The is a repost from The BuzzPal Blog, but this is personal as well as business (that’s why it’s on both blogs).
Here is the 10-minute version.and here is the 2-minute version that we posted on the Seedcamp blog. If you just want to see the 1-minute music/photo video of some of the people and places that got us this far, here ya go: BuzzPal Music/Photo Video.
When watching the video, please bear in mind that this is BuzzPal’s first-ever PowerPoint presentation, first-ever video “pitch,” and it was done in a couple of hours, using some new tools and low-budget equipment. So be kind!
Also, please bear in mind that BuzzPal’s founder was in venture finance in the media, communications, publishing, and technology areas from 1999 to 2003 (MCG went public on the NASDAQ in 2001). During that time he has seen hundreds of pitches, so he knows what he likes in a pitch, especially a first pitch (see you expose yourself and show your personality + be different) and what he doesn’t like (see your formal face or fake/boring personality + talk the same old smack).
Yes, we don’t go into a lot of detail. That’s pretty common for pre-launch startups. This is not the launch video or private presentation we give to prospective stakeholders. This is the public version, the teaser version. Don’t like it? Tough cookies. Unless you’re one of the guys and gals who has gotten down in the dirt, in the arena, struggled for your life, in full public view, then you probably have no business being a critic. Don’t take my word for it, here’s what Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S., had to say about it:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC
“The Man In The Arena”
Speech at the Sorbonne
April 23, 1910
(complete speech here)
COMMENTS FROM BUZZPAL’S FOUNDER:
I thank Michael Arrington for highlighting “The Man In The Arena” in some of his TechCrunch blogs, which is where I read it for the first time.
It really inspires me, helps me get through the dark moments that all of us out there trying for our lives, in view of the peanut gallery, critics, doubters, and trolls, go through, whether we be athletes, entrepreneurs, or anyone else struggling towards a goal against all odds, passing by the ones who have given up on life, chosen the blue pill.
It’s hard, it’s creative, it takes determination. That’s why we do it. If we wanted easy, we would just give up and take it. Easy is all around us. Fuck that.
Many of us quit easy to do what we are doing. I for one gave up an Associate Vice President job originating large deals (one over $900 million), road shows in New York City, steak dinners at the best restaurants, and more.
I just could not live with myself if I did not try. I will not grow old and wonder that. And that is what matters most. That is part of what drives me, knowing that I tried my hardest, did the best I could. Beyond that, there is nothing more we can do. We must expose ourselves, dive into the unknown, and have (and create) some “good luck.”
I think it must be the same with most everyone else in the arena, at Seedcamp and everywhere else. To you, I tip my hat. You have my respect and admiration. And if there is anything I can do to help you reach your goals, you know where to reach me. We must help each other, pay it forward, live life to the fullest, and spread around positive energy and encouragement.