Pitch Perfect Pitch: How to Craft Your Sell

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Our September event is all about crafting your personal pitch in a clear, concise and engaging way, whether for a job interview, a company launch, a call for investors, etc.

This workshop, hosted by Marie Perruchet (founder of One Perfect Pitch and former BBC Journalist), Chris Devore (Managing Director of Techstars Seattle and co-founder / Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-op) and Tim Porter (Madrona Venture Group) will help you hone your story.


9:30 Networking

10:00 Welcome Notes & Speaker Introduction

10:20 Live Pitch Critiques (contact join@leaninseattle.org to volunteer)

11:00 Breakout Sessions (practice your pitch in a small group)

11:45 Meeting Wrap & Next Session Announcement


Hi Everyone - Our September event guest feature has extended a fantastic opportunity to six of our attendees: A critique of their pitch!

If you're interested, here's how to apply:
(1) In Person: Email us (join@leaninseattle.org) with three sentences explaining why you would like your pitch to be critiqued and two sentences stating the purpose of your pitch. Commit to attending our Sept 10 event!
(2) Via Video: Upload a *private* 2 minute YouTube video of your pitch and DM us the link. Be sure to start the pitch immediately, pay attention to your hooks and why you're different, and end with a strong call to action.

We will choose 3 video pitches to critique outside our event and 3 people to pitch in live, in-person. This link will take you to a video about the pitch requests from Marie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr42Uy30mk8


Chris DeVore is Managing Director of Techstars Seattle and co-founder and Managing Partner of Founders’ Co-Op, the region's leading seed-stage venture capital fund. An active angel investor for over a decade, Chris has invested in dozens of early-stage software companies, including many Techstars graduates. Previously a co-founder of Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ: SAPE) and Judy's Book (backed by Mobius VC and Ignition Partners), Chris also created outdoor retailer Patagonia's online retailing business and led product and business strategy teams at AT&T and McCaw Cellular Communications. As a community volunteer, Chris chairs the City of Seattle’s Economic Development Commission and is also a member of the Policy Leadership Group for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Chris holds a BA from Yale and attended the MBA program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Marie Perruchet is the founder of One Perfect Pitch, a consulting firm based in San Francisco. Marie specializes in helping business executives shape their stories and deliver perfect pitches. A former journalist and news correspondent for the BBC and other international media outlets, she is a communications and media expert with extensive experience in pitching, storytelling and public speaking. Marie counts among her clients multinationals, startups founders, portfolio companies and MBAs. She also coaches C-level executives from renowned international institutions.

Tim Porter is Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group and is focused on investing in B2B software companies in the Pacific Northwest. He currently is particularly interested in the areas of SaaS applied to both horizontal and vertical applications, cloud infrastructure and automation, data analytics, security, and enterprise mobile. He is a board member or board observer of numerous Madrona portfolio companies.

In addition to his work at Madrona, Tim is a member of the three-person Investment Committee for the Alliance of Angels Seed Fund, and also is on the board of the Washington Technology Industry Alliance.