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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past four decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector. The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors. The firm has offices in Austin, Palo Alto, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.
First Republic Bank and its subsidiaries provide private banking, private business banking and the full range of wealth management services with an emphasis on exceptional relationship-based service and a solid commitment to responsiveness and action.
Ravix Group - Ravix Group Inc.provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, human resources, and facilities functions of early-stage and middle market companies so that management can focus on their priorities to increase the value of their company.
Purplepatch Services is a strategy consulting firm offering technology firms Marketing Communications and User Experience Design solutions.
Best Practices for Pitching to Journalists and Media, by Robin Wauters
In this talk from the Brussels Founder Institute, Robin Wauters advises founders on the best practices for pitching to journalists and media. As an experienced journalist with a large international audience, Wauters recommends finding a way to differentiate your pitch from the hundreds of others journalists receive daily. He says “our job is to find needles in haystacks – you have to know what the audience is interested in and learn how to sell yourself accordingly”.
Robin Wauters is the European editor of the leading global technology news site The Next Web and a former senior editor at TechCrunch. In addition to being a one of Founder Institute’s most popular mentors, Wauters is a seasoned entrepreneur, angel investor, and an advocate for startups in the European startup ecosystem.
Finishing up his talk with an engaging Q&A session, Robin impresses upon founders that it's imperative not to try and convince anyone that your company is unique – inevitably it suggest that the market is either non-existent or simply not interesting. He also stresses the importance of perfecting your pitch via email just as you would in the elevator. After all, in each scenario, you only get one chance to do it right.
The Brussels Founder Institute is accepting applications until Sunday, October 28th. If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Brussels, click here to apply. Final applications are due this Sunday, October 28th.
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