Personal Log earth date 8-2-5,774,
OK, let’s start by saying that there is absolutely NO WAY to capture the experiences of this week in a blog posting (well, at least not for me…).
Let’s do this in order…
Sunday was a very disappointing Superbowl (not that I care too much who won, it was just not a good game!). But before the game, 500 S’s Mark Seldana hosted a fantastic champagne breakfast.
This was followed by a superbowl viewing at 500 S. Dave brought the kids who were fascinated by the game!!!
Monday kicked off with the LAST batch meeting.
The whole 500 S crew was there. We had a very interesting discussion regarding what we can and can’t say at demo day and it got very personal between Dave and Greg…
After the batch meeting we met with Jennifer McCormick, one of the UX mentors for our last mentor meeting and some great feedback on our UX.
On Tuesday we had a bunch of meetings and some good time to prepare for the big day on Wednesday!
Apparently the morning was cold. When I showed up in the office Daniel from Populr & Gina from WePlann seemed a bit chilly.
And then it was Demo Day in Mountain View. Great production by the entire 500 S team and awesome presentations by all our batchmates – Go 007!!!
We showed up at Microsoft in MV in the morning to get set up
Each presenter had their own way to present.
Some like D2 from Anyadir Education stood on stage and recited their presentation
While others like Maddie from Popbasic just used some uppers 🙂
We had good division of labor in the OLSET team. While I was preparing to pitch the team was hard at working getting $hit done!
And then we were off to the races. Dave got us started but then Christine Tsai took over and put on a show the entire day
We were in the 2nd group to present and this is what it looks like standing in line waiting to present after Tom from 3Sourcing & Aakash from Shopseen:
I can’t really talk about all the pitches because there is way to much to say but I can at least share some pictures of all the great presentations at the end of this blog posting. See below.
I will call out the fact that for some reason we didn’t get a picture of Hitesh from SilverPush presenting (I can confirm that he was there) but then I did see him post the following picture so I can only assume he pitched somewhere else at the same time. Now, that is impressive technology!!!
We got the opportunity to get some great pictures and meet awesome investors, reporters and partners after the pitches.
We got some amazing press coverage after the event and had a lot of follow up meetings scheduled. Here are a few links to some press where OLSET and many of our batchmates were featured
1. TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/05/its-almost-like-im-writing-checks/
2. The Next Web: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/02/06/10-favorite-companies-500-startups-seventh-accelerator-class-demo-day/
3. Silicon Valley Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/02/06/heres-whos-trending-from-500.html?page=all
There was quite a bit of celebration at 500 after the presentations and we had a Looooong night following up on all the meeting requests. Some of had time toplay FlipCup:
Thursday was whirlwind of meetings and on Friday we had the batch 007 Goodbye Party (no worries, we are all hanging out in NY next week).
The festivities started with a viewing of the Movie Crocodiles on the Yang-Tse – the Story of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. This was set up by Patai from Builk:
The future tenants of 1 Bluxome apt 418 can be seen here. We hung out with our office-mates to be – BTCJam.
And many other festivities including Dave showing off his love for More Cowbell:
Here are pictures of all the presenters at demo day, I’ll let others in the batch add more comments and thoughts!
One week to go!
Have a great weekend