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Where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money.
Nuts Can Kill. Are Seeds the Answer? (#49, Blake’s Seed Based)
Oct 10 • 37 min
Blake Sorensen has a deathly nut allergy — one that’s led to some harrowing trips to the ER. But then he decided that enough was enough. So he started a company, Blake’s Seed Based, to make snacks safe for people like him. Will the investors get on board…
Will This Space Startup Make It off the Ground? (#48, Atomos)
Oct 3 • 37 min
Atomos co-founders Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski want to build a nuclear-powered spacecraft for moving satellites around in orbit. Can they capitalize on all the new money flowing into the final frontier — or will their sci-fi ambitions be too much…
Can This Tiny Gadget Keep Kids in College? (#47, Fletch)
Sep 26 • 33 min
The college dropout rate is high, and schools are paying the price… to the tune of billions of dollars every year. Marquett Burton says his education startup can help solve the problem. Will the investors agree? Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil…
Never Get Lost Again (#46, Somewear)
Sep 19 • 32 min
Somewear founder James Kubik thinks going off the grid shouldn’t have to mean going out of cell phone range. That’s why he created a device that turns smartphones into satellite communication hubs. Can he convince investors to join him on the trail?…
Whatever Happened to Virtual Reality? (#45, SVRF)
Sep 12 • 39 min
Sophia Dominguez is on the show pitching SVRF, an augmented reality/virtual reality startup. But it can be tough to get investors excited about VR, which has attracted tons of hype—without much payoff. Can Sophia convince investors that VR’s time has…
Is This Sports App the Next OpenTable? (#44, Playven)
Sep 5 • 35 min
Finnish entrepreneur Topias Soininen says his startup, Playven, will revolutionize the way people book tennis courts. But first, the investors have to figure out exactly what it is he’s pitching. Today’s investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Phil…
Get This Party Startup in Here (#43, PartySlate)
Aug 29 • 29 min
Entrepreneur Julie Roth Novack says her party planning platform is exactly what event professionals have been missing. And it all hinges on a secret ingredient—something Julie calls “marketing gold”. Now she just needs investors to fork over some gold of…
How Much Do You Trust Your Barista? (#42, Bounce)
Aug 22 • 36 min
Cody Candee believes his company, Bounce, is the key to freeing us from the stuff we lug around all day. But can he convince investors that his temporary storage solution isn’t a liability disaster waiting to happen? Today’s investors are Jillian Manus,…
Can This Startup Help Retailers Take on Amazon? (#41, Shipsi)
Aug 15 • 39 min
Amazon is on track to grab nearly HALF of all online retail sales this year. But not if Chelsie Lee’s startup Shipsi has a say in the matter. She wants to give online retailers the ability to compete, by helping them offer super speedy shipping. But it…
Three Startups Enter. Only One Will Leave. (#40)
Aug 1 • 53 min
At The Pitch’s first-ever live show, three startups face off: Honeyfi, a budgeting app for couples; CBlocks, a cryptocurrency starter kit; and OpenBottle, an app to help people try high-end wines. But can the investors agree on which company should take…
Hacking VC: Josh interviews Arlan Hamilton
Jul 18 • 37 min
Josh sits down with Backstage Capital CEO Arlan Hamilton at the 2018 SXSW festival to discuss her unique path from tour manager to VC.
Introducing We Came To Win
Jul 2 • 39 min
Today we bring you an episode of a new Gimlet show, We Came to Win.It’s a podcast that tells the stories behind the World Cup’s biggest moments and the tournament’s most legendary heroes. In this episode, host Nando Vila takes us back to 1989. At that…
This Pitch is Damn Near Perfect (#39, Bluffworks)
Jun 13 • 44 min
Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his compelling story enough to get investors to sign on? Today’s investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and…
A Beauty Industry Veteran Goes Rogue (#38, LOLI)
Jun 6 • 32 min
Tina Hedges believes the future of beauty is all-natural, organic products. But the investors aren’t sure what to make of her food-grade products for your face. Today’s investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson.
Can Tech Solve America’s Drug Crisis? (#37, inRecovery)
May 30 • 32 min
Founder David Sarabia’s experience with drug addiction inspired him to build an app, called inRecovery. It’s meant to help people who are in rehab. But can he get the rehab centers on board? Today’s investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian…
When Two Startups Love Each Other Very Much… (#36, Hostfully)
May 23 • 34 min
Margot Schmorak says half of all vacation rentals aren’t listed online—and she sees that as a big opportunity for her startup. But things get messy in the pitch room when Margot reveals that her company comes with a little extra baggage. Today’s investors…
The Proof Is in the Pudding (#35, Petit Pot)
May 16 • 33 min
Max Pouvreau has built gourmet pudding company Petit Pot with his Michelin star background and scrappy customer acquisition. Now he wants VC backing to take it to the next level—and potentially a big acquisition. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil…
Can Storytime Become Big Business? (#34, Caribu)
May 9 • 33 min
Max Tuchman is on a roll with Caribu, an app that lets parents and kids read together virtually. But can she convince investors that early success will lead to future returns?Today’s investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles…
What Is a Startup Actually Worth? (#33, Tire Agent)
May 2 • 29 min
Jared Kugel needs a million dollars to get Tire Agent up and running. But things get tense in the pitch room when investors start questioning the value of his company. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt. Let…
Is Immigration the Next Venture-Scale Business? (#32, Boundless)
Apr 25 • 33 min
The U.S. immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare. And it’s only getting worse. Founder Xiao Wang has a plan to solve that with his startup, Boundless. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt. For more…
Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail? (#31, PopCom)
Apr 18 • 35 min
When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that with her startup, PopCom. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
Can This Founder Reclaim Cocktail Hour? (#30, Swig + Swallow)
Apr 11 • 31 min
Craft cocktails are all the rage—but they tend come with high price tags and long wait times. Swig + Swallow founder April Wachtel wants to bring the craft experience out of the bar and into your home. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati,…
Has This Husband-and-Wife Team Stumbled Onto the Next Airbnb? (#29, ShearShare)
Apr 4 • 41 min
When Tye and Courtney Caldwell were having trouble renting space in their salon, they thought: why isn’t there an app for this? So they created one. But can they convince investors that their skills will transfer from the barbershop to the boardroom?…
Is This Entrepreneur Ready to Take On Facebook? (#28, 1 Second Everyday)
Mar 28 • 35 min
Facebook is the undisputed king of social networks. But Cesar Kuriyama thinks his app, 1 Second Everyday, could topple the giant. If he’s going to do that, he’ll need some serious cash.Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and…
Qleek Pt. II: What Happened After The Pitch (#27)
Feb 21 • 27 min
The surprising story of what happened to one startup after its founders pitched to investors—and thousands of listeners.
Dynofit (#26)
Feb 14 • 34 min
Maria Schneider wants to take physical therapy out of the clinic and into the home with the help of a small device. But is her technology the answer patients and doctors have been waiting for?
Rex (#25)
Feb 7 • 35 min
When scientist Amado Guloy saw an opportunity to combine farm animals and big data, he traded the laboratory for the boardroom and created Rex Animal Health. But can he convince investors he’s got what it takes to make it in the business world?
unGlue (#24)
Jan 31 • 33 min
The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue.
Jiobit (#23)
Jan 24 • 35 min
After John Renaldi lost track of his kid on a trip to downtown Chicago, he vowed never to be in that situation again. So he created Jiobit, a tiny geotracker for kids. Can he convince investors that his device stands out among a sea of competitors?
Lunar Wireless (#22)
Jan 17 • 40 min
Hunter Rosenblume is pitching Lunar Wireless, a company he co-founded as an answer to pricey cell phone plans. But getting investors to gamble on a 22-year-old who claims he can take on a decades-old industry is a hard sell. Is a healthy dose of FOMO…
Metabrew (#21)
Jan 10 • 35 min
Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can they get investors buzzing about this plant-based substitute?
BONUS: We Answer Your Questions
Dec 27, 2017 • 18 min
We opened up our phone lines and you delivered—with questions about entrepreneurship, pitching, and the show. Thanks to everyone who reached out! For more information about the show and our investors, visit thepitch.show
Harper Wilde (#20)
Dec 20, 2017 • 42 min
The founders of Harper Wilde want to take the B.S. out of bra shopping. That means convincing our investors that they’ve found a way to turn it from a major inconvenience into an easy at-home experience.
SandBox Commerce (#19)
Dec 13, 2017 • 41 min
When Sterling Smith left his job as a software developer to start Sandbox Commerce, he knew he had the skills to build great mobile apps. But in a world where it seems everybody has an app, can he convince investors there’s really an opportunity here?For…
ROWViGOR (#18)
Dec 6, 2017 • 38 min
Co-founders Kevin Allen and Moses McCall think rowing is the next big trend in fitness. To cash in on their hunch, they need to convince investors they can make waves in a space already crowded with competitors. For more information about our show and the…
Investor Spotlight: Jillian Manus (#17)
Nov 29, 2017 • 26 min
You’re probably familiar with Jillian Manus the investor—but in this episode, we dig in a little deeper to understand how she became the VC force she is today. For more information about our show and the investors, visit thepitch.show
Qleek (#16)
Nov 15, 2017 • 42 min
After Ismail Salhi discovered his father’s old record collection gathering dust in the attic, he teamed up with Johanna Hartzheim to create Qleek. Together they hope to marry the nostalgia of vinyl with the convenience of digital music. But first they…
Shift (#15)
Nov 8, 2017 • 40 min
When Mike Slagh left the military, he wanted to find a job in tech, but he couldn’t get his foot in the door. And then he found out that he was one of approximately 300,000 service members who every year struggle to make the transition back into the…
Tushy (#14)
Nov 1, 2017 • 44 min
Miki Agrawal made headlines with the success of her first company Thinx—until she became the headline. Now she’s ready for a comeback with Tushy, her new business built on making bidets mainstream in America. But first she has to convince investors she’s…
Meet the Investors (#13)
Oct 25, 2017 • 27 min
The entrepreneurs usually own the spotlight on our show. But venture capital is a two-way street. On today’s episode, we hear from the people who make deals happen: our investors. Who are they and how did they become the ones calling the shots?
We’re back!
Oct 18, 2017 • 2 min
The Pitch is back on October 25th! The stakes are high as a brand new crop of scrappy entrepreneurs pitch their startups to investors. For more information about our show and the investors, visit thepitch.show.
Introducing Uncivil
Oct 11, 2017 • 24 min
America’s divided. And it always has been. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two. In each episode, hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika ransack the official history of the Civil…
Teamable (#12)
Aug 30, 2017 • 41 min
Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’ll need to walk a razor’s edge between confidence and cockiness.
Tesloop (#11)
Aug 23, 2017 • 36 min
Haydn Sonnad pitches his plan to revolutionize regional transit on the back of Tesla’s electric charging network. But there’s a catch: this entrepreneur has to run his company between English class and Algebra. Extra: Haydn asks Elon Musk a question
Sudden Coffee (#10)
Aug 16, 2017 • 36 min
Two entrepreneurs believe they have the secret to making premium instant coffee. Will their startup hold up to a taste test with investors?
Tuckrbox (#9)
Aug 9, 2017 • 38 min
Co-founders Meghan Carreau and Alex Payne are pitching their food delivery service built on noble ideals of making kids healthier and reducing headaches for parents. Can the founders convince investors that their startup will actually deliver on those…
Hykso (#8)
Aug 2, 2017 • 39 min
Could a little sensor designed to measure punches be the next big hit in a long line of fitness fads? The founders of Hykso think so. Now they just need to last a few rounds in the ring with our investors.
Shimmur (#7)
Jul 26, 2017 • 40 min
The social media landscape is a veritable graveyard of failed startups, but Matthew Peltier believes his company, Shimmur, is different. With a growing user base and a solid plan for revenue, he’s almost ready to go… all he needs now is a few hundred…
Guru Games (#6)
Jul 19, 2017 • 40 min
Between classes, part-time jobs, and social lives, college students Evan Thomas and Troy Pettie have been moonlighting to build a business they hope will bring millennials back into casinos. Will our investors be willing to take a gamble on Guru Games?
FITGuard (#5)
Jul 12, 2017 • 40 min
Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars…
Skylights (#4)
Jul 5, 2017 • 40 min
David Dicko is bringing virtual reality to the skies. It’s an ambitious plan, and he’s going to need $1.8 million to take off in a punishing market. Will the investors trust his team to succeed where so many others have failed?
Industrial Organic (#3)
Jun 28, 2017 • 34 min
Most of us stop thinking about our food scraps once we take the trash to the curb. Not so for Amanda Weeks, who started a food waste company designed to reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Now she just needs investors to get behind her plan to save the…
iMirror (#2)
Jun 21, 2017 • 37 min
The hotel room hasn’t seen disruption since the addition of the television in the 1950s. Pieter Boekhoff wants to change that—by transforming what happens when we look in the mirror. But first, he has to convince investors that there’s money to be made in…
Babyscripts (#1)
Jun 14, 2017 • 38 min
Juan-Pablo Segura has built an app that he’s sure will revolutionize the way expectant mothers receive medical care. But first he needs to convince a panel of investors to bankroll his plan—to the tune of a million dollars.