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The Pitch

Gimlet Media

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.

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.

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Gimlet Media

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

#100 When Investors Take the Hot Seat

12/9/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:33:02

#99 The Friends & Family Gap

11/4/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:30:22

#98 Hello! You’ve Reached The Pitch Helpline

10/14/2020
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...

Duration:00:34:51

#97 Secret Sauce or Snake Oil?

9/30/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:27:10

Money on the Line ☎️

9/23/2020
On Wednesday, September 30th we are opening up the phone lines for founders to call-in and ask investors for advice. Elizabeth Yin with Hustle Fund and Hunter Walk with Homebrew will be standing by, ready to give you fresh ideas on how to keep your startup going in this economy. The number to call is 833-748-2448. We'll keep the lines open from 4-6pm Eastern on Wednesday, September 30th. ttyl

Duration:00:01:32

#96 A Test of Time

9/16/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:34:14

#95 You Asked. Investors Answered. Now What?

8/26/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:32:42

#94 The Breaking Point

8/5/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:33:18

#93 David vs. Godzilla

7/15/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:31:01

#92 Who Did the PPP Actually Save?

7/1/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:23:29

#91 “If We Don’t Get the Money by Friday …”

6/10/2020
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 podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:27:14

#90 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic 2

5/13/2020
COVID-19 has pushed many founders to attempt risky pivots with their business. Other founders are hoarding cash. And many of them are seeing VC money dry up. On today’s show, investors Sarah Downey and Phil Nadel advise four worried founders on how to keep their businesses afloat. The callers: Shannon Malkin Daniels, Encaptiv Krystin Hargrove, CoTripper Dan Brown, Up-Rite Storage Rack Chris Murphy, Brewella's Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:30:51

#89 A Big Bet on an Ex-Trucker

5/6/2020
For years, Pierre Laguerre worked as a truck driver. During those years he saw one of the biggest inefficiencies in the industry up-close: getting available drivers matched with trucks ready to get on the road. Barely a year after launch, his business, Fleeting, is growing fast. But he’ll have to convince the investors he has the technical savvy to make the company grow even faster. And he’ll need to tackle another problem: how to adapt to an industry transformed by COVID-19. Today’s...

Duration:00:29:52

How I Saved My Startup

4/22/2020
Investors are giving founders everywhere an ultimatum: just find a way to survive the next few months. This had us concerned about the entrepreneurs who’ve been on this show. Debbie Wei Mullen pitched Copper Cow Coffee to our investors a few years ago, and in this episode Debbie tells the sequence of events that led to a few early, strategic decisions made in 2020 that set up her business to outlast the pandemic. Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil...

Duration:00:38:29

#88 How Startups Can Succeed in a Pandemic

4/15/2020
In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has changed just about every business in the country. Investors everywhere are scrambling to help their startups survive the pandemic. On today’s show, investors Elizabeth Yin and Charles Hudson take calls from listeners. They advise founders on how to pivot to a remote-friendly model, how to survive the losses in the hospitality industry, and how to navigate the new fundraising landscape. If your business is in crisis because of this pandemic, and you could...

Duration:00:32:04

#87 Uber for Pets

4/1/2020
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...

Duration:00:33:46

The Investors Are Standing By

3/30/2020
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.

Duration:00:01:39

#86 If the Suit Fits, Invest.

3/25/2020
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...

Duration:00:32:03

#85 Will Coronavirus Kill This Deal?

3/11/2020
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...

Duration:00:35:58

#84 The Napkin Pitch

3/4/2020
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:32:55