Using Web 2.0 communication tools, the emerging ‘Wine 2.0’ industry is
rapidly changing the way people learn about wine and the way it is
produced, marketed and sold. In this episode, Bambi and Tony discuss
the Wine 2.0 phenomenon and highlight some of the submissions to
Vator.tv’s ongoing Wine 2.0 contest co-sponsored by Redpoint Ventures. Featured in this episode are the founders and CEOs of Crushpad, Openbottles (for Openbottles founder Sagi Solomon’s 1:1 interview with Bambi, click here), WineLog and Vinquire. The Wine 2.0 contest is running through
October 1, 2007
Please help spread the word about the contest to innovative companies
you know in this space. For more info about the contest and to view
current submissions click here.
On Thursday, I went to the Plug and Play EXPO
and gave my own 2-minute elevator pitch. I was among three dozen other
entrepreneurs trying to capture the attention of a packed room, filled
with investors, service providers and fellow startup executives. It was
a fun experience for me, considering I'm at the helm of a site that's
essentially a repository of business pitches. If I couldn't get my
story down in two minutes, then how could I possibly expect others to
do so? Well, I did get my pitch down. And, throughout the day many
entrepreneurs were comfortable enough to do their own 2 to 3 minute
pitch for Vator.tv.
For self-serving reasons, one of my favorite pitches from the event came from QlipBoard.
This company allows you to create a slideshow, integrating video, audio
and screenshots. When Swamy Viswanathan, a co-founder and VP of
products, told me about his service, I said, "Well, if QlipBoard does
that, then show me how you can easily create a pitch for Vator.tv." Up
for the challenge, Swamy created his slideshow in less than five
minutes right in front of me. His slideshow is the highlighted video in
The Vator.tv team - including Meghan Evans,
Meliza Solan and Cyril Brignone - were at the event. We met a lot of
great entrepreneurs. Here are a few of them: Syed Azhar from Plug and PlayTechCenter gave a pitch for IT and co-location services. Shobeir Shobeiri pitched Plug and Play's services, such as office space in SunnyVale. TWIKI.NET's
Rod Beckstrom, who also gave his two-minute presentation at the Plug
and Play event, gave Vator his pitch about his enterprise wiki
technology. Anand Jagannahan pitches Kriyari, a Web 2.0 online mall. Saied Nsbat pitches his keyboard for mobile devices. His company is called Exideas.
Sarah Burns gave her pitch for RELIEF International. Sushi Jha gave his pitch for Outerjoin, a game-changing marketing company. Mahesh Lalwani gave his pitch about Ccube. His Ccube profile on Vator showcases the Ccube widget. Dominique Piotet pitched Atelier, a consulting company.
people have asked me about what makes a great ele-Vator pitch. I think
this is a question many people probably ask themselves. So, I decided
that it's probably best to post this in our newsroom for those
interested in knowing how to make the most compelling pitch.
Here are some really interesting pitches that showcase how you can leverage your pitch profile:
Shopit has a profile that includes a widget of a personal Shopit store. They're also very comprehensive.
Two big Web luminaries - Ross Levinsohn, who was Fox Interactive Media President at the time News Corp bought MySpace, and Jonathan Miller, who was AOL CEO when the Internet company bought Advertising.com -- have finally revealed their new venture - Velocity Investmet Group. As Ross tells me in this interview, he and John knew each other for the last 15 years. They realized that they "agree on most things" about the Internet and, in fact, competed for acquisitions while they were both at their respective companies. As luck would have it, they both left their companies within two days of one another and thus began brainstorming for the last five months. Both worked on various ideas, including the idea to raise funds for their own venture. In the end, being advisers to deep-pocketed General Atlantic was the way to go. (Go to Vator.tv for more of the story.)