What one judge in the Synapse pitch contest will be looking for in startups


When Synapse holds its pitch competition for startups next month, one of the judges will have some specific criteria in mind that will make winners stand out.

“The most important things are a large addressable market, a significant competitive advantage, and the team talking about why they bring something unique from their background or unique insight to solving a problem,” said Jake Seid, managing director of Stone Bridge Ventures, a venture firm in the San Francisco Bay area whose portfolio companies have raised over $700 million to date.