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Where do great pitch decks come from?

Hi All,

I'm looking to see if anyone could share insight on their pitch deck experiences within the seed funding stage. I'm currently in the process of trying to raise seed capital and wanted to see how others approached this game changing step.
  • Were/ are you the founder of the company?
  • If so, did you create the pitch deck yourself?
  • Did you delegate the deck creation to another team member?
  • Did you and your team reach out to an outside consultant for assistance?
  • Did your deck follow the 10/20/30 rule or did you do something different?
I'd be really interested to hear any success stories. Thanks in advance!

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Joe Albano, PhD
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Joe Albano, PhD Advisor
Using the business of entrepreneurialism to turn ideas into products and products into sustainable businesses.
Great pitch decks tell great stories. Here are a few questions to get you started:
  • What problem(s) are you solving?
  • Who are you solving it for?
  • Why do they care about your solution?
  • What evidence do you have that they care?
  • Why should an investor believe you can build and distribute your solution?
  • Who is the implementation team?
  • What does each member of the team bring to the table?
  • Why will each team member stay around?
Then tell that story in the most compact and compelling way possible. Think about the questions that someone interested in your specific pitch would ask. Is your pitch priming them to ask those questions?
Anthony Miller
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Anthony Miller Advisor
President & CEO at millermedia7
Check outhttp://pitchenvy.com/

They've got a nice library of pitch decks. Good luck!
D. Bruce Johnston
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D. Bruce Johnston Entrepreneur
CEO & Co-Founder MDC DOT | MDC DOT Solo a Sales Enablement Platform for Individual Sales Reps & Sales Teams
Jason:

You may want to check out@fundingroadmap. Ruth Hedges built the site with the intent of providing those looking for funding a precise roadmap to that end. You can also check her qualifications and work int he area of funding out here: @thegccworld

Good Luck!

Bruce
Arjun Sarin
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Arjun Sarin Entrepreneur
Building a social enterprise powered by Ad:tech
These are some good questions Jason. I think every founder must have pondered on this - If there is a winning formula. I haven't found any success till now. However see if you can find any help from my answers - Were/ are you the founder of the company? *Yes* - If so, did you create the pitch deck yourself? *Yes* - Did you delegate the deck creation to another team member? *No* - Did you and your team reach out to an outside consultant for assistance? *NO, however I took reference of lot of decks outside. * - Did your deck follow the 10/20/30 rule or did you do something different? NO... *One thing any investors will seek from your deck is what is it which will bring the user to use your product. What are the unit economics?*
Matthew Maly
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Matthew Maly Entrepreneur
Founder at PSYCLUE

I found the process of creating a deck excruciatingly difficult. I have created TWENTY versions of it over the last one and a half years. I heard that the investors want as little as six slides, which means I would not be able to explain what my app does and how it does it. My latest version has eighteen slides and that includes three pictures.


I did have a seven-slide deck. It sounded crazy:


"Hello, I am a Martian, and I want is to make you a billion bucks. Please invest $200K into my tumba-yumba that makes magnificent ChipotStarbaburgers. They are the wendiest of them all, with bananamustardamon. Not surprisingly, I enjoy monopolistic advantage, as nobody is that mad (my graduate degree is from Yale and my advisor works for NASA)"


I figured that after these seven slides the investors would be so confused they would have to take a week off to recover. So. I. Took. Eighteen. Slides. To. Tell. My. Story.


I am happy with eighteen slides because it is also a test of a venture capitalist I want to work with. My app is magnificent; it could help millions of people to dramatically improve their lives. It took me 30 years to develop the technology for it, and it is not like I am going to have a second life... Thus, if the investors are so set in their ways they do not fall off the chair by slide number four, they can invest in yet another food delivery service.


So my advice is this: if you are a creator of the New World, respectfully offer your own reasonable rules, and just tell your story. If you are a food delivery service #Zillion, use ten slides, lots of bright pictures, and have it all very professionally done, by a specialized company.


This is America: you either stand out by substance or you stand out by appearance. There is a myth that you can stand out both by substance and by appearance, but I do not believe that Jennifer Lawrence has a Ph.D in Physics.
Mitchell Bolnick
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Business Mentor, Adviser, Consultant for Start-ups, Small Businesses, Growing Businesses
Pitch decks should be derived from a well thought out business plan. Anything less may gain interest but will leave you on a path to catch up...this is one reason 80% of start ups fail within 5 years. Do it right now and your probability of long term success will increase tremendously. Sent from my iPhone Thanx, Mitch
Ahmad Syafik Jaafar
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Ahmad Syafik Jaafar Entrepreneur
Director, Corporate Strategy at JAD Solutions Sdn Bhd
I can share the pitch deck that I prepared to get seed funding for my private hospice business. We won the first prize - it is actually a business pitching competition sponsored by a government agency. The juries were established entrepreneurs, much like a Shark Tank in the US. Do drop me a line [removed to protect privacy]
Peter Jordan
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Peter Jordan Entrepreneur
Revenue hacker for startups - journey to the $1 of revenue
Use Guy Kawasaki 10 slide approach. It is the best place to get started.
Philip S. Miller
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Philip S. Miller Entrepreneur
Founder at Hempies™ Paper Inc.
100 - 10 - 1 is the secret formula for raising money. Philip
Ken Berkun
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Ken Berkun Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur
FWIW here is presentation I've made on how to pitch. I've had some success raising money, so I hope you find it useful. I'm happy to answer questions about it. It's a little old now, but should hold up. http://www.slideshare.net/kenberkun/perfecting-the-pitch-with-note-slides

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