In the early days of building a startup, founders make critical decisions that will shape their companies for years to come. The Pitch takes you behind closed doors and into the world of startups: 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.
All eight seasons are available for free on Spotify.
The Friends & Family Gap
In VC, before you pitch investors, you’re expected to get some initial cash from friends and family. Getting this money is a critical first step for a new startup. But what if your friends and family aren’t wealthy? Two founders tell us what that experience is like, and how it’s shaped the way VC investors view their companies.
Hello! You’ve Reached The Pitch Helpline
We're now in a business climate transformed by Covid. And founders need help figuring out how to impress investors, find new customers, and connect with potential cofounders in this uncertain time. We wanted to help out. So we got investors Elizabeth Yin from Hustle Fund and Hunter Walk from Homebrew to hop on The Pitch hotline to take your calls.
Rebecca Colett, Calyxeum
Graham Hawley, TRID
Shwetha Maddur, Catalyst
Bryan McGehee, GATR Coolers
Jeff Walsh, Illuminent
Secret Sauce or Snake Oil?
Today's founder had everything going for him: a huge market, loads of experience, and $70k in monthly revenue. But then, everything went wrong. Christopher Hussain's startup, RealKey, is supposed to make the complicated mortgage lending process simpler, but his pitch left our investors scratching their heads.
The investors on today’s show are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Sarah Downey, Michael Hyatt and Charles Hudson.
A Test of Time
It was three years ago, when Claire Coder went in front of our investors to pitch Aunt Flow. At the time, her startup was a very risky bet. But now, in 2020, Claire’s business has stood the test of time. We find out just how far a business can go in three years.
Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, James Altucher and Daniel Gulati.
You Asked. Investors Answered. Now What?
In the spring, founders desperate for ideas about how to keep their companies afloat called in to get advice from our investors. Several months later, the economy is still far from recovering, so we called the founders back to see if the investors’ advice was working.
The Breaking Point
When gyms closed at the start of the pandemic, Kevin Allen’s at-home fitness app, Row Vigor, went gangbusters. But there was a problem -- a few lines of code were preventing Kevin from cashing in.
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A more down to earth Shark Tank
I’ve listened to every episode so far and really like the human centred approach that the investors take with the entrepreneurs. A lot of focus is put on the person behind the pitch with the understanding that even the greatest ideas fail without the right people behind them. The only thing I would like to see a bit more of is the format being mixed up a little more - the pitch, feedback, invest and call back is great but can get a little repetitive. I’ve really enjoyed some of the follow up episodes and wouldn’t mind having the chance to call in and ask past pitchers questions.
Great job guys!
What a wonderful podcast. Wish they could get more interesting pitches though. The latest ones haven't been as good.
Get rid of all investors except for Phil and Gillian.
Can be interesting but I unsubbed after the pitch where a recent drug addict proposed testing his rehab app on people in rehab WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT and one of the investors said that it would be like watching "animals on the Savannah". The absolute pinnacle of silicon valley hubris and dehumanisation. Gimlet you must do better.