The five competing startups were selected based on their talented management teams, innovative products, large market opportunities and strong vision. The startups also provided innovative services complementary to the Salesforce platform.
The companies involved in the competition included DemandJump, Pattern89 (formerly known as Quantifi), Powderkeg, Torchlite and Viral Launch. A group of Salesforce executives, including Chief Product Officer Bret Taylor, Vice President, Product Management Armita Peymandoust, and Global Head of M&A Chris Hecht served as judges. They scored each company on a 1-5 point scale based on the following three categories:
ability of the current team to execute
innovation in the existing marketplace
understanding of market size and ability to capture market share
“Indy has an incredible technology community,” said Bret Taylor, seen in the photos here with members of the Viral Launch team. “The innovation, the drive and the passion that I saw from the companies who participated in the contest this evening was inspiring.”
Pitch Night took place on the heels of Salesforce winning the Tech Company of the Year award during TechPoint’s 19th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of technology in Indiana. Salesforce has also announced plans to train 500 workers in Indiana by 2020, enabling these trainees to begin new careers in technology as part of Salesforce’s commitment to workforce development and equality.