January 26, 2022
Every Startup Founder’s Greatest Challenge: Perfecting the Pitch

David Riemer shares a fun moment with students in a storytelling workshop at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

There are many workshops we host at SkyDeck for every batch of founders, and a perennial favorite in the last decade has always been SkyDeck Advisor David Riemer’s "Product Story" workshop. A few weeks ago, David released a new book, Getting Your Startup Story Straight. In her latest blog, Sibyl Chen, Senior Director at SkyDeck, sits down with David to chat with him about his motivation for writing the book and his advice for startup founders on what they can do to perfect their pitch. Check out the blog here.
SkyDeck Alum Raises $25M to Industrialize Data Refining was part of SkyDeck Batch 7 in 2018
Prophecy (Batch 7 Cohort) just announced a $25M Series A led by Insight Partners. This new funding will allow the Prophecy to continue the mission to industrialize data refining, and improving data engineering practices and outcomes for all data users. Read more about them in their blog.
19 Startups from SkyDeck's Innovation Partner Program to Pitch on Feb 8th

On February 8th, SkyDeck will host a Global Innovation Pitch Showcase to feature 19 global startups from Japan, Taiwan, and Eastern Europe. SkyDeck invites accredited VC’s, angel investors, and corporation representatives to join the pitch event. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from these Global startups working on exciting advancements in AI, biotech, green tech, space tech, and more! Register on Eventbrite today.

SkyTeam Fundraising News
Ontopical (Batch 10 Cohort) has raised CAD$2.25M in its first round of venture financing, as it looks to help companies get early signals of upcoming business opportunities in order to better serve their customers and communities. The all-equity seed round was led by Toronto-based GreenSky Capital’s GreenSky Accelerator Fund IV.
SkyTeam News
AESOP Technology
AESOP (Batch 10 cohort) launched RxPrime in the Epic App Orchard! RxPrime is a new sidebar application that provides information about potential wrong drug errors, and intelligent workflows based on suggestions for alternative medications and diagnosis.
LOVO (Batch 9 Cohort) is releasing Voiceverse, the world's first Voice NFT! LOVO will also be hosting AMAs with partner celebrity VOs like Charlet Chung (Overwatch & Shameless), Jonny Cruz (Overwatch & Prison Break), and Andy Milanokis (Adventure Time, Goat Soup NFT founder).
Action Face
Action Face (Batch 12 PAD-13) is one of the 5 finalists presenting at SXSW in the Gaming and Entertainment category!
Events & Highlights

Thursday, January 27: UC Berkeley Cloud Computing

The UC Berkeley Cloud Community of Practice is holding their 30th meetup virtually on Thursday, January 27th, from 1 to 2 PM PDT via Zoom. Details are forthcoming on the meetup page!
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