How Majora Carter Brought Down the House at The Pitch

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Majora Carter, winner of The Pitch at #BlogHer15

Majora Carter brought down the house during the inspiring The Pitch session at #BlogHer15. Her passionate description of her company, StartUp Box, which pairs tech companies looking for quality talent with entry-level employees in low-status communities, earned her a year of marketing and PR support from SheKnows Media!

She and four other kickass women who have founded either for-profit or nonprofit companies made 60-second videos to sell the audience on their ideas. Here's Majora's video:

More about Majora:

Name: Majora Carter

What you’re pitching: StartUp Box is a B2B tech services company located in and employing people from low-status communities. We do cross-platform quality assurance software testing, customer care and diverse talent recruitment for some amazing clients. Our employees build peer-to-peer professional relationships with the people at client companies and learn on the job that there is more to the knowledge economy than just coding!

Position: CEO

Hails from: The Bronx

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1966

Personal life: I have a personal life? Oh...

Priors: MacArthur "genius" Fellow, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, lots of honorary Ph.D.s, NYU MFA, Wesleyan Distinguished Alum

Pitch inspired by: I wanted to design a solution for diversifying tech that leveraged existing cash flows, not more handouts.

Mentor(s)/people who inspire: This week, Bree Newsome

Last read/watched/listened: Read: Bad Hair Does Not Exist. Watched: Game of Thrones

Social: @MajoraCarter

Guilty pleasure: Bacon, chocolate, peanut butter... can be combined

How I recharge: Spin class, my husband's cooking

Top of travel wish list: South of France, again

Majora edged out fellow pitchers Courtney Macavinta, Luvvie Ajayi, Christine Souffrant, and Meghan Martinez. Click on each name to see their pitches!

It was a session full of passion, purpose, and great advice: The judges were successful entrepreneurs Jesse Draper (CEO, Valley Girl, Inc.), Kathryn Finney (Managing Director, digitalundivided) , Ali Pincus (Founder, One Kings Lane), JJ Ramberg (MSNBC’s "Your Business" host), and Mimi Valdés (Chief Creative Officer, I am OTHER).

SheKnows The Pitch at #BlogHer15 - Judges

Each pitch was SO good that the audience had a hard time voting …

… So SheKnows Media decided to grant each of the women $100,000 in marketing and PR services for their organizations and companies.

Watch all the #BlogHer15 pitches—and see many more—now!

What does it take to change someone’s mind? To convince them to buy a product, modify their daily routine or completely make over their lives? Could you sell someone on an idea in under 60 seconds? We invite you to try. But remember — the clock is ticking. To participate in The Pitch or recommend someone you know, contact us at ThePitch@SheKnows.com.

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