The “What Do You Do” Question

David Cummings on Startups

Over the years I’ve struggled with providing a consistent answer to the “what do you do” question that gets asked at social events. It’s not that I don’t know what I do (although some people question me on that), it’s more so how do I present it in a manner that’s both interesting and relevant.

For many years, I simply said that I was the co-founder of a software company. The most common response to that was the following question: do you work out of your house? Naturally, I’d answer that question and start thinking about how I answer the first question in a way that doesn’t lead to that second question. My new standard answer was the following: I’m the CEO of a software company with X number of employees in Buckhead. Providing more context in the response made for better conversations.

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