The thoughts and views of an investor are usually a bit different than those of the entrepreneur. For obvious reasons, investors that place their money in startups take on an enormous amount of risk. For every 10 startups an investor backs, he can expect that...
HATCH pitch competition day is tomorrow! We can hardly wait to hear from all of our wonderfully talented finalists at SXSW on Monday morning. As we all get ready for the big day, read on for our final installment of our judges’ introductions, and we hope to see you all in Austin very soon!
Welcome to our third installment of our judges series! Competition day is quickly approaching and we wish luck to all of our talented finalists. Until then though, sit back and get a little more familiar with our incredibly accomplished judges!
It’s time to meet more of our judge’s panel for HATCH pitch 2015! We’ll be at SXSW Interactive on March 16th for competition day - less than two weeks away! Read up on who will be there to judge our talented finalists:
HATCH pitch is so excited to welcome such a dynamic panel of judges to the 2015 competition! We know they’re eager to hear from all of our finalists at SXSW Interactive on March 16th, and we’d like to take a moment and let you get to know them before the big day!
We had a really amazing time at SXSW, although the best story is the fact that I was still a grad student at UCLA and this was during finals week. So I literally flew in on a redeye late the night before, slept in the airport, snuck into the hotel spa where I took a shower, and then presented only after convincing another team to help me advance my slides. I then went home right after on a train to San Antonio and then cheapest return flight. I really didn't get to enjoy much but I did have phenomenal conversations and met great people.
It was really exciting for our team, getting invited to present at SXSW at HATCH pitch 2013, and to see that teams around the country were chosen. We were really flattered to be able to be there. We were initially a little trepidatious about it. We knew some of the judges could be very tough. We were not sure whether the judges or the audience would understand the niche for the energy space we were in. Fortunately for us, we were able to simplify the message such that we got the point across, so even judges not in this space recognized the significant opportunity.
HATCH pitch was an amazing opportunity for us to not only prepare for a high-pressure pitch so we nailed our key messages, but also to walk away with some actionable feedback and recognition. We were voted audience favorite, and took advantage of the perks offered to finalists including a radio interview and additional media exposure. The best part, though, was making sure we were thinking about the true differentiators in our business and this space considering all the great ideas we were up against.
Last Thursday night, Jan 22, marked the re-emergence of a great community pastime, the Houston Startup Happy Hour. The evening brought together entrepreneurs and startup community enthusiasts from all over the city to celebrate a great year in H-town startups and an even brighter 2015. It was a night of fun, friends, and new faces encased in the warm, intimate atmosphere of a Midtown pub.
By: Ripp Motion
This is the first of a series of posts about the entrepreneurial journey.
Ask anyone if money equals power and they will undoubtedly say, “Yes”. To break this down, we need to start with some simple definitions.
They say that entrepreneurs need the stamina of a marathon runner and the planning of a parent.
According to Jilliene Helman of Realty Mogul, the life of a startup “is an emotional roller coaster and you never know where the day will start and where the day will end”. Ms. Helman shares her advice on life as a startup.
The startup community loves war stories of successful ventures. We love to hear about them, learn from them, and replicate what they’ve done. Sameer Soleja, one of the founders of Molecule Software and a 2013 HATCH winner, offers his take on why start-ups succeed or fail: