In his Stanford University Commencement Speech, How to Live Before You Die, Steve Jobs talks about how you can only connect the dots by looking backwards.
It’s a similar thought process that led to the evolution and the idea of The Innovation Garage®. The concept was co-developed with the help of three very trusted business advisors. Jon’s wife, Kris & their children.
Back in 2011 and 2012, during a seres of family dinners, the table discussions centered around making sure that whatever you do in life provides joy and helps others. At some point, during the course of those dinners a question was asked of Jon. “How are you providing joy and helping others?” At the time, Jon didn’t have a very good answer to the question.
As the family gatherings continued, it was at one of these family dinner’s at a local restaurant, Jon’s family suggested that starting a company, built on his skills and interests, might be the best way to help others. Given Jon’s startup background, that seemed like a logical next step to create a special adventure, and walk the talk.
So at that restaurant, when he asked his boys for a business name, they flipped over their menus, writing and capturing their ideas in crayon. He then asked them to pick the best name they could think of and handed them a business card.
Jon’s then 10-year-old son wrote Innovation Garage in crayon on the back of the card.