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SharkTank 2017 – Build Relationships with Press from NBC, Reuters, The Financial Times & More

Media coverage is one of the most cost-effective ways to reach a wide audience and educate the public about your company, product or innovative idea. What feels better than seeing your company – your pride and joy – highlighted as a top story on NBC or Fast Company? Simply speaking, not much. However, catching a reporter’s eye these days is proving very difficult, especially since the pool of media at these top tier publications is rapidly diminishing. So, how do you stand out amid today’s over-saturated group of startups and established companies? We think Media SharkTank is a great solution.

Media SharkTank, now an annual event that started seven years ago, has become a highly regarded institution among the business and broadcast media, connecting them to companies across a broad range of tech industries with innovative stories. 10Fold understands that a lack of media coverage doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have an interesting story – sometimes it’s a matter of conveying the right things in a succinct manner. As a participant in Media SharkTank, you’ll have access to the top journalists responsible for B2B technology industry coverage. Beyond just connecting, SharkTank uniquely gives you the opportunity to receive coaching on your 3-minute business pitch from the reporters you want to cover you most.

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“Media SharkTank is a great event for any executive who wants to develop a story that will appeal to the business and broadcast press. I don’t know of any other venue where this level of inside access is available,” said Susan Thomas, CEO of 10Fold. “It’s exciting and rewarding to watch executives walk out of a session with a massively improved story – and equally thrilling to see these new stories get top tier coverage.”

We hope you’ll join the many executives that walk away with a refined business pitch, and are able to score those awesome big stories.

Are you interested in participating? You can find the registration form here!

By Lauren Lloyd

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Hey, VC’s! Meet Some Awesome Startups at Media SharkTank 2017

In today’s age of big exits, mergers and acquisitions, everyone is in search of the next “unicorn.” And based on the sheer dollar value of successes in technology exits alone, the challenging pursuit venture capitalists and strategic investors embark on to find these entrepreneurs and their companies is worth it. The right connection point can make all the difference, and that is what 10Fold aims to provide with Media SharkTank. With this unique event, entrepreneurs are invited to come with a three-minute pitch that they give to a panel of the top business and broadcast journalists in the industry. In turn, the panel of journalists provide their feedback on what will – and more importantly – what will not work for their audiences. In the pitching process, the journalists often strip away the technical mumbo jumbo to help the entrepreneur define the essence of their solution and the business value.

The process of simplifying the pitch eliminates just one of the challenges investors may have in determining a fit for their portfolio. Another is finding the right entrepreneur – because it is not simply a matter of the technology, product or solution. It is equally important for the investor to determine the character and flexibility of the entrepreneur that will manage the investment. Witnessing how the entrepreneur takes feedback, answers challenging questions and reacts to being put on the spot is extremely important. And having the opportunity to witness a private SharkTank session or listening to a “mini-pitch” during the reception at the Media SharkTank event comes with the opportunity to walk away in a few short minutes, rather than an hour.

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10Fold is delighted to showcase more than a dozen promising companies at our Seventh Annual Media SharkTank 2017. This means investors will have the opportunity to mingle amongst today’s leading visionaries and entrepreneurs in cybersecurity, DevOps, big data, networking, and artificial intelligence, among other innovative B2B industries. Enjoy the ambiance of a five-star hotel and a reception offering artful and delicious hors d’oeuvres along with a variety of wine, beer and soft drinks while you discover new technologies and entrepreneurs that may become the next big thing.

Media SharkTank is offering a peek at new ideas and interesting entrepreneurs – and for the aspiring entrepreneurs, it gives them the benefit of establishing relationships and benefiting from the advice of wise investors.

Interested? You can find the registration form here.

By Lauren Lloyd

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10Fold Media SharkTank 2017 – Mastering the Art of Your Business Pitch

Formulating a flawless media pitch is especially critical to differentiate in today’s over-statured deep tech market.  Companies understand that learning how to attract and garner attention from the business and broadcast media is foundational to attracting venture capitalist attention.  However, the gap between pitching your company (as you see the industry) and crafting a pitch that will garner attention is large.  Many executives get their shot at pitching The Wall Street Journal, only to come up empty handed – with no article.  What’s worse, most have no idea why they didn’t get the story.

10Fold holds a night of opportunity to remedy just these kinds of challenges each year.  In fact on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10Fold will host our Seventh Annual Media SharkTank and Charitable Event – with proceeds supporting the local charity, San Francisco Baykeeper.  The event is designed to help companies learn what the top tier business press really want from a pitch and what makes a good story. With Media SharkTank, 10Fold has created an environment where the media can provide feedback to entrepreneurs about their pitch – helping them to portray their vision in a short, succinct manner to those who matter most. The event is chalked-full of the who’s who in broadcast and business media. From San Francisco Correspondent of the Financial Times Hannah Kuchler, to technology journalist and editor at Fast Company Sean Captain, alongside several other expert panelists.

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Each year executives come away with a refined 3-minute pitch, stronger media networks and the satisfied feeling of supporting a worthy charity. Last year alone SharkTank raised $15,000 for San Francisco Baykeepers!  Media enjoy the event because they get the opportunity to hear new stories that they don’t often have the time to listen to.  Most of the “sharks” have supported the event for four or more years.

So, as Woody Allen says, “Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” Come master the art of your business pitch, receive constructive feedback in a private environment, and strengthen your story with the best of the best. We’ll see you at this year’s SharkTank! You can find the registration form here.

By Lauren Lloyd

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Save The Date – October 15 – Judge Panel Unveiled

Media Sharktank 2015

Test Your Media Pitch in the Deep End

Trainer Communications - Media Sharktank Icon 2014Pitch your story to the top broadcast and business press at the Annual Media SharkTank Charitable Event. SharkTank, now in its fifth year, allows Bay Area executives to “test” their business pitch with top members of the print, online and broadcast media. Deliver that three-minute pitch to a panel of the nation’s sharpest broadcast and business press journalists, who will provide valuable, private, 1:1 feedback based on their expert opinion. Or attend the networking reception with the elite broadcast and business press who panel the Media SharkTank.

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February 2018: 7th Security Never Sleeps Luncheon Event

Biggest reason for a security breach is still what they fondly referred to as an “oops.”
SNS10Fold hosted our eighth annual Security Never Sleeps event during the 2018 North American RSA trade show yesterday. The event is conveniently located within walking distance of the Moscone Center at the Red Dog Café in San Francisco. Building on the success of the events previous years, the luncheon had more than 90 attendees made of up CISOs, security architects, venture capitalists, and security vendors participating in the cybersecurity discussion. The conversation facilitated a dialogue between Security vendors and buyers, enabling a marketplace of ideas that helped all attendees perfect their communication strategies. Read a full summary in our blog post <here>


October 2017: 7th Media SharkTank

Top 3 Biggest Tips for Business Press Pitching
MSTThe Annual Media SharkTank Charitable Event, now having run for its seventh year, allows tech marketing executives to test their business pitch with a group of well-respected business and broadcast media. The purpose of the event is to allow them to test their pitch in a safe and controlled environment, so when they do get a real chance to pitch a story, they are confident they can be successful. This year we held the event on October 12 at San Francisco’s Hotel Vitale, and 12 executives delivered their three-minute pitches in private rooms. The ‘sharks’ provided valuable 1:1 feedback that the executives were then able to use in their next pitch (as they actually pitched two rooms of journalists at the event). Read a full summary in our blog post <here>


March 2017: Wikibon Big Data Horizons Event

BDH A select group of data scientists and big data industry executives discuss trends such as AI and machine learning. This small group of forward thinkers discuss how these new technologies will fundamentally change how we interact with data and change entire industries. Held during Strata + Hadoop World SV in San Jose, this event provides an opportunity to look ahead beyond the hype. Wikibon’s Lead Big Data & Machine Learning Analyst George Gilbert led the discussions at the roundtable.


February 2017: 7th Security Never Sleeps Luncheon Event

Biggest reason for a security breach is still what they fondly referred to as an “oops.”
SNSThis year 10Fold hosted its seventh annual Security Never Sleeps event during the 2017 RSA Conference trade show. This year’s event, held at the Red Dog restaurant just a few steps from the Moscone convention center included more than 80 CISOs, security architects, venture capitalists and security vendors participating in spirited discussions about the latest trends shaping the network security landscape. The luncheon event featured a panel of experts including Mike Kearn – Principal Security Architect & ISO – Consumer Banking Division of US Bank, Suzanne Hartin – Chief Risk Officer at Early Warning, Daniel Ennis – retired Director of the Threat Operations Center for the NSA and current CISSM Senior Fellow & Executive Director Cyber Initiative at University of Maryland. The panel was moderated by Joseph Blankenship – Senior Security Analyst at Forrester. The diverse panel discussed a wide variety of topics, including the impact of IoT on security, governmental regulations, and the fact that the biggest reason for a breach is still what they fondly referred to as an “oops.”


October 2016: 6th Media SharkTank

Top 3 Biggest Tips for Business Press Pitching
MST10Fold’s annual charitable event Media SharkTank garnered critical insights from top tier media and raised $15,000 in donations for the non-profit San Francisco Baykeeper. 10Fold’s annual Media SharkTank event took place October 13, 2016 at Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. Now in its sixth year, Media SharkTank is an opportunity for high-tech companies to test their business pitch with high-profile print and online business journalists. Critical insights were garnered from written feedback provided by two panels of six top-tier Bay Area reporters (12 total) serving as judges for the event. While feedback was tailored specifically to each participant, consistent themes emerged that could be universally applied to vendors seeking to hone their presentation skills and capture the attention of business media. A full description of the event and the Top 3 Biggest Tips for Business Press Pitching as identified by the judges can be found <here>


October 2015: 5th Media SharkTank Event

MSTPitch your story to the top broadcast and business press at the Annual Media SharkTank Charitable Event. SharkTank, now in its fifth year, allows Bay Area executives to “test” their business pitch with top members of the print, online and broadcast media. Deliver that three-minute pitch to a panel of the nation’s sharpest broadcast and business press journalists, who will provide valuable, private, 1:1 feedback based on their expert opinion. Need more more “bite” ? See the video for a quick impression and testimonials from last years participants…. A full description of the 2015 event can be found <here>


April 2015: 5th Security Never Sleeps Luncheon

SNS10Fold Communications’ fifth annual Security Never Sleeps event. The 2015 version of the luncheon featured a panel discussion and audience Q&A with some of the cyber security industry’s leading executives, media and analysts. Held during the RSA Conference, this year’s event delivered on great food, wine and discussion around the top trends in security, marketing, news and how organizations become top influencers in the market. A full description of the 2015 event can be found <here>