Ski, Pitch, get funded

12 thoughts on “Ski, Pitch, get funded”

  1. What this is, Om, is nauseating. The sense of privilege, the absurd arrogance derived from control of other people’s money, the lack of respect for others.

    You nicely captured the worst of the VC in this, thank you.

  2. Hi, Andrew. I take it you do not see the issue with proposing that entrepreneurs accompany you on your ski vacation, asking them to stand in line with you at the ski lift, and then only offering them the idle time between the bottom of the mountain and the top to talk with you?

    All very curious. And, I might add, a bit ironic given the name of your weblog.

    Ignoring the ego issues for moment, to the extent that investors in these funds are paying attention, I am curious if you would argue that your investors would think that this screening criteria will provide them the best long-term return. Certainly this type of screening only will attract a particular category of startups.

  3. I agree with Greg Linden. It’s hard enough getting FULL attention of VC’s in a conf call or F2F meeting so BOL in a setting of Continuous Partial Attention including the silly ski chair “1 on 1”.

    My startup passed on Peak Pitch.

  4. To be honest – I would much rather spend time getting to know a potential portfolio company during a day skiing, hiking or mountain biking than a stiff 15 minute Powerpoint pitch in my office …. but maybe that is just me.

  5. Peak Pitch actually worked out very well for both entrepreneurs and the VCs. Jesse Devitte played match maker at the base of the mountain matching start-ups with potentially interested VCs.

    I don’t know of any other venue where an unknown startup could pitch 6 or 8 VCs (one on one) in a single day. In addition there was time at lunch and later in the day for follow on meetings.

    I plan to be at next years ‘VC in the Rockies” event as well.

    BTW, the actual chair lift ride took 6 minutes, plus 5 minutes waiting in line, and another 5 minutes at the top of the mountain closing the conversation, so each startup got a solid 15 minutes of one on one time.

    Don Dodge

  6. …this is a great idea…just one more option for folks to get together in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere…no one’s twisting anyone’s arms here…anyone who doesn’t like the idea of it doesn’t have to participate.

    Om, for another pitching idea, how about setting up “space meetings” on Branson’s upcoming Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space flights…available of course only for those rare ideas that are truly out-of-this-world…

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