Sky Blue Technology to pitch at Web Summit 2015

Out of 10,000 applicants, Fargo-based startup Sky Blue Technology was chosen as one of 400 startups to present at the annual Web Summit conference hosted in Dublin, Ireland.

Yes, the very same Web Summit that saw Uber raise $37 million in a pub before they had reached success, and that drew over 22,000 people from more than 100 different countries last year. In fact, in just the “class of 2014,” 40 of the startups that presented at the Web Summit have raised over 1 billion dollars.

Sky Blue

Peterson, Teigen, McKinnon

Sky Blue Technology was founded by Kari Peterson and Amy McKinnon, two Microsoft coworkers who saw a need for better software solution marketing. Sky Blue Technology’s platform is an intelligent touch point system that allows companies to package their entire “sales pitch” into a virtual experience, or a virtual machine, all of which is able to be stored and shared via the cloud. (Read more here!)

The Sky Blue Technology team will travel to Dublin from November 3-5, and have the opportunity to share their work with thousands of other startups, as well as journalists and investors from around the world.

It’s just in time for their one-year anniversary on November 14, when the two women first committed to launching a company over chips at Mexican Village. Since releasing their Beta version in March, the two have iterated using feedback from across the country and will release a Version 1.0 by November, Peterson said.

“I feel good about where we’re at, and the progress we’ve made,” Peterson said. “It will be fun to see where we’re at a year from now.”

Sky Blue Technology also recently partnered with Josh Teigen, Founder and CEO of CrossFox Innovation Consulting. It was Teigen who first suggested they apply for Web Summit, and he will be joining them on the trip to represent the company. Now, the team is working on perfecting their 3-minute pitch and getting acquainted with who they want to meet while at Web Summit.

They’ll be in good company; a quick look at some of the keynotes include the President of Pixar Animation Studios, Chief Data Officer of Deutsche Bank, the co-founder and CEO of Slack, CTO of Facebook, editors from Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among others from around the world.

Web Summit was started in Ireland by Paddy Cosgrove 5 years ago, after he spent some time on his couch brainstorming how to better the conference experience. Their first year they had about 400 attendees. This year, they will have over 30,000 attendees, 21 individual Summits focusing on different industries, and 1,000 different speakers.

“It’s going to be a whirlwind,” Peterson said with a laugh. “But it’s going to be good.”


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Marisa Jackels

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