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EFactor presents: Speed Pitching

EFactor presents: Speed Pitching - Seattle

Do you have a promising startup & need funding? Are you ready to pitch your idea to investors? Do you know what investors look for in a perfect pitch? Join EFactor for a fast-paced and information packed event to learn, directly from Angel Investors and VCs, everything you need to know about successfully pitching your idea. 


We invited a group of successful Angel Investors and VC's in Seattle to answer any questions you have about funding, pitching, and anything else you have in mind. Event attendees will have the option to pitch an idea directly to our speakers. You will have 4 minutes to convince 2 different investors that your idea is worth funding, and get their constructive feedback! 


Join EFactor and a panel of Angel Investors and VCs to perfect your pitch and discuss:

·       What do angels look for in a company? 

·       What’s the mindset behind selecting different businesses?

·       What encompasses a perfect pitch?

·       How to approach the right investor?

·       Get 2 chances to pitch your idea to an Angel Investor and a VC and get their feedback 


Register today to perfect your pitch!

About the speakers: 

Daniel Gallagherl is a Senior Analyst at Voyager Capital and is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and supporting Voyager's supervision of the existing portfolio. Previously, Daniel has worked as a Financial Analyst at Bank of America Securities in the Global Investment Banking Group with a focus on technology sector advisory services, while most recently having experience in Asset Management with Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he assisted in the management of assets for ultra-wealthy individuals and families, as well as for foundations, endowments and institutions across the Pacific Northwest and West Coast. Daniel graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Foster School of Business with an emphasis in Finance, and from the College of Arts in English. He graduated from the Foster School at the top of his class with summa cum laude distinction and was a University of Washington President’s Medal finalist. Daniel currently serves on the Finance Committee for the First Tee of Greater Seattle and is a published short story author.


William K. (Bill) Bryant has had early and instrumental involvement in over 25 leading software, Internet, digital media and mobile companies, as a founder, senior executive, investor and Board Member.  Bill is an ongoing, active advisor to Swype, Winshuttle, Socrata, LiquidPlanner, ACL, Cascadia Capital, Sensors in Motion, Contour, Limeade, and Communitect. He is founding investor in mInfo, Bonanza, Banyan Branch and Vines of Mendoza. Bill was an early investor or Board member in 13 companies that were later acquired or went public, including Isilon Systems, Loudeye, AEI Music, Viafone, Teamplate, Exstatic Software, Shelfari, Throw, Singing Fish, HandsOn, Jabber, Delve Networks and WebRelevance. Startups where he was a member of the founding team include Visio Corporation (founding VP of Sales & Marketing); Netbot (creators of Jango and Metacrawler) where he was President; Qpass (now part of Amdocs) where he served as CEO and later Chairman; and Medio Systems (the leader in mobile search), which he continues as a Strategic Advisor. He is currently a Venture Partner with the leading Silicon Valley venture firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (, and represents DFJ on the Boards of Opscode, Z2Live, Varolii, and AdXpose. Earlier in his career, Bill consulted extensively to Microsoft Corporation, Real Networks, Getty Images, and Corbis.

Mike Crill (Managing Director, Atlas Accelerator). As a high-tech CFO since 1995, Mike has helped raise over $150MM in angel and venture funding in more than 60 different funding rounds and has managed mergers and acquisitions, contributing to companies that have created over $1B in wealth for entrepreneurs. Mike has sat on over 30 boards for public and private companies and advised over 100 startups. As an advisor, Mike focuses on funding strategy, corporate governance, go-to-market strategy, board and executive compensation, and contracts. He began his work in startups as a CFO where we served over 75 companies in that capacity. In his current role, Mike manages Atlas, the nation’s largest venture accelerator and advises startups. Mike holds BS from Syracuse University, magna cum laude, with majors in Finance, Personnel and Industrial Relations, and Managerial Law and a Military Science minor. He graduated at the top of his class with an MBA from Duke University, and is a winner of the US Army's George C Marshall award and was recognized as the top cadet in the Eastern US region.



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We had a wonderful turn out at the "How To Pitch To Investors" event. People arrived early, eager to network and learn about pitching to investors. The event turned out to be more popular than I even anticipated and additional chairs had to be brought in from the nearby offices. Food and drinks were offered and the panel discussion started right on time at 6pm.

I moderated and was joined by Daniel Gallagher (Voyager Capital), Bill Bryant (Draper Fisher Jurvetson), and Mike Crill (Atlas Accelerator). Following the introductions of the panelists, we jumped right in and began exploring what makes up a good pitch. Much to my surprise, when the panielst agreeded that speed pitching was not the best idea for someone who is looking for funding.


Instead of trying to quickly pitch your idea,their strong recommendation was to learn to connect with the investor and really focus on showing them why they should care about you, your company, or idea. This event provided an important piece to the 'how to pitch to investors' puzzle. It's important for entrepreneurs to learn what's on the minds of the investors to whom they'll potentially be pitching.


Following to the discussion, I invited those entrepreneurs daring enough to try, the opportunity to pitch their idea/company to the panelists, with the entire room watching - both interesting and entertaining.


–  Peter Fosso, entrepreneur and start-up coach,and Founder of Global Music




Note on Pricing:

Early Bird Special - $10 (Ends 3 weeks before event date, sign up early!)

Regular Price - $15

Price at the door - $20


5:30pm - 6:00pm Pre-Event Networking Hour

6:00pm - 7:00pm Panel Discussion

7:00pm - 7:30pm Audience Q&A

7:30pm - 8:00pm Watch & Learn or Pitch Your Idea

8:00pm - 8:30pm Post-Event Networking Hour

8:30pm - Event ends 

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