41 episodes

Listen as real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. 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. 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.

    Uber for Pets (#87, SpotOn)

    Uber for Pets (#87, SpotOn)

    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.

    • 36 min
    The Investors Are Standing By

    The Investors Are Standing By

    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.

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

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

    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

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

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

    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.

    • 38 min
    The Napkin Pitch (#84, Metapyxl)

    The Napkin Pitch (#84, Metapyxl)

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • 32 min

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