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XpoPitchNight, Reviewed!

Today is Wednesday, which means tonight is Xpo Wednesday at the CoLab, which means last Wednesday was XpoPitchNight, which means this post is a week late. Sorry.

Since this is somewhat less than timely, I’ll keep it brief, as you are unlikely to care any longer. Here’s the gist:

The event was less pitch-y than anticipated (by me). That is, if by “pitch-y” you mean entrepreneurs offering ideas in search of funding, and I do, so that is how we will be defining the term. And there just wasn’t much pitch-y-ness on display.

One gentleman stood athwart the stage and offered 4 business ideas he wasn’t interested in working on.

Another fellow dispassionately proposed a bike sharing idea.

…and that was it! At least from a pitch-y perspective.

There were other ideas, but they weren’t about tech start-up, billion-dollar-business kind of stuff. For instance, one dude pitched the idea of building a viewing deck/platform off the side of the Wasena Bridge. Why? No idea. It was kind of cool, though.

In summation, the event was not what I had anticipated or hoped for, but it was sort of fun anyway. Goes to show you, Ms. Jackson, that you can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather. Or more precisely, you can plan a pretty pitch night, but you can’t predict the pitch-y-ness.

There is another XpoPitchNight in the works for June. I’m fairly certain it will be fun, and I hope it will be pitch-y. I can assure you of this: the event was clearly enough of a success that time slots WILL fill up, so if you are a start-up looking for funding (it is possible!) or just looking to polish your knob pitch in front of a friendly crowd, contact Ariel at the CoLab post haste!

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Howdy, y’all.

Miss me?

I’ve actually got a really long piece mostly finished, but I need to add links and crap…research is a chore, man.

In the mean time, wanted to write a quick note about an upcoming event, one week from today, at Grandin CoLab called #XpoPitchNight. Why the hashtag? Because as of now, it really only seems to exist on Twitter.

Details are sketchy: open to all, presenters get 5 minutes to make a pitch. “About?” Good question. Again, details are sketchy. But the overall idea seems to be to get interesting people to get up and say interesting things.

Interesting is good, n’es pas?

Come out and get some.

And then, head on down to Liquorville (Sidewinders) and see this guy play an acoustic set for 10 bucks:

When I first heard this on the radio, I thought, that’s a damn catchy tune. That was about a month ago, and then I kept hearing it and hearing it. I liked it, but it was one of those situations where the DJ wasn’t saying his name (or I didn’t catch it) so I didn’t know who dude was. Finally, I heard his name: Michael Ray. So I YouTube’d him.


BOLD PREDICTION: This guy ends up marrying Taylor Swift. You heard it here first.

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