believe we didn’t meet already,’ ” she says.His Ok Cupid profile didn’t feature a single naked or topless selfie. Those are the two hardly notable qualities that Monica Martinez claims attracted her to her now-boyfriend.“His pictures showed him skiing, him on vacation, always clothed and doing something active,” she says.“I thought, ‘This must be an OK person,’ especially when everyone else was so creepy.