Media Sharktank 2014
Test Your Media Pitch in the Deep End
Pitch your story to the top broadcast and business press at the Annual Media SharkTank Charitable Event. SharkTank, now in its fourth 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.
There are two ways to participate in the 2014 event:
Pitch the Media SharkTank:
Participating companies are asked to donate only $1,750 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.
Attend the Media SharkTank Reception:
You can 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 $500 donation to the San Francisco BayKeeper.
About Media SharkTank
When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hotel Vitale, 8 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 – Google Maps
Register by October 10th – Space is limited, we will sell out of limited spots!
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.
Proceeds from the SharkTank will be donated to the San Francisco BayKeeper charity.
Confirmed Panelists As Per July 30, 2014
Senior Writer, Fortune
Miguel Helft, known for being a straightforward and honest reporter, serves as the senior writer for Fortune on tech matters and has been reporting for 20 years. Prior to Fortune, he wrote for publications like the New York Times, our own local San Jose Mercury News, and the Los Angeles Times. He has an unmatched understanding of the technology industry and even worked as a software engineer after graduating from Stanford and before beginning his reporting career.
Senior Writer, Bloomberg / Businessweek
Peter Burrows is a senior writer, based in San Francisco, for Bloomberg Businessweek who covers technology companies and topics. Burrows joined Businessweek in 1993 in Dallas before moving on to be a senior correspondent in Silicon Valley. The esteemed reporter started his career as a senior editor for Electronic Business and wrote Backfire: Carly Fiorina’s High-Stakes Battle for the Soul of Hewlett-Packard. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Connie Guglielmo is Editor-in-Chief of CNET News and is responsible for overseeing the global news team as they cover breaking news, and deliver analysis and features. She’s a veteran tech reporter and editor who has worked in around and Silicon Valley for MacWEEK, Wired, Upside, Interactive Week, Bloomberg News and Forbes.
San Francisco correspondent – Financial Times
Hannah Kuchler is an experienced and enthusiastic financial journalist with a flair for eye-catching stories and a commitment to accuracy and unbiased reporting. After almost five years at one of the world’s leading financial news publications, I have reported from three continents and covered everything from Wall Street to politics. As technology shakes up industries across the globe, I am eager to tell the rapidly changing story of Silicon Valley and enjoy meeting new people and discovering new companies along the way. I write breaking news, in-depth financial analysis and craft longer features. I enjoy finding interesting ways to tell stories to a broader audience and bringing highly relevant and engaging content to readers.
Emmy Award-Winning Anchor/Reporter/Producer/KRON 4
Kym McNicholas is an Emmy award winning (3x Emmy-nominated) anchor, reporter and interviewer with more than 18 years of broadcasting experience. Her current position is with KRON 4, where she is the career, job, and tech expert reporter. Before that she was an executive producer and reporter for PandoDaily and an anchor and reporter for Forbes. While at Forbes she interviewed the “who’s-who” of Silicon Valley and she also covered executive’s lives outside of the boardroom. She has reported on all aspects of business news and has also worked as a business and tech anchor in San Francisco.
Senior Editor, Co.Exist
Ariel Schwartz is a senior editor at Fast Company’s magazine’s website Co.Exist, focusing on world-changing ideas and innovation. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, NBC Bay Area, Greenbiz, and many more. Schwartz is the recipient of a Verge 25 Award for her work as “a leading voice on the promise of technology in the service of cities and sustainability.” Prior to her career as a writer, she worked at No Starch Press, a small San Francisco-based publishing company.
Business Reporter, Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury News
Heather Somerville is a business reporter with the Bay Area News Group, a media group that includes the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. She covers consumer affairs, retail and technology in California’s Bay Area. Heather has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and online news sites across the country, covering national security, politics, education, the environment and immigration. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, McClatchy DC, The Huffington Post/AOL, The Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Center for Investigative Reporting and others.
Editor, Venture Capital Journal
Alastair Goldfisher is editor of Venture Capital Journal and contributor to peHUB, two Thomson Reuters publications. Alastair primarily reports on venture capital and venture-backed startups, and pretty much anything dealing with fundraising, investments, sector trends, venture-backed M&A, personnel news and other venture capital topics from startup to exit. Alastair has worked as a business journalist since 1994 and at Thomson Reuters since 2003. Previously, he was the founding editor of California CEO and before that he was a reporter with the San Jose Business Journal.
Ari Levy is CNBC’s senior technology reporter in San Francisco. Prior to working at CNBC, Levi spent 11 years at Bloomberg News. He began with financial coverage in New York writing about venture capital, deals and dealmakers, technology start-ups and innovation. In addition, Levy edited stories across the technology landscape contributing to Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets.
Melanie Woodrow joined KTVU-TV as an investigative reporter in April 2014. Previously she worked in Los Angeles for CBS Newspath (the CBS national network affiliate service) and CBS2/KCAL9. In September 2012, Melanie joined the nationally syndicated medical talk show “The Doctors” as the show’s first ever investigative reporter. Melanie also produced hour long episodes of the show. Melanie worked as an investigative reporter for WAVY-TV in Norfolk, VA where she also covered the military beat and anchored the Sunday morning newscast. She got her start in front of the camera at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD as a morning anchor, producer and reporter. Melanie began her journalism career at MSNBC in Secaucus, NJ where she was a production assistant on Lester Holt Live. Previously she worked as an analyst at JPMorganChase in NYC. Melanie graduated first in her class from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.
Pitch your story to the top broadcast and business press at the Annual Media SharkTank Charitable Event. SharkTank allows High Tech Start-up Bay Area executives to “test” their business pitch with top members of the print, online and broadcast media.