The Sky’s The Limit
I couldn’t help but take a minute to express some gratitude for the folks who made this new chapter possible. So I hope you’ll pardon me as I spread a little love around!
Naturally, I have to start with Techstars. Heartfelt thanks to David Cohen, Melissa Pegus, Shirine Marzouki, Amy Sarr, Nancy Wolff, Adam Phillips, Parker Casselman, TJ Johnson, Oliver Bruce, Pano Koutrouvelis. Anthony Reynolds II, Kaylin Tabb, and everyone at Techstars & J.P. Morgan. Thank you for your unfailing dedication to making the startup ecosystem a better place. I especially want to thank each of you for your welcoming, open-hearted support for disabled founders like me. It truly means the world!
To Jager McConnell & Tim Li, thank you for your generosity and your faith in me, my algorithms, my plans, and our shared goal of utilizing the power of data to advance diversity & inclusion.
I also want to give an extra thank you to our friends, mentors, and advisors, especially the DC rock star startup maven herself, Lisa Friednaldner! To my entire legal team at NEXT by Shulman Rogers: Anthony Millin, Brittani Gordon, Darrel Barros, and Eric Von Vorys, thank you for over a year of unfailing support, guidance, amplification, and friendship!
To the entire wonderful Halcyon family, thank you for almost a decade of love, support, encouragement, recognition, and beautiful humanity! Dr. Kuno, Kate, Dahna, Maggie, Ryan, Mike, David, Mercy, Dan, Samantha, Karina, Erna, Dwayne, Arion Long, each and every fellow & team member: I adore you all! Perfectly Pitched simply wouldn’t exist today without each of you.
To all of our startup ecosystem friends, clients, and partners, thank you! Malloy Industries, The National Disability Institute (especially Nikki & Caroline!), 2Gether-International, Jumpstart Foundry (Lookin’ at you, Krystin!), DC Startup Week, MICA, BCAN, Watson Institute, IMET REEF, Republic, the Washington Business Journal, The Otto Awards, Otto Pohl, Jake Rosenhaft, Amanda Silberling, Russell Stein, Paul Craciunoiu, Mihai Anton, Daniel Moshe, Rebecca Vassilakos, Micah Roseboro, Montell Stansberry, and SO many others. You make this world better each & every day through your hard work, dedication, and selflessness.
To all of our hundreds of clients in the past year & a half, thank you for trusting us to help tell your stories, craft your strategies, design your brand identities, build your websites, and pitch your sheer perfection. I see the trust you placed in us, I respect it, and am grateful to you for it. I hope we’ve done you proud!
To my friend & teammate, Sarah Black, thanks for jumping in with both feet & helping me build my dream. Thanks for all the giggles, late night gaming sessions, beautiful illustrations, pep talks, jokes, tiktoks, youtube videos, memes, and songs. We wouldn’t have made it here without you.
To Rachel Fierro, thank you doesn’t feel big enough and never will. Thank you for making everything possible, even when I didn’t believe it. Or anything.
To my family & friends, thank you for your support, encouragement, love, meals, dog-walks, errands, and everything. Especially my parents, brothers, sisters-in-law, niblings, my posse, Robert, Alastair, Guenevere, David, Daniel, Katherine, Stacy, Joy, Jobe, Alec, and oh man, just everybody! THANK YOU!
Cheers to the adventure ahead! Keep an eye on Perfectly Pitched. Big things are coming soon.