10Fold Media SharkTank 2021

Rub elbows with the top broadcast and business press at the Annual Media SharkTank Charitable Event. SharkTank, now in its tenth year, allows Bay Area executives to “test” their business pitch with top members of the print, online and broadcast media. On Thursday evening October 21st, you can deliver a 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.

Event Date, Time and Location
When: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Time: 5:30pm

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Participation Options:

There are two ways to participate in the 2021 event.


Participating companies are asked to donate only $1,995 for the opportunity to interact with the media in this educational format by participating in the SharkTank media pitch. By making this donation, the executive spokesperson will present to four of our elite judges and may even have the opportunity to catch a story of their own. Proceeds from the Media SharkTank will be donated to the San Francisco BayKeeper charity.

These are our early confirmed Media Sharks for 2021 and more will be confirmed in the weeks leading up to the event!

Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, Based in San Francisco. He has also been Editor at Large for TIME Magazine, Founder and Editor of Technologizer, and Editor of PC World.




Arielle Padres is a senior writer at WIRED, where she works on stories about our relationship to our technology. Previously she was a senior editor for VICE. She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania and lives in San Francisco.



Heather Somerville on Muck Rack

Heather Somerville is a technology reporter with the Wall Street Journal covering technology financing, venture capital, and startups. She previously worked for Reuters, where she covered the venture capital industry and closely watched companies including Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb. Previously a staff writer for the San Jose Mercury News and the Fresno Bee, she has worked for newspapers and online news sites across the country, covering national security, politics, education, the environment, and immigration. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including the California Health Journalism Fellowship and the Berlin Capital Journalism Fulbright. She holds a MS in Journalism from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.


Michael Liedtke has have been covering business in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years, including the formative years of Google, a company that remains on my beat today. I remain on the lookout for new trends, breakthrough products and interesting people.



Dean Takahashi is the lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He has been a tech journalist for more than 28 years, and he has covered games for 21 years. He has been at VentureBeat since 2008. Prior to that, he wrote for the San Jose Mercury News, the Red Herring, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Dallas Times-Herald. He is the author of two books, “Opening the Xbox” and “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked.” He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.




Richard Nieva is a senior reporter for CNET News, where he covers everything from Google and Facebook to smartphone theft. He previously worked for Fortune magazine, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, on CNNMoney.com and on CJR.org. He is based in San Francisco.



James Maguire is eWeek’s Editor-in-Chief and has been reporting on emerging technology for more than 15 years. He has won two ASBPE Awards of Excellence for in-depth feature articles about cloud computing and artificial intelligence. He has covered the gamut of enterprise and consumer technology, and regularly communicates with leading IT newsmakers, vendors and analysts.




Scott McGrew is a reporter and news anchor for NBC Bay Area. He focuses on technology and business, and also hosts Press:Here, a televised weekly roundtable about venture capital and entrepreneurship that features world class tech reporters and Silicon Valley CEOs. Additionally, McGrew has reported on technology and money during business reports on KNBR 680 in San Francisco.



Natasha Mascarenhas is a venture capital and tech reporter at TechCrunch. She’s interested in writing about underserved regions with blossoming startup scenes and has a soft spot for early-stage startups looking to renovate boring monopolized industries.




Kia Kokalitcheva is a technology reporter based in San Francisco. She previously spent two years at Fortune, where she covered the “on-demand economy” and startups. Prior to that, she was a stagg writer at the tech news site VentureBeat where she wrote about a broad range of topics, including social media and venture capital. She earned a B.A. in Political Economy from UC Berkeley, where she also got her first taste of journalism as an opinion columnist for the university’s award-winning student newspaper, the Daily Californian.




You can also attend the networking reception with the elite broadcast and business press who panel the Media SharkTank. Network with the media panelists and B2B tech executives while enjoying a cocktail reception and hors d’ oeuvres by making a $595 donation to the San Francisco BayKeeper. Proceeds from the Media SharkTank will be donated to the San Francisco BayKeeper charity.

CEOs or executive spokespersons will deliver a private, 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 honest and expert opinion. Get the inside scoop like never before and learn exactly what you need to do to make it in the headlines!

Participation allows company leaders to hone their elevator and business press pitches along with their presentation skills to be more successful in the future. Companies are not guaranteed media coverage as a result of participation, though if your pitch wows our panel of media Sharks you may catch a story as past participants have.

People’s Choice Award

At the end of the evening the pitch finalists, as determined by the media, will deliver their “1-minute elevator pitch” to the full reception audience. The audience will vote and determine which participant is going home with the MST2021 People’s Choice Award!

We are very excited that Silvi Alcivar will create poetry for attendees about their company or themselves in one minute, after asking a series of questions to each of our guests.
TapSnap will join us again to help catalog this memorable night!