It didn’t take long to get through the wildcard round at the Bend Venture Conference on Friday. Each presenter had exactly 60 seconds to win a chance to do a 10-minute presentation later in the day. The ultimate prize: $110,000 cash.
Nothing tests an entrepreneur like a one-minute limit, and conference co-founder Karen Fast was right there, enforcing the 60-second rule with her wind-up kitchen timer. Low tech, but highly effective.
It was fun to watch, especially from a marketing communications standpoint. Presenters had to hone their elevator pitches to a short little spiel, and they had no PowerPoint to use as a crutch. Clearly, some were out of their element. A couple blew it completely. And everyone was seriously challenged.