John Davis is used to an audience.
As a public defender and then later a federal prosecutor, the Seattle native and former D.C. professional is comfortable on stage. But along his entrepreneurial journey, he’s been thrown. Like one of the first times he pitched an angel investor.
“The guy stared at me,” said Davis, 58. “I couldn’t read him.”
So he’s made mistakes and learned along the way. But the founder of Notice and Comment, a government regulation data startup, has soldiered on. Like when he was first turned down pitching TEDCO, the state-backed investment fund, in fall 2014. And then again just a few months later. But he improved his pitch, gained a bit more traction and in early 2016, he finally earned a $100,000 investment from TEDCO. Later that year, the Baltimore Angels put $125,000 more.
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