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Named 'the best business podcast on startup life' by Fortune. Listen as 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… read more

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Best of 2018

December 19th, 2018

26:33

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

December 12th, 2018

42:46
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 …

After the Pitch: Sudden Coffee

December 5th, 2018

40:17
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 …

Introducing Without Fail

November 14th, 2018

41:31
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)

October 31st, 2018

32:00
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 …

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

October 24th, 2018

37:15
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, …

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

October 17th, 2018

36:44
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 …

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

October 10th, 2018

37:40
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 …

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

October 3rd, 2018

37:36
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 …

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

September 26th, 2018

32:43
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 …

Never Get Lost Again (#46, Somewear)

September 19th, 2018

31:04
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 …

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

September 12th, 2018

38:36
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 …

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

September 5th, 2018

35:05
Finnish entrepreneur Topias Soininen says his startup, Playven, will revolutionize the way people book tennis courts. But first, the investors have …

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

August 29th, 2018

29:30
Entrepreneur Julie Roth Novack says her party planning platform is exactly what event professionals have been missing. And it all hinges on a secret …

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

August 22nd, 2018

36:57
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 …

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

August 15th, 2018

39:25
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 …

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

August 1st, 2018

53:05
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 …

Hacking VC: Josh interviews Arlan Hamilton

July 18th, 2018

37:13
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

July 2nd, 2018

39:27
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 …

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

June 13th, 2018

44:35
Stefan Loble wows the room with his near perfect pitch for Bluffworks, a company that makes travel-business attire. But is his compelling story …

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

June 6th, 2018

32:38
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 …

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

May 30th, 2018

32:42
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. …

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

May 23rd, 2018

34:50
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 …

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

May 16th, 2018

33:51
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.

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

May 9th, 2018

33:16
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 …

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

May 2nd, 2018

29:43
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 …

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

April 25th, 2018

33:09
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, …

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

April 18th, 2018

35:55
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, …

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

April 11th, 2018

31:39
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 …

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

April 4th, 2018

41:28
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 …

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

March 28th, 2018

35:14
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 …

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

February 21st, 2018

27:45
The surprising story of what happened to one startup after its founders pitched to investors—and thousands of listeners.

Dynofit (#26)

February 14th, 2018

34:56
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 …

Rex (#25)

February 8th, 2018

35:47
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 …

unGlue (#24)

January 31st, 2018

33:29
The apps on our smartphones seem to be engineered for addiction. Alon Shwartz wants to fight this with an app of his own: unGlue.

Jiobit (#23)

January 24th, 2018

35:51
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 …

Lunar Wireless (#22)

January 17th, 2018

40:10
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 …

Metabrew (#21)

January 10th, 2018

35:22
Romy Raad and her cofounder have created Metabrew, a healthy beverage they believe could replace your morning coffee. But can they get investors …

We Answer Your Questions (Bonus)

December 27th, 2017

18:25
We opened up our phone lines and you delivered—with questions about entrepreneurship, pitching, and the show. Thanks to everyone who reached out!

Harper Wilde (#20)

December 20th, 2017

42:19
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.

SandBox Commerce (#19)

December 13th, 2017

41:57
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 …

ROWViGOR (#18)

December 6th, 2017

38:16
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 …

Investor Spotlight: Jillian Manus (#17)

November 29th, 2017

26:07
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.

For more information about our show and the investors, …

Qleek (#16)

November 15th, 2017

42:10
After Ismail Salhi discovered his father’s old record collection gathering dust in the attic, he teamed up with Johanna Hartzheim to create Qleek. …

Shift (#15)

November 8th, 2017

40:58
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 …

Tushy (#14)

November 1st, 2017

44:46
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 …

Meet the Investors (#13)

October 25th, 2017

27:20
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 …

We're back!

October 18th, 2017

2:16

Introducing Uncivil

October 11th, 2017

24:56
America’s divided. And it always has been. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two. In each episode, hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika …

Teamable (#12)

August 30th, 2017

41:14
Entrepreneur Laura Bilazarian has an innovative solution for helping companies find great talent. But to convince investors, she’ll need to walk a …

Tesloop (#11)

August 23rd, 2017

36:38
Haydn Sonnad pitches his plan to revolutionize regional transit on the back of Tesla’s electric charging network. But there’s a catch: this …

Sudden Coffee (#10)

August 16th, 2017

36:10
Two entrepreneurs believe they have the secret to making premium instant coffee. Will their startup hold up to a taste test with investors?

Tuckrbox (#9)

August 9th, 2017

38:04
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 …

Hykso (#8)

August 2nd, 2017

39:19
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 …

Shimmur (#7)

July 26th, 2017

40:59
The social media landscape is a veritable graveyard of failed startups, but Matthew Peltier believes his company, Shimmur, is different. With a …

Guru Games (#6)

July 19th, 2017

39:06
Between classes, part-time jobs, and social lives, college students Evan Thomas and Troy Pettie have been moonlighting to build a business they hope …

FITGuard (#5)

July 12th, 2017

39:40
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 …

Skylights (#4)

July 5th, 2017

39:36
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 …

Industrial Organic (#3)

June 28th, 2017

33:48
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 …

iMirror (#2)

June 21st, 2017

36:07
The hotel room hasn’t seen disruption 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 …

Babyscripts (#1)

June 14th, 2017

37:59
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 …
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