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Why You Don’t Want To Include Too Much Text In A Pitch Deck

Why You Don’t Want To Include Too Much Text In A Pitch Deck

Are you wondering what you don‘t want to include too much text in a pitch deck? You want to convey all the great stuff about your startup when pitching angel investors, but too much text in your pitch deck can kill your chances of getting funded. This might sound like a small detail. Yet, it continues to be one of the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make. It is a huge pet peeve of professional investors and VCs.Here’s why you may not be getting funded, and how less text might get you more money, on better terms.

He Was Forced To Close Down His First Business And Now Raised $65 Million To Prepare Marketing Data For Better Reporting

He Was Forced To Close Down His First Business And Now Raised $65 Million To Prepare Marketing Data For Better Reporting

Fredrik Skantze is a serial entrepreneur on a mission. He believes business intelligence and its adjacent markets could be 10 times bigger if business people had access to better tools and could make better use of their data without having to rely on technical teams and analysts. So, he’s building the foundation and solutions to make that a reality. In his guest appearance on the DealMakers podcast, Skantze broke down the good, the bad, and the ugly of entrepreneurship. We talked about failures and mistakes which don’t usually get shared with new aspiring entrepreneurs. As well as how to be successful in scaling and fundraising.

SAFE Notes Vs. Convertible Notes

SAFE Notes Vs. Convertible Notes

As a start-up founder, you have a number of potential equity deals available to you when negotiating with investors. Two of these are the SAFE note and convertible note. Both have much in common, but they also have their specific advantages and disadvantages. In this article, I’m going to explore exactly what a SAFE note and a convertible note is, how they differ, and what sort of advantages they hold over each other.

This Entrepreneur Went From Pro Basketball Player To Building A Business With 5,000 Employees

This Entrepreneur Went From Pro Basketball Player To Building A Business With 5,000 Employees

Idriss Al Rifai is helping us leap into a future where eCommerce businesses can serve everyone, and everyone can benefit from online shopping from their phones. His startup is well on the way to connecting four billion people who have been left sidelined by big industry incumbents and the old status quo. We got together for an episode of the Dealmakers Podcast. Al Rifai shared with our listeners how his time in the special forces prepared him for founding a startup, his thoughts on who to hire first, what the future of eCommerce looks like, and what’s different about launching a business in Dubai versus the USA.

Startup Accelerators: The Ultimate Guide

Startup Accelerators: The Ultimate Guide

There are many ways to fund a startup business. Since their inception in 2005, startup accelerator programs have become one of these options for entrepreneurs. Like any funding strategy, startup accelerators will be the perfect fit for some businesses, but not for others.  How do you know when a startup accelerator is the best option for your business? In this ultimate guide to startup accelerators for entrepreneurs, I’m going to take you through the startup accelerator process so that you can best answer that question.

He Started His First Business At 13 And Just Sold His Recent Startup For Over $750 Million

He Started His First Business At 13 And Just Sold His Recent Startup For Over $750 Million

Jack Smith has believed in the ability to create your own destiny from a very young age. He has rolled that into raising $25 million for his own startup, helping others raise even more, and going through the full cycle to being an investor himself.  We recently got together for an episode of the Dealmakers podcast. He shared his creative fundraising hacks, persistence, who he thinks makes the best startup hires, how to find product-market fit, what makes a fundable startup, and more.

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Make The Internet Safer

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Make The Internet Safer

Jason Tan’s startup is on a mission to help everyone trust the internet. He’s already raised $106M from some incredible investors. During our interview on the Dealmakers Podcast Jason shared his entrepreneurial journey of fundraising, building and scaling companies, managing teams, mental health for founders and overcoming the dark and depressing days.

What Are Fully Diluted Shares?

What Are Fully Diluted Shares?

Fully diluted shares are a measure of how many shares a company has at its disposal. This measurement is used to determine how much a business is worth. To calculate this, you need to know how many convertible securities a company has. Then, calculate how many shares would be created if these securities were converted into common stock. This is the first step in calculating the company value.

His First Business Was Acquired By Citrix, His Second By Dell, And Now Raised $50 Million For His Next Startup

His First Business Was Acquired By Citrix, His Second By Dell, And Now Raised $50 Million For His Next Startup

Murli Thirumale has built and sold two startups and is no on his third. His formulas for success seem to have provided him a system for replicating this success at the highest levels. Together we recently hosted an episode of the Dealmakers Podcast where Murli Thirumale shared his journey, his models for proving product-market fit, how to raise startup funding, and his top tips for new founders.

What Your Pitch Deck Must Answer

What Your Pitch Deck Must Answer

What must your pitch deck answer in order for your startup to get funded? If the survival and ability to grow your startup depends on getting funds in, know that getting funded can all ride on your pitch deck. So, aside from the slide titles and number of slides, what must you convey an answer for potential investors to get from that first connection to money in the bank? You can bet investors have a lot of questions. If you leave the most important ones unanswered in your deck and presentation, you are already giving them a reason to move onto the next pitch. At a minimum, it puts the ball in their court and is going to make it a lot harder to convince them and come back from. 

How To Raise A Seed Round

How To Raise A Seed Round

Seed round investment is the critical funding round for many startups. Without it, the foundation of a business cannot be created, making it more difficult to raise capital during subsequent investment rounds. The key question then is: How do you raise funds during a seed round? To answer this question, I’m going to explore what a seed round is, why it is important to startup founders, and the steps you should take to maximize your chances of securing seed round capital.

What Is A Safe Note?

What Is A Safe Note?

SAFE notes are a form of convertible security. They are used as a legally binding promise that, at a later date, an investor will be given the opportunity to buy shares at an agreed price. SAFE notes were developed in 2013 by the Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator. As such, they are a relatively new option for investors and startup founders. However, they have become increasingly popular as a simple way to structure an investment for equity deal, especially during seed rounds.

This Entrepreneur Raised $68 Million To Reinvent How You Live With Roommates

This Entrepreneur Raised $68 Million To Reinvent How You Live With Roommates

Andrew Collins has raised tens of millions of dollars for his startup. One which tackles two of today’s most pressing problems in our big cities, and is doing it both on and offline.  Andrew and I recently recorded a new episode of the Dealmakers Podcast together. He shared his journey and learnings about building a hyper growth company. Plus what inspired his co-living startup.

Successful Strategies For Negotiation

Successful Strategies For Negotiation

What are the successful strategies for negotiation that an entrepreneur could apply to their startup business? Negotiation can be everything for startup founders. Virtually everything you do is going to involve some negotiation. Learning a few classic negotiation strategies, and some more advanced and current tactics and approaches can make all the difference in getting launched, staying alive, and continuing to thrive. It will directly impact how you feel about all the time and energy you’ve invested when you exit and it’s over. 

He Went From Selling Pandora For $3.5 Billion To Eliminating The Checkout Process For Shoppers

He Went From Selling Pandora For $3.5 Billion To Eliminating The Checkout Process For Shoppers

Will Glaser knows a few things about building and scaling companies and solving hard problems. You might even consider him the godfather of digital music. Soon, you’ll probably be using his technology every day if you aren’t already. Will and I recently recorded a new episode of the DealMakers podcast together. We talked about emerging technologies, fundraising for startups, patents, and new ways to think about selecting and pitching investors.

What Is A Business Model?

What Is A Business Model?

Your startup’s business model is essentially the way your business will generate income. This is often confused with business strategy, but both are subtly different from each other. In this article, I’m going to outline exactly what a business model is, along with examples of successful business models, and why a business model should be treated as separate from your business strategy.

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Build The First End-To-End Automated Software Delivery System

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Build The First End-To-End Automated Software Delivery System

Sacha Labourey’s startup has raised at least $100M to help developers go full cycle fast, and have a real impact. He has enjoyed being a part of the full cycle of successful startups himself. He sees a future where we are even more reliant on the cloud and where developers can better measure and demonstrate the meaningful business impact they are delivering. Sacha and I recently got together to record an episode of the Dealmakers Podcast. We talked M&A deals, integrating companies, fundraising, the future of tech and business, and what he’s learned on his journey.

This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million To Reward Loyal Shoppers With Gift Cards

This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million To Reward Loyal Shoppers With Gift Cards

Derrick Fung has raised tens of millions of dollars for his second startup. He’s been the full cycle and knows how to build, scale and finance new ventures. We recently got together for an episode of the Dealmakers Show. Derrick shared the journey of his latest company, how finding and securing product-market fit has changed, the secrets to fundraising and how capital markets are evolving. As well as the next big shift in fintech and eCommerce.

How To Title Your Pitch Deck

How To Title Your Pitch Deck

Are you wondering how to title your pitch deck?

The title of your pitch deck is the first-moment potential investors get to see anything from your pitch. You have to make that moment count. A badly designed pitch deck title can immediately put investors on the wrong footing. In fact, it can completely derail your pitch.

His First Business Failed, Then He Sold His Second To Apple, And Just Sold His Third One To Rakuten For Millions

His First Business Failed, Then He Sold His Second To Apple, And Just Sold His Third One To Rakuten For Millions

Jaron Waldman knows a thing or two about building startups. He has launched and scaled at least two ventures which have been acquired by some of the biggest giants that have ever existed. Jaron and I recorded an episode of the Dealmakers Show together. He told our audience about his experiences launching and growing companies. He shared insights on going full circle, learnings from working inside these enviable acquirers, the pitfalls to watch out for, and the pros and cons of both bootstrapping and raising VC money.

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Fight Fraud With AI-Powered Solutions

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Fight Fraud With AI-Powered Solutions

Female tech startup founder Yinglian Xie has raised millions of dollars for her global security startup to make it safer to do business online. Yinglian recently joined me for a special episode of the DealMakers Podcast. Our audience learned a lot about making the leap into entrepreneurship, and the full cycle of bringing your business to the US, and then expanding to raise money overseas and grow on a global scale.

What Is The Ideal Pitch Deck?

What Is The Ideal Pitch Deck?

The ideal pitch deck is the one catered to your audience. You need your pitch deck to convey why you are a great option for investment in a concise, powerful way that resonates with potential investors. But there’s much more to it than that! Today, I’m going to explore the elements that go into the ideal pitch deck. This will help you secure the investment your startup deserves.

Why A Pitch Deck?

Why A Pitch Deck?

Why a pitch deck? Pitch decks almost seem an obvious first step in launching a startup today. Still, it’s worth pausing and considering what it is really for. What are the various uses of a pitch deck? What should be included?

This Entrepreneur Has Raised $60 Million To Listen To Machines And Tell You What‘s Wrong

This Entrepreneur Has Raised $60 Million To Listen To Machines And Tell You What‘s Wrong

On August 5, 2017, the skies above New Orleans opened and dumped almost a foot of rain on the city in just a couple of hours. The streets flooded. More than 100,000 people were evacuated. A million people suffered property damage. That wasn’t even Hurricane Katrina. It was just a random rainstorm sweeping through the region. New Orleans relies on eight vital pumps to move water from the streets back to the ocean. On that day, four pumps were down for scheduled maintenance. Two others stopped working during that rainstorm. The failure of just those two pumps caused those 100,000 people to lose their homes and belongings. Fortunately, if Saar Yoskovitz’s vision is realized, that will never happen again. Saar and his cofounder have already raised $60M to save us from critical machine breakdowns. 

This Lawyer Turned Entrepreneur Just Sold His Cannabis Business For Almost $900 Million

This Lawyer Turned Entrepreneur Just Sold His Cannabis Business For Almost $900 Million

Mitchell Kahn knows about building and scaling companies. His most recent startup raised over $220 million and was recently acquired for $875 million.Mitchell and I got together for an episode of the DealMakers Podcast. He shared with our listeners how he got started as an entrepreneur, what he’s learned about funding and capital, growing a business, plus the serious business of recreational cannabis.

How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Pitch Deck?

How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Pitch Deck?

How much does it cost to develop a pitch deck? The pitch deck is one of the most important tools you’ll have to bring your great business idea and big vision to life. So, can you DIY code it yourself for free? Or do you need to budget tens of thousands of dollars for one to be designed professionally?

What Are The Most Important Items To Include In A Pitch Deck?

What Are The Most Important Items To Include In A Pitch Deck?

What are the most important items to include in a pitch deck? Your pitch deck won’t just make or break your chances of getting funded in this round. It can make all the difference in whether your startup gets the chance to launch and survive. Everything else hinges on your deck. You can introduce yourself and talk a good game, only to completely lose credibility and interest when you unveil your deck. Or you can have a fantastic spiel, but never get the chance to speak and show your product if you deck isn’t up to scratch.

Pros And Cons For Starting A Business With Family

Pros And Cons For Starting A Business With Family

What are the pros and cons for starting a business with family? Starting a business with your family members and friends can be exciting and full of advantages. It can also bring extra stress and potential problems down the road. Is it for you? Keep reading to find out the real perks and disadvantages and why you should and shouldn’t do it.

This Entrepreneur Raised $55 Million To Set The New Standard In Data Storage

This Entrepreneur Raised $55 Million To Set The New Standard In Data Storage

Founder Eran Kirzner has raised tens of millions of dollars for his latest venture. Kirzner is a true pioneer in the communications, computing, and data storage space. He has worked at the highest levels of the industry and has gone at it himself with his own adventures. He joined me for an episode of the DealMakers Podcast. We talked about building proprietary technology, curating the best teams, going to market with your product, and strategically choosing investors to fund your enterprise.

The Pros And Cons Of Angel Investors

The Pros And Cons Of Angel Investors

What are the pros and cons of angel investors? Angel investors have come to be a very big part of the startup ecosystem. They can be highly desirable connections for startup entrepreneurs seeking funding. Many hyper-successful entrepreneurs end up becoming angel investors themselves. However, before you go rushing in to create a pitch deck for them, stalk them and ask for money for your startup business, it’s smart to know what the pros and cons of angel investors are.

She Was An Early Employee At Google And Then Built A $100 Million Business

She Was An Early Employee At Google And Then Built A $100 Million Business

Minnie Ingersoll has lived the full cycle of being an entrepreneur. She has gone from working on incredible tech rocket ships to founding her own startup and graduating to being an active investor in other startups. Ex-Googler and used car dealer, Minnie has done a lot. It was a great privilege to host her on the DealMakers Podcast. During this interview, she shared how she got started and raised millions of dollars, her top advice for new entrepreneurs, and what she looks for when being pitched by those looking for funding. Plus, what you should be spending 30% of your time on as a leader.

What If Someone Steals Your Pitch Deck?

What If Someone Steals Your Pitch Deck?

What if someone steals your pitch deck? How do you prevent it? What can you do if they steal itYou’ve put a lot of passion into your new business idea, bringing together the perfect team, and commissioning an amazing pitch deck that could raise millions of dollars. The last thing you want is for someone to just steal your idea and deck, and then squeeze you out by mastering startup fundraising and running with your idea without you. It’s a concern many new entrepreneurs have. Is it really warranted? What best practices do you need to know?

The Pros And Cons Of Crowdfunding

The Pros And Cons Of Crowdfunding

Are you wondering what are the pros and cons of crowdfunding? Crowdfunding can be a fantastic way to raise significant sums of money to get your startup business off the ground and to the next level. There are also some downsides which many first-timers overlook. Know the pros and cons and make an educated choice before you rush in or dismiss this as a fundraising option.

He Built A $400 Million Business By Helping Companies Make The Most Out Of Their Operational Data

He Built A $400 Million Business By Helping Companies Make The Most Out Of Their Operational Data

Gero Decker’s Berlin-based startup has raised $200M to help businesses collaborate better and be ready for the future. When it came time to raise, Gero’s startup had over a dozen term sheets on the table to choose from. We got together for a recent episode of the Dealmakers Show. He told our audience the differences between the startup ecosystems in Europe and the United States. Plus, how to pick the best investors and what he’s learned on the journey as an entrepreneur.

The Advantages Of Being An Entrepreneur

The Advantages Of Being An Entrepreneur

Are you ready to seize all the fantastic advantages of becoming an entrepreneur? Being an entrepreneur is seriously underrated. There are far more benefits than you might think. Some of the best are also the most overlooked. If you’ve been debating the pros and cons of entrepreneurship and starting your own company, check out these advantages, and you’ll want to quit your job before you finish reading this post.

He Sold His First Business To Microsoft At 15 And Now Raised $50 Million To Keep Companies Safe From Cyber Crimes

He Sold His First Business To Microsoft At 15 And Now Raised $50 Million To Keep Companies Safe From Cyber Crimes

Joshua Motta has been a leader in tech since he was a teenager. His latest venture has already raised $50M to protect other companies from the growing and ever more severe threat of cyber attacks. This founder has been at the head of at least two incredibly fast-growing startups. With his experience, there are few who probably come close to this level of expertise at the cross-section of tech and business.

Next Steps When You Have A Great Business Idea

Next Steps When You Have A Great Business Idea

What are the next steps when you have a great business idea? You’ve had one of those lightbulb moments and are excited about a new business idea. How do you validate the idea as a viable business? How do you get it going?

What Is The Best Order Of Slides In A Pitch Deck

What Is The Best Order Of Slides In A Pitch Deck

The correct order for a pitch deck can be broken down into 10 stages. They are Problem, Solution, Market, Product, Traction, Team, Financials, Investment Amount, and Appendix. This order ensures that each slide leads logically into the next and builds a persuasive case for investment.In this article, I’m going to explore why this order is important and how you can use this structure to create the best possible pitch deck for your business.

How To Present The Business Strategy In A Pitch Deck

How To Present The Business Strategy In A Pitch Deck

To present a business strategy in a pitch deck effectively, you have to break it down into its simplest elements and then convey those elements in a powerful way. An entrepreneur only has a few minutes to deliver their pitch, so there is no room for in-depth information. In this article, I’m going to outline how to be both concise and effective when presenting your business strategy to investors.

His Previous Business Is Worth $4.2 Billion And His Latest Startup Just Reached $1.2 Billion Valuation

His Previous Business Is Worth $4.2 Billion And His Latest Startup Just Reached $1.2 Billion Valuation

Mike Cagney led one of his startups to raise the first billion-dollar round in fintech. He’s not done raising or building companies yet either. Mike recently joined me for an episode of the DealMakers podcast. During the interview, we talked about why to go back to school even after you’ve started and sold a business of your own, why you might actually want a lower valuation and the most important things to know when starting your own company.

What Do I Need Other Than A Pitch Deck?

What Do I Need Other Than A Pitch Deck?

What do you need besides a pitch deck to launch and fund a successful startup? A great pitch deck may be the most crucial tool in effectively launching, building and financing a startup business. Yet, it is not the only thing you need. Here are some of the other assets you want to have lined up as a founder to ensure your venture has the wings to fly and legs to get funded.

What Is Cash Flow And Why It Is Important

What Is Cash Flow And Why It Is Important

What is cash flow and why it is important? Is the hype overblown? If you want it, what are some of the best practices for securing it and making sure your startup business doesn’t run out of it?

How A Pitch Deck Is Sent To Investors

How A Pitch Deck Is Sent To Investors

Sending a pitch deck to VC investors differs from presenting your pitch deck in person. As your pitch is going to be read rather than watched, you must convert it into an Investor Deck first. This is the format you should use to send a pitch deck to potential investors.In this article, I’m going to outline exactly what you should consider when sending a pitch deck to VC investors, why the process is different from others, and how to convert your pitch deck to an investor deck effectively.

What To Include In The Traction Slide Of A Pitch Deck

What To Include In The Traction Slide Of A Pitch Deck

Wondering what to include in the traction slide of a pitch deck? The traction slide of a pitch deck should present information about how your product or service is already showing its value. This can include current sales, growth, valuable partnerships, endorsements, pre-orders, or data from a pilot study outlining current consumer interest. In this article, I’m going to unpack these aspects of the traction slide of a pitch deck. I’ll take you through each of these elements, how to present them, and why you should spend some time considering exactly what to include in your traction slide.

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Help You Book Home Services

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million To Help You Book Home Services

Oisin Hanrahan’s last startup raised $100 million to make your daily life a lot easier. Over the years he has started, built and sold multiple ventures. In our exclusive interview on the DealMakers Podcast, he opened up and shared the keys to getting started, how to navigate funding rounds, and finding a great exit.

How To Find A Profitable Niche For Your Business

How To Find A Profitable Niche For Your Business

How do you find a profitable niche for your business? What will ensure your startup success?Not even Google can be everything to everyone. They certainly didn’t even start out in maps, autonomous vehicles, drone delivery, video, or online pay per click ads. They started with a niche, gained a profitable foothold in the world and built a massive enterprise on top of that.

This Entrepreneur Raised $43 Million To Deliver To Your Door Healthy Plant-Based Meals

This Entrepreneur Raised $43 Million To Deliver To Your Door Healthy Plant-Based Meals

Rachel Drori knows what it takes to make big brands work, create experiences and keep yourself running in great health. She rolled all of this experience into a startup of her own. One which has raised tens of millions of dollars to make it easier to take good care of yourself, even when you are crazy busy.  Drori recently appeared on the Dealmakers podcast. We got to talk about fundraising as a female founder, what it means to be a customer-centric business, lessons learned on the entrepreneurial journey and trusting your instincts.

Most Reliable Ways To Fund Your Business

Most Reliable Ways To Fund Your Business

There are many, many ways to fund a startup today. Which are the most reliable? Which are best for your venture. Starting a business requires money to be invested in it. It just does. It doesn’t always have to be a lot, but there will be expenses. Plenty of fantastic startup successes have been launched on less than $10,000. Some for less than $1,000. Others have raised millions in capital before they even really started.

He Raised $400 Million To Change How You Order Your Drinks

He Raised $400 Million To Change How You Order Your Drinks

Aman Narang’s startup Toast has raised $400 million in funding to disrupt the bar and restaurant industry. Aman has that entrepreneurial spirit that has enabled him to constantly embrace new settings and challenges. The next time you are ordering coffee while coding your new app, celebrating closing a fundraising round with your cofounders, or are out to dinner with your investors and advisors, there’s a good chance your experience will be driven by his technology.

How To Start A Business In A Few Hours

How To Start A Business In A Few Hours

Are you wondering how to start a business in a few hours? Some people spend months or years cultivating a business idea, planning, and getting to market. That has worked out tremendously well for a few founders. It has cost far more would-be entrepreneurs everything when putting together that initial business plan.

He Went From Managing 10,000 Employees To Raising $200 Million To Help Drive The Future Of Manufacturing

He Went From Managing 10,000 Employees To Raising $200 Million To Help Drive The Future Of Manufacturing

Amar Hanspal is one of the pioneering entrepreneurs of what’s next in technology and manufacturing. In fact, he’s been instrumental in creating the DNA of many of the products we have today. Amar and I recently recorded a truly insightful episode of the Dealmakers Podcast together. He shared how he got started, the lessons learned when a startup doesn’t turn out how you expected, the $17M MBA, and how he struck on the idea for building Bright Machines.

Ways To Cut Business Costs

Ways To Cut Business Costs

Need to shave some business costs to make your new startup idea viable or keep your current venture afloat? Check out these ways to slash the burden and be more profitable. Starting a business doesn’t have to be as expensive as you imagine. If you are already in business and need to grind it out until a new fundraising round comes through or you get paid on invoices, here are some of the ways you can do that, and keep on working smarter in the future.

How To Start An eCommerce Business

How To Start An eCommerce Business

Want to start your own eCommerce business? Ecommerce businesses have massive potential. They are one of the easiest businesses to start. They can be a lot of fun too. So, if you’ve got a burning online business idea, how do you get started? What are your next steps?

The Pros And Cons Of Venture Capital

The Pros And Cons Of Venture Capital

Are you in the fundraising process and wondering what are the pros and cons of venture capital? Can there really be any downsides of raising large amounts of venture capital? Landing big-name VCs and their tens of millions of dollars in funding for your startup is the holy grail for many entrepreneurs. There are clearly significant advantages of going this route. Yet, for every pro, there can be a con. What’s important is knowing what they are, and balancing that in your business. 

How Long Should A Pitch Deck Be

How Long Should A Pitch Deck Be

A pitch deck should be no longer than 20 slides in length. Ideally, you should be as concise as possible. 10 slides is even better, as long as you aren’t overcrowding your pitch deck. Less than 10 slides would tend to suggest that your pitch is underdeveloped. With that answer out of the way, you might think you know everything you need to know about pitch decks and their length. However, the only way you can make a pitch deck the right length is to understand what goes into making an effective one.

How To Show The Financials In A Pitch Deck

How To Show The Financials In A Pitch Deck

Are you wondering how to show the financials in a pitch deck? Your pitch deck needs to include important financial data including a breakdown of past and future performance. A standard metric of performance should be used for this data such as month on month growth for units sold and gross profit. To create the perfect pitch deck, you will need more than just solid numbers; as opposed to a business plan you will need to present the numbers in a way that is persuasive and accessible. In this article, I’m going to show you exactly which financial numbers you need to include and how to show your financials in a pitch deck.

What Goes In The Appendix Of A Pitch Deck

What Goes In The Appendix Of A Pitch Deck

A pitch deck appendix includes all financial data, risk assessment, legal status, patents and trademarks, performance and projection metrics, information on previous or existing high profile investors, and any other salient information you didn’t include in your main pitch deck for brevity. In this article, I am going to outline the importance of the pitch deck appendix and explore exactly what information you need to include in greater detail. This will markedly improve your chances of securing investors for your business.

What Should A Pitch Deck Look Like

What Should A Pitch Deck Look Like

A pitch deck should be 10 – 20 slides in length. Each slide should have a purpose and be uncluttered. Only a handful of bullet points should be used at a time. A pitch deck should flow from one clear concept to another, taking the investor on a journey from why a product or service solves a problem for consumers, to why a business will provide a valuable return on investment.

How To Build A Pitch Deck

How To Build A Pitch Deck

Do you want to know how to build a pitch deck but don’t know where to start? I’ve advised hundreds of leading entrepreneurs on how to build the perfect pitch deck. Today, I’m going to share that blueprint for success with you. Read on to build a great pitch deck and earn the investment your business idea deserves.

He Sold His Business For $400 Million And Now Raised $30 Million To Help You Unlock Your Office Door

He Sold His Business For $400 Million And Now Raised $30 Million To Help You Unlock Your Office Door

Alex Kazerani has not only done a fair amount of traveling around the world, but he has also been around the block of starting and exiting startups a few times too. Most entrepreneurs dream of launching and maybe selling one company. Alex Kazerani has done it three times and is now building what could be his biggest company yet. We got together for a recent episode of the Dealmakers Show. Alex walked us through his entrepreneurial journey, why he sold his companies, what he might do differently now, how he has picked his investors when to take venture debt versus equity, and how he stumbled on his latest business idea.  

How To Create A Pitch Deck

How To Create A Pitch Deck

To secure investors for your startup business, you need an effective pitch deck. A pitch deck is your way to persuade investors that you and your business are worthy of investment. In this article, I’m going to outline exactly how to create a pitch deck that will succeed.

How To Write A Pitch Deck

How To Write A Pitch Deck

Writing the perfect pitch deck can feel daunting at first. After all, your entire pitch relies upon it. If your pitch deck is not well written and presented, then you will not secure investment for your business. However, when learning how to write a pitch deck, there are some simple steps you can take to get the investment you need to take your business to the next level.

After 20 Years At Oracle He Raised $70 Million To Reinvent How Companies Analyze Their Data

After 20 Years At Oracle He Raised $70 Million To Reinvent How Companies Analyze Their Data

Osama Elkady knows a thing or two about building multi-billion dollar companies. His startup helps them grow every day. I had the great opportunity to interview Osama on a recent episode of the Dealmakers Show, where he talked about growing as a leader when your company is growing by triple digits. We also discussed the myths of big companies, overcoming the challenges of being a small one, what you need to succeed,  how to say no to VCs and what you can learn by working with Larry Ellison.  

How To Raise Startup Capital

How To Raise Startup Capital

Are you wondering how to raise startup capital? Whether you’ve just had your “eureka!” moment and have seized on a great business idea you need to fund, or you’ve already been putting in the 100 hour weeks and know you need an injection of some kind to make the next leap, how do you do about raising capital for your startup? Do you know what you need to raise money at your stage in business? Have you explored all of the potential options? Do you have the right pitch and timeline? Are you pointing your business in the right direction? Here’s what you need to know.

How To Make A Pitch Deck

How To Make A Pitch Deck

Are you wondering how to make a pitch deck? If this is the case, you need to consider the function of your deck. What is it that you are pitching? In this article, I’m going to show you how to make an effective pitch deck. We’ll look at the above questions and explore the perfect structure for your pitch deck. Let’s get to it.

What To Include In A Pitch Deck

What To Include In A Pitch Deck

Are you wondering what to include in a pitch deck? Your pitch deck needs to include a specific structure that best sells your business to investors. This structure includes 9 specific stages. Each stage contains at least one slide.

What Is A Pitch Deck

What Is A Pitch Deck

A pitch deck is an essential tool for securing investors. Pitch decks are presentations to potential investors that summarize what your company does, what your business plan is, and how you want your company to develop with new investment. Like any pivotal business tool, your pitch deck should not be generic. It needs to shine. It should also be catered to its intended audience. Because of this, pitch decks can take several forms and have different purposes. 

He Sold His Startup To AOL for $100 Million, His Next One To Disney For $675 Million, And Now Raised $145 Million

He Sold His Startup To AOL for $100 Million, His Next One To Disney For $675 Million, And Now Raised $145 Million

René Rechtman is a true serial entrepreneur, who has been involved with multiple exits. His current company, Moonbug has raised an incredible $145M Series A to bring children’s entertainment to the masses. René and I recently did an episode of the DealMakers Podcast together. He talked about growing international companies, how he got started in entrepreneurship, fundraising, and the most important business lessons he’s learned on the journey.  

Startup Capital: Everything You Need To Know

Startup Capital: Everything You Need To Know

Think you need startup capital for your next business idea? Here’s what you need to know. Choosing to launch your own startup business is one of the most exciting things you can do in life. It can be one of the most valuable things you can do with your life. It can also be one of the toughest. Especially when it comes to raising startup capital. Before you run out there to ask for money for your big idea or give up on landing that VC money, here what you must know.

Angel Investors: Everything You Need To Know

Angel Investors: Everything You Need To Know

Angel investors are a significant part of the startup ecosystem. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or founder of a young startup you may be thinking about fundraising with angel investors. Here’s what you need to know. Angels are a key element and building block in starting fundraising. They can be one of the most critical sources of funding for startups. Before you rush out there with your new pitch deck to try and present to them, make sure you understand how they fit, what drives them, and what’s next.

He Became A Stanford Professor At 25 And Just Raised $66 Million To Help You Understand Your Data

He Became A Stanford Professor At 25 And Just Raised $66 Million To Help You Understand Your Data

Peter Bailis left academia and formed an incredible team that is tackling this problem. They’ve already raised tens of millions of dollars to do it, and partnered with some incredible businesses. Peter and I recently recorded a new episode of the Dealmakers Podcast together. We talked about his journey into computer science and entrepreneurship, the future of business, the top challenges facing companies of all sizes today, fundraising, how to pick your first customers, and his top advice for new founders. 

This Entrepreneur Went From Waitress To Raising $90 Million For Her Fashion Startup

This Entrepreneur Went From Waitress To Raising $90 Million For Her Fashion Startup

Jill Layfield is co-founder and CEO of fashion startup Tamara Mellon. Together they’ve raised tens of millions of dollars to empower women with a new direct to consumer apparel brand.  I had the great opportunity to interview Jill on a recent episode of the Dealmakers Show. We talked about the fun and challenges fashion startups, staying ahead of the competition, curating company culture, raising a Series C round, and the importance of storytelling.   

What Are Restricted Stock Units?

What Are Restricted Stock Units?

A restricted stock unit (RSU) is an effective way to motivate employees. It is also an excellent option for employees on their career path as they build an investment portfolio. In this article, I’m going to outline exactly what an RSU is, how it works, and what the advantages and disadvantages of this type of stock are.

How To Exercise Stock Options

How To Exercise Stock Options

If you do not know how to exercise stock options, you will miss out on their associated rewards. Exercising stock options are a critical part of improving your investment outlook and making positive returns, so you should familiarize yourself with this process as much as possible. With this in mind, let’s now explore how to exercise stock options so you can make the most out of your investment. 

The Power Of Storytelling In Fundraising

The Power Of Storytelling In Fundraising

What is the power of storytelling in fundraising? How do you write a great one and how do you get investors excited to share the journey with you? There has been a lot of talk about storytelling over the past few years. A whole new side industry has popped up to support it.

This Entrepreneur Has Raised $57 Million To Heal Your Gut

This Entrepreneur Has Raised $57 Million To Heal Your Gut

Colleen Cutcliffe has proven that when you have a passion for solving a big problem and are willing to let others help, anything is possible. So far Colleen’s startup has raised nearly $60M from amazing investors like Khosla, Sequoia and True Ventures. They’ve just released the world’s first and only microbiome intervention for type 2 diabetes, which has been clinically proven to lower A1C and post-meal glucose response.

She Sold Her First Business For $50M And Is Now Reinventing The Personal Shopping Experience

She Sold Her First Business For $50M And Is Now Reinventing The Personal Shopping Experience

Mauria Finley maybe one of the few female entrepreneurs who really helped give birth to the internet and mobile experiences. She has since launched two successful startups of her own. After working for some of the most notable tech companies Finley started and sold her first company for $50M, giving her investors a 10x return. Now she’s raised at least $10M for her latest fast-growing marketplace startup.   

Venture Capital Dictionary

Venture Capital Dictionary

Learning about venture capital terms can take a while and I have never come across a venture capital dictionary. There are a lot of terms to get your head around, especially when you are trying to get the best deal as an investor or startup founder. With this in mind, I’ve put together a go-to list of the most important venture capital terms you need to know on your journey as an entrepreneur.

They Went From Coffee Shop Entrepreneurs To Raising Over $60 Million To Change How Homeowners Get Insured

They Went From Coffee Shop Entrepreneurs To Raising Over $60 Million To Change How Homeowners Get Insured

Sean Harper and Lucas Ward ran into each other in a local coffee shop. That chance meeting has resulted in a startup that is disrupting one of the largest industries on the planet, and a business worth as much as $500M. Lucas and Sean have taken on the inefficiencies and inconvenience of the insurance industry with a fast-growth company that just keeps doubling. They now have hundreds of employees and were valued at between $100M and $500M when they raised another $47M in funding last summer.

Best Ways To Learn About Startup Fundraising

Best Ways To Learn About Startup Fundraising

What are the best ways to learn about startup fundraising? You can have the best startup business idea in the world, but it may not go anywhere without the funding to make it happen. Unfortunately, raising capital is rarely as simple as it is often made out to be. Some struggle with it for months and years and get turned away by investors hundreds of times.

What Is A Startup Accelerator Or Incubator?

What Is A Startup Accelerator Or Incubator?

Startup accelerators and incubators help businesses during their infancy to reach their initial goals. This is done in a number of ways including by offering finances, advice, and even facilitating networking with potential investors. In this article, we are going to delve deep into what startup accelerators and incubators actually are. By the end of this article, you’ll understand what they are and whether you should be involved in them as either an investor or a startup founder.

What Is A 409A Valuation?

What Is A 409A Valuation?

What is a 409A valuation? It isn’t as easy as you might think. Public companies are valued by their share price. What the public is willing to pay for a share is what it’s worth. But how do you value a private company that isn’t listed on any exchange? 

This Entrepreneur Flipped Her Fashion Startup For $85 Million In Just 48 Months

This Entrepreneur Flipped Her Fashion Startup For $85 Million In Just 48 Months

Michelle Cordeiro took her first fashion startup from launch to exit in just four years. She got funded even before opening an office and raised $50M to give women their own brand. We caught up on a new episode of the Dealmakers Show. Michelle shared her journey as a woman entrepreneur, what she has learned about brand building, raising capital and exiting a venture. Plus, her top advice for new entrepreneurs looking to start their own companies.

How Funding Rounds Work For Startups

How Funding Rounds Work For Startups

How do the different stages of startup fundraising work for entrepreneurs and their businesses? The big numbers thrown around in the media might make you think that one big fundraising campaign or two is enough finance your business idea for life. It doesn’t work like that. Startup funding in done through a series of stages of ‘rounds’.  Each round typically targets a different type of investor, for different amounts of capital. Investors will have differing expectations of entrepreneurs and their startups at each stage. While there are always exceptions, these round often come 12 to 18 months apart. 

This Fintech Entrepreneur Has Raised Over $50 Million To Give You Better Access To Credit

This Fintech Entrepreneur Has Raised Over $50 Million To Give You Better Access To Credit

Arad Levertov has raised tens of millions of dollars to innovate in the fin-tech space to make access to credit more efficient. We recently got together for an episode of the Dealmakers Podcast. Arad shared how his venture was born out of the Startup Nation, the keys to successful fundraising, the importance of picking the right investors, plus the future of banking.  

Ways To Fund Your Business Without Giving Up Equity

Ways To Fund Your Business Without Giving Up Equity

Non-dilutive methods to fund your startup comes with distinct pitfalls and rewards. In this article, we are going to explore how to fund a start-up through non-dilutive financing, while outlining the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

He Generated Over $1B From Selling His Startups And Now Raised $200M To Accelerate Deep Learning

He Generated Over $1B From Selling His Startups And Now Raised $200M To Accelerate Deep Learning

Andrew Feldman is a true serial entrepreneur. He has already created and exited over $1 billion in startups and has raised $200M for his next venture. We got together for a recent episode of the Dealmakers podcast. Andrew shared his unique start in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the challenges, and successes of raising capital in a bear market, how to pick investors, the art of listening and the biggest mistakes he’s made.   

He Sold Two Startups For Millions And Now Raised $20 Million To Take On The $270 Billion Big Data Industry

He Sold Two Startups For Millions And Now Raised $20 Million To Take On The $270 Billion Big Data Industry

Jeff White is a true serial entrepreneur. With two successful exits under his belt, he is now on his next big data startup.  As an entrepreneur, Jeff has certainly pulled off some enviable feats. As a founder and investor, there is plenty to learn and get inspired by his story. We got together for a recent episode of the dealmakers podcast. He shared why he made the leap from the 9-5, tips for making it through the tough days, and what’s possible when you go all-in on your ideas.  

How To Build A Fundraising Story For Your Business

How To Build A Fundraising Story For Your Business

Are you wondering how to build a fundraising story for your business? In essence, you should never try fundraising for your startup without a great story. If you want to rocket your chances of converting investors, secure the best terms when you do get and turn every contract into a brand ambassador, you need a strong story. Where do you start with creating one that will pave the way for you?

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million In 48 Hours For His Cannabis Business

This Entrepreneur Raised $100 Million In 48 Hours For His Cannabis Business

Sammy Dorf has set the bar pretty high for entrepreneurs and startups. His cannabis company raised $100M after many months of effort, over the course of one extraordinary weekend, and went on to be acquired in the largest transaction in the industry (at the time), at $850M. Whatever your opinions about marijuana, Sam Dorf has proven it’s serious business. We caught up for a special episode of the Dealmakers Show where he broke down his incredible entrepreneurial journey. We talked about legal cannabis, the strategy involved in winning licenses, the struggles and big wins of fundraising, choosing your exit, and what lies ahead in the industry.  

Pros And Cons Of Convertible Notes

Pros And Cons Of Convertible Notes

Convertible notes are one of many fundraising options for start-up entrepreneurs making it essential to understand the pros and cons of convertible notes. The way that convertible notes work is that an investor loans an agreed amount to a company which is then converted to equity during a later investment round. While convertible notes are becoming increasingly popular with entrepreneurs because they are a great bargaining chip to entice investors, they do have distinct advantages and disadvantages like any financial agreement. 

He Built A $1.7 Billion Business By Connecting Customers With Local Services

He Built A $1.7 Billion Business By Connecting Customers With Local Services

Marco Zappacosta has raised $400M for his marketplace startup that is unlocking the largest industry digital hasn’t fully solved yet. If you think a billion dollars is big business, Zappacosta’s already successful business is still just at the beginning of revolutionizing the trillion-dollar-plus human services industry.   

She Raised $35 Million To Disrupt Reproductive Health For Women

She Raised $35 Million To Disrupt Reproductive Health For Women

Alex Friedman is an experienced businesswoman, who has brought a wealth of knowledge to make millions of lives easier. So far LOLA has raised millions of dollars to fund her mission, and the brand is only growing. Having a few daughters myself, I was excited to have Alexandra appear on a new episode on the DealMakers Show. We talked about getting equipped to be an entrepreneur, what investors look for in funds and VCs to give their money to, the advantage of consumer products as a founder, and fundraising for your startup.  

This Entrepreneur Raised $9 Million With Just An Idea And A PowerPoint

This Entrepreneur Raised $9 Million With Just An Idea And A PowerPoint

Cybersecurity expert Fred Kneip has raised almost $60M for his startup so far. It all started with a winning PowerPoint that has drawn the attention of a host of the most enviable investors. Fred recently made an appearance on the Dealmakers Show. In our interview, he shared his journey, what he’s learned, the keys to raising millions in funding, and how his company is transforming one of the fastest-growing markets we’ve ever seen.  

Skills Top Founders Master When Fundraising

Skills Top Founders Master When Fundraising

Want to know the skills top founders master when fundraising? These are the skills you’ll need in order to land that funding. The media can often make it sound incredibly easy and simple to land hundreds of millions of dollars in funds for just about any startup idea. In reality, many stumble around for years and even have to face hundreds of investor rejections before getting a single check. 

This Early Employee At Square Raised $57 Million To Keep Institutional Investors Safe With Crypto Investments

This Early Employee At Square Raised $57 Million To Keep Institutional Investors Safe With Crypto Investments

Nathan McCauley lives and breathes cybersecurity. He’s been involved in some of the best-known tech startups and has now launched his own. His crypto company has already attracted some of the best-known investors, and they’re just getting started. Nathan showed up for a recent episode of the DealMakers podcast, where I had the opportunity to interview him on his journey. We talked about digital security, being a part of popular tech rocket ships, and what’s next in cryptocurrency.