Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by LaunchRocker and PitchSwap SF participant Kyle Pollock, a writer and recent transplant to San Francisco from East Lansing, MI. You can follow Kyle on Twitter.
LaunchRock would especially like to thank Brad Oyler, the founder of PitchSwap.co, for sharing this great community and skill building idea for entrepreneurs with us; Trinity Ventures for Co-sponsoring the event; and our judges, Dan Scholnick & Anthony Ha of TechCrunch.
Getting up close and personal with other entrepreneurs, quick conversations and exchanging your best pitch. That’s what it was like to be at PitchSwapSF Tuesday night at Dolores Labs. Visitors crowded the back of room, some heading straight for the craft beer and pizza.
As soon as attendees settled in, LaunchRock team members introduced themselves and cued the start of PitchSwap. Participants had 90 minutes to swap pitches with each other and be ready to pitch someone else’s idea by the end of it. “This is a great way to practice your pitching skills without worrying what you pitch, but how you pitch. You can just focus on the basics.” Said Nate Munger, Director of Customer Satisfaction at LaunchRock.
And The Winner Is…
Around 15 pitches were delivered in all in a fun relaxed atmosphere. When it was over, Daniel and Anthony awarding prizes in three categories:
Funniest pitch: A fly fishing application that “gives you no excuses not to go fly fishing”
Most likely to save the world: A human rights app that monitors social media posts about human rights emergencies in real time to raise awareness and action.
Best overall: Prepatrip Need help planning a bachelor party for Vegas? Weekend outing? This app will help you to plan your next successful group outing or trip by bringing together all the organizational tools necessary in one place.
‘Til Next Time
Surrounding all the different pitches was laughter, thought-provoking ideas, and wit, as curious minds got together for some good company. Certainly, as a LaunchRock user myself, and newcomer to San Francisco, it’s nice to find these events where startups and businesses open up to the community and bring people together.
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