Your Elevator Pitch Only Needs to Accomplish One Thing

elevator pitchThere’s a reason it’s referred to as an “elevator pitch” – it must be expressed in a couple of sentences and no more than 10 seconds.  And that might even be a little generous.  Psychologist Michael Formica reported that the average non-task-oriented attention span of a human being is about 8 seconds.  What you must realize is the only thing your elevator pitch needs to accomplish is to cause enough interest on the part of the recipient to ask you any question that lets you expand a little further.  But also be careful about abusing the permission you’ve been given to continue.  Now you have 2-5 minutes to generate enough interest for a full-blown conversation, either then or separately scheduled.

I mention this because I see a lot of startups way over thinking the elevator pitch.  Start with two sentences that answer the following questions:

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