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166th Roundtable Recap: March 21 – Differentiation Is Key

Posted on Thursday, Mar 21st 2013

Today’s roundtable had three long pitches and a few additional short discussions on elevator pitches by entrepreneurs.
First up, Shikha Chaudhry from Ghaziabad, India, pitched She proposes to offer a set of courses to teenagers with the purpose of familiarizing them with what various career paths entail. For example, what does it mean to become a Computer Scientist? Or a lawyer? An architect? We had an interesting discussion around what sparks real interest in kids – stories or subject matter? And in the days of the Internet, with kids like 15-year old Radhika Ghosal taking MIT’s Circuits and Electronics course on her own from EdX, where is the real gap?

Mobile GestBuk
Then, Gurpreet Singh from Toronto, Canada, pitched Mobile GestBuk, a real-time, mobile customer feedback solution for retail, hospitality, and airline industries. The product’s closes competitor is Medallia, a savvy company with deep domain knowledge, entrenched customers, and significant revenues. Gurpreet needs a competitive positioning that is rock solid.

Next, Kumar Mangala from Newtown, Pennsylvania, pitched Madgigs, a recruitment industry solution focused on IT recruitment and feedback. Here again, we had an in-depth conversation about the gaps in LinkedIn and other solutions. The market is heavily crowded and extremely noisy. Not easy to differentiate.

You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here.

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