Last night, I pitched Horizon at Galvanize’s Pitchers and Pitches event in Pioneer Square. It was a 3 minute pitch, along with 2 minutes for Q&A on our concept and business model. The lineup of 8 presentations was quite impressive - including Givesafe, a project by Jonathan Kumar, who told me about the monthly pitch event last month and convinced me to sign up as a presenter. For those who have presentated at public pitch events, you likely know 3 minutes is not much time to give a complete overview of your business. Conciseness is critical when alloted only 3 minutes. Fortunately Startup Chile’s demo day was a 3 minute format as well (you can see my presenation here), so we already had a rough outline and presentation to start from. I modified the the presenation slightly, to include our traction (we passed 5,000 community members yesterday) and some revisions to the business model – and practiced in advance.
Me during the opening slide
To our great surprise, we were awarded the prize for the night (a month free membership to Galvanize). Thank you to the judges, Ben (@gilbert) and Matt (@shobe), for awarding us the prize (and thanks to Bryan for snapping the photo). Thank you to all the engineers who have made Horizon a reality (Will, David, Yunfei, Sam, Eric, Lauren, Jay, Jeff, Anthony) – without them, there is no product or business to pitch.
Ben Gilbert, Matt Shobe, and me
We look forward to pitching against the other Seattle winners for the chance at the trip to San Francisco.