This post is contributed by Phil Strazzulla, Founder at Nextwave Hire and an eMinute Pitch alum

It’s been over three years, but I can still remember how nervous I was to pitch in front of the ENET crowd for my startup.  I was a fresh MBA graduate, and full of the excitement that comes with a new business.

It was little more than a PowerPoint at that juncture, along with many assumptions around how things would turn out down the line as I started to write code, and talk to potential customers about what would eventually become NextWave Hire.

It’s really amazing to see how much that business changed over the years, and how many of the questions I was asked the night of the pitch foreshadowed what was to come with getting this new venture off the ground.

We are so luck to live in a city with a thriving entrepreneurial community, and one where those who have had success come back to gatherings like ENET to share their knowledge with the next generation of founders.

At NextWave Hire we were fortunate to find the product/market fit necessary to build a profitable software company that helps local businesses like Toast, CarGurus and more in their recruiting.

Now, I’m on a new adventure with a business designed to help companies discover and buy the right software.  It’s call SelectSoftware if you want to take a look (and give me feedback – I always love people’s ideas when getting something new off the ground).

It goes without saying, but even doing this a second time, it’s so helpful to have the support of local organizations like ENET which enable our community to continue to build and evolve.

If you’re someone starting on your journey, I highly recommend getting engaged with people who have been there, done that so that you can avoid the various pitfalls we all seem to stumble across when building a company.  Good luck!

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