Podcast – This American Life – Episode 383: Origin Story, and here’s a link to the transcript

Want to start a great company? Go hole up in a garage … or maybe, go work for another company then split off on your own. Or as Dan Heath, co-author of Switch: How to Change things When Change is Hard notes: “It’s like, no one wants to hear the story of the rich, well-connected guys who meet up at the Marriott conference room to hatch a business plan. There’s no romance in that.”

  • Columbus set off to prove the Earth is round? Nope.
  • Norman Mailer invented thumb wrestling? Not really.

Enjoy the podcast and/or transcript that sets the record straight on this essential American origin stories!