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Video: The Greatest Pre-Launch Start-Up Pitch Ever?

It’s start-up demo season in Silicon Valley (not that pitching start-ups ever goes out of season in California). And here is a video of the Silicon Valley start-up pitch in its most ultimate form. I have watched this at least four times tonight.

Update: Here’s the story of the people who put on the prank.

Let’s not give away too much of the big idea, but every good pitch needs…Stories of personal relevance! Mumbo-jumbo about a big market! A plan to spend and make money! Boasts of differentiated technology! A check-in app!

“Share the Air” lacks none of these.

How real is this? Well, presenter Rachel Sequoia apparently did participate in an investor pitch session at the one (and only?) meeting of the Venture Capital Fundraising Club of Silicon Valley in February.

But seriously, an app to tag on Google Maps the places where I’ve breathed would be pretty badass.

(Via a random Tumblr thread I came across.)


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— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald