The Pitch

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Real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. The Pitch delivers on the high-stakes promise of a live pitch without shying away from the nitty gritty details of what happens after everyone shakes hands and walks out of the room. Hosted by Josh Muccio from Gimlet Media.

Episode Date
Can This Startup Help Retailers Take on Amazon? (#41, Shipsi)
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Amazon is on track to grab nearly HALF of all online retail sales this year. But not if Chelsie Lee’s startup Shipsi has a say in the matter. She wants to give online retailers the ability to compete, by helping them offer super speedy shipping. But it might not be easy with the retail Goliath breathing down her neck.&nbsp;<br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, and Charles Hudson.
Aug 15, 2018
Three Startups Enter. Only One Will Leave. (#40)
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At The Pitch’s first-ever live show, three startups face off: Honeyfi, a budgeting app for couples; CBlocks, a cryptocurrency starter kit; and OpenBottle, an app to help people try high-end wines. But can the investors agree on which company should take home the prize?
Aug 01, 2018
Hacking VC: Josh interviews Arlan Hamilton
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Josh sits down with Backstage Capital CEO Arlan Hamilton at the 2018 SXSW festival to discuss her unique path from tour manager to VC.
Jul 18, 2018
Introducing We Came To Win
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Today we bring you an episode of a new Gimlet show, We Came to Win.It’s a podcast that tells the stories behind the World Cup’s biggest moments and the tournament’s most legendary heroes. In this episode, host Nando Vila takes us back to 1989. At that time, the United States was a soccer desert, but it had just won a bid to host the 1994 men’s World Cup. But if the U.S. was going to prove it deserved that honor, it would need to get its team to qualify for the 1990 World Cup — and they hadn’t made it in nearly four decades. A coach named Bob Gansler and his gang of mulleted misfits were America's only hope. This is the story of their last-ditch attempt to put U.S. soccer on the map.<br><br><br><br>
Jul 02, 2018
This Pitch is Damn Near Perfect (#39, Bluffworks)
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Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his compelling story enough to get investors to sign on? <br><br>Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson. For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
Jun 13, 2018
A Beauty Industry Veteran Goes Rogue (#38, LOLI)
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Tina Hedges believes the future of beauty is all-natural, organic products. But the investors aren’t sure what to make of her food-grade products for your face. <br><br>Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson. For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
Jun 06, 2018
Can Tech Solve America’s Drug Crisis? (#37, inRecovery)
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Founder David Sarabia’s experience with drug addiction inspired him to build an app, called inRecovery. It’s meant to help people who are in rehab. But can he get the rehab centers on board? <br><br>Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson. For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
May 30, 2018
When Two Startups Love Each Other Very Much... (#36, Hostfully)
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Margot Schmorak says half of all vacation rentals aren’t listed online—and she sees that as a big opportunity for her startup. But things get messy in the pitch room when Margot reveals that her company comes with a little extra baggage. <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Nicole Verkindt.&nbsp;You'll find Margot's AMA <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/Entrepreneur/comments/8ltnuu/ama_about_ceoing_while_pregnant_growing_a_baby/">hosted on the /r/Entrepreneur subreddit</a>.
May 23, 2018
The Proof Is in the Pudding (#35, Petit Pot)
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Max Pouvreau has built gourmet pudding company Petit Pot with his Michelin star background and scrappy customer acquisition. Now he wants VC backing to take it to the next level—and potentially a big acquisition. <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Daniel Gulati, and Michael Hyatt. For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
May 16, 2018
Can Storytime Become Big Business? (#34, Caribu)
1996
Max Tuchman is on a roll with Caribu, an app that lets parents and kids read together virtually. But can she convince investors that early success will lead to future returns?<br><br>Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson. Let us know what you think about the show by visiting <a href="https://gimlet.typeform.com/to/z1dDuS">thepitch.show/survey</a> <br><br>For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
May 09, 2018
What Is a Startup Actually Worth? (#33, Tire Agent)
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Jared Kugel needs a million dollars to get Tire Agent up and running. But things get tense in the pitch room when investors start questioning the value of his company. <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt. Let us know what you think about the show by visiting <a href="https://gimlet.typeform.com/to/z1dDuS">thepitch.show/survey</a>
May 02, 2018
Is Immigration the Next Venture-Scale Business? (#32, Boundless)
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The U.S. immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare. And it’s only getting worse. Founder Xiao Wang has a plan to solve that with his startup, Boundless. <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt. For more information about our show visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">thepitch.show</a>
Apr 25, 2018
Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail? (#31, PopCom)
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When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that with her startup, PopCom. <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.&nbsp;For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
Apr 18, 2018
Can This Founder Reclaim Cocktail Hour? (#30, Swig + Swallow)
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Craft cocktails are all the rage—but they tend come with high price tags and long wait times. Swig + Swallow founder April Wachtel wants to bring the craft experience out of the bar and into your home. <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Nicole Verkindt. For a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/ouradvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>
Apr 11, 2018
Has This Husband-and-Wife Team Stumbled Onto the Next Airbnb? (#29, ShearShare)
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When Tye and Courtney Caldwell were having trouble renting space in their salon, they thought: why isn't there an app for this? So they created one. But can they convince investors that their skills will transfer from the barbershop to the boardroom? <br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Nicole Verkindt.&nbsp;For a list of our sponsors and show related offer codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers">gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers</a>&nbsp;
Apr 04, 2018
Is This Entrepreneur Ready to Take On Facebook? (#28, 1 Second Everyday)
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Facebook is the undisputed king of social networks. But Cesar Kuriyama thinks his app, 1 Second Everyday, could topple the giant. If he’s going to do that, he’ll need some serious cash.<br><br>Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt.
Mar 28, 2018
Qleek Pt. II: What Happened After The Pitch (#27)
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The surprising story of what happened to one startup after its founders pitched to investors—and thousands of listeners. <br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.fm/sponsors">gimlet.fm/sponsors</a>
Feb 21, 2018
Dynofit (#26)
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Maria Schneider wants to take physical therapy out of the clinic and into the home with the help of a small device. But is her technology the answer patients and doctors have been waiting for? <br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a> <br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.fm/sponsors">gimlet.fm/sponsors</a>
Feb 14, 2018
Rex (#25)
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When scientist Amado Guloy saw an opportunity to combine farm animals and big data, he traded the laboratory for the boardroom and created Rex Animal Health. But can he convince investors he’s got what it takes to make it in the business world?<br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a> <br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.fm/sponsors">gimlet.fm/sponsors</a>
Feb 08, 2018
unGlue (#24)
2009
The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue. <br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a> <br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href="http://gimlet.fm/sponsors">gimlet.fm/sponsors</a>
Jan 31, 2018
Jiobit (#23)
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After John Renaldi lost track of his kid on a trip to downtown Chicago, he vowed never to be in that situation again. So he created Jiobit, a tiny geotracker for kids. Can he convince investors that his device stands out among a sea of competitors? <br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a>
Jan 24, 2018
Lunar Wireless (#22)
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Hunter Rosenblume is pitching Lunar Wireless, a company he co-founded as an answer to pricey cell phone plans. But getting investors to gamble on a 22-year-old who claims he can take on a decades-old industry is a hard sell. Is a healthy dose of FOMO enough to change their minds? <br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a>
Jan 17, 2018
Metabrew (#21)
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Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can they get investors buzzing about this plant-based substitute? <br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a>
Jan 10, 2018
BONUS: We Answer Your Questions
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We opened up our phone lines and you delivered—with questions about entrepreneurship, pitching, and the show. Thanks to everyone who reached out! <br><br>For more information about the show and our investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Dec 27, 2017
Harper Wilde (#20)
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The founders of Harper Wilde want to take the B.S. out of bra shopping. That means convincing our investors that they’ve found a way to turn it from a major inconvenience into an easy at-home experience. <br><br>Join the conversation over at <a href="http://thepitch.show/discuss">thepitch.show/discuss</a>
Dec 20, 2017
SandBox Commerce (#19)
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When Sterling Smith left his job as a software developer to start Sandbox Commerce, he knew he had the skills to build great mobile apps. But in a world where it seems everybody has an app, can he convince investors there’s really an opportunity here?<br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Dec 13, 2017
ROWViGOR (#18)
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Co-founders Kevin Allen and Moses McCall think rowing is the next big trend in fitness. To cash in on their hunch, they need to convince investors they can make waves in a space already crowded with competitors. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Dec 06, 2017
Investor Spotlight: Jillian Manus (#17)
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You’re probably familiar with Jillian Manus the investor—but in this episode, we dig in a little deeper to understand how she became the VC force she is today. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Nov 29, 2017
Qleek (#16)
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After Ismail Salhi discovered his father’s old record collection gathering dust in the attic, he teamed up with Johanna Hartzheim to create Qleek. Together they hope to marry the nostalgia of vinyl with the convenience of digital music. But first they need investors to catch on to their tune. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a>
Nov 15, 2017
Shift (#15)
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When Mike Slagh left the military, he wanted to find a job in tech, but he couldn’t get his foot in the door. And then he found out that he was one of approximately 300,000 service members who every year struggle to make the transition back into the workforce. So Mike decided to do something about it and started Shift. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a><br><br>Our show is produced by Josh Muccio, Kareem Maddox, and Molly Donahue. We are edited by Devon Taylor. Our Theme Music is by Breakmaster Cylinder, with original music composed by The Muse Maker, Bobby Lord and Haley Shaw. We were mixed by Enoch Kim with help from Matt Boll. Lisa Muccio plans our recording events and thanks to Asthaa Chaturvedi for her reporting on this episode.
Nov 08, 2017
Tushy (#14)
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Miki Agrawal made headlines with the success of her first company Thinx—until <em>she </em>became the headline. Now she's ready for a comeback with Tushy, her new business built on making bidets mainstream in America. But first she has to convince investors she's learned from her past. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a><br><br>Our show is produced by Josh Muccio, Molly Donahue, and Kareem Maddox. We are edited by Devon Taylor. Our theme music is by Breakmaster Cylinder, with original music composed by The Muse Maker, Bobby Lord, and Person B Productions. We were mixed by Enoch Kim with help from Matt Boll. Lisa Muccio plans our recording events and thanks to Asthaa Chaturvedi for her reporting on this episode.
Nov 01, 2017
Meet the Investors (#13)
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The entrepreneurs usually own the spotlight on our show. But venture capital is a two-way street. On today’s episode, we hear from the people who make deals happen: our investors. Who are they and how did they become the ones calling the shots? <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Oct 25, 2017
We're back!
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The Pitch is back on October 25th! The stakes are high as a brand new crop of scrappy entrepreneurs pitch their startups to investors. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Oct 18, 2017
Gimlet Presents: Uncivil
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The Pitch will be back on October 25th! While you anxiously await its return, check out Uncivil, a brand new podcast from Gimlet Media. <br><br>America’s divided. And it always has been. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two. In each episode, hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika ransack the official history of the Civil War… that boring, safety-first version you were taught in school. They’ll bring you untold stories of covert ops, mutiny, counterfeiting, and the 1860s version of drone warfare. And give you a better sense for how these forgotten struggles connect to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.<br><br>In this first episode of Uncivil, The Raid, a group of ex-farmers, a terrorist from Kansas, and a schoolteacher attempt the greatest covert operation of the Civil War.<br><br>Listen on:<br><a href="http://gimlet.media/2i2Tg7m">Apple Podcasts</a> | <a href="http://gimlet.media/2i4cI3B">Stitcher</a> | <a href="http://gimlet.media/2z085uH">Pocketcasts</a> | <a href="http://gimlet.media/2ycQoIZ">Overcast</a>
Oct 11, 2017
Teamable (#12)
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Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’ll need to walk a razor’s edge between confidence and cockiness. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a>
Aug 30, 2017
Tesloop (#11)
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Haydn Sonnad pitches his plan to revolutionize regional transit on the back of Tesla’s electric charging network. But there’s a catch: this entrepreneur has to run his company between English class and Algebra. <br><br><strong>Extra:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://youtu.be/4sV5mGs2NS8">Haydn asks Elon Musk a question</a>&nbsp;
Aug 23, 2017
Sudden Coffee (#10)
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Two entrepreneurs believe they have the secret to making premium instant coffee. Will their startup hold up to a taste test with investors? <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Aug 16, 2017
Tuckrbox (#9)
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Co-founders Meghan Carreau and Alex Payne are pitching their food delivery service built on noble ideals of making kids healthier and reducing headaches for parents. Can the founders convince investors that their startup will actually deliver on those promises? <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Aug 09, 2017
Hykso (#8)
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Could a little sensor designed to measure punches be the next big hit in a long line of fitness fads? The founders of Hykso think so. Now they just need to last a few rounds in the ring with our investors. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a>
Aug 02, 2017
Shimmur (#7)
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The social media landscape is a veritable graveyard of failed startups, but Matthew Peltier believes his company, Shimmur, is different. With a growing user base and a solid plan for revenue, he’s almost ready to go... all he needs now is a few hundred thousand dollars from investors. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Jul 26, 2017
Guru Games (#6)
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Between classes, part-time jobs, and social lives, college students Evan Thomas and Troy Pettie have been moonlighting to build a business they hope will bring millennials back into casinos. Will our investors be willing to take a gamble on Guru Games? <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a>
Jul 19, 2017
FITGuard (#5)
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Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars behind his idea. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Jul 12, 2017
Skylights (#4)
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David Dicko is bringing virtual reality to the skies. It’s an ambitious plan, and he’s going to need $1.8 million to take off in a punishing market. Will the investors trust his team to succeed where so many others have failed? <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Jul 05, 2017
Industrial Organic (#3)
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Most of us stop thinking about our food scraps once we take the trash to the curb. Not so for Amanda Weeks, who started a food waste company designed to reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Now she just needs investors to get behind her plan to save the planet. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Jun 28, 2017
iMirror (#2)
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The hotel room hasn’t seen disruption since the addition of the television in the 1950s. Pieter Boekhoff wants to change that—by transforming what happens when we look in the mirror. But first, he has to convince investors that there's money to be made in hospitality. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch">gimletmedia.com/thepitch</a>
Jun 21, 2017
Babyscripts (#1)
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Juan-Pablo Segura has built an app that he’s sure will revolutionize the way expectant mothers receive medical care. But first he needs to convince a panel of investors to bankroll his plan—to the tune of a million dollars. <br><br>For more information about our show and the investors, visit <a href="http://thepitch.show">thepitch.show</a>.
Jun 14, 2017