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Episode 109 Modern Picnic: Surviving the Adpocalypse introduces one of the best founders The Pitch has ever seen.
Vol 1. Issue 10
One day in the car, Josh and I were discussing which companies to bring on the show. We were excited about one founder, (who will remain unnamed) who said he would send over more info about his business.
But he never sent it.
Meanwhile, I had just gotten off a call with Ali, founder of Modern Picnic - a female, cosmopolitan version of Yeti.
Ali immediately impressed me. She’s a force, and a classy one at that.
In discussing if we should bring unnamed-founder on the show, I used Ali as my benchmark. Ali followed up immediately after our call with her deck and anything extra I might need to make a decision.
Your pitch is more than just the words you say in the Zoom call. Your pitch is in your actions.
Based on Ali’s quick follow-up, I assumed these 3 things about her:
1) She values the opportunity to be on the show.
2) As a business leader, she is likely responding quickly and following up with other partners, customers, and investors.
3) She goes after what she wants.
My presumptions were correct. Listen to her After-The-Pitch segment of Episode #109. She secured relationships with three more big stores and has garnered press from big names like Good Morning America.
I had to know how she's making all these connections. In her follow up interview we asked Ali about it.
Ali has been updating me since her pitch in November. It’s kept me excited about her and her business.
How is Modern Picnic getting all this press??
It seems pretty simple. Ali follows up. She says thank you. She keeps the connection open - even after a denial. Ali is intentional with her relationships in small ways. And she is reaping big rewards.
A note as we wrap up Women’s History month:
My daughter listened to Ali’s episode. She’s 11. She rode the roller coaster - shocked and upset as each investor passed. Cheering when she heard The Pitch Fund invested!
I feel thankful my daughter gets to hear someone who sounds like her - a girl - crushing it as a CEO and as a kind, intentional human being.
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Loved this episode!!! Ali is an incredible role model for future entrepreneurs!
— Jill Hackman (@GSPathways)
Mar 30, 2023
Loved the newest episode of @thepitchshow. Kinda cracked up when I heard "Women are niche?" at the end there. Looking forward to seeing what @Modern_Picnic does in the future!
— Ryan Boddy (@ImRyanBoddy)
Mar 30, 2023
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