As I sat down to reflect on my contributions to entrepreneurship research and what motivated them, I quickly realized that I needed to examine my own academic upbringing and early research activities. Looking back, my research ideas have been formed both by what I studied and by the variety of contexts to which my subsequent work has taken me. And my context ideas have also been formed by all the scholars, practitioners and policy makers from around the world I have been fortunate enough to be inspired by and to work with. Across what otherwise seems a diverse – perhaps even too diverse – list of research interests, the notion of context provides a common thread and unifying theme.