And thank you for coaching me on my pitch - your advice was extremely helpful, and I'm truly thankful to have had the opportunity to work with you.
... it was really terrific to have worked with you on [our pitch]... [Our] HealthKick pitch went really well! People in the audience were really engaged by the talk, and we have had a good post-event response from investors.
My preconception of a TR35 pitch turns out to quite off. Linda’s coaching very much helped to align my focus to what the audience wants, as opposed to an abbreviated technical talk I thought this is about.
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Technology Review Top 35 Young Innovators 2012
You may have heard that I won BOTH Cleantech Open as a semifinalist with SolaBlock and Mass Challenge as a finalist with Black Island Wind Turbines.
I would not have won either of the competitions without attending your presentation at Scibelli just before applying. I am very grateful.
Thanks for sending that slide deck - it took me weeks to make something even remotely polished like that.
Linda performs a key role in educating new businesses on how to fully form and properly communicate their innovative ideas. She is incredibly knowledgeable in the world of startups both from her own past experiences and giving successful support to numerous startups. She greatly aided our company.
Boreal Renewable Energy Development
The bootcamp helped me to think through the critical issues for my company from the viewpoint of potential investors and taught me how to translate these into a succinct, compelling investor pitch and business plan. I constantly refer back to the materials from the bootcamp.
Bob Vander Woude
President and CEO
Conscious Commuter Corporation
Linda helped me walk through the challenges of changing my career path and starting the company, analyzing its competitive advantages and applying a disciplined approach to creating a compelling story. Her excellence in coaching, her common sense, her inspiration and wisdom, her willingness to share all of her multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise, and her strong support made our coaching sessions very enjoyable and invaluable for me and through this support, I was encouraged to do my best in implementing my inventions and bringing them to life.
President and Founder
I write to thank you for an excellent presentation and overview for those considering private or institutional investing. I must say your recommendations are helpful whether one is presenting to high risk VCs, conservative bankers, or even companies targeted for acquisition (e.g. particularly where the seller/owner is holding back a note on the purchase)... Again, thank you for the learning opportunity.
Director, Marketing & Business Development
New England Renewable Energy Systems
Your webinar was really wonderful. I have learned so much from you and plan on taking your bootcamp. While I of course want to get my 10 minute pitch in shape and get financing for my project, I just find that you are such a good teacher, that I thoroughly enjoy learning from you.
Linda is great. She has an uncanny ability to grasp the most important points from a business proposal and re-frame them into a compelling story. And with raising money, it’s all about the story. In the early days of Qteros, Linda was instrumental in helping to refine and focus our investor pitch; ultimately, the slide deck that helped us raise over 30 million dollars.
Co-founder and founding CEO
Qteros (formerly SunEthanol)
...Thanks also to your help, the pitch presentation went quite well. We got many questions and the panel was really engaged... I read your blog about the value of business competitions and I can tell you that I actually experienced some of the things you said.
VP, New Business Development
Linda is a highly experienced coach for entrepreneurs. She is especially adept at getting a scientist to step away from the detail in which he/she is enmeshed and create an accessible presentation that will deliver the goods to the appropriate audience.
Professor of Biology
After the two [bootcamp] sessions, on the plane ride trip to the Cleantech Open, I reworked my pitch... I pitched the newly revised version to 5 American solar cell manufacturers, one potential dealer for Western US and Dow Chemical. The answer was a resounding ”Yes” from all 7 entities even though this means they will be contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring my innovations to market. You can’t beat 100%.
When we were first getting Immuneering off the ground, Linda provided great advice on giving effective presentations. I was already an experienced PowerPoint user, yet Linda's knowledge of the program is second to none and she taught me quite a bit in a short amount of time. Her advice is delivered in a fun and relaxing way. I believe that for any new entrepreneur, working with Linda is time well spent.
Co-founder and CEO
It was obvious in our first meeting that [Linda] possessed a rare combination of intellectual depth, technical curiosity and excellent interpersonal skills... She is one of those trusted few that I go to for everything from sanity checks to directed personal access to the right person at a strategic point of contact. My advice is to add her to your team as well, if you can.
George "Buzz" Kenney
The 10Q™ Startup Accelerator Bootcamp helped me find the right voice for our ideas. Linda gave me a structure to follow with 10 essential questions, carefully examined and answered one at a time. At the end of the Bootcamp, I had a story tell, that was simple, powerful, and beautiful. Linda proved that delivering the perfect pitch is not simply an art, but a skill that can be learned and applied to any settings. Our investment in the Bootcamp will pay for itself many times over.
VP, New Business Development
Linda provided wonderful advice and coaching to aid my transition from presenting results in an exclusively academic environment to being able to engage and build interest from private and corporate audiences... She provided an important component of my entrepreneurial growth and education, which has resulted in successful recruitment of seed funding for our company. I would certainly recommend her services to anyone interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial opportunity.
Co-Founder and CMO
Lumos Catheter Systems
Based on my recent experience from just the two initial workshops, I can not imagine my missing a single session... Even with at least 5 webinars scheduled every week, yours are the only ones marked in a colored “Don’t Miss” box. You can bet that God willing, I will be at every one of your Bootcamps to continue to improve on my Perfect Pitch. Thanks for the very professional assistance. I can hardly wait for the next session.
A must for anyone looking to venture out on their own.
I was going to secure a thank you card, but I wasn't able to find one. Instead, I say thanks to you for the help during the seminar. My pitch was enhanced by you enough to get our first $100K in the door.
I'm sure there will be plenty of more opportunities to work together in the future.