How to make a pitch deck on Google Slides? Pitch decks are one of the most important parts of launching a startup. Google Slides has emerged as one the best tools for creating pitch decks. So, where do you start with making a pitch deck in Google Slides? What makes a winning pitch deck?
Spike Lipkin chose to start a venture focused on empowering thousands of others to take calculated risks in pursuit of opportunity. During his appearance on the Dealmakers Podcast Lipkin shared why he decided to modernize, not disrupt one of America’s largest industries. One that is responsible for around 11% of GDP. He talked about entrepreneurship as an employment engine, raising $110M in capital, including both a Series A and B within just 3 months, and how he has managed to grow in step with his fast growing venture.
This Entrepreneur Built A $1.7 Billion Business By Empowering Brazilians To Take Control Of Their Lending Needs
Sergio Furio made the leap from a corporate job to a fintech founder. Having raised around $600M in capital, his startup was recently valued at $1.7B. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Furio shared what entrepreneurship is really like, how to overcome the fear of taking the leap, his fundraising experiences, and how little tweaks to your storytelling can 10x your company in just three years.
How to build trust before sending a pitch deck? How can startup entrepreneurs build trust with investors before sending out their pitch decks? Building trust is one of the most important and valuable things you must do before attempting to fundraise as a startup entrepreneur. If you are already sending your pitch deck out through cold spam marketing then you are already behind in the process.
How to forecast sales as a startup? Besides getting all glassy-eyed at all the potential money to be made, why is forecasting sales so important? What are the key purposes? How should you do it? How do you use it afterward?
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons not to email an excel sheet during startup fundraising. Thinking of emailing an Excel spreadsheet attachment to investors during your fundraising efforts? Have you done it already? There are some pretty strong reasons not to. Check them out, and some of the smarter and more profitable alternatives. This may seem to be a small factor in the midst of everything you are working on in a fundraising campaign. Yet, emailing attachments like this can be one of the most counterproductive mistakes you can make as an entrepreneur. There are a variety of valuable reasons not to simply attach your fundraising materials to emails.Even more so when it comes to Excel spreadsheets. Check them out below, and better practices for optimizing your campaigns at every step.
What are the things to take care of post startup funding? The wire finally hit the bank and at last you can say your startup is really funded. What’s next? For the past few weeks, months, and maybe even years you have been consumed with raising this round of funding for your startup. Your days, nights, and weekends have been all about putting this money in the bank. Now it is there. What do you do? What are the next steps for you and your team and business?
Why you should avoid attaching your pitch decks to emails, that’s a question many startup owners have. This seemingly small factor in the fundraising process can actually prove to be one of the biggest mistakes and most costly blunders for startup founders. Why shouldn’t you just send your pitch deck as an attachment when reaching out to potential investors and others? There are actually a variety of very important reasons not to share your deck and other fundraising materials this way. Below are just a few of them, as well as the best practices that will streamline and increase the profitability of your fundraising efforts for this round and all others to come.If not via email, what’s the best way to schedule meetings with investors?
Nick Hazell is an international entrepreneur who made the leap from a corporate job to a highly impactful startup, in one of the biggest industries worldwide. On the DealMakers podcast, Nick Hazell and I talked about his journey halfway around the world, from engineer to founder, innovation, raising $100M in equity, growing dangerously fast, and the future of what you will eat.
Alex Collmer has started several businesses since college. His latest has raised almost $100M in capital and aims to be at the forefront of how we communicate and engage with brands across the internet. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Collmer shared what forced him to become an entrepreneur, some of the highs and lows you will face on the journey, his record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, finding product-market fit, and the future of advertising and the internet.
Roman Pedan came to America and started his first venture while still in school. His second startup raised $55M just before the lockdowns began. Here’s how he survived and thrived through it… On the Dealmakers Podcast, Roman recently shared his family’s journey to the US in search of opportunity, and how that has turned into a life of entrepreneurship. We talked about why America is still such a magnet for those wanting a better life for their families, being clear about what you are passionate about and can commit to working on, leadership and the balance of taking the 1,000 foot view, and still throwing yourself into the weeds. Plus, de-risking investments and businesses, and surviving unforeseen crises.
Ready to raise a round of funding for your startup? Check out these interesting facts and data around pitch decks to make the most of your campaign… Pitch decks are one of the most pivotal and valuable documents in history. Perhaps far more so than the invention of the business card. Looking at the impact of notable funded startups they are perhaps more powerful than some 100-year-old businesses, Super Bowl ads, entire national economies, and the founding constitutions or legal systems of some countries.
Much of a startup’s fundraising success relies on one key factor – how to share and track your materials with investors. So, what are the best practices for sending your fundraising materials to investors? What documents should you even be sending? What are the most important things to be tracked during this process?
How to bounce back from a pitch deck meltdown? How do you bounce back from an uncomfortable fundraising pitch experience? Even the best-planned pitches don’t always play out as expected. Even the best pitch decks don’t seem to get the desired response on delivery. You might do a lot more pitching and presenting than getting wires in the bank. In fact, there may be times when you feel you absolutely failed, you blew it, and it was an epic disaster. Be encouraged, that this is more common than you might think. The big question is, how to bounce back from a pitch deck meltdown? What do you do next? How do you prevent it from happening again?
How to have an original pitch deck? Being original can be one of the best things you can do when it comes to startup fundraising. So, how do you both leverage proven formulas for success, and stand out with your pitch deck to successfully raise the funds your venture needs?
Corey McCann hasn’t just raised a quarter of a billion dollars for just another startup. He has been pioneering a whole new space, Software As A Drug (SaaD). The timing couldn’t be better either. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show McCann shared his journey into this apex of science, medicine, technology and startups. Including this new software concept, the future of digital therapeutics, what it takes to be successful in startups, strategizing fundraising rounds, and his top tips for other entrepreneurs.
How to measure investor engagement during outreach for a startup fundraising process? Tracking investor engagement during the fundraising process is extremely important for startups that are serious about raising capital and bringing in powerful new investor partners.If you want to be more confident, precise, efficient, and effective in fundraising for your startup then it is just common sense to be tracking and measuring this key metric. Unfortunately, many do not. Hence long fundraising campaigns and underperformance. Remember that this isn’t a one-off event. You’ll go on to keep raising or at least be engaging with investors or potential acquirers of your company in other ways too. So, the sooner you start tracking, the sooner you’ll see the results, and the more rewards you will realize from the compounding benefits of doing it.
Raphael Vullierme has started and built out several startups. His latest home insurance tech startup has already raised $74M and is beginning to expand globally. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Raphael shared his journey into startups and how he has built his latest venture from bootstrapped to VC funded. Plus, his tips on picking cofounders, investors and building a team, and what makes the foundations of a successful business.
How to pitch startup investors in the US? How do you reach, pitch, and get funded by investors in the US? The global startup ecosystem has developed immensely in the past few years. There are emerging startup hubs and support systems and incubators and more investors around the world. Yet, for many, the holy grail of getting funded is still funding from US-based investment firms. So, whether you are getting started in Brazil, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, or somewhere else, how can you bridge the gap and pitch startup investors in the United States?
Chris Hayes is a true serial entrepreneur with several startups under his belt. His latest venture has already raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital and is reinventing how companies manage their energy needs. On the Dealmakers Podcast Hayes shared with our audience some of the full cycle deals he’s been a part of, what happens when fundraising deals don’t close, the new way Fortune 1000 companies are managing their energy assets, and what the new Energy As A Service industry looks like.
Is your pitch deck a winner? And, how to find out if you have a winning pitch deck? How do you know if your pitch deck has what it takes to raise the funding your startup needs from your ideal investors? For many entrepreneurs, success is not hinging on coming up with a compelling idea, having the technical ability to build the product, finding a need in the market, or the customers who are willing to pay for help.It is about getting funding to finish building or to get marketing, or scale and multiply the results they are already achieving.
What makes a killer pitch deck presentation stand out and convert the capital your startup needs to flourish? You can’t afford to blow any opportunities of showing your pitch deck to potential investors. Whether it is sending it out to prospective investors or preparing for a live presentation or virtual pitch meeting with investors, you’ve got to nail it.Investors see hundreds of decks before picking one to invest in. Your deck must stand out. It has to be better than at least 99% of all of the other pitch decks they will see. So, how do you create a killer pitch deck presentation that will really crush it and bring in the funding your startup craves?
Ariel Katz is now on his second startup. His latest venture aims to be one of the largest companies you’ve ever heard of. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Katz shared his journey to coming up with his first startup idea at just 20 years old. Plus his fundraising experiences, including raising three rounds of funding in a year, and a very short six day Series B campaign. We also talk about how to think about dilution when you are creating a massive business, company culture, and firing your friends.
How to stop losing investor interest during fundraising? How can you keep them engaged, excited, and ready to put in their capital? Startup fundraising is a sales game. A long one. It is its own sales venture that your company has to get serious about beyond your product. It’s not like giving away free trials online, selling one-click consumer products like a phone or meal delivery, or even larger ticket items like cars.It is typically, not only a longer sales cycle, but also a longer closing process. A longer process that brings more risk of them losing interest and falling out.Not only do you have to keep up their interest, stay top of mind, and drive urgency and action to make sure the money hits the bank, but also to maximize each connection. Done right, each interested investor will spread the word and bring other investors, as well as raising awareness about your product and job openings. So, how do you do it?
Sam Zaid has started several startups. His most recent venture has already attracted hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, and could change how we use and own cars, while having a massive positive impact on the environment. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Zaid shared how he got into tech startups, his early full cycle journeys, tips on when to raise money and how to time your venture, as well as dealing with a 99% rejection rate.
How to send your pitch deck to an angel group and get the funding you need for your startup? Angel groups can be a powerful source of funding for startup ventures. So, how do you get your pitch deck in front of them and run an effective fundraising process? Keep reading to check out the who, why, and how of raising capital from angel groups.
Where do you start with writing your pitch deck? Here are a bunch of ideas on how to write a pitch deck. Getting the pitch deck right makes all the difference between getting your startup funded or not. In fact, your deck is likely to make or break your opportunity to get the traction you need with your venture and to make it a reality.It is easy to get it wrong when it comes to creating a pitch deck. Most do. This is why so few get funded, investors turn down more than 99% of the pitches they get and the vast majority of startup businesses fail fast. Check out these ideas on how to write a pitch deck and ensure you nail this critical and foundational part of the journey.
How to measure fundraising success for a startup? Fundraising and startups have become synonymous with each other. For many, funding is vital to make ventures viable and get off the ground. For others, it is an essential step for fully realizing the vision and maximizing the potential to scale and dominate an industry. Being so pivotal for overall success, it just makes sense that entrepreneurs and startups are tracking and measuring their fundraising success and performance.So, what should guide you as you measure this data? What metrics are worth tracking? Which can be misleading distractions? What do you do with it?
How to build the perfect pre-meeting pitch deck to get your startup funded? Check out this formula for successfully pitching investors and securing meetings with your ideal prospects. Even to get in front of target investors, get on their radar and win the chance to present to them you’ve got to have a powerful pitch deck.
What are the deadly investor prospecting mistakes you might be making while trying to raise funding for your startup? Knowing what you should be doing is half the battle. Just make sure you are alert to the mistakes you shouldn’t be making as well. That’s where things will really line up, and you can go from frustration to getting funded.If you aren’t getting the response you hoped for with this fundraising round, or you just want to make sure your next round is efficient and successful avoid these blunders.
What are the steps to make your business plan standout? Business plans are an essential part of launching any startup business. If you are going to put in the time and effort, you might as well create one that stands out, is effective, and really works for you. One that delivers great returns on what you put into it. Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs don’t use their business plan well. They don’t use this time well at all. Some spend months and even years on trying to perfect a business plan. It ends up a useless and out of date document that no one ever looks at again. No one wants to read it. Especially the founder who created it. All while the best opportunities and timing may have slipped on by. It’s an incredibly tragic waste.
Are you wondering how to create a clear pitch deck flow? Flow is incredibly important when it comes to pitch decks for startup fundraising. How should you arrange your slides for the optical outcome? You may have a fantastic startup idea. You may be a ninja at putting together data and have a fabulous designer on your team to make your slides look amazing. Though, without the right flow, your pitch deck may not produce any results at all. You can’t afford that. Here’s what’s most important when creating a clear pitch deck, how to get the sequence right, and how to close the round.
How listening helps during fundraising for your startup? Listening is not just one of the most vital tasks, but tools that startup founders can harness to ensure their business success. This is especially true when it comes to fundraising.The art and skill of listening will not only yield much better conversion rates in pitching during fundraising campaigns, but may significantly improve the terms you can raise money on, and the core metrics throughout your organization that facilitate future funding raising rounds. Acing this pivotal part of startups is not just about finding the right appreciation and respect for the power of listening, but also learning how to listen better.
What happens after you raise money? What’s next after your startup closes a round of funding from investors? The last few months may have had you consumed with the fundraising process. Now that to-do item has been crossed off of your list, what should you be focused on now? What post-closing items should you already be working on now to keep up the momentum? You may have a few extra seconds to breathe and pat your team on the back for a successful fundraising campaign, though this is when the real work starts. As soon as the documents are signed and the wire hits the bank, it is time for a new sprint.
What are the best hacks to improve your pitch deck? Ready to create a winning pitch deck that attracts the capital and investors your startup needs to be successful? Check out these hacks and smart tips for building a better pitch deck.
Are you wondering why now is the time to send investors your pitch deck? Are you trying to time the sending of your pitch deck to investors? Are you still conjuring up excuses as to why you should wait before hitting send and pitching investors? The best time to do it is right now, and here are just some of the reasons you can’t afford to wait.
What is the real cost of a poor pitch deck? Your pitch deck is an extremely pivotal asset that can either unlock an incredible future for your startup venture or cost you millions. Getting the deck right is a big deal, and not just for successfully and efficiently raising capital at your next round. Its value should go well beyond that. So, how much do you stand to lose by failing to get the right help here? What are the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when creating a pitch deck?
How to pitch your financials to investors? Financials are one of the most important parts of your pitch to investors. In times of crisis and economic uncertainty, the financials become far more important than during bull runs.Y ou can get everything else right, spin a great story, paint a great vision and design a beautiful looking pitch deck, but the numbers will reveal far more about the foundation of your startup and how likely it is to succeed.
While many entrepreneurs may have found it more challenging to fund their ventures recently, Daniel Hawkins raised not one, but two funding rounds in the middle of the 2020 COVID pandemic, totaling over $100M.
What are the pros and cons of using Zoom vs. Google Meet to pitch investors? Startup fundraising has mostly moved online today. That includes pitching investors for the money your venture needs to get started and scale. It is a new arena for many entrepreneurs and investors alike. So, what do you need to know and do to make sure your campaign is a success? Which video meeting tools are the best for meeting investors online?
He Started His First Company At 16 And Now Raised $100 Million To Remove Barriers To High Quality Healthcare
Cherif Habib has been a lifelong entrepreneur. He started his first business at just 16, has taken startups full cycle, and has now raised $100M for his latest healthcare venture. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Habib shared his experiences fundraising, what he considers the foundation of a successful business, the differences between raising capital in the US and Canada, and his top tips for other entrepreneurs.
How to track the fundraising performance of your startup?It doesn’t get measured, it doesn’t get improved, right? If you aren’t tracking your progress and performance then you can’t measure or even know where you are. Measuring and tracking, in general, is so important as an entrepreneur and startup. Yet, while it sounds obvious that with fundraising being so critical of a factor for your business that it should be one of the top things tracked, many don’t. Many entrepreneurs and startup founders are just rushing and doing and throwing things at the wall and trying to use their brawn and hustle instead of using their brains. Don’t fumble the ball here. Your venture and getting funded in general relies a lot on metrics and tracking performance. Just imagine if you applied those same principles to your fundraising efforts. It could be far more effective, efficient, and profitable.
How to make a pitch deck interesting? Being interesting is one of the most important factors when it comes to creating a pitch deck for raising funds for your startup. There are some boring investments and businesses out there that may perform well over time, like bonds.
Understanding how to balance text and images in a pitch deck is critical because everything can matter when it comes to your pitch deck. You can have your data right, incredible text copy, superb financial models, good flow, and a much-needed solution to a big problem, but balancing visuals and written content can still be pivotal to getting investors to jump in and fund you.
Pitch deck outline: What to include to get funded? That’s one of the most critical questions entrepreneurs face.
Your next fundraising round could bring in seven, eight, or nine figures. Important capital that could mean all the difference between having to give up on your idea or making it a reality.
What are the common business plan mistakes you should avoid? Remember that success is equally as much about knowing what not to do as what you need to do. These frequent business planning blunders cannot only be the cause of incredibly slow growth, but also lack of access to funding, and even the complete failure of the business, sometimes even before it gets off the ground.
Krish Subramanian has gone from bootstrapping to raising over $100M for his tech startup that empowers others to grow their own subscription businesses, and they are growing fast.
How to get investor updates right during fundraising? Investor updates are a key part of communicating on the startup journey. They can achieve many purposes, especially during fundraising activities. So, how do you create them? What’s most important while you are actively fundraising, and how do you get them to your investors?
Why should you use a pitch deck template instead of trying to craft one from scratch? Pitch decks are essential for getting your startup funded. While seemingly simple, they seem to prove to be much harder for entrepreneurs to get right than you’d imagine. One great alternative to the lengthy trial and error of trying to create your own deck from scratch is to use an existing template.
Are you thinking about how to improve storytelling in a pitch deck? A great story is key to selling your fundraising campaign. How do you harness the best storytelling in your pitch deck so that your startup gets funded?
Are you at the stage where you are wondering what investors look for in founding teams? Your team is the most valuable asset your startup has. The team is the top factor most prospective startup investors will be evaluating when debating the ventures they will fund. So, what exactly are they looking for? How can you make sure you check all the right boxes?
How to crush it with your pitch deck on demo day? Here’s how to nail it and get your startup funded…Demo day is a big deal for startup founders. It can feel like the make or break moment of your life. Certainly validation of whether all the sweat, blood, tears, and sleepless nights you’ve spent working on your idea for the last few months have been worth it or not.
Gautam Tambay’s startup is breaking the 500-year-old education system with a new way to empower workers for the new economy. Their mission is to help a million people to find a more efficient and relevant way to learn and gain modern employment in the new world of work.
How to choose the right pitch deck variation? Should you have multiple variations of your pitch deck for fundraising for your startup? If so, which versions are right for the different scenarios you will encounter in this round of funding? Nailing a short and concise pitch deck that is suitable for most situations is the hardest part for most aspiring entrepreneurs and startup founders. It is important to really hone in on this and get it polished. However, there can be value in creating several variations of your pitch deck. In fact, it may make getting your primary deck right even easier.
Roberto Oliveira has founded, bought, and funded multiple startups. He seems to have great intuition when it comes to seeing what the next big thing is in tech. Now he is betting on a new form of digital asset your company needs. On the DealMakers Podcast, Oliveira shared his experience growing up in Brazil’s tech scene, selling his startup for tens of millions of dollars before buying it back. The future of online business, and the number one factor for startup success. Plus, the future of conversations between brands and consumers.
Michael Mueller has raised tens of millions of dollars for his payments startup that is changing the fabric of the banking industry. On the Dealmakers, Show Mueller shared how he made the leap from a career banker to being a tech entrepreneur. We talked about the inside of the banking industry, building big global teams, making deals, creating technology, and building a company that is 100% work from home from day one.
What are the best investor search tools for startups? How can you find investors to fund your startup? You’re eager to get your startup funded. Where do you find the investors who have the money and are looking to put their capital to work in ventures like yours? There are probably a few famous big-name celebrity angel investors from TV or brand name Venture Capital firms that spring to mind already.
Lance Hill’s healthtech startup is one of those few companies that appears to have had the incredibly fortunate of enjoying a huge surge in demand thanks to the recent disruptions brought on by the coronavirus and how it has accelerated the use of technology, new needs and hiring changes. On the Dealmakers Podcast Hill shared his inspiration for this healthcare tech company, how he dropped out of school to work with some of the biggest companies in the world, and then pivoted to build a cash flowing and profitable business before betting on scale with a big growth funding round.
Are you ready for the questions investors will ask you after reviewing your pitch deck? A lot of work can be involved in just preparing your pitch deck, the attachments to send along with it, and rehearsing your pitch. Only you can’t stop there. Putting on a great presentation and sales pitch is one thing. It can be another to successfully field and answer inbound questions from investors well. This is where your ask and funding campaign can really succeed or fail. Here are some of the questions you may not have already answered in your deck and pitch, and which investors are sure to test you on.
How many slides do you need in a pitch deck? The slide count is the most important factor when it comes to the success of a pitch deck. Potential investors can immediately tell how much homework you’ve done, and how savvy you are about fundraising and startups in general, just by how many slides are in your pitch deck. They’ll know whether you are coachable, or not. They’ll know if you bothered to invest time in research before expecting them to invest their time with you. They will know if you can focus and make progress or not.
Now on his second startup, Martin Lindman has raised almost $100M to drive the digital transformation of the global healthcare system. Lindman has had an exciting journey of jumping into different industries to apply his skills, competitive spirit, and eagerness to take on a challenge. His company, Doktor.se is about the digitization of healthcare.
Niall Murphy has raised tens of millions of dollars to build the foundation of the connected future of everything. Given his past predictions and business successes, his vision of what’s next is something all individuals and business should be tracking. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show, Niall shared his journey through taking companies full cycle, choosing investors, the key to surviving when you are too early to market, and the biggest precursor for startup success.
Why follow-ups are so important when raising capital? In other words, why are investor follow-ups so critical when you are out there pitching and raising capital for your startup? Finding and connecting with investors can feel like a big venture on its own. That’s after you’ve researched and created a powerful pitch deck. Then you get to start the pitching roadshow. You hustle and put your heart and sweat and soul into presenting.
Rodolphe Ardant is a repeat entrepreneur, now on his way to designing a new world where businesses are able to empower and trust their teams with spending company money, without giving the accountants a heart attack. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Ardant shared a peek into his mindset, his passion for problem solving, the problems that technical founders face, finding product market fit, fundraising when investors don’t get your product, and when to sell your startup.
Let’s talk about what to include in the team slide of a pitch deck. The team slide is one of the most important slides in your pitch deck since it can make or break all of your fundraising efforts. What is it that investors really want to see on this slide, and in your team? If your team is weaker than you’d like it to be, how do you strengthen it before you start pitching your ideal investors for your next funding round?
Why financials are so important during fundraising? You may be taking on this venture to solve a problem you are really passionate about, to have an impact or just to test your full potential. Yet, a startup is a business. It has to function as a business. At least if you want it to last and to justify obtaining funding. Businesses are all about the financials. If the financials don’t work, nothing will work.
Are you wondering how to present financials for a startup with no revenue Financials can be one of the most important parts of the pitch and presentation when out there fundraising for a startup. Though what if you don’t have any revenues yet? Can you still get funded? What numbers should you be showing?
What to do if your investor outreach is not working? While it is investors’ job to be out there finding startups to invest in, it can be a lot harder to reach them and connect with them than you’d imagine. You are blasting out your pitch deck by email, calling, filling out web forms, and searching messaging via social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. Yet, you aren’t getting the responses.Without smart document sharing tools you may not even know if your pitch deck is being viewed. Or if it is, you still aren’t seeing any inbound term sheets or bank wires.What can you do now?
How to show traction in a pitch deck? What is the best way to show traction in a pitch deck when out there fundraising for your startup? Traction is a big part of the decision for investors. It is one of the most pivotal factors in running a successful startup. So, how do you show how well you are doing? What counts as traction? How do you accelerate yours if you need to crank things up ahead of a new fundraising round?
Antoine Hubert is changing the food chain, and he has already raised $435M for his global food tech startup. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show, Antoine Hubert and I talked about worms, recycling, farming insects, fundraising challenges, impact investing, and how one startup is reinventing the food chain.
How to pitch to investors via Zoom? Virtual pitching is here to stay. So, how do you successfully pitch investors online and raise the capital you need for your startup?
What is the best font for a pitch deck? So much rides on the power and effectiveness of your pitch deck as a startup that even factors like which font you use can make or break you.Factors like font may not only directly determine whether your pitch deck is viewed, but how much investors think your startup is worth, how much capital they are willing to bet on you and on what terms, but if they are even able to follow through and send you the funds you really want and need.
How to present your pitch deck to investors? Investors play a significant role in the startup ecosystem. For plenty of entrepreneurs raising money from investors is what getting into startups is all about. In many cases raising money from investors is a must for getting a startup off the ground, if not just empowering it to reach its maximum potential. So, how do you go about getting in front of investors who can give your startup the funding it needs?
Derek Steer has raised just shy of $100M for his startup already. His venture is already transforming how tech companies and data analysts work, and they’ve got some pretty notable investors behind them. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Steer shared how he landed in entrepreneurship after working for several of the world’s biggest tech companies. Plus, the value of taking time out, the only type of business idea you should go after, his top advice for other aspiring founders, and how to save a year in development and pitching investors during crises like COVID.
How to show your competitor landscape in your pitch deck? Intelligently displaying your startup’s competitor landscape is a critical part of a successful pitch deck and fundraising campaign. So, what is the best way to show your competition, how you compare, and leverage them into a better business of your own?
Now on his second startup, Demetri Karagas has raised tens of millions of dollars to create enjoyable specialist healthcare experiences. During our Dealmakers Podcast interview Demetri shared his journey into two startups, the experience of taking a company full cycle, and his thoughts on why you should just leap into entrepreneurship, managing hard pivots, and what’s more important than the business idea.
How to show the amount to raise in a pitch deck? Crafting a pitch deck is driven by asking for the money and getting your startup funded. While there may now be quite a bit of content out there on designing a pitch deck and many of the slides you’ll need, there is surprisingly little on how to show the amount you want to raise in a pitch deck and positioning your ask.
How to share your traction in a pitch deck? In other words, what is the best way to demonstrate traction in your pitch deck Showing traction is one of the key elements in startup fundraising. So, what are investors looking for? What is the best way to display it in your deck? If you are coming up short, how do you boost your velocity?
How to show your target customers in a pitch deck when fundraising for your startup? Demonstrating your handle on your target customers and who they are plays a big role in fundraising. As well of course as being critical to your whole business and its longevity. There’s a lot more to showing your target customers in your deck than most realize. So, how do you do it? Where does your target market show up in addition to the target customer slide?
Timothy Sheehan has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for his whole-family finance startup. It’s not his first rodeo either. He has worked and learned from other notable companies and entrepreneurs, finding many patterns to success on the way. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Tim shared why you are probably thinking about and presenting your startup all wrong. Plus, the three things you need to get right in order to succeed, his build in and they will come approach to fundraising, and how his latest venture is helping parents raise kids to be smarter about their money.
Why the cover slide is so important in pitch decks? This is a question few people ask themselves which is a missed out opportunity. If you see the importance, and impact it can have for good or bad, what should be on it, and how do you make the most of it? Typically the cover slide sets up the expectations. Think about the cover slide as a trailer of a movie. Before you watch the movie you take a peek at the trailer. Same thing with a cover slide. It helps the investor to understand what they are about to review.
Yakir Gola and co-founder Rafael Ilishayev started their business while still in college. The startup idea that they found at just 19 years old has already attracted almost one and a half billion dollars from investors, and has proven to be a life saver for many during COVID lockdowns. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Yakir Gola shared the key questions to ask before starting a business, how to find the money to get started, why they measure customer unhappiness as a key metric, and how to attract investors. Plus, how they focused on making money before they raised money, which can be critical during crisis times when investors get a lot pickier about handing out their capital.
How to present the amount to raise in a pitch deck? Creating a pitch deck is really all about getting funded and asking for the money. There is a lot of advice available on pitch deck design, and many of the core slides in a deck. Though much less on presenting the raise and ask. So, how do you position your ask?
Named one of Business Insider’s 30 Under 40 Leaders Changing Healthcare in 2020 , entrepreneur Julia Hu’s latest venture is taking on the largest sector of the healthcare industry with her latest tech startup. They’ve already raised $100M in equity and debt funding to date, and are continuing to grow as we head into the new year. During our interview Julia told our audience about the pain that sparked her newest venture, the fundraising roller coaster and getting ghosted by investors, zooming out enough to have a big enough business, and switching from hardware to software. Plus, why ideas are worthless without having the guts to jump in and build a business, and how long you should be willing to commit if you are going to launch yourself into a startup.
How to send your pitch deck to a venture capital firm? This is the typical question every entrepreneur asks themselves when they are in the fundraising process. VCs play a big role in the startup ecosystem. For many entrepreneurs getting funded by them is like the holy grail. For some it seems to be the whole motivation for coming up with a startup idea in the first place. In a lot of cases venture capital is essential for getting a startup off the ground, if not at least helping it realize its full potential. So, how do you go about sending your pitch deck to a VC firm for funding?
Are you at the point where you are thinking about why you should include an executive summary in your pitch deck? Executive summaries have long been a critical part of starting a business and securing funding. How do they play a role in today’s modern fundraising efforts? Should you even have an executive summary slide in your pitch deck? If so, what should you include on it? What other alternative ways are there to deliver this information?
What is the place of marketing strategy in your pitch deck when raising money for your startup? Pitch decks can make or break your startup, and the ability to get the funds you need to launch and grow. Some of the funds you may need so desperately may be to execute on your marketing strategy.
Trevor Koverko has raised tens of millions of dollars to accelerate the new securitized token space that could be worth trillions. During our interview on the DealMakers Podcast, Koverko talked about being forced to reinvent yourself and find a new mission and purpose in life. How to unlearn and then learn entrepreneurship, applying to startup accelerators and incubators, selling your first company in your 20s, raising non-dilutive capital, giving birth to dual unicorns, extremely costly typos, and of course, tokenization.
What is the best way to show the problem your startup is taking on in your pitch deck? In the words, how to address the problem in a pitch deck? Your startup is all about solving this problem. Being able to convey it to others well may make all the difference in your ability to get funded or not. So, how should you address presenting the problem when fundraising? How do you do it incredibly well, and perhaps not only pick up some additional capital, but new ambassadors and helpers with expertise at the same time?
What is the best way to position your team in your pitch deck? How you present and position your team in your pitch deck can make all the difference in getting your startup funded. So, how do you introduce your team well? Who is even on your ‘team’ when it comes to designing your pitch deck? What do investors want to see? How can you fill in the gaps?
How long does it really take to create a pitch deck that will get your startup funded? You’ve only got one shot to pitch investors and wow them with your deck. Is your up to the job? If not, how long is it going to take to craft an effective one so that you can start pitching?
How to position the solution in a pitch deck for startup fundraising? Every slide matters in your pitch deck. This is even truer as decks get shorter and more concise. Each slide can be worth millions of dollars. So, how do you get the solution right when pitching and presenting to potential investors in your startup?
Chaitanya Kalipatnapu has raised millions of dollars to expand the accessibility and impact of higher education. His startup has gone global, offering new programs that are meeting the needs of our fast evolving world. On the Dealmakers Podcast Kalipatnapu shared with our audience how he got started as an entrepreneur, and how his startup bootstrapped for the first six years before accepting outside funding. Plus, how to pick your investors, overcoming moments of self-doubt to make better business decisions, and how COVID is changing the future of education.
How to nail your pitch deck’s narrative? Having the right facts and data points is good. Everyone has that covered. How you present the narrative in your pitch deck can be far more pivotal. How do you nail this vital part of the mission when getting ready to pitch investors who can help bring your vision to becoming reality?
Brad Hargreaves is a true serial entrepreneur, now on his third venture. One that has already raised $100M and has scaled to at least 30 cities around the world.On the Dealmakers Podcast Hargreaves shared his experiences taking startups full cycle, his top priorities when building a company today, how he took one company from zero to $1M in revenue in just four months, and how he raised $100M for two different ventures.
How do you send your pitch deck to friends and family? Friends and family will be an incredibly pivotal part of your journey as an entrepreneur. This is true whether you actually directly raise money from them or not. If you can raise from them, it can be some of the best capital you can bring in. Here’s how to approach it.
Pitch decks are vitally important for startups. They are the key or the roadblock to funding for your business. In turn, that means they can make or break everything. There are many tips for crafting a powerful pitch deck and pitching for fundraising. Yet, one of the main things that frequently confuses and sabotages startup founders is how long the pitch deck should really be.
Benjamin Miller’s fintech startup has taken on one of the biggest multi-trillion dollars markets, and they’ve already made incredible headway towards changing the status quo. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Ben Miller shared his inspiration for his startup, how they’ve raised over a billion dollars in equity, the foundation of what hyper successful, long living startups are really built on, and what it’s like taking on billion dollar giants that are deeply entrenched.
Pitch deck outline: What to include to get funded? Your next fundraising round can bring in the capital that could mean giving up the idea or making it a reality.
Jonathan Langer didn’t launch his first startup until he was 31 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him from quickly growing this important business into a global company just as it has become more important than ever. During our interview on the Dealmakers Show Langer shared how his early work experience prepared him for entrepreneurship, why he took the leap, the art of fundraising in our post-COVID world, the future of healthcare, and the critical elements of a successful startup.