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I am a child of startup accelerators. Slidebean has received investments from Startup Chile, DreamIt Ventures, and 500 Startups.
I started my first company in 2011, and I had no idea how startups worked. When I say no idea, I mean it. Never heard of venture capital, never heard of the concept of an angel investor.
I was just out of college in Costa Rica, where the startup ecosystem was pretty much non-existent. Still, our company was then accepted in DreamIt Ventures in New York, which sparked a chain of events that led us to you watching this video.
I know how to pitch because DreamIt was a crash course in how the startup ecosystem worked. It was also a soft landing in New York City that allowed me to build a network.
One of the people responsible Steve Barsh, who you probably remember as a guest for some of our videos.
Steve gave the intro talk at the program, and I remember Steve's talk distinctively, as it indeed was the beginning of the journey for me. I had a conversation with Steve about how DreamIt had to pivot their model.
If you want to hear the story, you can find the full episode on our Company Forensics podcast: