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$660K | 2 yrs ago



About EquiSeq

EquiSeq analyzes the genetic material of horses to provide horse owners with information about their health, performance traits, and breeding.

EquiSeq Headquarter Location

725 6th Street NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102,

United States


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EquiSeq CEO Szauter says learning to pitch is ’hand-to-hand combat’ (Video)

Aug 14, 2015

Dan Mayfield | Albuquerque Business First Paul Szauter, the CEO of EquiSeq, hopes to sequence horse genomes to find the gene that… more Paul Szauter says he’s getting his pitch together “to get a second date,” with some of the investors that will be in the crowd at the ABQid Demo Day. Demo Day for ABQid is still two weeks away, but the CEOs are just now putting the final touches on their six-minute pitches for the event. For Szauter, the CEO of the startup EquiSeq, it hasn’t been easy. “Maybe there’s a better way than a bar fight,” he said. “The pitch practice is hand-to-hand combat. They parse every word with you.” The idea is to get a CEO to be able to talk about their startup in the most efficient, comprehensive, and emotional way possible, he said. Each of the companies that will present at Demo Day has been honing their pitches with coaches from the accelerator program for weeks, in the hopes that they’ll find some traction with investors that will be invited to hear them speak at the Epicenter — for that second date. But ABQid isn’t just about the pitch. The program takes the companies through the rigorous lean startup method, where they test, and test and test their products in front of potential customers for weeks, until they land on a product idea that really gets traction. Often, the idea is significantly different from the original company idea. In Szauter’s case, he went into ABQid with EquiSeq hoping to sequence horse genomes to help breeders find the best way to maximize a horse. But, he said, as the company tested that market, it wasn’t the best way to go. “One of the things about the accelerator is going out and really talking to people. Nominally, I have these research forms. But what that does is, it forces you to talk,” Szauter said. He found out that nobody cares about the genetics of their horses – unless their horses could pass on a certain devastating muscle disease. “The key thing is, the science is easy,” he said. “The thing is learning how to talk to horse people.” EquiSeq did pivot, and instead of sequencing a horse’s genome, it is planning to test horses for the possibilities of passing on a certain gene. That pivot, he said, has led him to a devoted group of horse lovers who are dealing with the disease. “The key thing with any company is solving a pain point,” he said. “Commercially, we are taking care of somebody’s pain.” Want Albuquerque Technology news in your inbox? Sign up for our free email newsletters. Industries

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EquiSeq is included in 3 Expert Collections, including Genomics.



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