Jeff Pan is a New Yorker whose startup was acquired last week: tnooz.com/article/articlesoutheast-asian-tech-firm-buys-switch-cm-for-600000. He is a former alumni of StrtupBoost. Read about his experience below:
My start-up ended getting a modest exit, and it was a phenomenally wild ride. One highlight was being invited as the opening keynote speaker for WTM London and speaking for 45 minutes in front of hundreds of people (bit.ly/wtm2016), and another was pitching in front of the CEO's of Aer Lingus & British Airways (bit.ly/iagpitch).
I wasn't a very good public speaker to start, but much of my improvement can be attributed to the opportunities at Startup Boost. I presented at Jason's events 4 times, and dramatically improved each time.
Two pieces of advice for start-up founders:
First, sign up for all the practice events you can find, as even the really badly organized ones will help you improve your public speaking & refine your pitch.
Second, videotape all of your pitches. It will help you review what worked & what didn't work. One of the most helpful skills I developed with Startup Boost was being able to take heavy technical concepts & articulate them to non-engineers. I wasn't able to do this in my early pitches, and would usually walk away with a confused audience.
I sincerely wouldn't have been able to get to where we are now without StrtupBoost. Practice, practice, practice!... one day, you'll get your big break as a start-up, and you're going to crush it ;)