I arrived in Las Vegas not knowing how my first pitch competition was going to go.
It meant a lot to me to be invited to the Pitch Tank competition. Over 700 companies applied for this event, and StakeHaul was one of 22 companies selected.
I only had five minutes to pitch, and I need much more time than that to describe how far we've come along. In fact, I wasn't able to trim down what I wanted to say in five minutes until the day of.
Finally, it was my time to pitch in the preliminary round of the competition. The entire pitch seemed like a blur, but I managed to give a presentation that I was proud of. The judges agreed as well.
I met the judges of the final round of the competition and grabbed a photo with all of them.
(Pictured L to R: Steve Forbes (Forbes.com), Kerry Gordy (music mogul), John Mackey (Whole Foods CEO), Bernt Ullman (fashion brand icon), and Jeff Lippert)
All in all, I couldn't have asked for much more from the experience. I received valuable feedback on the presentation itself. I got my highest marks on the market opportunity, which I believe speaks for itself when explaining the potential of a largely untapped $150 billion industry.
More importantly, I accomplished my top goal of building connections with people interested in the continued success of StakeHaul.
(Pictured: Jeff Lippert and Kevin Harrington, who also happens to sit on the board of SinglePoint, Inc. (SING), the first investment firm to invest in StakeHaul)
A big thank you to all the judges of the competition! Also, thank you to everyone that stopped by my exhibit to learn about how our team is planning to change social betting forever. I'm happy to say I had a lot of following up to do last week due to the interest in StakeHaul.
Stay tuned for how StakeHaul will use this experience in future product and investor updates!