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The Pitch

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Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. While it offers a glimpse into the high-stakes world of venture capital, it’s really a show about human relationships: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio.

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Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. While it offers a glimpse into the high-stakes world of venture capital, it’s really a show about human relationships: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio.

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1253 Ratings
Average Ratings
1034
117
49
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33

Too dumbed down

By Greg_Chicago - Nov 18 2019
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The very first season was fully orientated towards adults, but then this podcast got dumbed way down when it became a Gimlet podcast so it'd appeal to as many people as possible. This is now much more of a family orientated podcast and they no longer discuss intricate details about running a business. They also almost never tell the listeners the valuation of the startups anymore and there have been several instances where they didn't even say how much the investors were putting in. On top of that, the host constantly pauses the pitches to explain simple concepts or to repeat what someone just said, and he sometimes makes childish comments. Additionally, the investors rarely invest in the start-ups that are featured on this podcast, and when they do make an investment, it's always for a relatively small amount. Lastly, they've recently started putting a ridiculous amount of ads into each episode, which is also the case with most of Gimlet's other podcasts.

Really thought provoking

By Alex Pedersen - Nov 16 2019
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I learn a lot from this show about entrepreneurship

iTunes Ratings

1253 Ratings
Average Ratings
1034
117
49
20
33

Too dumbed down

By Greg_Chicago - Nov 18 2019
Read more
The very first season was fully orientated towards adults, but then this podcast got dumbed way down when it became a Gimlet podcast so it'd appeal to as many people as possible. This is now much more of a family orientated podcast and they no longer discuss intricate details about running a business. They also almost never tell the listeners the valuation of the startups anymore and there have been several instances where they didn't even say how much the investors were putting in. On top of that, the host constantly pauses the pitches to explain simple concepts or to repeat what someone just said, and he sometimes makes childish comments. Additionally, the investors rarely invest in the start-ups that are featured on this podcast, and when they do make an investment, it's always for a relatively small amount. Lastly, they've recently started putting a ridiculous amount of ads into each episode, which is also the case with most of Gimlet's other podcasts.

Really thought provoking

By Alex Pedersen - Nov 16 2019
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I learn a lot from this show about entrepreneurship

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The Pitch

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Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. While it offers a glimpse into the high-stakes world of venture capital, it’s really a show about human relationships: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio.

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Today's investors are Nimi Katragadda, Al Doan, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

Oct 02 2019

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This Pitch is Damn Near Perfect (#39, Bluffworks)

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Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his compelling story enough to get investors to sign on?

Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson.

Jun 13 2018

44mins

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Is Immigration the Next Venture-Scale Business? (#32, Boundless)

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The U.S. immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare. And it’s only getting worse. Founder Xiao Wang has a plan to solve that with his startup, Boundless.

Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.

Apr 25 2018

32mins

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Wait, Your App Does What Exactly? (#65, WeDo)

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Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to gather data on everything they do. All this is packed into a single pitch for his startup, WeDo. Can the investors dig through all the parts of his business in time to decide if they want to put their cold, hard cash behind it? 

Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Sheel Mohnot and Alexandra Stanton.

May 15 2019

38mins

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How Niche Is Too Niche? (#72, The Black Travel Box)

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Orion Brown is very early in her journey as an entrepreneur. In fact, this is her first pitch to venture capitalists! At this early stage, the investors are listening for something a bit different. They just want to know, is this a good idea in a large, untapped market? Find out if Orion can convince the investors that she’s got her finger on the next big thing. 

Today's investors are Jenny Fielding, Elizabeth Yin, David Goldberg, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

Sep 18 2019

30mins

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Enough Sales Calls Already! (#73, Vetd)

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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.

Sep 25 2019

29mins

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Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail? (#31, PopCom)

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When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that with her startup, PopCom. 

Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.

Apr 18 2018

34mins

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Investors Get Feisty at Our Philly Pitch-off (#53)

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This week, The Pitch is live from The Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia. Three of Philly’s most promising young startups take the stage in front of Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus and a packed house for a live pitch competition.

Dec 12 2018

41mins

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Is Selling in Walmart a Good Thing? (#54, Copper Cow Coffee)

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Debbie Wei Mullin is pitching her pour-over Vietnamese coffee startup, Copper Cow Coffee. The company is already doing well on Walmart’s shelves. But does she have what it takes to take the brand online? 

Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.

Jan 16 2019

38mins

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Shark Tank vs. The Pitch (#56, Monti Kids)

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Zahra Kassam has been on the road in a major way, pitching her startup, Monti Kids. A few months before our show, she pitched on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Today we find out: Did she win over any investors in her two very public pitches? And how do our investors compare to pitching the sharks? 

Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.

Jan 30 2019

45mins

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Industrial Organic (#3)

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Most of us stop thinking about our food scraps once we take the trash to the curb. Not so for Amanda Weeks, who started a food waste company designed to reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Now she just needs investors to get behind her plan to save the planet.

Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.

Jun 28 2017

33mins

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Raising Kids Is Hard. So Is Raising a Startup. (#71, Tot Squad)

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When founder Jen Saxton landed a partnership with a big name retailer in the baby industry, she thought her startup, Tot Squad, was on the way to startup stardom. But five years into the deal, things just weren’t working out. In fact, they were a disaster. But that’s a good thing if you ask her. Jen says a stronger company has risen out of the ashes of that fiasco and she’s here to convince the investors that her new plan is worth the price of admission. 

Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.

Sep 11 2019

33mins

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Disrupting Work Happy Hour (#59, CultureForce)

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Ryan Husk wants to take your workplace culture up a notch. His startup, Culture Force, matches companies to “experiences” designed to improve community at work. He says it can be a huge business, but the investors want to know why it’s more than just a cool way to plan work parties. 

Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel and Michael Hyatt.

Feb 27 2019

32mins

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How Much Do You Trust Your Barista? (#42, Bounce)

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Cody Candee believes his company, Bounce, is the key to freeing us from the stuff we lug around all day. But can he convince investors that his temporary storage solution isn’t a liability disaster waiting to happen? 

Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, and Charles Hudson.

Aug 22 2018

35mins

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Three Startups Enter. Only One Will Leave. (#40)

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At The Pitch’s first-ever live show, three startups face off: Honeyfi, a budgeting app for couples; CBlocks, a cryptocurrency starter kit; and OpenBottle, an app to help people try high-end wines. But can the investors agree on which company should take home the prize?

Aug 01 2018

52mins

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Skylights (#4)

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David Dicko is bringing virtual reality to the skies. It’s an ambitious plan, and he’s going to need $1.8 million to take off in a punishing market. Will the investors trust his team to succeed where so many others have failed?

Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.

Jul 05 2017

39mins

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Does Anyone Really Want Your Product? (#66, User Interviews)

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Dennis Meng’s first company was a major flop. So he started another one that could’ve saved the first. It’s called User Interviews, and he needs $4 million to get it into the hands of big companies. Will investors buy into what he’s selling now? 

Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.

Jun 05 2019

36mins

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Teamable (#12)

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Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’ll need to walk a razor’s edge between confidence and cockiness.

Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Jake Chapman, Howie Diamond and Sheel Mohnot.

Aug 30 2017

40mins

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Tushy (#14)

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Miki Agrawal made headlines with the success of her first company Thinx—until she became the headline. Now she's ready for a comeback with Tushy, her new business built on making bidets mainstream in America. But first she has to convince investors she's learned from her past. 

Today's investors are Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati and James Altucher.

Our show is produced by Josh Muccio, Molly Donahue, and Kareem Maddox. We are edited by Devon Taylor. Our theme music is by Breakmaster Cylinder, with original music composed by The Muse Maker, Bobby Lord, and Person B Productions. We were mixed by Enoch Kim with help from Matt Boll. Lisa Muccio plans our recording events and thanks to Asthaa Chaturvedi for her reporting on this episode.

Nov 01 2017

43mins

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What Is a Startup Actually Worth? (#33, Tire Agent)

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Jared Kugel needs a million dollars to get Tire Agent up and running. But things get tense in the pitch room when investors start questioning the value of his company.

Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.

May 02 2018

28mins

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

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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.

Nov 13 2019

33mins

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

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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.

Nov 06 2019

32mins

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Pitchline Bonanza (#76)

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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.

Oct 30 2019

40mins

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The Final Chapter of StartUp

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This week we’re bringing you the first episode of the final season of StartUp. The podcast began five years ago with a botched pitch to a big-time venture capitalist. And the end of the story is just as riveting. The final chapter of StartUp takes listeners all the way to the end of a startup’s journey, the exit. To show what an acquisition looks like from the inside.

Oct 23 2019

38mins

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“I Want Bro Money Too” (#75, Lab141)

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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.

Oct 09 2019

36mins

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Stop Killing Your Plants (#74, Rooted)

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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.

Oct 02 2019

33mins

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Enough Sales Calls Already! (#73, Vetd)

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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.

Sep 25 2019

29mins

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How Niche Is Too Niche? (#72, The Black Travel Box)

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Orion Brown is very early in her journey as an entrepreneur. In fact, this is her first pitch to venture capitalists! At this early stage, the investors are listening for something a bit different. They just want to know, is this a good idea in a large, untapped market? Find out if Orion can convince the investors that she’s got her finger on the next big thing. 

Today's investors are Jenny Fielding, Elizabeth Yin, David Goldberg, Sheel Mohnot and Charles Hudson.

Sep 18 2019

30mins

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Raising Kids Is Hard. So Is Raising a Startup. (#71, Tot Squad)

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When founder Jen Saxton landed a partnership with a big name retailer in the baby industry, she thought her startup, Tot Squad, was on the way to startup stardom. But five years into the deal, things just weren’t working out. In fact, they were a disaster. But that’s a good thing if you ask her. Jen says a stronger company has risen out of the ashes of that fiasco and she’s here to convince the investors that her new plan is worth the price of admission. 

Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.

Sep 11 2019

33mins

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What Is Michael Phelps Jamming to Right Now? (#70, EarBuds)

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What if you could listen to the exact same music as your favorite celebrities, at exactly the same time? That’s the question that drove NFL lineman Jason Fox to build an app for that. An app called Earbuds. Now if Jason can just cash in enough star power to secure the bag. 

Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.

Sep 04 2019

32mins

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After the Pitch: When You Grow Too Fast (Boundless)

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A little over a year ago, Xiao Wang came on the show to pitch his startup, Boundless. He told investors that his company was going to help immigrants cut through all the bureaucracy and paperwork required to get legal status. Today, the stakes around immigration are even higher than they were a year ago, so we wanted to see how Boundless is faring in this new world. 

Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.

Aug 21 2019

35mins

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When Less Is Not More (#69, Hyde Closet)

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Founder Rahul Jindal might be the king of bootstrapping. And when investors see similarities between his startup, Hyde Closet, and a billion dollar business known as Rent the Runway, they start dreaming of unicorns. Until a wrinkle in the plan, snaps them back to reality. 

Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Michael Hyatt, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.

Aug 14 2019

33mins

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Dogs & Dating: A Match Made in Heaven? (#68, Dig)

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Back in May we asked entrepreneurs to call in and give us their best pitches. The winner was Leigh Isaacson and her startup Dig — a dating app for people who love dogs. In this episode, Leigh enters the pitch room and asks for $1.5 million to help get 1,000,000 new users on her app. Now Leigh just has to convince the investors that dogs and dating are a match made in Heaven. 

Today’s investors are Soraya Darabi, Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt and Phil Nadel.

Aug 07 2019

36mins

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After the Pitch: I’ve Looked Death in the Eye (Rex)

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When he came on the show two years ago, Amado Guloy said his startup would change the business of animal agriculture. And the investors bought it! But since then, Amado has found himself at a crossroads between his own health and the health of Rex. 

Today's investors are Daniel Gulati, Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel and Charles Hudson.

Jul 17 2019

37mins

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After the Pitch: Fighting the 24/7 Startup Grind (Hostfully)

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Back in 2018, Margot Schmorak pitched our investors on Hostfully. It’s a startup that ushers old-style vacation-rental companies into the digital age. Margot ginned up a lot of excitement in the room that day. But then, she had to put her fundraising on hold. A year later we’ll find out whether she was able to get the ball rolling again. 

Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel and Nicole Verkindt.

Jun 26 2019

31mins

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Our First Call-in Competition (#67)

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Back in May, we invited listeners to call in and pitch us their startups. And you really delivered, giving us over 200 pitches! In this episode, we’ll play some of our favorite submissions — and then choose one lucky winner to come pitch our investors.

Jun 19 2019

38mins

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Does Anyone Really Want Your Product? (#66, User Interviews)

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Dennis Meng’s first company was a major flop. So he started another one that could’ve saved the first. It’s called User Interviews, and he needs $4 million to get it into the hands of big companies. Will investors buy into what he’s selling now? 

Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.

Jun 05 2019

36mins

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Wait, Your App Does What Exactly? (#65, WeDo)

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Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to gather data on everything they do. All this is packed into a single pitch for his startup, WeDo. Can the investors dig through all the parts of his business in time to decide if they want to put their cold, hard cash behind it? 

Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Sheel Mohnot and Alexandra Stanton.

May 15 2019

38mins

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Startup Sale! 80% Off (#64, BlueFoot)

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Ramya Possett and Rachel Lee founded BlueFoot to make tracking the competition easy for massive companies. And they think that what they’ve created is so powerful, it demands a premium price tag. One that takes the investors completely by surprise. 

Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.

May 08 2019

37mins

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After the Pitch: A Name Change, A Game Change (Hykso)

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When Khalil Zahar and Tommy Duquette first pitched their boxing workout startup, Hykso, the investors saw a big opportunity. They wanted to know: Could Hykso be more like Peloton, an at-home cycling system that was starting to take off? Three years later, the company is trying to do just that — and it’s been a wild ride. 

Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Howie Diamond and Jake Chapman.

Apr 17 2019

49mins

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