Turns out entrepreneurs have a lot in common with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. One of the most valuable lessons our co-founders have learned is that they're evangelists 24/7 and they always need to be prepared to tell ZigMail's story.
This was the case with our meetings and networking this week with the selection committee for DEMO Spring 2012. Anyone looking for the next big technology breakthrough–Cloud, Enterprise, Social Media and more–has heard of this shindig put on by IDG & VentureBeat. It's that super cool invitation-only launch event that's hosted coming out parties for Salesforce.com, Picassa and many other revolutionary tech ideas.
Our "Road to DEMO" posts document the journey we're taking as we make the case for ZigMail to land a coveted demonstrator spot. If it pans out, we might just get a chance to share our breakthrough email overload killer on stage for the world to see.
After yesterday's great meeting with DEMO at Kleiner Perkins, our President Michael Kennedy and CEO Richard Gerstein were invited to one heck of a party with movers and shakers from Silicon Valley at Menlo Park's Dutch Goose. As a boostrapped team that lives on pizza and whatever beer is on sale, the last thing ZigMailers are going to do is miss a party where we can hang with other entrepreneurs and enjoy microbrews on draft.
The event was part of DEMO's Innovation Tour making stops in Boulder, LA, Boston, Chicago and Austin. After a stop at another investor's office, Michael and Richard shd their jackets and ties and made their way over to the popular Stanford hangout.
The guys were quickly reminded that when you're building a small business, you better be prepared to talk about your offering and company anytime, anywhere. And you better make it simple and compelling to grab a crowd's attention at the Dutch Goose.
They were asked to give an impromptu ZigMail pitch for the crowd of about 100 people. Michael described it as "standing literally on a soap box and being given 60 seconds to tell the crowd what ZigMail is, the problem it is solving and the business model behind it."
He said it was a fun and inspiring night, adding, "It's always exciting to be around creative people who are looking to challenge the status quo. Nobody cares about failure–which is liberating–it's all about how everyday pain points can be reduced through the use of technology."
So we've pitched and wooed and toasted and shared war stories with some of the hippest geeks around. We thank Matt Marshall (VentureBeat), Michael Abbott (Kleiner Perkins) and everyone for the hospitality and for making us smarter for this experience. So far ZigMail's "Road to DEMO" has been an incredible ride.
Now we wait while the selection committee tackles a difficult decision to vet incredible tecnology ideas that could be the next big thing. We'll keep you posted.
Image from www.dutchgoose.net. Check 'em out next time you're in the Bay Area!
[Update: see pics from this event]