Jim Breslin | StartUp StorySlam

StartUp StorySlam had a first! Our Contagious Story Slam ended in a tie! Vanessa Chan and Parchelle Hotten both delivered first-rate stories on the theme and both ended up winning first prize, one free month of Mobile Pro Membership at Benjamin’s Desk.

Vanessa talked about he invention of tangle-free earbuds that to the eye look like jewelry and how she has been working to make the product “contagious!” Parchelle told the touching story of being hired to shoot an elaborate marriage proposal.

Thanks to everyone who came out and told their story, those who came out to cheer them on, and our judges. We had a fun night of stories, pizza, beer, and networking – and we’re going to do it again on Wednesday, March 2. Join us again at Benjamin’s Desk for our “Leap of Faith” Story Slam. Reserve your seats by clicking HERE.

In the meantime, check out the two winning stories posted below. You can view all the stories on the StartUp StorySlam YouTube Channel.

Do you have a StartUp Story?

Our next StartUp StorySlam will be held on Thursday, February 4th at Benjamin’s Desk in Philadelphia, PA. Doors open at 6:30 and we start hearing stories around 7pm. The theme for the night is “Contagious!” Come out and join us, see what StartUp StorySlam is all about! Reserve your tickets by clicking HERE.

What stories fit the theme of “Contagious?”

We want to hear stories about ideas that caught on and StartUps that spread like wildfire. We want to listen to concepts that didn’t catch on – at first – but after making adjustments to the concept, tweaking the business model, or finding a new partner, the concept quickly built an audience and infected customers. Perhaps your story is working in pharmaceuticals, where you truly developed something to help those who are contagious, but your story could be about that iPhone app that went viral. Have you seen someone who spread a positive attitude in your workplace in a contagious way? There are tons of ways to thing about “Contagious.” You get the idea!

Come out to Benjamin’s Desk on Thursday, February 4th, see what StartUp StorySlam is all about! Benjamin’s Desk is located at 1701 Walnut St. From the corner of Walnut and 17th, walk north on 17th and you will see the door on the left. Tell your story or just listen in and meet others. Bring your business cards! Reserve your tickets by clicking HERE.

Congratulations to Dee Frazier, the winner of our first ever Startup StorySlam in New Jersey! Her story, which she entitled, “Why? Why Not?” was an amazing tale of a social entrepreneur taking her poor and hungry upbringing with a drug addicted mother and turning that into motivation to provide scientific calculators, protractors and compass to 8,000 school children in poor and disadvantaged areas.

Thanks to everyone who threw their name in the hat. We hope you check back because we will have videos of the stories posted on the StartUp StorySlam YouTube channel sometime in the next week. Big thanks to the Burlington County Library for hosting the first New Jersey StartUp StorySlam.

Do you have a StartUp Story? Our next StartUp StorySlam will be held on Thursday, February 4th at Benjamin’s Desk in Philadelphia, PA. Doors open at 6:30 and we start hearing stories around 7pm. Come out and join us, see what StartUp StorySlam is all about! Reserve your tickets by clicking HERE.

If you live in another part of the country and are interesting learning how you can bring StartUp StorySlam to your city, email Jim at [email protected] to learn more.

We celebrated our third StartUp StorySlam with nine stories on the theme “Decisive” and Peter Mellen won the night with his story of bringing his start up into focus during a retreat. Our stories ranged from embarrassing decisions made to life-changing, life-affirming decisions made while working in the business world. You can watch Peter’s winning story below or watch all of our videos on the StartUp StorySlam YouTube Channel.

Our first New Jersey StartUp StorySlam will be held on Thursday, January 28th at Burlington County Library. Learn more and reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

Our next Philadelphia StartUp StorySlam will be held on Thursday, February 4th at Benjamin’s Desk. The theme of the night is “Contagious.” Tickets can be ordered HERE.

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to be more decisive? Maybe your resolution is to be less decisive!

We often act on hunches or a first look at the data and make quick, important decisions. These decisions often help us beat the competition, but sometimes they can lead us down the wrong path. We want to hear stories about being decisive at our January 7th StartUp StorySlam. When has being decisive worked for you and when has it failed? What did you learn from your decisive mistake. Do you trust your gut? Have you learned a new test – a new gut check? Do you have a mentor you now run your important decisions by?

If you have a story to tell, sign up upon arrival. Stories should be five minutes long and true as you remember it. No notes, no props, and no music. Just you and a mic. We usually hear about ten stories on the night and we love listeners who cheer the storytellers on.

Make the decision to come to our first StartUp StorySlam of 2016, which is being held at Benjamin’s Desk on Thursday, January 7th. Order your tickets HERE.

Marc Kramer was crowned the winner at the second StartUp StorySlam, after managing to tell two stories in the short 5-minute window. Marc captured the audience by telling a hilarious story about flying to Colombia for work and having a runner-up in the Miss World competition as his “sponsored guide.” Since the night was themed “traction,” Marc also told of how he focused on getting 2100 people to sign up for his event…overnight! Congratulations on all the continued success and traction, Marc!

StartUp StorySlam, a group of local entrepreneurs interested in storytelling, hosted its second event at Benjamin’s Desk. The event gathered around 30-40 people and for the second time in a row, featured a variety of speakers in age and experience. The speakers for this event included Matt Stachel, Glenna Crooks, Dr. Ron King, Eric Griffin, and Marc Kramer. The theme for the evening was “Traction” and people told stories about both positive and negative traction. There was even a story about “kick in the teeth” traction!

As part of the prize package, Anthony Maher, CEO at Benjamin’s Desk and host for the evening, provided a free membership plan to Marc. If you missed the live event, you can find the videos on StartUp StorySlam’s YouTube page, roughly 48 hours after the event. The next event will be held on Thursday, January 7th at Benjamin’s Desk and the theme is “Decisive!”Tickets for January 7th can be ordered HERE.

StartUp Story Slam returns to Benjamin’s Desk on Thursday, December 3rd. The theme for December is “Traction!”

“Traction?” We’re looking for stories about where your StartUp looked like it might go under, but then you finally found solid footing. Maybe a simple tweak of your business model set your StartUp on the fast track. Maybe your original idea had to be turned upside down in order to get the proper funding. Our original concepts often morph through early stages. Tell us what helped you get “traction!”

If you would like to tell a five-minute story, sign up once you arrive. We’ll pull names our of a hat and start the storytelling at 7pm. Tickets can be ordered HERE.