The Tea With Strangers Story

Tea times have been happening since 2013, and our organization has gone through a few chapters.

Ankit Shah
Jun 28, 2018 · 2 min read

This page pays zero justice to the hundreds of hosts that drove the first few years of our community’s existence, and there are many, many names and stories that are unaccounted for here, but this page should be a helpful starter to give you background on how we got here.

The story of how and why Tea With Strangers came to be could give you more context of the organization you’re a part of; maybe even shed light on your own story in some way.

Here’s a few places to learn about the early days. They’re not our big press hits, but they are probably the most honest and authentic account of the heart of the organization.



In April 2015, we had an interesting moment where someone critiqued Tea With Strangers on an internet forum called Hacker News. It was an awkward moment for the organization, getting grilled in public, but in the grand scheme of things, it helped us affirm why we exist. The whole thread is here. Here’s one passage I think is worth highlighting, though.

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(Forgive the contentious tone. The moment was heated.)

Maybe one day we’ll come up with a “definitive” Tea With Strangers history, but for now, these repository of digital clippings should do.

Being a Host, by Tea With Strangers

Being a Host is a place where we offer food-for-thought…

Ankit Shah

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👋🏽 Founder of Tea With Strangers. I try to help people who bring people together.

Being a Host, by Tea With Strangers

Being a Host is a place where we offer food-for-thought, reflect on ourselves, and share resources to bring Tea With Strangers to life.

Ankit Shah

Written by

👋🏽 Founder of Tea With Strangers. I try to help people who bring people together.

Being a Host, by Tea With Strangers

Being a Host is a place where we offer food-for-thought, reflect on ourselves, and share resources to bring Tea With Strangers to life.

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