The auditorium of the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, California was packed. Investors chatted and checked their phones as they waited for the MC to call the room to attention. Founders huddled backstage, reciting their pitches under their breaths. You could feel the energy resonating throughout the great hall. After a rousing introduction from the 500 Startups staff, the show began.
Worklete co-founder and CEO, Ben Kanner, sauntered onto the stage clad in neon safety suspenders and carrying a 42 pound water jug. Without missing a beat, or spilling any water on himself, Ben got right into it.
He described the rampant problem of workplace injuries to the crowd, and emphasized why everyone should be focused on this underserved segment of the workforce. He detailed the amazing amount of weight team members lift every day at companies like Nestlé Waters, and how we are helping them avoid injury through proper movement training. Ben also spoke about the results that Worklete delivered for Hub Group Trucking, helping them take their injury spend from $546,000 to $0, in 6 months.
The pitch was a success! Investors buzzed around our booth after the pitching was over, hoping to speak with "The Bottle Guy" about where Worklete was headed. The beers flowed that evening and our team relished in the fact that others recognized the tremendous market potential that lay ahead of us. But in the world of startups, there is no time to bask in good feelings. The next morning, after a breakfast of coffee and Ibuprofen, we were back at it. It's tough to explain to our customers who lift 12,750 pounds PER DAY, but we're exhausted from a 2-minute presentation.