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Real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line. The Pitch delivers on the high-stakes promise of a live pitch witho...Show More

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Teamable (S02 Ep12)

36:29 | Aug 30th, 2017

Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’ll need to walk a razor’s edge between confidence and cockiness.Our Sponsors: It's Worth Doing Right | Marriott Rewards P...Show More

Where Losers Go To Win (#57, Thrive Fantasy)

33:20 | Feb 13th

After losing his shirt on sports betting sites DraftKings and FanDuel, Adam Weinstein decided to flip the script on daily fantasy sports and give everyone a better shot at winning. He’s changing things up using prop bets instead of traditional fantas...Show More

After the Pitch: ‘It Was a Disaster’ (Industrial Organic)

42:46 | Feb 6th

After a failed pitch on our show back in 2017, Industrial Organic founder Amanda Weeks was ready for redemption. And she found it, to the tune of $4.2 million. Now she’s back — with a lot to say about how much she and her business have grown. Today's...Show More

Shark Tank vs. The Pitch (#56, Monti Kids)

46:44 | Jan 30th

Zahra Kassam has been on the road in a major way, pitching her startup, Monti Kids. A few months before our show, she pitched on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” Today we find out: Did she win over any investors in her two very public pitches? And how do our inve...Show More

A New Spin on VR (#55, Tribe XR)

40:54 | Jan 23rd

Tom Impallomeni is here to pitch Tribe XR, a VR app that teaches people to DJ. He’s got a vision for using virtual reality to teach creative skills — but the investors are skeptical. Can Tom convince them he’s putting the right spin on VR? Today's in...Show More

Is Selling in Walmart a Good Thing? (#54, Copper Cow Coffee)

39:00 | Jan 16th

Debbie Wei Mullin is pitching her pour-over Vietnamese coffee startup, Copper Cow Coffee. The company is already doing well on Walmart’s shelves. But does she have what it takes to take the brand online? Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Sheel...Show More

After the Pitch: Is the ICO Gold Rush Over? (PopCom)

38:40 | Jan 9th

After a frustrating round of fundraising for her company PopCom, Dawn Dickson decided that VC was broken. She opted to take a different route: an initial coin offering, or ICO. But then her best-laid plans got all mucked up ... by Uncle Sam.

Best of 2018

26:33 | Dec 19th, 2018

Josh sits down with the investors to ask about the most memorable pitches in 2018: the good, the bad, and everything in between. The pitches mentioned in this episode are #29 ShearShare, #32 Boundless, #35 Petit Pot, #39 Bluffworks, #41 Shipsi, #42 B...Show More

Investors Get Feisty at Our Philly Pitch-off (#53)

43:46 | Dec 12th, 2018

This week, The Pitch is live from The Wharton School at the University of Philadelphia. Three of Philly’s most promising young startups take the stage in front of Phil Nadel, Jillian Manus and a packed house for a live pitch competition. Thanks to ou...Show More

After the Pitch: Sudden Coffee

40:17 | Dec 5th, 2018

Back in 2016, Sudden Coffee founders Joshua Zloof and Kalle Freese tried to sell the investors on their premium instant coffee. Two years later, we checked back in with Joshua and found that Sudden Coffee is still working out some kinks in the busine...Show More

Introducing Without Fail

41:31 | Nov 14th, 2018

The Pitch brings you Without Fail, a new podcast from Gimlet Media where host Alex Blumberg asks people who have pursued incredible things: What worked? What didn’t? And why?

Fitbit … for Dogs (#52, Waggit)

32:00 | Oct 31st, 2018

Susan Sierota wants to help dog owners keep their furry friends healthy with her pet-tech startup, Waggit. Can she convince the four investors that her smart collar will win best in show? Today's investors are Alexandra Stanton, Jake Chapman, Charles...Show More

This Bot Can Fight Your ATM Fees (#51, Cushion)

37:15 | Oct 24th, 2018

Founder Paul Kesserwani says we’re all losing way too much money to fees — credit card fees, bank fees, ATM fees. And he thinks his company, Cushion, has the answer: A friendly bot that will battle those fees for you. Can he convince investors that t...Show More

Ticket Scalpers, Beware! Blockchain Is Coming for You (#50, Bandwagon)

36:44 | Oct 17th, 2018

Why should you care about blockchain if you’re not a huge cryptocurrency nerd? Bandwagon founder Harold Hughes says it can help you score better seats to see your favorite team — and avoid the risk of walking up to the gate with a fake ticket. Can he...Show More

Nuts Can Kill. Are Seeds the Answer? (#49, Blake's Seed Based)

37:40 | Oct 10th, 2018

Blake Sorensen has a deathly nut allergy — one that's led to some harrowing trips to the ER. But then he decided that enough was enough. So he started a company, Blake’s Seed Based, to make snacks safe for people like him. Will the investors get on b...Show More

Will This Space Startup Make It off the Ground? (#48, Atomos)

37:36 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Atomos co-founders Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski want to build a nuclear-powered spacecraft for moving satellites around in orbit. Can they capitalize on all the new money flowing into the final frontier — or will their sci-fi ambitions be too m...Show More

Can This Tiny Gadget Keep Kids in College? (#47, Fletch)

33:43 | Sep 26th, 2018

The college dropout rate is high, and schools are paying the price... to the tune of billions of dollars every year. Marquett Burton says his education startup can help solve the problem. Will the investors agree? Today's investors are Jillian Manus,...Show More

Never Get Lost Again (#46, Somewear)

32:19 | Sep 19th, 2018

Somewear founder James Kubik thinks going off the grid shouldn’t have to mean going out of cell phone range. That’s why he created a device that turns smartphones into satellite communication hubs. Can he convince investors to join him on the trail? ...Show More

Whatever Happened to Virtual Reality? (#45, SVRF)

39:36 | Sep 12th, 2018

Sophia Dominguez is on the show pitching SVRF, an augmented reality/virtual reality startup. But it can be tough to get investors excited about VR, which has attracted tons of hype—without much payoff. Can Sophia convince investors that VR’s time has...Show More

Is This Sports App the Next OpenTable? (#44, Playven)

35:05 | Sep 5th, 2018

Finnish entrepreneur Topias Soininen says his startup, Playven, will revolutionize the way people book tennis courts. But first, the investors have to figure out exactly what it is he’s pitching. Today's investors are Howie Diamond, Jillian Manus, Ph...Show More

Get This Party Startup in Here (#43, PartySlate)

29:30 | Aug 29th, 2018

Entrepreneur Julie Roth Novack says her party planning platform is exactly what event professionals have been missing. And it all hinges on a secret ingredient—something Julie calls "marketing gold". Now she just needs investors to fork over some gol...Show More

How Much Do You Trust Your Barista? (#42, Bounce)

36:57 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Cody Candee believes his company, Bounce, is the key to freeing us from the stuff we lug around all day. But can he convince investors that his temporary storage solution isn’t a liability disaster waiting to happen? Today's investors are Jillian Man...Show More

Can This Startup Help Retailers Take on Amazon? (#41, Shipsi)

39:25 | Aug 15th, 2018

Amazon is on track to grab nearly HALF of all online retail sales this year. But not if Chelsie Lee’s startup Shipsi has a say in the matter. She wants to give online retailers the ability to compete, by helping them offer super speedy shipping. But ...Show More

Three Startups Enter. Only One Will Leave. (#40)

53:05 | Aug 1st, 2018

At The Pitch’s first-ever live show, three startups face off: Honeyfi, a budgeting app for couples; CBlocks, a cryptocurrency starter kit; and OpenBottle, an app to help people try high-end wines. But can the investors agree on which company should t...Show More

Hacking VC: Josh interviews Arlan Hamilton

37:13 | Jul 18th, 2018

Josh sits down with Backstage Capital CEO Arlan Hamilton at the 2018 SXSW festival to discuss her unique path from tour manager to VC.

Introducing We Came To Win

39:27 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Today we bring you an episode of a new Gimlet show, We Came to Win.It’s a podcast that tells the stories behind the World Cup’s biggest moments and the tournament’s most legendary heroes. In this episode, host Nando Vila takes us back to 1989. At tha...Show More

Bluffworks: This Pitch is Damn Near Perfect (#39)

44:35 | Jun 13th, 2018

Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his compelling story enough to get investors to sign on? Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, a...Show More

LOLI: A Beauty Industry Veteran Goes Rogue (#38)

32:38 | Jun 6th, 2018

Tina Hedges believes the future of beauty is all-natural, organic products. But the investors aren’t sure what to make of her food-grade products for your face. Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Charles Hudson. ...Show More

inRecovery: Can Tech Solve America’s Drug Crisis? (#37)

32:42 | May 30th, 2018

Founder David Sarabia’s experience with drug addiction inspired him to build an app, called inRecovery. It’s meant to help people who are in rehab. But can he get the rehab centers on board? Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jilli...Show More

Hostfully: When Two Startups Love Each Other Very Much... (#36)

34:50 | May 23rd, 2018

Margot Schmorak says half of all vacation rentals aren’t listed online—and she sees that as a big opportunity for her startup. But things get messy in the pitch room when Margot reveals that her company comes with a little extra baggage. Today's inve...Show More

Petit Pot: The Proof Is in the Pudding (#35)

34:09 | May 16th, 2018

Max Pouvreau has built gourmet pudding company Petit Pot with his Michelin star background and scrappy customer acquisition. Now he wants VC backing to take it to the next level—and potentially a big acquisition. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, ...Show More

Caribu: Can Storytime Become Big Business? (#34)

33:16 | May 9th, 2018

Max Tuchman is on a roll with Caribu, an app that lets parents and kids read together virtually. But can she convince investors that early success will lead to future returns?Today's investors are Nicole Verkindt, Michael Hyatt, Jillian Manus, and Ch...Show More

Tire Agent: What Is a Startup Actually Worth? (#33)

29:43 | May 2nd, 2018

Jared Kugel needs a million dollars to get Tire Agent up and running. But things get tense in the pitch room when investors start questioning the value of his company. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt....Show More

Boundless: Is Immigration the Next Venture-Scale Business? (#32)

33:09 | Apr 25th, 2018

The U.S. immigration system is a bureaucratic nightmare. And it’s only getting worse. Founder Xiao Wang has a plan to solve that with his startup, Boundless. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt. For more ...Show More

PopCom: Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail? (#31)

35:55 | Apr 18th, 2018

When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that with her startup, PopCom. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gulati, Phil Nadel, and Michael Hyatt. For more in...Show More

Swig + Swallow: Can This Founder Reclaim Cocktail Hour? (#30)

31:39 | Apr 11th, 2018

Craft cocktails are all the rage—but they tend come with high price tags and long wait times. Swig + Swallow founder April Wachtel wants to bring the craft experience out of the bar and into your home. Today's investors are Jillian Manus, Daniel Gula...Show More

ShearShare: Has This Husband-and-Wife Team Stumbled Onto the Next Airbnb? (#29)

41:28 | Apr 4th, 2018

When Tye and Courtney Caldwell were having trouble renting space in their salon, they thought: why isn't there an app for this? So they created one. But can they convince investors that their skills will transfer from the barbershop to the boardroom?...Show More

1 Second Everyday: Is This Entrepreneur Ready to Take On Facebook? (#28)

35:14 | Mar 28th, 2018

Facebook is the undisputed king of social networks. But Cesar Kuriyama thinks his app, 1 Second Everyday, could topple the giant. If he’s going to do that, he’ll need some serious cash.For more information about our show and the investors, visit giml...Show More

#27 Qleek Pt. II: What Happened After The Pitch

27:45 | Feb 21st, 2018

The surprising story of what happened to one startup after its founders pitched to investors—and thousands of listeners. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors

#26 Dynofit

34:56 | Feb 14th, 2018

Maria Schneider wants to take physical therapy out of the clinic and into the home with the help of a small device. But is her technology the answer patients and doctors have been waiting for? Join the conversation over at thepitch.show/discuss To fi...Show More

#25 Rex

35:47 | Feb 8th, 2018

When scientist Amado Guloy saw an opportunity to combine farm animals and big data, he traded the laboratory for the boardroom and created Rex Animal Health. But can he convince investors he’s got what it takes to make it in the business world?Join t...Show More

#24 unGlue

33:29 | Jan 31st, 2018

The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue. Join the conversation over at thepitch.show/discuss To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to g...Show More

#23 Jiobit

35:51 | Jan 24th, 2018

After John Renaldi lost track of his kid on a trip to downtown Chicago, he vowed never to be in that situation again. So he created Jiobit, a tiny geotracker for kids. Can he convince investors that his device stands out among a sea of competitors? J...Show More

#22 Lunar Wireless

40:10 | Jan 17th, 2018

Hunter Rosenblume is pitching Lunar Wireless, a company he co-founded as an answer to pricey cell phone plans. But getting investors to gamble on a 22-year-old who claims he can take on a decades-old industry is a hard sell. Is a healthy dose of FOMO...Show More

#21 Metabrew

35:22 | Jan 10th, 2018

Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can they get investors buzzing about this plant-based substitute? Join the conversation over at thepitch.show/discuss

BONUS: We Answer Your Questions

18:25 | Dec 27th, 2017

We opened up our phone lines and you delivered—with questions about entrepreneurship, pitching, and the show. Thanks to everyone who reached out! For more information about the show and our investors, visit thepitch.show.

#20 Harper Wilde

42:19 | Dec 20th, 2017

The founders of Harper Wilde want to take the B.S. out of bra shopping. That means convincing our investors that they’ve found a way to turn it from a major inconvenience into an easy at-home experience. Join the discussion over at thepitch.show/disc...Show More

#19 SandBox Commerce

41:57 | Dec 13th, 2017

When Sterling Smith left his job as a software developer to start Sandbox Commerce, he knew he had the skills to build great mobile apps. But in a world where it seems everybody has an app, can he convince investors there’s really an opportunity here...Show More

#18 ROWViGOR

38:16 | Dec 6th, 2017

Co-founders Kevin Allen and Moses McCall think rowing is the next big trend in fitness. To cash in on their hunch, they need to convince investors they can make waves in a space already crowded with competitors. For more information about our show an...Show More

#17 Investor Spotlight: Jillian Manus

26:13 | Nov 29th, 2017

You’re probably familiar with Jillian Manus the investor—but in this episode, we dig in a little deeper to understand how she became the VC force she is today.

#16 Qleek

42:10 | Nov 15th, 2017

After Ismail Salhi discovered his father’s old record collection gathering dust in the attic, he teamed up with Johanna Hartzheim to create Qleek. Together they hope to marry the nostalgia of vinyl with the convenience of digital music. But first the...Show More

#15 Shift

40:58 | Nov 8th, 2017

When Mike Slagh left the military, he wanted to find a job in tech, but he couldn’t get his foot in the door. And then he found out that he was one of approximately 300,000 service members who every year struggle to make the transition back into the ...Show More

#14 Tushy

44:46 | Nov 1st, 2017

Miki Agrawal made headlines with the success of her first company Thinx—until she became the headline. Now she's ready for a comeback with Tushy, her new business built on making bidets mainstream in America. But first she has to convince investors s...Show More

#13 Meet the Investors

27:20 | Oct 25th, 2017

The entrepreneurs usually own the spotlight on our show. But venture capital is a two-way street. On today’s episode, we hear from the people who make deals happen: our investors. Who are they and how did they become the ones calling the shots?

We're back!

02:16 | Oct 18th, 2017

The Pitch is back on October 25th! The stakes are high as a brand new crop of scrappy entrepreneurs pitch their startups to investors. 

Gimlet Presents: Uncivil

24:56 | Oct 11th, 2017

The Pitch will be back on October 25th! While you anxiously await its return, check out Uncivil, a brand new podcast from Gimlet Media. America’s divided. And it always has been. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when Am...Show More

Tesloop (S02 Ep11)

31:53 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Haydn Sonnad pitches his plan to revolutionize regional transit on the back of Tesla’s electric charging network. But there’s a catch: this entrepreneur has to run his company between English class and Algebra.Our Sponsors: It's Worth Doing Right | M...Show More

Sudden Coffee (S02 Ep10)

31:25 | Aug 16th, 2017

Two entrepreneurs believe they have the secret to making premium instant coffee. Will their startup hold up to a taste test with investors?Our Sponsors: It's Worth Doing Right | Twenty20 | Google Cloud's GSuite

TuckrBox (S02 Ep09)

33:19 | Aug 9th, 2017

Co-founders Meghan Carreau and Alex Payne are pitching their food delivery service built on noble ideals of making kids healthier and reducing headaches for parents. Can the founders convince investors that their startup will actually deliver on thos...Show More

Hykso (S02 Ep08)

34:34 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Could a little sensor designed to measure punches be the next big hit in a long line of fitness fads? The founders of Hykso think so. Now they just need to last a few rounds in the ring with our investors.Our Sponsors: Twenty20 | It's Worth Doing Rig...Show More

Shimmur (S02 Ep07)

36:14 | Jul 26th, 2017

The social media landscape is a veritable graveyard of failed startups, but Matthew Peltier believes his company, Shimmur, is different. With a growing user base and a solid plan for revenue, he’s almost ready to go... all he needs now is a few hundr...Show More

Guru Games (S02 Ep06)

35:21 | Jul 19th, 2017

Between classes, part-time jobs, and social lives, college students Evan Thomas and Troy Pettie have been moonlighting to build a business they hope will bring millennials back into casinos. Will our investors be willing to take a gamble on Guru Game...Show More

FITGuard (S02 Ep05)

35:55 | Jul 12th, 2017

Concussions have cast a major shadow over contact sports, from youth leagues to the pros. But entrepreneur Anthony Gonzales thinks he can fix it by putting a gadget in the mouths of athletes. Now he just has to convince investors to put their dollars...Show More

Skylights (S02 Ep04)

35:51 | Jul 5th, 2017

David Dicko is bringing virtual reality to the skies. It’s an ambitious plan, and he’s going to need $1.8 million to take off in a punishing market. Will the investors trust his team to succeed where so many others have failed?Our Sponsors: It's Wort...Show More

Industrial/Organic (S02 Ep03)

30:03 | Jun 28th, 2017

Most of us stop thinking about our food scraps once we take the trash to the curb. Not so for Amanda Weeks, who started a food waste company designed to reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Now she just needs investors to get behind her plan to save the ...Show More

iMirror (S02 Ep02)

32:22 | Jun 21st, 2017

The hotel room hasn’t been significantly disrupted since the addition of the television in the 1950s. Pieter Boekhoff wants to change that—by transforming what happens when we look in the mirror. But first, he has to convince investors that there's m...Show More

Babyscripts (S02 Ep01)

34:14 | Jun 14th, 2017

Juan-Pablo Segura has built an app that he’s sure will revolutionize the way expectant mothers receive medical care. But first he needs to convince a panel of investors to bankroll his plan—to the tune of a million dollars. Our SponsorsIt's Worth Doi...Show More

Introducing Season 2... from Gimlet Media

02:15 | Jun 6th, 2017

The Pitch returns with a new season now from Gimlet Media. A show where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors—for real money. Hosted by Josh Muccio. Premieres June 14th.

#12 Calling All Angels

07:00 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Josh pitches Sheel in this episode as we go back to our roots and take you behind-the-scenes of our show.

#11 BajaBoard

16:56 | Oct 5th, 2016

George Li pitches his all terrain electric skateboard to investors. Then Sheel Mohnot and Nathaniel Krasnoff with Wildcat Venture Partners decide whether or not they will invest in today's startup, BajaBoard. 

#10 Everlance

20:57 | Sep 21st, 2016

Alex Marlantes pitches his expense tracker and automatic mileage log app to investors. Then Sheel Mohnot and Michelle Tandler with Trinity Ventures decide whether or not they will invest in today's startup, Everlance. 

#9 CNote

15:56 | Sep 14th, 2016

Catherine Berman pitches her savings product that crushes the market rate using CDFIs. Then Mar Hershenson with Pear Ventures and Alex Davidov with Core Innovation Capital decide whether or not they will invest in today's startup, CNote.

#8 Andromium Superbook

26:08 | Aug 24th, 2016

Andrew Jiang pitches his new laptop operating system for Android phones. Then Nikhil Kalghatgi with Vast Ventures determines whether or not he will invest in today's startup, Andromium. 

#7 Silvernest

19:26 | Aug 17th, 2016

Wendi Burkhardt pitches her roommate-matching service for empty nesters with space to share. And Anarghya Vardhana with Maveron determines whether or not she's interested in investing. 

#6 Fuse

18:15 | Aug 10th, 2016

Anna Tolmach pitches her inventory forecasting startup Fuse to angel investor Pete Kazanjy and Neil Devani from Rothenberg Ventures. 

#5 Copia

21:19 | Jul 27th, 2016

Komal Ahmad pitches her social enterprise startup Copia to Zanoon Nissar from Google. 

#4 Sun Exchange

19:26 | Jul 20th, 2016

Abe Cambridge pitches his South Africa based startup Sun Exchange to Adam Draper of Boost VC and Sheel Mohnot. Then something happens on our show that's never happened before. 

#3 Birdi

17:24 | Jul 13th, 2016

Mark Belinsky pitches his internet-of-things startup Birdi to investors Carl Fritjofsson of Creandum and Greg Castle of Anorak Ventures. 

#2 Toymail

29:32 | Jul 6th, 2016

Gauri Nanda pitches her internet-of-things-for-kids startup Toymail to investors Jake Chapman of Gelt VC and Howie Diamond of Ranch Ventures. Then Sheel deals with a biased investor and Josh brings his mom on the show.

#1 Why The Pitch

06:46 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Josh and Sheel talk about what's going on behind the scenes right now and why they believe this podcast should exist.