When Derek called me up on Boxing Day to suggest that we add OFFICE HOURs to Startup Grind 2013, he gave me two criteria:
1. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time. Quality matters.
2. We are trying to start lasting friendships that are needed to survive the Startup Grind.
Our mutual disdain for live pitch competitions was established when we first met, so factoring that in was already part of the equation. Like Mark Suster, it’s not that we think Demo Days and Pitch Competitions are useless, we just believe that they could be re-imagined to serve everyone better.
Here is our first step in that direction: