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Prepare that Elevator Pitch

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StartupBus Europe 2011 was the first edition of StartupBus in Europe. Arne Hulstein and Timan Rebel were the guys that organized it back then. I joined as a buspreneur and pitched an idea I had in the train on the way to the bus in Amsterdam.

It was about the fact that I hated my voicemail and that I never listened to it. I wanted to create an interactive voicemail application in the bus. People got enthusiastic about my idea and it became our idea. it was called Invoi. We worked for 72 hours non-stop as a team. Together with Twilio API’s and a couple of hours of internet we managed to pull together a MVP.

My job the last hours before we would arrive in Paris was to prepare a great pitch for our idea and MVP. I prepared and kept on preparing. I recorded every take, relistened it and wrote down or discussed what was good or bad about it.
I want to share some of those takes so you can experience what it was like for me. From nervous, to loud, to too fast, to forgetting important things I wanted to say at the time, a rollercoaster ride for sure ;).

This is how I like to prepare for a pitch I have to give.
Enjoy and I hope you practice your elevator pitch as well before you enter the stage of the StartupBus finals.
I love to hear how you prepare for your pitches and presentation.
My preparation paid off, Invoi won StartupBus Europe 2011.

December 6th 2011 17:00 (5 hours before finals)

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December 6th 2011 18:00 (4 hours before finals)

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