Everyone killed it....*drops mic*
That's the only way to describe how demo day unfolded. Sadly, I was up at registration for most of the show, but I could hear each of the 14 pitches. They were phenomenal.
I equate demo day to a broadway performance. Nothing is left to chance. We practice everything night after night making sure that founders' presentations, deliveries, and body language are perfect. Founders practice in the office. Founders practice at the venue. Founders practice on the train. They even practice in the shower. Unlike broadway performances, you only get one shot to shine.
In the audience, there are CEOs, investors, family members, Techstars alums, and friends. In the audience you can find billionaires, millionaires, and thousandnaires (that's me). This is an opportunity for companies to close their fundraising round, open their round, or add momentum to their round.
I almost forgot about the press! The media can be a gift or a curse. There were articles in venture beat, mattermark, and several other publications. The reviews were great.
I'm proud that I ws a part of this fall 2015 Techstars class and look forward to future demo days. Here are the companies:
Flip - Making leases into liquid assets
GlossGenius - one stop shop for beauty stylists
Gorgias - Automated customer service software
GreatHorn - Cyber security platform
Homemade - A marketplace connecting chefs with consumers
Impact Health - Get health insurance faster and better
Jewelbots - friendship bracelets that girls can code
LiveLike - Sports VR
MAX - quick delivery in Africa
Morsel - Get a healthy meal at your office
Mona - AI that helps you find clothes that you ACTUALLY want
Sailo - Marketplace for renting boats
SPIDR - next gen police tech
Slash - keyboard search