January 13th, 2011

Pitch Club: People are always asking me if I know venture capitalists


Pitch Club: People are always asking me if I know venture capitalists

So you’re in the midst of founding a startup. Or you’ve got the idea for a startup. Or you’re working for a startup. Whatever the case, you’ve got to be able to pitch your story. To investors. To potential customers. To people on the street. And while practicing the pitch in the mirror is fun and all, you could use some critical feedback. From your peers. Other folks who are pitching too.

Well get ready to be happy. That’s the idea behind Pitch Club, a new Portland gathering open only to folks who are ready to pitch.

Whether you’ve never pitched before or you’ve pitched a thousand times, you could always use a little criticism, right?

Bring your 3 minute pitch. Put your name in a hat and if it gets picked, you’re on. Powerpoints optional – just pitch. Then, answer questions and listen to painfully honest feedback from a panel of so-called experts.

The first rule of Pitch Club is you have to be ready to pitch. No teams, no moral support, no looky-loos.

Need help getting started? Here you go. “Soap. I make and I sell soap. The yardstick of civilization.”

Think you’ve got what it takes? Well head on over to Urban Airship on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 PM for the inaugural Pitch Club. It’s the only way to find out if you’re going the way of Robert Paulson or Raymond K. Hessel.

And you might want to RSVP to let them know you’re going to be there. It’s also on Plancast. If you’re into that sort of thing. And of course, it’s on Calagator, as well.

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9 Responses to “Pitch Club: People are always asking me if I know venture capitalists”

  1. Garrett says:

    I would ask a question here but I’ve heard that the first rule of pitch club is that we do not talk about pitch club.

  2. Rick Turoczy says:

    And the first rule of Project Mayhem is that you do not ask questions.

  3. paige saez says:

    Rick I love this! As a total wallflower I find public speaking terrifying. But I know that public speaking is critical for my career. I can’t wait to hear how this goes. Perhaps I could create an SF chapter?

  4. Amber Case says:

    My question is this — how did it go? And…when will the next one be?

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