Hi guys - great news!
Teeniors was one of 10 startups chosen from around the world for the Aging2.0 Global Pitch for Partners in San Francisco! I flew there this month to compete. 4 minutes. 6 judges from around the world. Big audience. Fantastic opportunity.
Unfortunately, we didn’t win. They picked the robot that talks to seniors instead. 😞
But Teeniors got honorable mention!
One of the judges came up afterward and said “Oh my goodness we LOVED you. We SOO loved you! You almost won! But in the end, robots are more scalable than humans.”
A line I won’t soon forget.
I was disappointed at first, as the winning startup got $5,000 plus an opportunity to pilot their program in Japan. But upon reflection, I truly realize that our value, our human connection, our impact is enormous. While the robots win this round, I'm still so grateful for the opportunity and the wonderful compliments to our work. Many audience members came up afterwards and said they wished we had won and that Teeniors existed in their city.
It was exciting that we were invited to pitch at the big leagues. More people know about our work than ever before and I suspect that our work will continue to inspire others with cool ideas to try and execute them. To say 'screw the business world and the way they've always done things' (money first, people second). Teeniors has such a huge impact on our young coaches and our older clients, but compared to how quickly these other tech companies can scale, the amount of investment they have behind them, and the caliber and size of teams they're working with, we are a tiny, tiny, tiny little operation. We were invited because they know we make a HUGE impact. And the audience seriously felt it. The judges did too, and they were all cool - they were just thinking about speed/scale over people (quantity over quality). Which I have to expect when competing in things like this, I just also hope that we can turn someone's head away from that mindset.
Anyway, just a quick note and a big thank you to those of you who sent your support and wished us well! Our goal is to make Teeniors sustainable in whichever parts of the world it exists. We'll keep on truckin'...