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We did it! We graduated our 2nd batch of _amazing_ WebFWD teams this week!

We started with a pre-graduation pitch panel, putting our teams in front of some of the sharpest minds in investment, pitching and public speaking there are. On Tuesday, our teams got grilled by:

  • David Ascher, who heads up various innovation initiatives at Mozilla and has led messaging organizations in the past.
  • Dia Bondi, who coaches the Brazilian Olympic Committee on their winning pitch and speakers at the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative.
  • Marco DeMiroz, our Mentor and CEO of Playfirst with lots of previous experience as a VC.
  • Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, investor and co-founder of ePinions.
  • Tom Rikert, partner at Andreessen Horowitz; and
  • Kevin Webb, associate at the angel Webb Investment Network.
  • The feedback was intense, which was the point. Our teams recovered at La Mar before heading home to watch themselves (and the feedback) on video before the Big Day.

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    How would you feel if this group was staring like this at YOU while you pitched?

    Then Wednesday happened. They practiced. They shared with Mozillians. And then they presented to the world! About 80 people turned out at our Mountain View HQ + others tuned into the live stream, tweeted and then mixed with the teams afterwards.

    In addition to the pitches, attendees at graduation learned that one of our teams raised a round of funding and another one was acquired.

    Overall a super successful event (we haven’t even mentioned the food and booze ;). You can check out some of our photos here.

    Our success, of course, owes largely to everyone else who supports us! Here’s how you can help:

  • Get involved. WebFWD is truly a community-driven program. Our Partners, Mentors, Scouts and friends are the fuel who help make our teams succeed. Many of you are those people, and we thank you! For those of you wishing to get more involved, please send us a note at webfwd@mozilla.com.
  • Encourage others to apply. We are taking applications for our next class of web-changing startups. The deadline to apply is January 31st. Details are on our website at http://webfwd.org
  • Stay in touch. Keep up to date on future events, teams, graduations and news on Twitter (@MozWebFWD) and Facebook. We also post updates regularly on our blog.
  • Stay tuned for more news from our alums and our new batch of teams, to be announced in the next few weeks!

    Warm regards,

    Diane & Didem