The Pitch
The Pitch
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Where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. 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.
#100 When Investors Take the Hot Seat
This week, we've got a show like no other. Instead of startup founders asking for money to grow their business, we hear investors Jake Chapman and Howie Diamond pitch their new venture capital fund. And they learn right away that things on the other side of the table are a lot harder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 9, 2020
31 min
#99 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 4, 2020
30 min
#98 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. The Callers: Rebecca Colett, Calyxeum Graham Hawley, TRID Shwetha Maddur, Catalyst Bryan McGehee, GATR Coolers Jeff Walsh, Illuminent Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
35 min
#97 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
27 min
#96 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
34 min
#95 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
33 min
#94 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 5, 2020
33 min
#93 David vs. Godzilla
When Alon Shwartz started his parental control app, UnGlue, he thought Apple would be an ally. But then Apple decided to make their own competing product and Alon was forced to go toe-to-toe with the biggest tech company in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2020
31 min
#92 Who Did the PPP Actually Save?
We talk to three startup founders who got money from the Paycheck Protection Program and try to find out, what did the PPP money actually do? To find out why one of our investors convinced a founder to send $2 million in PPP money back, listen to our special episode called “Give the Money Back.” Available only on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 1, 2020
24 min
#91 “If We Don’t Get the Money by Friday …”
In 2018, founder Cody Candee raised $150,000 on our show. He went on to raise over a million dollars in funding that led to extraordinary growth for his startup, Bounce. But then Cody found out the hard way that to keep growing fast you have to become the boss. You'll find the Bounce website here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2020
27 min
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