Wow! last week was an exciting whirlwind! We were in 4 cities, won 2nd in the Founder Showcase, were featured as the Startup Of The Week on This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis, and were mentioned in the New York Times.
In June, we were nominated as one of the Best Graduates of the Founder Institute for 2011-2012 and we applied to pitch in the Founder Showcase – The FI quarterly pitch competition. We made it through the quarterfinals and semi-finals, and into the finals. Which won us a chance to pitch on stage last week in front of a panel of VC Judges. So, a month’s worth of revising and rehearsing our pitch, and several coaching sessions with FI’s founder Adeo Ressi later, we were ready to present on stage in front of 400 mentors, investors, media, and startup fans. It was the largest group I’ve spoken to yet! But after all the stress and excitement of our Haxlr8r demo day I felt ready for anything. Here’s me delivering the pitch that tied us for first place!
Kindara and Selligy got the highest ratings from the judges of any Founder Showcase to date, and it was also the most tightly contested battle as well! The final decision had to be made by a show of hands from the audience. Selligy won by a few hands, so Kindara slipped into 2nd place. But still! Awesome win for women everywhere!
Somewhere along the way we were contacted by the producer for This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis. We were chosen as the SendGrid Startup of the Week, and they asked us to fly down to LA the day after the Founder Showcase to film it. So we did! We had a great time on the show with Jason, he’s very perceptive and asked us a lot of good questions, some hilarious, some personal. Go watch the video and find out all our secrets!
Last Saturday a big story on the Founder institute was published in the New York Times, with several quotes from me in it! Time to add that NYT logo to the frontpage of our website!
Now we’re back in Boulder… happy and tired… and looking forward to all the good things coming our way!