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Named 'the best business podcast on startup life' by Fortune. Listen as 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. While it offers a glimpse into the high-stakes world of venture capital, it’s really a show about human relationships: how people sell their ideas, what makes investors tick, and how these initial conversations can bloom into business deals—or die on the vine. Hosted by Josh Muccio from Gimlet.
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Back in May, we invited listeners to call in and pitch us their startups. And you really delivered, giving us over 200 pitches! In this episode, we’ll play some of our favorite submissions — and then choose one lucky winner to come pitch our investors. But there’s more! We need you to help us pick one last founder for the pitch room. After you listen, please vote at thepitch.show/vote
Dennis Meng’s first company was a major flop. So he started another one that could’ve saved the first. It’s called User Interviews, and he needs $4 million to get it into the hands of big companies. Will investors buy into what he’s selling now? Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.
Spencer Shulem wants people to learn from their mistakes. Also, he wants to help them organize their time. Oh, and he wants to gather data on everything they do. All this is packed into a single pitch for his startup, WeDo. Can the investors dig through all the parts of his business in time to decide if they want to put their cold, hard cash behind it? Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Sheel Mohnot and Alexandra Stanton.
Ramya Possett and Rachel Lee founded BlueFoot to make tracking the competition easy for massive companies. And they think that what they’ve created is so powerful, it demands a premium price tag. One that takes the investors completely by surprise. Today’s investors are Sarah Downey, Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.
When Khalil Zahar and Tommy Duquette first pitched their boxing workout startup, Hykso, the investors saw a big opportunity. They wanted to know: Could Hykso be more like Peloton, an at-home cycling system that was starting to take off? Three years later, the company is trying to do just that — and it’s been a wild ride. Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, Howie Diamond and Jake Chapman.
Jonathan Kumar pitches his startup, Samaritan, which aims to help people who’ve lost their homes. But can he convince the investors it’s OK to earn a profit off of homelessness? Today’s investors are Charles Hudson, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus and Phil Nadel.
Pivot or Die (#62, Feedback)

Pivot or Die (#62, Feedback)

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Ben Walters came on the show to sell the investors on Feedback, an app that lets restaurants change their prices on the fly. But when Ben shows up in the pitch room, he’s already decided that it’s time to make some changes to the business. Can he get the investors salivating over a startup that’s mid-pivot? Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Michael Hyatt and Sarah Downey.
After a stellar pitch on our show back in 2017 — one that got $100K in the first five minutes — founder Mike Slagh hit the ground running with his startup, Shift. In this episode, we catch up with him to find out if Shift, a job-placement service for military vets, has continued to dazzle investors.Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Phil Nadel, James Altucher and Daniel Gulati.
Jennifer Brandel of Hearken is pitching a new kind of business. She calls it a zebra: a company that’s driven by a mission — but still wants to make money. And Jennifer’s mission with Hearken is to help journalists do their jobs better. But can she and the investors get on the same page? Today’s investors are Jillian Manus, Charles Hudson, Phil Nadel, Michael Hyatt, and Sarah Downey.
Rama Poola is here pitching his airline ticket business, SkyHi, where customers pay a monthly fee to access tickets on the cheap. But the investors are worried that it sounds a lot like MoviePass, a company that offered a subscription for unlimited movie tickets — and ran into a world of problems. Can Rama convince them that his model won’t break the bank? Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel Mohnot, Charles Hudson, and Phil Nadel.
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Comments (31)

Pavel

Shimmur closed in 2018. https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/shimmur#section-overview

Apr 19th
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Zabear Jew

bla bla SJW VC.

Apr 2nd
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Pieter Haegeman

Agreed, she explains every failure as something she has control over.

Mar 10th
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my.android. Mfz

epic pitch

Jan 31st
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Elijah Claude

Lol, shots fired! I respect your hustle @thepitchshow Monti Kids sounds sooooo good!!

Jan 30th
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my.android. Mfz

this women is talking BS.

Jan 30th
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my.android. Mfz

this women is talking BS.

Jan 30th
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hi

Jan 24th
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Jessica Johnson

1

Jan 18th
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Troy Raney

Vn

Jan 12th
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Gamey Gamer

Josh's end discussion makes this episode

Nov 3rd
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Gamey Gamer

Kareem and Molly - careful with the music. There is some cheese there 🤔

Nov 3rd
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Bill Slikkerveer

How did this episode get on the show?

Oct 11th
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Sep 15th
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Michael VanDeWeghe

no

Aug 31st
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Michael VanDeWeghe

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Aug 31st
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Toni K

Amazing!

Jul 17th
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Toni K

This guy is awesome! He's going to go far!

Jul 17th
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David

4:30

Jul 8th
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Lj Calixte

wow love her confidence!

Jun 23rd
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