Pitch Practice recap for July 31, 2015

Thanks so much to fellow entrepreneur Shane Ballman, Founder & CEO of Synapse, makers of modern, easy to use aircraft maintenance software, for taking the reigns at Friday’s session of Pitch Practice. I had to leave at 1:30, so I had asked Shane to lead the meetup after I left. What a great example of giving someone the ball and knowing they’re going to run with it. I never even asked Shane to take any notes at all, but later that afternoon, I got a full page of recap via email.  I knew the meetup was in good hands, but received some social proof later in the afternoon:

 


Here are Shane’s notes on who pitched and what we learned. Well done, Shane, well done.

  • name: andrew vaught
  • company: stay roasted
  • problem: it’s hard to figure out which coffee roasters you’ll like
  • solution: subscription coffee service
  • customer: people who drink coffee
  • ask: go to bit.ly/stayroasted (ask was great)
  • Summary: solve just one problem. people get nerdy/snobby about their coffee. make coffee more accessible about coffee. tell a story: How many of you have wanted to try a new coffee, but you’re overwhelmed by the choices in the coffee isle? We’ll help you expand into speciality coffee. Always speak to the market size and trend.

  • name: bora
  • company: mindboggle production
  • problem: as a society people have become numb to horror – sleepwalking through life
  • solution: a motion picture to tell a story & make you think
  • customer: 18-29 females, 30-44 females
  • ask: $3.2M!
  • Summary: Building a team and starting to build inertia toward… what? Always ask for something! If your team has deep credibility, speak to it!

  • name: Jan
  • company: Pizazzz Productions
  • problem: What are you doing to make your business memorable?
  • solution: We help you stand out to your customers
  • customer: Any business owner
  • ask: work with companies who buy promo items with their logo on it
  • Summary: GOOD — USE OF PROPS, but wait to give them out until you’re done – otherwise you lost the audience.

  • name: Chicka Elloy
  • company: Pitch Revolution
  • problem: It’s hard to sell your vision
  • solution: We’re having a workshop – $150/day 8-5, with food.
  • customer: Whomever wants to practice your pitch
  • ask: spread the word

  • name: Scott Philip
  • company: no company name provided
  • problem: People who need financial guidance can’t always afford it
  • solution: Unique, fractional-based financial analyst services
  • customer: Individuals and small business who need financial help
  • ask: introduce me to your friend
  • Summary: Tell a story that lets people empathize: “Most small companies think that they can’t afford someone like me, but I can lower your burn rate.”

  • name: Thad Oviatt
  • company: ParkENT Cycles
  • problem: Bicycle theft is a big problem
  • solution: We secure bikes in front of retail locations and other buildings
  • customer: People with bicycles
  • ask: Introductions

  • name: Chris Turner
  • company: Ten Rocket
  • problem: Startups need MVPs & they just launched a CTO product @ set monthly rate
  • solution: Build websites and mobile apps with designer/developers in 10 days for $10k
  • customer: Startups
  • ask: Introductions

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