After the preliminary meeting, I hurried out to explore the Market District and had a pleasant time wandering along the pier just a few blocks away where a lively outdoor market was well underway. After a quick salad at a nearby coffee shop, I spent the rest of the day locked in my room practicing the presentation to make sure I would beat the 4-minute buzzer.
When I walked out onto the stage, I immediately realized that the slides were not in the order that I’d uploaded them, so I threw out my mental notes and just talked to the crowd. I was relieved to be one of only a handful of presenters who beat the buzzer. Feedback came from only one of the judges, selected at random from the panel consisting of Rob Coneybeer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Shasta Ventures, Eric Duprat, General Manager of Mobile at PayPal, General Manager, Mobile, Anand Iyer, the Senior Project Manager of Windows Phone 7 Team at Microsoft, and Alan Warms, CEO of Appolicious. Warms was selected to comment on my presentation as I exited the stage.
I received a lot of positive feedback both from co-competitors and attendees and learned a lot from the sessions I was able to attend at the conference. I was also approached by a major corporation with a request to talk in the future about ways to partner, which I find quite heartening. And, of course, the press coverage was an excellent boost for the company. All in all, it was a great experience.
While my company didn’t win first prize in the competition, I am very pleased with APPCityLife being named one of the ten hottest mobile app startups of 2010.