If you don’t put your name in the draw, you can’t win the prize

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By Jill Pyle

The title of this post is a simple fact, one I heard a lot growing up. On regular basis, my mother wins everything from concert tickets to movie memorabilia to hotel accommodations and more. Some might call her lucky but I know better. She’s merely an optimist with a decent strategy. Unlike most people, she doesn’t waste time thinking about grim statistics like a one-in-a-million chance of winning. She’s always been quick to remind me that people who go through life thinking they can’t win, don’t win.

I’m sure more than a few of the TechCrunch40 finalists would agree. Without a doubt, many of them probably thought it would be nearly impossible to impress the likes of Jason Calacanis, Michael Arrington and all the well-known venture capitalists and journalists planning to attend the big event. Regardless, they submitted their new product ideas and prepared themselves for the rigorous approvals process.

TechCrunch40, originally TechCrunch20, received more than 700 applications. Not only did Jason and Michael decide to double the number of entries they accepted, they also gave runners-up, on a first-come-first-served basis, the chance to reserve a spot in the DemoPit, where they could demo products to conference attendees in between sessions. Of course, this opportunity wasn’t a freebie but for $2,495, the price of conference admission, confident runners-up could pitch to the same crowd as the finalists.

In the end, the people who really missed out on TechCrunch40 were those who didn’t submit their new product ideas. So remember, if you want to win something, whether it’s funding for a new business, a big name client or free tickets to a movie premier, don’t waste time fretting about your lousy odds. Just know there are a lot of pessimists who have already disqualified themselves. In this life, the more often you put yourself in the running, the better your chances are of winning.

TechCrunch summaries:
TechCrunch 40 Day 1: Wrap Up by TechCrunch
How To Summarize The Techcrunch40 (Day One) by Steve Spalding
TechCrunch40: Day 1 by John Paczkowski
The Community of TechCrunch (and the TechCrunch40) by Jeremy Pepper
Liveblogging TechCrunch 40: Day 2 by Erick Schonfeld
TechCrunch Day 2 by Bill Claxton
TechCrunch Blogger Michael Arrington Can Generate Buzz … and Cash by Wired

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