E280: Auckland, New Zealand vs. Sydney, Australia Meetup – TWiST

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Today on TWiST, we had an amazing startup competition between Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. Who took the TWiST International Meetup Cup? You’ll have to watch to find out!

1:21 Welcome to the TWiST Auckland vs. Sydney meetup.
4:25 Thank you to Sourcebits! If you meet with them you get a free meeting with Jason. Email sourcebits@thisweekin.com to get started.
6:25 The first pitch from Sydney is Jesse Black of Teacher Time, a service to connect inspired teachers to each other.
9:10 Jason says he has an affinity for education. Anything that can help teachers find resources is great.  This idea is great.
10:25 Lon: Anything that helps teachers is great. It’s a tough sale to get a teacher to pay you monthly.
11:30 Jason gives the pitch a 7 and the product a 7.5.
13:59 Up next from Auckland is Chris White from BigLittleBang, a virtual world for kids that enables musical collaboration.
15:54 Lon liked the pitch. He’s worried about lag and syncing.
17:30 Jason: As a parent he wouldn’t feel wrong about letting his daughter interact on the network. Pitch would have been better if it had an emotional hook to it.
19:55 Thank you to our sponsor GoToMeeting. Everyone thank @gotomeeting!
21:33 Next up from Sydney is Tom Frazier of ProcessGo, a web app to help enterprises select a better business process.
23:40 It’s a really good idea but the pitch could be better.
27:03 Next up from Auckland is Chirag of TranscribeMe, a service to convert word to text.
28:30 Lon: If it works like it says it works, it’d be amazing. Transcription is a huge pain.
30:14 Jason: It feels like I would pay for something like this. What didn’t come through in the pitch was that it’s an app.
31:30 Lon: From a journalistic standpoint it’s ridiculously epic.
34:28 Next up from Sydney is Simon of Rezdy, a booking engine specialized in tours and activities.
37:05 Lon: I think it’s a great idea. This is a huge problem.
38:30 Jason: The real pain point is the objective reviews. Pitch and product were both solid.
40:30 Up next from Auckland is John of SlideSpeech, a service that makes your slides speak for you.
44:40 Jason: If I made a speech about why this product is a great one, someone else would say it and then sync it with slides. Is that correct?
45:59 Jason: Terrible presentation but great idea [ Jason does his version of SlideShare pitch ].
49:58 Sydney TWiST MC’s personal favorite: Rezdy.
51:14 Auckland TWiST MC’s personal favorite: TranscribeMe.
52:28 Jason thinks Lon picked BigLittleBang, Rezdy & Teacher Time.
53:00: Lon’s #1 is BigLittleBang, Rezdy is #2 & TranscribeMe is #3.
53:40 Jason’s favorites in order: Teacher Time, BigLittleBang & Rezdy.
56:40 Lightning round commences w/ Snackle from Auckland & GoCatch from Sydney.
1:01:00 Jason picked Snackle, Lon picked GoCatch.
1:02:58 It’s a dead tie.
1:04:00 Big thanks to all of the sponsors in Auckland & Sydney.
1:04:20 Jason’s advice: Amp up the design a bit. People make decisions based on design.
1:07:00 Thanks everyone. We’ll see you next time.

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Support This Week in Startups and independent media by joining the TWiST Producer Program at TwistList.co!

Want to support TWiST another way? Use bit.ly/twistamazon when you shop and a portion of your purchase will go toward helping keep independent media like TWiST on air!

Keep up with the latest from our sister company, LAUNCH:

FOLLOW ON TWITTER
Jason: @jason
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Sourcebits: @sourcebits

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PREFERRED PARTNER eMINUTES

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Special thanks to the members of the TWiST Backchannel Program!

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