Gladhandle Gladdens Handshake 2.0’s Day

From Anne Clelland:

Upon reading Meet Entrepreneur Number One, Entrepreneur Number Two, Entrepreneur Number Three…"– subtitled maturely in my mind “Wah!  Pick me!” – Andy Horner, COO of Gladhandle, sent me a consolation prize near and dear to my heart:  News before anybody else knows it.

Team Gladhandle announced it would unveil its Breakthrough Communications Manager during its presentation at CVG’s LiveFire! ™ during the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit on April 2, 2009.

That's all we were going to know about Gladhandle, the second company organizers of CVG’s LiveFire! ™ have announced as one of five companies to pitch to a panel of angel investors in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Until Andy Horner sent me an e-mail present.  With a picture, I might add.  Here it is:

Gladhandle - Breakthrough Communications Manager

And prose:

"Gladhandle reinvents how small businesses communicate. It was built specifically to address a legendary sales statistic: On average, prospective customers buy between the seventh and tenth 'touch' from a sales rep. Most reps, however, give up after four."

"Gladhandle empowers users – even with minimal computer skills – to accelerate customer contact by automating tedious follow-up chores. It's just as easy to send a personalized message to one contact as it is 1,000."

"At their fingertips, in the blink of an eye, Gladhandle gives its clients the power to reach out to all of their contacts, respond to every customer, and never miss a prospect opportunity again."

I tend toward starry-eyed fandom for entrepreneurs. I didn't quote Andy's whole e-mail, but I very much enjoyed his phrasing:  "stunning breakthrough," "drag-and-drop wizardry." and "dazzling array."  Yep, he's an entrepreneur.

What a lovely gift, Andy – thank you.  I so look forward to meeting you at the VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit.


You can meet Andy Horner of Gladhandle and Ed Leary of ContraVac - the two companies announced so far to pitch to a panel of angel investors in front of a live audience – by registering for the inaugural VT KnowledgeWorks Entrepreneurship Summit to be held on Thursday, April 2, 2009, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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  1. If these guys have truly cracked the 7th touch code, I really, really want some of their stuff!!

    In the large and growing world of sales, they are addressing a “compelling end-user need.” That means they are onto a serious Market. I can’t wait to see their Magic next week.

    From the looks of things, Gladhandle has passed my Four Fundamental Factors test with flying colors.

  2. Jeff Sims says:

    Thanks Jim for your kind comments! We are looking forward to meeting you next week and getting your input once you have learned more about Gladhandle.

    Jeff Sims
    CEO Gladhandle

  3. There’s been countless attempts to “crack the 7th touch code” that Jim Flowers refers to above. We believe Gladhandle’s vision is the magic key for professionals seeking to bypass gatekeepers, gain access to their customers, and blow open the doors of communication with all their contacts. And we couldn’t be more delighted that Jim thinks Gladhandle is on track with his “Four Fundamental Factors” test for Market, Magic, Mentors and Moxie.

    Launching in April, we can’t wait for people to take it for a free test drive. We have endeavored to create a tool that gets the job done but is also a joy to use.

    See you all at the Entrepreneur Summit and LiveFire! where we will unveil Gladhandle for our April launch!

    Thanks again to VTKnowledgeWorks and all its partners and sponsors for this opportunity.

    Andy Horner
    Gladhandle – sign up now for updates!!!

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