Pitch Your Startup Story – and WIN!

by Wendy Soon on November 18, 2014

Dollarphotoclub_64211342_pitchbannerWhat is your startup story? Has your startup faced multiple obstacles and challenges along the way? Did you get your inspiration over a chance meeting? Or have you pivoted your startup 999 times? We want to hear your story!! Every startup is unique, and every startup has its great story to tell.

So share with us in 6 words “What is your Startup Story”? Remember, not any story about yourself, but your startup story, in just 6 words, no more and no less. (yes, we know you have a great story, but JUST SIX WORDS) And you can win amazing prizes. We promise you – it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. We’ll be announcing winners on the day of our next meetup on 18th Nov!

How to Submit: Think hard and think long, get creative or get real! Make a statement or just have fun. Submit your great idea, Write a tweet with the six words on the best story about your startup. Use the format, startupname: 6 words #Pitch#Igniter6Word @Vorkspace Tweet Examples:

  • Vorkspace: Stanford Ignite, Starbucks Coffee, Collaboration Tool #Pitch#Igniter6word @Vorkspace
  • Vorkspace: Code Code Code, Still More Code #Pitch#Igniter6word @Vorkspace
  • Vorkspace: One Two Three Four Five Six #Pitch#Igniter6word @Vorkspace

You think you can do better than that? We will see. Start Tweeting now! And remember, share your tweets and get as many of your friends to retweet them as possible, to increase your chances to win! No limits to the number of entries submitted per person. Contest ends 18th November 2014 (Tuesday), 7pm PDT. Winners will be announced at our next meetup. (winners must be present at the meetup to redeem prizes).

Prizes: Winners with the best ideas will be selected based on the number of “retweets” and “favorites” of your idea, as well as our internal panel of judges.

Winners will receive the following attractive prizes:

1. Mrs. Moskowitz’s Munchies Gift bag (yummylicious bonus!) 7273042_orig

2. A rare opportunity to pitch your story to JD Schramm, and get some live advice!


Tweet NOW!!! :)


Learn the secrets of storytelling – JD Schramm

by Wendy Soon on November 10, 2014

JD Schramm and Steve BlankI know it’s been barely a month since the visit of Steve Blank at our meetup, but we’ve got yet another great speaker in line for you!! This is going to be a Thanksgiving treat, and also our final meetup for the year, so BE THERE! For those who were at Steve Blank’s meetup, you would have met (or noticed) the very charismatic host of the evening – JD Schramm. Ever wished you could speak like him, and engage your audience as well as him? Well, this is exactly our Thanksgiving treat for you! JD Schramm, Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, will be back to speak at our next meetup! He will reveal some of his secrets in storytelling – yes, the ones he uses on his TED talks!


Date: 18 November 2014 (Tuesday)

Time: 7pm

Location: Mountain View, CA

Sign up: HERE  (for both in-person and online viewing)


About the Speaker:

Professor JD Schramm (also known as JD) is a popular Stanford professor on communication, TED Speaker and also Founding Director of Mastery in Communication Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business


J.D. Schramm combines over 20 years of professional training and development experience with his personal expertise in Management Communication to design and deliver a variety of highly interactive courses for MBA students at Stanford. A seasoned communicator and experienced entrepreneur his courses blend the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication. In 2012 Schramm completed his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) through the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. 

His dissertation focused on the study of curricular innovation within MBA programs comparing established innovations at MIT and Tulane with an emerging innovation at NYU. His work revealed a nine-point framework indicating what schools of management should strive to be, do and have in order to foster and sustain curricular innovation. Schramm serves as a full-time lecturer in Organizational Behavior and as founding director of the Mastery in Communication Initiative. His current dual role at Stanford GSB allows him to pursue both of his professional passions: teaching communication courses while also creating and leading innovative academic programs.

Concise Storytelling for Leaders Workshop


J.D. Schramm joined the GSB faculty in the fall of 2007 to create and launch communication courses as part of the new GSB curriculum. He teaches courses in Strategic Communication, Executive Communication (Sloan only), Communication Strategies for Scholars (PhD only), and Entrepreneurial Communication (Undergraduate only). He actively coaches students and has had his protégés present at the Aspen Ideas Festival, TED events around the globe, and up and down Sand Hill road.

He leads a team of communication coaches who work with all first year MBA students in courses including Critical Analytical Thinking (CAT), Managing in the Global Context, Ethics in Management, Strategic Leadership, Managerial Skills, and Organizational Behavior. In 2009 he led the development and launch of the Mastery Initiative to support GSB students at all levels of expertise improve their mastery of speaking and writing. More than forty professional communication coaches and seminar leaders work with GSB students in this initiative. In 2012, working alongside colleagues in the Center for Leadership Development and Research he co-founded the LOWKeynotes program where students create and deliver inspiring talks to enroll others in their vision to change lives, organizations, and the world.

Dr. Schramm graduated with his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 2002 and was immediately appointed to the NYU faculty. During his five years there he rose from adjunct to assistant to associate professor teaching courses in strategy, organizational communication, management communication, and teamwork. Consistently ranked in the top tier on student evaluations Schramm taught the full spectrum of the Stern students from undergraduate to MBA to Executive MBA.

Beyond the classroom Dr. Schramm is an active leader of LGBT efforts within schools of management. He serves on the board of the Out for Undergraduate Business Conference and advises the Out for Undergraduate Technology Conference. Through his years of involvement in Reaching Out MBA he has led the development of a rich library of MBA teaching cases on a wide variety of LGBT topics used by business faculty throughout the world. He and his husband Rev. Ken Daigle make their home in San Francisco and New York City.


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