Lots of people have asked us “why did you pick the name Bill Monk? Are you that obsessed by the Stumbling Monk?”
It is true that we came up with the name while at the Monk. But this was after several days of struggle to come up with a GREAT name for the site. (Point of clarification: the Stumbling Monk is a local pub in what used to be a typewriter factory. It features a constant rotation of Belgian ales and local Belgian-style ales. It is our home away from home; though we have learned the hard way that a 12.5% beer does, in fact, have twice the effect of normal beer.)
These were our criteria for our venture’s name:
- It must be easy-to-remember
- It must be short
- The domain name must be available
- It should convey the following:
- 3rd party neutrality
- We’d prefer to avoid torturing exsiting words into made-up forms, as is the current vogue with Web2.0 apps (for the record, I’m not a fan of the term “Web 2.0”)
- Ideally, it would be a noun that could be verbed
I’ll not subject myself to the shame of telling you some of our early ideas. But when Gaurav (I think it was him? the memory is fuzzy; see above re: 12.5% beer) said “hey, Bill Monk!” it was like clouds parting, sunshine streaming down (this image is very powerful for us Seattle types) and angels singing. It was one of those “OF COURSE!” moments in life. It came from nowhere and landed in our laps.
I love the name Bill Monk. It’s a bit weird, but it’s different and memorable. It clearly has something to do with money since it has the word “bill” in it. It personifies the character of impariality and trust; monks! Who wouldn’t trust a monk? We can do great things with developing a character to represent the site (today’s bald-headed blissful guy in our logo will grow to a full-fledged person, sometimes jolly and sometimes somber). And the domain name billmonk.com was available — and so was bmonk.com!
Our only concern is that some people might be vexed at possible stereotype of a monk, especially that of an Eastern monk bordering on the exotic Other. We intend our Monk to be neither an Eastern nor a Western monk. He’s just the Bill Monk. It’s what he does. He wants you and your friends to be happy and not worry so much about money.