1- Hello Colby, can you please introduce yourself?
Of course! I was born and raised in San Jose, Ca, and as I grew up, watched the world around me rapidly change into the modern day “Silicon Valley” we all know and love. I had plans to attend college, but when those fell through, I was stuck trying to find “my path” so to speak.
One thing about me is that I have always had these crazy ideas, and although there is no better place to be, it is really quite difficult trying to get funding for anything. With no college degree, I tried starting a real-estate investment company, a package theft deterrent company, and a bunch of others with no luck! Every time I would hit some insurmountable roadblock, and it really frustrated me as a first-time entrepreneur! That is how I conceived pitch. Determined to launch the company, I got two jobs, and managed to fund it alone.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
I would say my biggest area of focus is with people. I am not a technical founder, and that surprises a lot of people! What focusing on people allows me to do, is expand my network, helping me to find the resources needed to accomplish my goals. It is amazing what you can accomplish with a solid network. These are the people that not only want to help you, but also have the skills necessary to accomplish tasks you would be unable to execute on your own.
3- How do you describe “Pitch” in few words?
Pitch is a platform that simplifies the idea sharing process, allowing anyone to share their idea, receive feedback, and potentially even funding!
4- Where do you think, the company is making an impact?
Although we do not launch until the first of June, we have begun putting on little contests via our social platforms; offering things like a $100 bill for the person that comments an idea and receives the most likes. We have gotten some amazing feedback and have actually begun helping first-time entrepreneurs navigate the perilous pitfalls of starting a new company. That is where we have started making an impact. Once we launch, we will hopefully be doing this on a much larger scale.
5- And what does the word “Entrepreneurship” really means to you
6- How do you see the future of “pitch” in the next 10 years?
That’s a hard one. Truth be told,
If all goes well, I see pitch leveling multiple industries, not just the startup sector. That is really the goal here: to level the playing field for all. Who’s to say we couldn’t do this with music, or writing? I want to focus on our core MVP for now, and not get ahead of ourselves, but I definitely see pitch morphing into something much greater down the road.
7- If you could turn the time, what would you love to change in regards to your career?
I am young. Growing up, I heard most people say things like, “I wish I had done this when I had the opportunity”. I can honestly say that the path I took, although unconventional, allowed me to pursue what I wanted, regardless of other’s opinions. That’s what life is all about, and I am thankful I was able to maintain my composure and pursue pitch in the face of much adversity and many naysayers.
To answer the question: nothing.
8- What is the “one-word” advice you will give to our readers when it comes to succeeding in business?
Fail. Fail over and over and over, and then do it one or two more times because that is the best way to learn. People need to cut fear out. It is an irrational demon that will hinder your success.
Take the risk, do the deed, follow your dream no matter what. It sounds corny, but why discount your life for others? I’m not saying throw caution to the wind, but ultimately, I would rather fail
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
Pitch. We are going to change people’s perception of what’s possible.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
The only way pitch will be successful is if we gain enough of a user base/following. The more people we can get, the more ideas we can generate and fund, and ultimately, the more lives we can impact.
This isn’t about making money, and we never take equity. We want to help new entrepreneurs. Give us a follow on social media, and make sure to join our email list @ pitch.vip. We’ve got something special in store for the early adopters.
Thanks for the interview, and to all readers; on behalf of pitch, we look forward to seeing you succeed!