Journey to Extreme Pitch

31 Aug

I recorded this video after coming home from Extreme Pitch. I wanted to give advice on what to do to calm yourself before a pitch. I think I managed to say don’t drink too much coffee and go to yoga, that advice probably won’t work for most people. Sorry guys!

Instead, I introduced the company my co-founder Bill Lee and I launched at Extreme Pitch which is called Hand Things Down. Hand Things Down is social trading for busy moms. We have an iphone app in private beta and a website in development to help make trading for your kids stuff easier. Our company was interviewed by local news in Arizona (will update this when that video goes live).

Background: Journey to Extreme Pitch

After an amazing experience with new friends from Founder Institute (FI) in Seattle, I was in search of the entrepreneurial community when I moved back to Arizona. My goal was to maintain the momentum from FI and collaborate with other founders to help push our companies forward. I went to Gangplank for Startup Weekend and worked with a great team on another business. Startup Weekend then flowed into Roadmap to Launch which was 60 days of mentoring from the Fasttrac team of Philip Blackerby, Francine Hardaway, and Ed Nusbaum. The culmination of Roadmap to Launch was the opportunity to launch our company at Extreme Pitch in front of local press.

Staying Connected

The whole reason I went in search of a local startup community is because without it, development of your business or product slows down. The ideas from other people fuel your own creativity and their enthusiasm adds to the passion you already have to succeed. This is why it’s important to stay connected as an entrepreneur, have mentors to bounce your crazy ideas off of and to be held accountable for moving forward instead of spinning around after the next shiny new technology. Getting out of the house a couple days a week to work in a collaborative space creates the variety or excitement an entrepreneur craves. Roadmap to Launch provided the structure of an incubator and the camaraderie of having other entrepreneurs to check in with when you got stuck on something. Everyone has a skill they bring and most people are willing to help each other in their areas of strength in exchange for help in areas they need help. Bill and I have a benefited from fellow entrepreneurs or mentors, in addition to our own team of advisors through this sort of intellectual bartering. We give back to the community by freely sharing our experience.

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