Everyone has heard of elevator pitches, and some of our friends in Taos and Tahoe have done chairlift pitches, so we figured it was time to do our own version of "Gondola Pitches" this year. After all, "the gondola offers some of the best conference room views around!" says Trevor Cobb from Bramble Outdoor.
Ultimately, it was a fun and valuable way to connect our mentors and the founders in a real life setting. This year's event was definitely worthwhile and we're excited to ramp up the efforts next year!
Some quotes from this year's participants:
Jan Plaan, Founder of Frank: "Pure magic. I was the first one to go up. It turned out that my mentor (Thea Chase) and I got into the same gondola with an investor who had the exact name as our company - Frank. He also had just sold his business in ad-tech and is now looking for new investments in the same industry. What are the odds for that?"
Maile Buker, TVA mentor extraordinaire: "Bringing elevation and a wide open space with such a majestic background brought the pitch experience to a whole new level! At 10,000 feet, its amazing how the founders can really express their vision with such clarity and substance!"
Oscar Pedroso, Founder of Thimble: "I loved this event. It was a great way to not only connect with the mentor, but one of my gondola rides we were with some teenagers who were heading out skiing. It was a great way to get real-time feedback from potential customers!"
Thank you to the team members, mentors and community who came out to support this first event. We are already planning next year's event. Stay tuned!