How to Nail Your Startup Pitch

There’s a good reason sales execs don’t send nerds into the boardroom. They practice the startup pitch a million times; but that one time when it really matters, well you got it…FAIL!

If you or someone you love spazzes at spiel time, talk to your doctor about Pitch Revolution – a high-energy elevator pitch practice event that will eliminate bad startup pitches forever!

Get ready to be blown away

A national event series, Pitch Revolution gets 100 entrepreneurs together in one electrifying space to craft and polish what they say, and how they say it on their feet. We talked with PitchRev Founder Chicka Elloy and he described it as “speed dating meets Shark Tank.”

You take the 30 different versions of your startup pitch. Whittle them down ‘til you have the best of the best (or so you thought). Practice it live. Get real-time feedback from coaches, investors and VCs. Tweak it, and repeat. The process continues until it’s solid. BAM! Forever cured from looking like a fool! There’s even a pitch-off” with judging and prizes at the end of the day – what entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t love some friendly competition?

The Pitch Revolution event series

Chicka is rolling out his PitchRev series in 9 U.S. cities (next up: Pitch Revolution Atlanta), plus London, Singapore and his own neck of the woods, Sydney, in 2015-16 .

For the love of entrepreneurs everywhere, TCM is sponsoring Pitch Revolution Atlanta this Thursday, Aug. 20. Coaches will include executives from Degreed, Venture Atlanta, Silicon Valley Bank, Georgia Tech Venture Labs, ATDC and others.  If that’s not enough, how about cash and prizes over $2,000 including the world’s smallest drone!

Grab this discount code for Pitch Revolution Atlanta: TCMPREV and register at See you there!

A few tidbits about the zany Australian behind PitchRev:

  •  Chicka Elloy earned degrees in Education before moving to Cali
  •  Worked 13 years for a global brain-based communication and consulting company
  •  Was featured in USA Today Education, Target’s first virtual runway, and on Huff Post Live
  •  Communication blog for dads was voted Best Daddy Blog by Parents Magazine 2012-2013 (“The Frequent Flyer Father”)

“It’s so exciting to be able to participate in Pitch Revolution and help business visionaries turn their dreams into reality!”   

- Mary Cleveland – Enterprise Director – Degreed


Responsive Website Design Needed by April 21st – Google’s Algorithm Change


Responsive Website Design Needed by April 21st – Google’s Algorithm Change

Responsive Website Design Needed by April 21st – Google’s Algorithm Change

Google has recently stated that responsive website design is needed by April 21st due to Google’s algorithm update.  Google will be using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal that could impact your website and whether it ranks higher or lower in the search results. Google’s Zineb Ait Bahajji is quoted saying, “the upcoming mobile-friendly algorithm will impact more sites than their Panda or Penguin algorithms” at SMX Munich.

It is quite amazing where we have come from since 2012 with regards to mobile. According to WebDam in 2015, mobile marketing in the US will generate $400 billion compared to $139 billion. Also an article on Search Engine Land says, “50% of all searches done on Google are on mobile devices.”

Before you start worrying, you can test your website on Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test to see how your responsive website design measures up. In addition, there are many resources-such as how to avoid common mistakes.

You can also check Google’s Webmaster Tools, where it now has a Mobile Usability section and crawl errors that are specifically called out for smartphones.

At the end of the day you can only applaud Google for making companies follow responsive website design because it is in fact providing a better user experience for those on mobile devices.

hackATL – The Largest Southeast Hackathon

This weekend, over 800 college and graduate students will come together for hackATL and build a complete business in 48 hours. Groups of students conceptualize a project on Friday night and then present the entire proposition on Saturday. The winner is connected with mentors and venture capitalists after just 48 hours.

This competition is a fascinating condensed lesson in project management. Participants need to build a team with complete strangers, convince them that their idea will work, develop the technology, identify their target audience, put together a marketing plan — and if your head was not already spinning — pitch the whole thing to a room filled with REAL investors.

HackATL is hosted by Emory Entrepreneurship and Venture Management, a community of innovators dedicated to finding faster connections between talent, ideas and capital. EEVM President, Jeff Meng, says, “HackATL is a really interesting experience. Our goal with HackATL is to kickstart entrepreneurship and we’ve seen some fascinating technology. There were hackathons in other parts of the country, but nothing here in Atlanta. We want to build this community between innovators.”

HackATL is in its second year, doubling in this year’s participants. Key speakers include Sanjay Park, the organizer of Startup Riot, Natalia Livingston, an actress from General Hospital, the founders of Yik Yak, Emory student Dominique Barfield, who founded and sold Brotips, and the CEO of Cinnabon.

You can still register for hackATL, which is November 7-9.