thryver was founded by Dave Barrs. As an intern tasked with updating the company's website, I am tasked with teasing out the details of the company's "Origin Story".

Dave is a humble guy who doesn't take to writing his own bio or anything of the sort.

Since I feel he has a great story to tell, I decided to ask him a few questions about himself and the history of thryver and write it for him. Enjoy!

- Intern Kevin

 

 

1. When did your journey start?

One of my main passions is mentoring. I've been doing so for the past 14 years. In 2002, I was using robust testing to help coach CEOs and their teams. Some of them ask me to use my tools to help their kids with college and career choices. I quickly learned that students and the emerging workforce was where my passion lies.

 

2. How did that evolve?

At first, it was simply by request. But the individual results were so amazing, I knew that I was on to something. I was actually changing the trajectory of young lives.

 

3. Where did the idea to develop a company come from?

The world tries to conform us and infinite information confuses us. We all need to understand who we are, where we came from, and where we should be headed. When we get a clear picture of who we are and not what the world wants us to be, we are freed up to say “No” to good things and “Yes” to the best things. 

 

"When we get a clear picture of who we are and not what the world wants us to be, we are freed up to:
--- Say 'No' to good things and 'Yes' to the best things."
 
 

 

This was important enough for me that it was time to stop building things and focus on people and their potential.

 

4. Why do you feel an app would help people unleash their potential?

As I began to coach students, I also saw what was happening in the culture of students the age of my own children. My generation continued to push dinosaur-age testing and coaching formats onto a new generation -- a generation that lives on a phone screen. No one was creating relevant career and life coaching tools for them on the platform they actually used. 

 

 

 
" My generation continued to push dinosaur-age testing and coaching formats onto a new generation
--- a generation that lives on a phone screen. "
 

 
They were converting old pencil and paper forms to html and calling it digital. I knew there was a better way to serve students and our emerging workforce. And I decided that I was going to be the one to do it.
 

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