Life’s a pitch

Vator.tv (yep, that’s a web address) has come up with an idea which works at many levels. Fundamentally, it invites entrepreneurs and innovators to record and submit their pitches. Then anyone …

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29th July 2007 at 6:32 pm

Vator.tv (yep, that’s a web address) has come up with an idea which works at many levels. Fundamentally, it invites entrepreneurs and innovators to record and submit their pitches. Then anyone who’s interested (that angel funder you’ve been looking for?) can see you and make up their minds if they want to take things further.

Not only this, but comments on the movies are welcomed and there’s a real community buzz around the thing. (Like everything these days, there’s a strong ‘invite your friends and colleagues’ element.)

At a more subtle level, you can learn an awful lot from watching how others pitch. You just know when someone’s doing a good job and another is doing a lousy one. It’s a great inductive learning experience and it should help you polish your own presentation. Bear in mind that pitches are, ideally, no more than three minutes so it’s a highly condensed way of gaining insight.

Here’s the official line on who Vator is for:

– Anyone with ideas and/or solutions
– Entrepreneurs who want to connect online
– Investors who want to find new opportunities
– Companies who want to source ideas/solutions
– Business people and co-workers interested in networking
– Matchmakers who want to connect their friends with others who can contribute to their success
– Classmates and study partners

Yes, it’s US-centric but it needn’t stay that way. In fact, a company based in Pakistan sent in its pitch and the next thing you know Vator hired it to do its web development.

It’s a cracking idea. It launched last month and is backed by some industry big names – a PayPal founder, a former chairman of MySpace, a guy who helped build Google’s AdSense. The name comes from elevator and innovator.

Wish I’d thought of it first. I’ve spent a lot of time helping people with their pitches and this is such an obvious way to extend reach and collect ratings and feedback.

It goes straight onto my list of favourite places on the web. Hope you find it interesting too.

Why not have a go and let SmallizPod know how you get on?

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David Tebbutt is an award-winning columnist and feature writer who specialises on the subject of using software and technology to increase business productivity. He's an analyst with Freeform Dynamics but, in previous lives, wrote for Director magazine, Real Business and was also editor of Personal Computer World. http://freeformdynamics.com

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