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Shane started Mystery in 2019. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Mystery?
The short story is I was bored and burnt out.
I started leaving Seattle on a “first flight out” to switch things up. One weekend everything fell into place—it was like a movie. I went to Austin, it was ACL, I ran into friends. The whole weekend just worked out perfectly and I thought, what if I could do this for someone else? How do I recreate a spontaneous, surprise experience that hits every single nail on the head? And Mystery was born.
Who you partner with in general is everything. From our earliest investors, the friends who helped get things off the ground, and to the kickass team I have today, every ounce of Mystery's success lies in the people who make it happen.
It’s probably worth mentioning, I had previous startup experience working at Porch and Convoy. I’d see successful tech companies take off from early stages—that combined with the entrepreneurial itch I’ve always had made leaving my stable career behind to pursue Mystery a lot easier.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater