Steem Elevator Pitch Contest

You are at a major blockchain event. You want to convince me that Steem has a bright future ahead and is worth investing in. The problem is that I'm pretty busy so you'll have to pitch you idea during my elevator ride, that happens to be exactly one minute.

Elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a pretty common but difficult exercise in the startup world. You usually have somewhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes to convince a jury that your idea is awesome. It's important to be able to keep it this short to make sure that you have a clear vision about what the project aims to achieve and what it is at its core. A project is not just just a bunch of features stacked together, it needs to have a clear direction. In the case of Steem, a blockchain with so many features, it will be a particularly complex task. It would probably be easier to make a 30 minutes video about it. But busy people don't have 30 minutes to give you right away, they might later, but first you will need to convince them during this first minute.


  • Post a video of you pitching the Steem blockchain, on 3speak, dTube or other video platform.
  • Make a post on Steem using the steem-elevator tag.
  • The video has to be 1 minute long at maximum. Not 1:05, not 1:01, 1:00. In these kind of pitches, the interlocutor wouldn't hesitate to stop you mid-sentence if you are taking too long.
  • 1 minute is extremely short, carefully chose which topics are the most important to catch the attention of the interlocutor. If your 1 minute pitch convince him the original idea is good, he will give you more time later on and ask questions.
  • A short time doesn't mean you need to speak faster. Be articulate. Quality over quantity.
  • Do your research, there s plenty information about how to make a great elevator pitch out there.
  • Your interlocutor is knowledgeable about blockchain in general, don't waste time over basic concepts.
  • The contest will last one week, starting now.


This contest idea received a lot of support from the community and especially big stakeholders. There will be liquid rewards and whales upvotes based on the quality of the submission. To keep this decentralized, I propose that each decide whom to upvote/send rewards based on perceived quality, rather than electing an overall winner. I also encourage the whole community to check the contributions on steem-elevator tag and curate them.

Liquid rewards
  • 100 SBD from me, @stoodkev
  • 200 STEEM from @c-squared EDIT : An additional 100 STEEM from @fundition and 50,000 DEC from @steemmonsters in the pot!


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  • @c-squared
  • @ocd
  • @theycallmedan

Thank you all!

Steem on!

This post has beneficiary rewards set to 50% on @sbdpotato and 50% on @steem.dao

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  • @ocupation

    Only video content is currently eligible to receive a vote?

  • @chrisaiki

  • @livinguktaiwan

    You want to convince me that Steem has a bright future ahead and is worth investing in

    Post a video of you pitching the Steem blockchain

    Just to be clear, this an elevator pitch to a financial investor, and not a content producer who invests his/her time and effort?

  • @skramatters

    This is going to be pure gold πŸ˜‚

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  • @overkillcoin

    I respect this idea, but it may be hard for someone to gather up both the marketing skills AND the video skills to make their entry fly. I know someone will figure it out, but it's not going to be easy.

  • @myedit4credit

    Wtf a quick "E" are you kidding right now come up with your own elevator promo ya biscuit head I like steemit just how it is unsaturated with junk vid we're here because we dont want to be on youtube sorting through junk vids.

  • @preparedwombat

    I did a post a few months back about how I was struggling to come up with a Steem elevator pitch. In a comment to that post, @mattclarke pretty much nailed it:

    The internet is a desert, we're all nomads and each website is a tent. Some are huge and elaborate, some are pretty basic. They look very impressive, but you can never be sure they'll still be in the same spot when you visit next, and unless you really trust the owner, you wouldn't keep anything valuable in one. It's all we've ever known, so its hard to imagine anything better. Steem is a huge, flat concrete slab, with a heap of guys boring holes in it, putting up big, steel girders and arguing over blueprints. From a distance, and with no knowledge of cities, it doesn't look impressive. Even the few single story buildings that have gone up are kind of underwhelming, and don't attract many visitors. Real estate on the slab is cheap, but then nobody in the tribe has ever bought or sold land before. Most people agree it seems pretty stupid, considering the endless miles of uncontested land in every direction. It’s hard to grasp the value of concepts like plumbing, electricity, lockable doors, floor safes etc without having lived it, but those who can imagine the possibilities are learning, building, starting businesses, building reputations, getting to know their neighbours, and desperately trying to share their vision with others.

  • @honoru

    it is my submission for this amazing event:

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  • @dniceguy


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  • @infidel1258

    Challenge accepted.

  • @timeandmovie

    Do you accept only English or other languages?

  • @steevc

    Here's my attempt.

  • @yahialababidi

    Challenge accepted, @stoodkev :)

    As a creative artist I am, personally, grateful to Steem for helping me overcome writer's block and inspiring prose and poetry for my 8th book. Here, is my entry.

    Thank you, for this opportunity to express my appreciation. _/|\_

  • @coininstant

    I cannot tell a lie!

  • @bitcoinman

    What an awesome idea I will be sure to get involved I am a big believer in steem and what this blockchain can do now and what it will be able to do in the near future with SMT

  • @saifullah07

    Excellent working

  • @donchate

    I look forward to the responses. I find it extremely difficult to be optimistic about STEEM at this time.

  • @jeff-kubitz

    Were I making the pitch, I would start it off with this question: Do you think reliable, accurate, secure, untampered news sources are important to your life?

    After the response, made by known investor, who would almost certainly answer yes, I would this:

    Did know that some of the most in depth by some of the best writers, technicians, and scientists in almost every country are reported on steemit and many of the articles are extremely embarrassing to powerful governments and businesses, and organizations with enough resources to attempt to destroy Steemit, where these articles are published and Steemit and Steem are relatively untouched?

    It's true. Without trying to bore or scare, I myself have accurately uncovered a really nasty thing and truth Steemit and my Steem was untouched and it is there for anyone to see at all times.

  • @chireerocks

    @stoodkev, Looking forward to it. This idea πŸ’‘ is really appreciable. Stay blessed.

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  • @clixmoney

    I still don't understand what's an elevator pictch. It seems for me like a presentation we do to get a job. Correct me if I'm wrong. I created a promotional video from what I understand, but I'm afraid that will not be accepted again. If I just understand what exactly you want, i would do that. Should it be a video with me talking about steem in less than one minute presenting it, or an animation video ? Or a presentation with powerpoint or any other application that creates presentations and record that. Anyway, check this and tell me what do you think ? I'm lost.

  • @joeyarnoldvn

    You know Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, sucks. They're censoring people. They got people banned. Have you ever been terminated, mister busy elevator man? One of the problems that we got is centralization. That is tyranny. The tech cartels become big and bad like governments. They become like Hitler, Mau, etc. That is why we strike back. Like Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. People are building alternatives to Facebook and the other social network ghettos. So, why would you not join them? Why would you not be part of history, elevator man?

  • @lookplz

    What was Microsoft before it reached momentum? An unfathomable idea with no real audience in it's early stages. What is the one thing that we as human beings seek out? No matter our status? Interaction. Idea sharing. Emotional bonding. Reassurance. Attention, even, for some. Social media is not going anywhere because it's directly linked to what we all, as a vast majority, exist as, social beings. Imagine Facebook, but you can get paid for your likes. Imagine a social media construct unlike any other, set upon blockchain technology. This exists, currently, and I believe that with proper guidance and development, there is potential to reach and even surpass the success of companies like Facebook, before Facebook has a chance to dig it's heels into the Cryptocurrency atmosphere. Cryptocurrency isn't going anywhere either and if you compare that to the momentum of Microsoft, I believe you can realistically and viably do a direct comparison between the two and their success. I wholeheartedly believe in the possibilities that exist here. I sincerely hope you'll consider this opportunity; Thank you for your time.

    I was able to do it in 57 seconds, which would leave me enough time to extend my hand to offer a firm handshake as the doors are opening. I'd then exit confidently and say something along the lines of "I hope you have a great rest of your day!" or "Enjoy your evening, get home safely!" with a bright and happy composure as I headed in the direction I was going.

    I could do a video, but I'm really not one to put myself on camera. I could do audio, if that would be considered. I think an important key to this delivery is the tone I use as well, so it may not come off as confidently or strongly just being read. If simply audio would suffice, I'd be more apt to try it out. lol. As far as visuals go anyways, I personally think that a person's image and how others perceive them is important to the level of respect they give an idea as well.

    Imagine you're a homeless man who looks dirty who's in the elevator with this executive of some sort... do you think you'll honestly get the same response as you would if you were in a tailored suit from head to toe looking like a million bucks? Unfortunately, no. These things are just as important and I don't believe that I'd ever be a face that would get successful results from an executive, should I ever happen to get the time of day with them. lol :P

  • @deanliu

    Me: Have you ever heard about Steem? Investor: Is it Steam you were sayin!? Me: No, S-t-e-e-m, Steem! Investor: No, sorry... Me: Interested in buying some Steem tokens? Investor: Are you out of your mind? Me: Justin Sun is buying the company behind it. Investor: Okay, I want every token you can sell.

  • @mahdiyari

    To anyone who wants to participate: I recommend to read the whitepaper and bluepaper again and research a little bit more to remember Steem's valuable features. We have more than rewards and posts to talk about.

  • @marki99
    • Wallet addresses as usernames.
    • Free transactions, no fees.
    • Fast transactions, 3 seconds transfers.
    • Scalable: 100 000 transactions per second (as much as EOS, if not more).
    • ROI on holding steempower (currently 2%, can be a lot more if delegating for a return or curating).
    • Web app specific blockchain, which will keep it ahead of general smart contract blockchains.
    • Self funded DAO, where Steem Power holders can vote what gets funded.
    • Earn by posting, earn by curating (voting others' posts).
    • Create a community on the blockchain, which is independent of the website on which it can be accessed. (You can even create your own website to access it).
    • Launch (Airdrop or ICO) your own coin, with similar characteristics to Steem, with 0 programming experience.
    • Integrate that coin into your community, or your web application (website).
    • RC system ensures that an increase in users on steem will result in an increasing demand for Steem Power, causing price increase for Steem.
  • @revisesociology

    Great contest idea, I might have a crack, good excuse to get on 3speak at last.

    Those people who flagged you, they must be the biggest fucking numpties on the platform.

  • @detlev

    Let me know if this one fit? Love to do more....

  • @meditatewithabhi

    Here's my entry. First day on this platform. Am i posting it correctly ? Please help :)

    When it comes to choosing the right social platform for showcasing your content there two basic questions we consider !

    Is the paltform descentralized ? Can you get rewarded for your cretivity, energy and time you invested to produce your content?

    How about a social network built on a blockchain ? That’s excatly what steem it is !

    A socal media and blogging platform where you as a creators can create and curate content and get financially rewarded via a cryptocurrency called Steem.

    Members can upvote the content and this goes directly to the content creators.

    Steemit makes exchanging ideas and information real and genuine as its Steemit is designed as a decentralized application (DApp) built upon the Steem blockchain. What does that mean . No Ads, No selling your information , No censorship

    Steem protol generates Fixed amount of steem everyday which makes up the reward for content creators just like any other cryptocurrency Are you going to be part of it ?

  • @offgridlife

    I pitched to a bunch of teenagers on the Elevator .... just held up my iPhone to show them how to Monetize their TikTok videos with Steemit and appics.... they all signed up.

  • @ironshield

    Here is my entry to the 60 second STEEM elevator pitch. Thank you @stoodkev for getting me off my butt, getting behind a camera and practicing a 60 second pitch.

  • @meryem-byl

    Follow me @meryem-byl

  • @doingdailies

    at the moment, STEEM is not worth investing in until they fix inflation it won't be the platform needs a bigger userbase and the top money feels like its the job of their clients to sell and market THEIR product i'd keep an eye on it, it certainly has potential as tek and platform but under the current leadership posing as decentralized tribalism i doubt it's going anywhere

    there you go, less than one minute, where's my $100k

    truth too :)

    investors want to see money not "gud content"

    advertisers want to see numbers

    at the moment it is NOT worth investing in and my grandma will not bring the masses either since she doesnt have to pay on facebook to post 20 puppies a day

    you need another angle here, but im sure you like the 100 doller from the feature, dont you

    all smoke and mirrors,

    this aint helping

    this wont fix anything

    i HAVE asked, the moment i say "you have to pay before you can build" everyone goes "mmmmeh, not interested"

    or you mean you can just come in at 15sp and go for it ?

    L M A O

    combined vote from curie, therising and some other witness gives about $3 (times 0.6 for USD at the moment)

    the south won't rise again cos you are shiney, mate ...

    enjoy the beermoney

    maybe buy some #nbc or #gg or another managed token , maybe the koreans like koinbot succeed in making something work if the deem it worth their time but since they closed the bot it doesnt look like they do and when it comes to money if fear they always had good judgment, team-cn seems to do so to ... steemace trying hard ... im sure there's others but leave STEEM to the whales, there is NO WAY of knowing how much liquid is floating around from the early ninjamining days, more like WHO HAS IT , all that pool is waiting to be sold off (or havent you seen how the price is regulated for a year now ?) so NO

    i can not , with a straight face, walk up to someone and tell them : spend your beermoney on it this month as FOR TWO YEARS NOW

    every time i bought some steem the next day or week the price went down

    maybe i'm just not good at selling but lying to someone i know about something that costs them REAL money ?

    its ... beyond me ... and HO hei , silver!

    before anyone says "splinterlands" (and at the risk of being mistaken for jealous or trying to discredit, which i'm not)

    Splinterlands is number one but they use dollar for a currency and steem as a business expense (the literal words of Ultimatt the unbeatable there (the last monster once you pass the secret deck ... to the right and then above...) the steemmonsters whale will give you a free account if it means you'll play AND they'll delegate SteemPower too , which means

    ? what does that mean, precious ?

    yes, indeed, players dont have to buy steem ... so , while they're clearly the best at doing business and a great flagship to expose the chain ... dont dig too deep b/c an actual investor doesn't look at the shiney you hold up, they're too much of a fox and thats why THEY have more money than YOU

    make no mistake, all respect, i wish the same team could put some effort into a project that actually involves having to buy steem or something ...

    gud (servers crash in ten i guess ?)

    b/c that's how it is, he said it himself and on top of that "business expense" usually means "tax deduction" ... which makes it double whammy, lots to learn there

    but not the saviour of STEEM okay ... ? maybe good for steemit, not really for STEEM, you see the difference , precious ?

    don't get me wrong , if they left there would like NOTHING to propagate steem with that's big enough left ... the others arent half bad but not as shiney in the sense of ready to impress with the promise of tomorrow money and

    the plot just thickened :

    that was the last verse for the day its almost half past 10 again (in the morning ...)

  • @trendytunez

    Just got on the platform some hours ago, getting ready my #elevator #pitch ASAP

  • @lusy

    I will try it when I finish the video. and young I hope to win

  • @paragism


  • @nitin21


  • @ericausaury

    Muy buen contenido πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • @leprechaun

    I hate to burst your bubble, but we already have permissionless money (Bitcoin) with network effect and a multitoken blockchain with network effect (Ethereum). So why use Steem/SBD? They do not even hold their value very well. SBD cannot keep its peg to the USD. I can watch the Steem blockchain with a VPS paying around say $10 a month with a very small amount of hard disc and process payments. Let's see you do that with bitcoin (huge blockchain download size) or ethereum (also huge) that's not talking about transaction fees. We have better utility with Steem/SBD and there isn't such a fear in changing the way things work. Do these advantages translate into economic success? only the crazy "Mr. Market" will decide.

  • @nathangibbssss

    This is really a nice concept!

  • @winstonwolfe

    This post has been featured on THE WOLFECAST - Episode 01 :: Steemit 4 Sale? :: Steem Elevator Pitch Contest :: Getting Caught Up.

  • @tarotsphere

    Just post a montage of youtube official hamstringing their own website. Done and done.

  • @coindevil

    If the earth was steemit id probably be a worm in the soil, id pop my head up out of the soil every now and then, utter some words about my life and then burrow back down, im not blessed with the knowledge you guys possess but im pretty sure im still as happy as you are, i came for the community and i stay also for that now , the price of steem is largely irrelevant it could go up or down but the people we meet on this platform, our friends and communities are priceless and that is where the true value lies, I cant do much to help the Steem platform as mostly i dont understand the technical side of things, so im relying on you smart people to pull us all through and make our platform the place to be \o/

  • @offgridlife

    Here is my new elevator pitch ... wow 1 minutes goes quick ....

  • @chireerocks

    @stoodkev, Kindly find my piece below for your reference.

    I don't know if this piece is fitting or not but as soon as got to know about it, wanted to come up with something.

    Keep up the good work and stay blessed brother.

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  • @shadonchandra

    Here is my Entry

  • @stephenpaul

    This is actually going to take a while if a meaningful work can be done βœ… Anyways challenge accept Let’s get to work and win this contest πŸ’ͺ🏻

  • @evernoticethat

    I think the best elevator pitch I've ever read about, was the one given for a TV show.

    Having very little time to convince the executive of what his show was about and the value of it as an investment, his pitch was:

    "MTV Cops"

    The series was Miami Vice.

    The concept was about a couple of young guys combining music, clothing styles and the ambiance of Miami with a traditional cop show. It worked.

    It's simple, gets right to the point, while allowing the investor to imagine all of the possibilities involved with it as an investment.

    While I won't be able to participate, I think we need to distill the essence of STEEM down to something short, punchy and memorable.

    The pitch "MTV Cops" also linked the show with an established brand and demo. Best wishes to everyone submitting! :)

  • @jekhy

    Thanks for the post.

  • @belemo

    I got to do mine, here's the link to my entry posted on threespeak;

  • @revisesociology


    Here's my entry....

    58 seconds, with a very professional intro, at least by my standards!