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TakeLessons Presenting at the 2012 Montgomery Technology Conference

By March 4, 2012September 13th, 2012At Work, Speaking, Start-Ups, Venture Capital


We’re happy to have been selected as a final presenter at the 2012 Montgomery Technology Conference this week in Santa Monica, CA.

The conference is an invitation-only event featuring over 1,000 senior-level private equity and venture capital professionals. The financiers will be reviewing the best of breed new startup disruptors.

I’m not sure if there are other San Diego Startups presenting at the event, but I welcome meeting up with you there if you’re going!

In my presentation, I’m going to speak about what we’ve been working on the past five years, our traction, and where we see the market going in the future. The truth is that buying services on the web is still really difficult to do. But we believe that over the next few years, there will be companies (like us) that make buying services on the web as easy as buying products. When that happens, there will be a whole new wave of ecommerce that allows a safer and easier experience for the customer.

Personally, I’m excited about the conference because I’ll get the opportunity to practice a new way of presenting. Since January, I’ve set aside every Tuesday night from 6:30 – 9:30 pm (like a night class) to read and study the art of becoming an excellent presenter.

We will have 150 – 250 VC’s in a room and I’ll present for 20 minutes. Most companies presenting will have the standard 15-slide presentation that all VC’s see. Mine will be 43. But what’s really cool is that I’ll probably have less words than the 15-slide normal presentations. Instead, mine will focus on combining pictures that help people grasp – in two seconds – the big picture. I consider public speaking an art, and as an artist, I want to be as engaging as possible and leave people with a feeling that they want to talk further with me about the company.

I’ve been reading two books so far: Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds, and Nancy Duarte‘s book entitled Resonate. Both books are highly recommended.

Here are some slides from my presentation:

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