Steem Elevator Pitch Contest

in #steem-elevator3 years ago (edited)

You are at a major blockchain event. You want to convince me that Steem has a bright future ahead and is worth investing in. The problem is that I'm pretty busy so you'll have to pitch you idea during my elevator ride, that happens to be exactly one minute.

Elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a pretty common but difficult exercise in the startup world. You usually have somewhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes to convince a jury that your idea is awesome. It's important to be able to keep it this short to make sure that you have a clear vision about what the project aims to achieve and what it is at its core. A project is not just just a bunch of features stacked together, it needs to have a clear direction.
In the case of Steem, a blockchain with so many features, it will be a particularly complex task. It would probably be easier to make a 30 minutes video about it. But busy people don't have 30 minutes to give you right away, they might later, but first you will need to convince them during this first minute.


  • Post a video of you pitching the Steem blockchain, on 3speak, dTube or other video platform.
  • Make a post on Steem using the steem-elevator tag.
  • The video has to be 1 minute long at maximum. Not 1:05, not 1:01, 1:00. In these kind of pitches, the interlocutor wouldn't hesitate to stop you mid-sentence if you are taking too long.
  • 1 minute is extremely short, carefully chose which topics are the most important to catch the attention of the interlocutor. If your 1 minute pitch convince him the original idea is good, he will give you more time later on and ask questions.
  • A short time doesn't mean you need to speak faster. Be articulate. Quality over quantity.
  • Do your research, there s plenty information about how to make a great elevator pitch out there.
  • Your interlocutor is knowledgeable about blockchain in general, don't waste time over basic concepts.
  • The contest will last one week, starting now.


This contest idea received a lot of support from the community and especially big stakeholders. There will be liquid rewards and whales upvotes based on the quality of the submission. To keep this decentralized, I propose that each decide whom to upvote/send rewards based on perceived quality, rather than electing an overall winner. I also encourage the whole community to check the contributions on steem-elevator tag and curate them.

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Take a bath, human.

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Hard pass

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It s a nice video but

  1. it s about Steemit, not about Steem
  2. it s a marketing video, not a pitch

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Challenge accepted, @stoodkev :)

As a creative artist I am, personally, grateful to Steem for helping me overcome writer's block and inspiring prose and poetry for my 8th book. Here, is my entry.

Thank you, for this opportunity to express my appreciation. _/|\_

Awesome, I ll check it up asap!

Thank you, for your attention & support.

I think of blogging as a conversation, which is only as good as its listeners.

Cheers ✌🏼

Nice testimonial, but a potential investor has very little information about what steem is from your perspective.. Not an easy task, perhaps impossible.. Appreciate the effort

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Thanks, I tried to share my enthusiasm for it as a platform for creative types who think differently. Of course, there’s much more to be said... But, it’s a start 🙏🏼

Wooh!!! You are looking like steem boy😎😎

Mmhmm... Hope you like my post ✌🏼

To anyone who wants to participate:
I recommend to read the whitepaper and bluepaper again and research a little bit more to remember Steem's valuable features. We have more than rewards and posts to talk about.

I still don't understand what's an elevator pictch. It seems for me like a presentation we do to get a job. Correct me if I'm wrong. I created a promotional video from what I understand, but I'm afraid that will not be accepted again. If I just understand what exactly you want, i would do that. Should it be a video with me talking about steem in less than one minute presenting it, or an animation video ? Or a presentation with powerpoint or any other application that creates presentations and record that. Anyway, check this and tell me what do you think ? I'm lost.

It s a short video of you talking about the Steem blockchain to convince investors.

In this case count this one please, but not the first :

You want to convince me that Steem has a bright future ahead and is worth investing in

Post a video of you pitching the Steem blockchain

Just to be clear, this an elevator pitch to a financial investor, and not a content producer who invests his/her time and effort?

Investor yes, we re talking about pitching the blockchain and why its worth it as a whole, and will grow in the future.

What was Microsoft before it reached momentum? An unfathomable idea with no real audience in it's early stages. What is the one thing that we as human beings seek out? No matter our status? Interaction. Idea sharing. Emotional bonding. Reassurance. Attention, even, for some. Social media is not going anywhere because it's directly linked to what we all, as a vast majority, exist as, social beings. Imagine Facebook, but you can get paid for your likes. Imagine a social media construct unlike any other, set upon blockchain technology. This exists, currently, and I believe that with proper guidance and development, there is potential to reach and even surpass the success of companies like Facebook, before Facebook has a chance to dig it's heels into the Cryptocurrency atmosphere. Cryptocurrency isn't going anywhere either and if you compare that to the momentum of Microsoft, I believe you can realistically and viably do a direct comparison between the two and their success. I wholeheartedly believe in the possibilities that exist here. I sincerely hope you'll consider this opportunity; Thank you for your time.

I was able to do it in 57 seconds, which would leave me enough time to extend my hand to offer a firm handshake as the doors are opening. I'd then exit confidently and say something along the lines of "I hope you have a great rest of your day!" or "Enjoy your evening, get home safely!" with a bright and happy composure as I headed in the direction I was going.

I could do a video, but I'm really not one to put myself on camera. I could do audio, if that would be considered. I think an important key to this delivery is the tone I use as well, so it may not come off as confidently or strongly just being read. If simply audio would suffice, I'd be more apt to try it out. lol. As far as visuals go anyways, I personally think that a person's image and how others perceive them is important to the level of respect they give an idea as well.

Imagine you're a homeless man who looks dirty who's in the elevator with this executive of some sort... do you think you'll honestly get the same response as you would if you were in a tailored suit from head to toe looking like a million bucks? Unfortunately, no. These things are just as important and I don't believe that I'd ever be a face that would get successful results from an executive, should I ever happen to get the time of day with them. lol :P

I look forward to the responses. I find it extremely difficult to be optimistic about STEEM at this time.

If you base your reasoning on the price perhaps. If you think about the technology, we re well on our way. Check the videos from the SteemFest, it might change your mind ;)

Why not think long-term?

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Just got on the platform some hours ago, getting ready my #elevator #pitch ASAP

Do you accept only English or other languages?

English, it would be hard to judge the quality of the contribution if we can't understand it.

This is going to be pure gold 😂

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Hell yea! =)

Thanks for the post.

What an awesome idea I will be sure to get involved I am a big believer in steem and what this blockchain can do now and what it will be able to do in the near future with SMT

Looking forward to see your entry! =)

Excellent working


Here's my entry....

58 seconds, with a very professional intro, at least by my standards!

Were I making the pitch, I would start it off with this question: Do you think reliable, accurate, secure, untampered news sources are important to your life?

After the response, made by known investor, who would almost certainly answer yes, I would this:

Did know that some of the most in depth by some of the best writers, technicians, and scientists in almost every country are reported on steemit and many of the articles are extremely embarrassing to powerful governments and businesses, and organizations with enough resources to attempt to destroy Steemit, where these articles are published and Steemit and Steem are relatively untouched?

It's true. Without trying to bore or scare, I myself have accurately uncovered a really nasty thing and truth Steemit and my Steem was untouched and it is there for anyone to see at all times.

I like the angle of proposing a question with a predictable reply.. Certainly this is a time tested sales technique.. First bit I've seen here in what I'd say is the right direction.. The essential element though is appealing to an investors profits. That makes this a very difficult concept..

Investors aren't exactly looking to try and make the world a better more evolved place, they want a solid roi with as little risk as possible.. Period, full stop!

I beg to differ, of course most of the investors might be interested in ROI, but there are other type of investors who are interested in bettering humanity.
To this kind of investor the ROI relies on how much would their investment make society better. Therefore, I think the first task would be to approach the right kind of investor when this is the pitch to be used.

A utopian vision, and I’d assume the guy in the elevator is like most investors, that aren’t philanthropists.

The whole vision of Steem is utopian in my way of seeing things. After all, we live in a positive sum world.

I can dig that

Are there not big problems in the world? I would ask the elevator man that question or something to that affect because he or she would need first understand the problem before he or she could appreciate how Steemit attempts at solving the issue of being censored, banned demonetized, spied on, abused, manipulated, robbed from, shadow banned, hidden, lied to, etc.

@stoodkev, Looking forward to it. This idea 💡 is really appreciable. Stay blessed.

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I respect this idea, but it may be hard for someone to gather up both the marketing skills AND the video skills to make their entry fly. I know someone will figure it out, but it's not going to be easy.

This is a pitch, not a marketing video, you just need to film yourself talking, so you ll need marketing skills but no particular video skill.

You know Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, sucks. They're censoring people. They got people banned. Have you ever been terminated, mister busy elevator man? One of the problems that we got is centralization. That is tyranny. The tech cartels become big and bad like governments. They become like Hitler, Mau, etc. That is why we strike back. Like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. People are building alternatives to Facebook and the other social network ghettos. So, why would you not join them? Why would you not be part of history, elevator man?

A bit scary don’t you think 🤪 You should make a video though, it would be highly entertaining..

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Don't tempt me haha.

Wtf a quick "E" are you kidding right now come up with your own elevator promo ya biscuit head I like steemit just how it is unsaturated with junk vid we're here because we dont want to be on youtube sorting through junk vids.

We re talking about Steem, not Steemit. You don't seem to know much about our blockchain so make sure to check some of these videos, it might educate you.

Oh thanks you're right I thought steemit was the blockchain and steem were it's tokens

Me: Have you ever heard about Steem?
Investor: Is it Steam you were sayin!?
Me: No, S-t-e-e-m, Steem!
Investor: No, sorry...
Me: Interested in buying some Steem tokens?
Investor: Are you out of your mind?
Me: Justin Sun is buying the company behind it.
Investor: Okay, I want every token you can sell.

it is my submission for this amazing event:

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You say you can earn rewards through blogging and yet you just earned rewards through the creation of video content. Interesting....

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So Steem Community is an amazing token and Blockchain.
Not just a token.

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Nice, but this is a marketing video, not a sales pitch..

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I try to make an other video for this activity.

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That s the kind of points I d like to see addressed more, hope you ll make a pitch out of it =)
Btw, check my answer about your Keychain issue.

In gonna steal his bullet points and make a video on an escalator because if those break they're still just stairs..

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Looking forward to your escalator pitch then!

Great contest idea, I might have a crack, good excuse to get on 3speak at last.

Those people who flagged you, they must be the biggest fucking numpties on the platform.

Looking forward to see your entry!
Hint: you re talking to an investor, not a content creator.

Ah OK good hint!

I got to do mine, here's the link to my entry posted on threespeak;

Here's my entry. First day on this platform. Am i posting it correctly ? Please help :)

When it comes to choosing the right social platform for showcasing your content there two basic questions we consider !

Is the paltform descentralized ?
Can you get rewarded for your cretivity, energy and time you invested to produce your content?

How about a social network built on a blockchain ?
That’s excatly what steem it is !

A socal media and blogging platform where you as a creators can create and curate content and get financially rewarded via a cryptocurrency called Steem.

Members can upvote the content and this goes directly to the content creators.

Steemit makes exchanging ideas and information real and genuine as its Steemit is designed as a decentralized application (DApp) built upon the Steem blockchain. What does that mean
No Ads, No selling your information , No censorship

Steem protol generates Fixed amount of steem everyday which makes up the reward for content creators just like any other cryptocurrency
Are you going to be part of it ?

I pitched to a bunch of teenagers on the Elevator .... just held up my iPhone to show them how to Monetize their TikTok videos with Steemit and appics.... they all signed up.

I'm sure that wasn't creepy at all 😂

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Especially when I started dancing.

LOL make it creepy anyway!

Here is my entry to the 60 second STEEM elevator pitch. Thank you @stoodkev for getting me off my butt, getting behind a camera and practicing a 60 second pitch.


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Challenge accepted.

Awesome, looking forward to your contribution

I will try it when I finish the video. and young I hope to win

Muy buen contenido 💜💜

I hate to burst your bubble, but we already have permissionless money (Bitcoin) with network effect and a multitoken blockchain with network effect (Ethereum). So why use Steem/SBD? They do not even hold their value very well. SBD cannot keep its peg to the USD. I can watch the Steem blockchain with a VPS paying around say $10 a month with a very small amount of hard disc and process payments. Let's see you do that with bitcoin (huge blockchain download size) or ethereum (also huge) that's not talking about transaction fees. We have better utility with Steem/SBD and there isn't such a fear in changing the way things work. Do these advantages translate into economic success? only the crazy "Mr. Market" will decide.

This is really a nice concept!

Just post a montage of youtube official hamstringing their own website. Done and done.

If the earth was steemit id probably be a worm in the soil, id pop my head up out of the soil every now and then, utter some words about my life and then burrow back down, im not blessed with the knowledge you guys possess but im pretty sure im still as happy as you are, i came for the community and i stay also for that now , the price of steem is largely irrelevant it could go up or down but the people we meet on this platform, our friends and communities are priceless and that is where the true value lies, I cant do much to help the Steem platform as mostly i dont understand the technical side of things, so im relying on you smart people to pull us all through and make our platform the place to be \o/

Here is my new elevator pitch ... wow 1 minutes goes quick ....

@stoodkev, Kindly find my piece below for your reference.

I don't know if this piece is fitting or not but as soon as got to know about it, wanted to come up with something.

Keep up the good work and stay blessed brother.

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This is actually going to take a while if a meaningful work can be done ✅
Anyways challenge accept
Let’s get to work and win this contest 💪🏻

Looking forward to your entry!

I think the best elevator pitch I've ever read about, was the one given for a TV show.

Having very little time to convince the executive of what his show was about and the value of it as an investment, his pitch was:

"MTV Cops"

The series was Miami Vice.

The concept was about a couple of young guys combining music, clothing styles and the ambiance of Miami with a traditional cop show. It worked.

It's simple, gets right to the point, while allowing the investor to imagine all of the possibilities involved with it as an investment.

While I won't be able to participate, I think we need to distill the essence of STEEM down to something short, punchy and memorable.

The pitch "MTV Cops" also linked the show with an established brand and demo. Best wishes to everyone submitting! :)

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