DevReady PodcastExpanding the support community with The Pitch Portal with Amanda Fay – Episode 75

In this episode of the DevReady Podcast, Andrew Romeo sits with Amanda Fay, Founder & CEO, The Pitch Portal, a platform through which she helps connect business ideas and opportunities with expert service providers who have the skills to make them fly. During the course of the episode, the two cover a lot of ground: connect between venture capitalists and startups; vetting of experts and also the pitches, tools used by The Pitch Portal to ensure an efficient and effective support system; access to information and mentors early on in the startup journey, among others.

With her history of having a marketing firm for several years and having worked as a corporate communication consultant, Amanda knew that her idea of expanding the support community was the next step in her career and that was how The Pitch Perfect came into existence. It is, as she aptly puts it, an obvious match between the venture capitalists and the startups, where the former is looking to diversify income and the latter is looking for investment so that they could enter the market. As many research findings would affirm, startups are getting sophisticated and there definitely is more money in the industry. But that has also meant that there are more choices and more competition. The Pitch Portal eases that support ecosystem for all parties involved and it does so by having a deliberately detailed process for vetting the experts and the pitches that they decide to take in. They, in fact, have tools designed to help with doing just that:

1. The Survey: Businesses are asked deliberately detailed questions to help them come up with a perfect pitch.

2. The Lab: Businesses can put up their questions throughout the journey and experts can come and share their knowledge and wisdom.

3. The Interface: Businesses can put the details of their pitch online, and the experts can review the pitch and express their interest at any time.

4. My Projects: Businesses and experts can come to an agreement and the milestones can be managed.

While the three tools (the lab, the interface, and my pitch) have been put to use since The Pitch Portal was set up, the survey tool is a new addition and would help startups and businesses have a much-rounded idea of their goals before putting in all they’ve got into something that might or might not yield the returns they seek. Having seen people lose everything in the startup journey, Amanda’s goal was to expand the support economy and make profits along the way—basically, a win-win for all parties involved.

“You don’t have to have everything. You don’t have to have all the ducks in a row but you need to be able to present a good argument, a good proposition for it to even kind of go to the next level.” – Amanda Fay

Topics Covered:
· The life of venture capitalists and startups
· The process of vetting the experts
· Tools used by the Pitch Portal
· The importance of flexible payment arrangements for service providers
· How to vet the pitches

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