Does Bambi like TechCrunch Pitches?

When I first heard about TechCrunch’s new Elevator Pitches site (when a post from Erick Schonfeld popped up in FriendFeed, if you must know), it sounded kind of familiar. A site where entrepreneurs can upload 60-second “elevator pitches” about their companies — so-called because they’re supposed to mimic a pitch you would make to a VC if you met him or her in the elevator? And then it came to me: that’s the exact same model that former Marketwatch columnist-turned-entrepreneur Bambi Francisco uses for her site, Vator.tv.

Vator — which Bambi originally tried to run while still working at Marketwatch, until concerns about a conflict of interest led her to resign — has raised a pile of money from a number of investors, including Facebook backer and PayPal founder Peter Thiel, as well as MySpace founder Richard Rosenblatt, and recently raised a bunch more. While Vator has elements that TechCrunch’s offering doesn’t — it also has interviews with venture capitalists and other newsmakers — they are very similar. Is there room for more than one elevator-pitch site?

As for which is better, that’s a tough one. Vator has — well, it has Bambi, and the equally attractive and smart Reena Jadhav, and has built up a fairly large library of content (although the site could use a redesign). TechCrunch, meanwhile, is slick looking and has already gotten some interesting pitches up; but I’m still not sure about using the “cartoonization” of BeFunky.com for the videos. For what it’s worth, Erick Schonfeld says that the new TechCrunch site isn’t aimed at Vator.

4 thoughts on “Does Bambi like TechCrunch Pitches?

  1. Thanks for the coverage and analysis. Maybe you can post your very nice article or a very brief comment on the Vator.tv company profile. 🙂

  2. I had not heard of Vator.tv before – thanks for the link. Interesting stuff… (not that I'm looking to get VC funding for anything at the moment)

  3. Thanks for the coverage and analysis. Maybe you can post your very nice article or a very brief comment on the Vator.tv company profile. 🙂

  4. I had not heard of Vator.tv before – thanks for the link. Interesting stuff… (not that I'm looking to get VC funding for anything at the moment)

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