New 1on1: Mock VC Presentation
50-minute appointments with Darby Williams, SDForum's new Executive-in-Residence.
Deadline to respond
9:00am on Friday, Dec 7
To be considered for an appointment, email your appointment request and application to [email protected] .
Meet with an experienced entrepreneur and practice your VC pitch... fine tune your presentation before your valuable face time with a VC (you never get a second chance to make a first impression).
Darby Williams, SDForum's first Executive-in-Residence, will be holding 50-minute “Mock VC Presentations” for member companies who are raising money. Since VC meetings are an hour-long (at best), this will be a realistic situation to get across your message and the “hook” for a follow-on meeting. Darby, acting as the investor, will give you very candid and specific feedback on your business concept and your pitch. Don't miss this opportunity to iron out the rough edges hone your pitch.
To schedule a Mock VC Presentation, email Julie Kinneberg ([email protected]) with a copy of your executive summary with an email cover letter - addressed to Darby Williams, Partner at Mock VC Fund - as if you were trying to convince him to give you an audience. Your email pitch is useful both as a practice and for real - in case there are more startups seeking time than slots available (again, pretty realistic situation). Julie will get back to you to schedule time if you there is time available on December 11th. We appreciate your being as flexible during that day as possible for scheduling this time.
SDForum is pleased to announce our first Executive-in-Residence, Darby Williams. Darby was a marketing executive in the Multimedia Division at Microsoft and became Microsoft’s first “Ambassador” to Silicon Valley. Previously in his career, he was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, Director of Computer Applications Software marketing at Atari, and the founder and CEO of a music technology company. After leaving Microsoft, he started and ran an eCommerce company, called CookExpress.com. Darby now works as an Interim Vice President of Marketing for early-stage technology-based companies and has agreed to be the first Executive-in-Residence at SDForum to help entrepreneurs increase the probability of starting and building sustainable, profitable companies.