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A dozen of the best start-up pitches on the Web

A dozen of the best start-up pitches on the Web
One of the best ways to prepare yourself to pitch your company is to watch other people pitch theirs. Here are a dozen of the best “start-up” pitches I could find (watching people pitch established companies is, in general, not as much fun ). Watch and learn! (PS Post any other good ones I may have missed in the comments and I will add them to the post.) #1 – Sam Altman pitches Loopt at the WWDC 2008. #2 – Omar Hamoui pitches AdMob. $0 to $750 million in three years. #3 – Evan Williams talks about Twitter at TED. #4 – Yext presenting at this year’s TechCrunch50. #5 – Cafe Press‘s “Lesson Learned” pitch. “Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch #6 – Drew Houston launches Dropbox at TechCrunch50 (2008). #7 – Hey, just because it’s not a business doesn’t mean it’s not a start-up! And another (Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” speech). #8 – Aaron Patzer launches Mint at TechCrunch40 (they won top prize). #9 – Kevin Rose demos Digg…in 2004. BONUS #3 – Not sick of pitches yet? 13.

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