The Pitch

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Synopsis

The show where founders pitch their startups to investors. We find early stage startups, listen to their pitch and help them raise money from our audience of angel investors. VC - Startups - Angel Investing - Seed Funding - Venture Capital - The Pitch Podcast

Episodes

  • #90 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic 2

    #90 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic 2

    13/05/2020 Duration: 31min

    COVID-19 has pushed many founders to attempt risky pivots with their business. Other founders are hoarding cash. And many of them are seeing VC money dry up. On today’s show, investors Sarah Downey and Phil Nadel advise four worried founders on how to keep their businesses afloat.

  • A Big Bet on an Ex-Trucker (#89, Fleeting)

    A Big Bet on an Ex-Trucker (#89, Fleeting)

    06/05/2020 Duration: 30min

    For years, Pierre Laguerre worked as a truck driver. During those years he saw one of the biggest inefficiencies in the industry up-close: getting available drivers matched with trucks ready to get on the road. Barely a year after launch, his business, Fleeting, is growing fast. But he’ll have to convince the investors he has the technical savvy to make the company grow even faster. And he’ll need to tackle another problem: how to adapt to an industry transformed by COVID-19. Today’s investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot, and Charles Hudson.

  • After the Pitch: How I Saved My Startup (Copper Cow Coffee)

    After the Pitch: How I Saved My Startup (Copper Cow Coffee)

    22/04/2020 Duration: 39min

    Investors are giving founders everywhere an ultimatum: just find a way to survive the next few months. This had us concerned about the entrepreneurs who’ve been on this show. Debbie Wei Mullen pitched Copper Cow Coffee to our investors a few years ago, and in this episode Debbie tells the sequence of events that led to a few early, strategic decisions made in 2020 that set up her business to outlast the pandemic. Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.

  • How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic (#88)

    How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic (#88)

    15/04/2020 Duration: 31min

    In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has changed just about every business in the country. Investors everywhere are scrambling to help their startups survive the pandemic. On today’s show, investors Elizabeth Yin and Charles Hudson take calls from listeners. They advise founders about how to pivot to a remote-friendly model, how to survive the losses in the hospitality industry, and how to navigate the new fundraising landscape.  If your business is in crisis because of this pandemic, and you could use sound advice from our investors, call 833-748-2448 and leave us a voicemail.

  • Uber for Pets (#87, SpotOn)

    Uber for Pets (#87, SpotOn)

    01/04/2020 Duration: 36min

    Last year, investors woke up to the fact that the biggest ridesharing companies still struggle to make money. But today’s founder, Aparna Srinivasan, thinks she can buck that trend by introducing pets into the equation. But our investors wonder if just being pet friendly is enough to bring in the big bones. And if it is, what’s to stop Uber from offering rides for pets too… putting SpotOn in a tight spot. Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.

  • The Investors Are Standing By

    The Investors Are Standing By

    30/03/2020 Duration: 01min

    We're opening up the phone lines this week to take your calls. This time the investors will be on the line, ready to give advice on how your business can survive this crisis. So if you're a business owner, struggling because of the pandemic, go to thepitch.show/help and tell us how it's affecting you.

  • If the Suit Fits, Invest. (#86, Sene)

    If the Suit Fits, Invest. (#86, Sene)

    25/03/2020 Duration: 31min

    Founder Ray Li says he can make you a custom suit, out of a quiz. And his company, Sene, is already making a profit. Ray wants to pursue the technology AND build up a cool brand but the investors wonder if Ray would be better off choosing one or the other. Today's investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson and David Goldberg. If you'd like to support Sene’s efforts to manufacture surgical masks, head to senestudio.com/pages/masks. And If you want business advice from our investors on what to do during this pandemic, go to thepitch.show/help

  • Will Coronavirus Kill This Deal? (#85, WYL)

    Will Coronavirus Kill This Deal? (#85, WYL)

    11/03/2020 Duration: 38min

    There’s a tried and true playbook in tech: get a ton of users, then figure out how to monetize them. Today’s founder, Ofo Ezeugwu, has plenty of users on his site, but the investors press Ofo about his plans to monetize. And then, complications arise when coronavirus enters the scene.  Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson. Also, don’t miss our exclusive episode, “Jillian Manus on the Coronavirus and Startups” available only on Spotify. Jillian has lots of timely advice for founders weathering rocky times.

  • The Napkin Pitch (#84, Metapyxl)

    The Napkin Pitch (#84, Metapyxl)

    04/03/2020 Duration: 32min

    Tiffany Walling McGarity called in to the show and you, our listeners, voted her on to pitch the investors. But from the moment she stepped in the room, it was clear that this pitch would play out differently from the rest. On this episode, what a pitch sounds like when all you have are a few scratches on the back of the metaphorical napkin. Today's investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson and David Goldberg.

  • Can Small Bras Be a Big Market? (#83, Pepper)

    Can Small Bras Be a Big Market? (#83, Pepper)

    19/02/2020 Duration: 32min

    In VC, investors want to win big — that’s why they love highly scalable tech companies so much. But today’s founder, Jaclyn Fu, is selling actual things. Her startup, Pepper, makes real bras in a very real factory. There’s no tech except that you can buy her company’s stuff on the internet. So how do you convince investors that the opportunity is massive, when there’s nothing scalable about your startup? Today's investors are Maia Bittner, Elizabeth Yin, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson. Here is Elizabeth's Twitter thread about debt vs VC financing for startups.

  • A Deal Too Perfect to Pass Up (#82, Virtual Gurus)

    A Deal Too Perfect to Pass Up (#82, Virtual Gurus)

    12/02/2020 Duration: 34min

    This is how much of a go-getter Bobbie Racette is: when she got laid off, she started a business to help thousands of other people who were out of work. Now, she has so many customers, she can’t keep up. And Michael Hyatt, our most ruthless investor, was like putty in her hands. Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.

  • Jillian to the Rescue (#81, SnapShyft)

    Jillian to the Rescue (#81, SnapShyft)

    29/01/2020 Duration: 28min

    During our last call-in show, Thor Wood wowed us with his 30-second elevator pitch for SnapShyft, a company that matches workers with open shifts at restaurants. Now Thor will have to convince a much tougher crowd, the investors. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt, Sarah Downey, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.

  • Can This App Silence The Trolls? (#80, Goodtalk)

    Can This App Silence The Trolls? (#80, Goodtalk)

    22/01/2020 Duration: 30min

    Ben Trenda thinks he can stop the trolls on Twitter and other social spaces. He’s building Goodtalk, where famous people can have public one-on-one conversations without interruption. But if you strip away the bad, will you also lose the things that people really like about social? And if you don’t have enough people, your social network is worth nothing. Today's investors are Soraya Dorabi, Phil Nadel, Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, and Michael Hyatt.

  • The Anti-JUUL (#79, Hava)

    The Anti-JUUL (#79, Hava)

    08/01/2020 Duration: 30min

    “Move fast and break things” is a mantra for a lot of startup founders — but what if the federal government is slowing you down? That’s the situation that Josh Israel is in with his startup, Hava Health. Josh needs to wait for FDA approval before he can even think about making money on his new smoking cessation vape, a process that could take three years or more. But Josh has a plan to extinguish investor’s fears. Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

  • Got Goals? Grab a Cru (#78, The Cru)

    Got Goals? Grab a Cru (#78, The Cru)

    13/11/2019 Duration: 33min

    Tiffany Dufu has spent her career uplifting women and girls. Now, she’s turning a lifetime’s worth of expertise into a venture-backed business. Her startup, The Cru, is dedicated to helping women achieve their goals by connecting them to a network of other women. And while there’s no question that Tiffany has the right experience to pursue this mission, the question is whether the business can generate the returns investors are looking for. Today's investors are Jenny Fielding, Elizabeth Yin, David Goldberg, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

  • Sell Online or Go Door to Door (#77, Sun  Swell Foods)

    Sell Online or Go Door to Door (#77, Sun & Swell Foods)

    06/11/2019 Duration: 32min

    Kate Flynn has a plan to make her healthy snack bites stand out: skip the grocery stores, and find potential customers when and where they need a snack. It’s a strategy that’s outside of the investors’ wheelhouse, but if she can get them to try something new, they might be in for a treat. Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

  • Pitchline Bonanza (#76)

    Pitchline Bonanza (#76)

    30/10/2019 Duration: 40min

    Back in September, we invited listeners to call in and give us their best elevator pitch for their startup. And the response was off the hook! In this episode we play our favorite calls — and choose one lucky winner to come pitch our investors. But there’s more ... we need your help to pick one more founder for the pitch room.

  • “I Want Bro Money Too” (#75, Lab141)

    “I Want Bro Money Too” (#75, Lab141)

    09/10/2019 Duration: 36min

    The $2.4 trillion dollar fashion industry is due for a makeover, according to Andrea Madho. She says her company, Lab141, will be the biggest change to the way clothes are made in over a century. But it’s a moonshot and she knows it, now the investors know it too and will have to decide whether or not they think Andrea can get it done.Today's investors are Soraya Darabi, Phil Nadel, Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, and Michael Hyatt.

  • Stop Killing Your Plants (#74, Rooted)

    Stop Killing Your Plants (#74, Rooted)

    02/10/2019 Duration: 33min

    Ryan Lee says he has a better way to buy plants, on his website, Rooted. To conquer the market, Ryan has a big, audacious plan, and this is his very first time pitching it to VCs. Find out if he can convince the investors that money really does grow on trees. Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

  • Enough Sales Calls Already! (#73, Vetd)

    Enough Sales Calls Already! (#73, Vetd)

    25/09/2019 Duration: 29min

    For businesses, the process of buying software is brutal. Founder Andrew Hoagland launched his company to make it a breeze. In fact, he says that his startup Vetd has made it so easy that he can’t keep up with the demand he’s created … without the $2m he’s here to raise. Luckily for him, the investors get the problem. But he’ll have to convince them that his solution is the right one. Today’s investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt and Charles Hudson.

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