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Best way of making a deck other than a powerpoint?

I'm building a deck for pitching my 3rd startup and I've grown tired of the powerpoint deck format. It's impersonal, unexpressive and doesn't get the full idea across. Most people tend to send a deck and then present it during the pitch meeting but I prefer to do a one-on-one pitch meeting with no aids other than a product demo. This makes the meeting more personal but also makes the content of the deck even more irrelevant since most likely it will only get scanned over once pre-meeting.

Has anyone had any experience in creating a non-powerpoint deck, maybe a video, a deck with a voice-over or something more expressive than just a set of slide? Would love to hear any feedback or advice on the subject.

Thanks,
Ahmad

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Jessica Alter
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Jessica Alter Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Dress Rush (which I'm not sure exists anymore) got a lot of attention when they did thishttp://dressrush.tumblr.com/post/[removed to protect privacy]/dressrush-online-pitch-deck

Stas Oskin
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Stas Oskin Entrepreneur
CTO at eyecam
I used Prezi in past with good results.
Manny Acevedo
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Manny Acevedo Entrepreneur
Business Systems Analyst & Entrepreneur
Another vote for Prezi.
Jeffrey Cary
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Jeffrey Cary Entrepreneur
Senior Project Manager at netPolarity, Inc.
Ahmad, I would look at using Prezi to give your presentations a new look. oDesk.com has a wealth of Prezi designers for very reasonable rates. I am getting my Investor Presentation done in Prezi for $200 or less. Hope this helps.
David Lynch
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David Lynch Entrepreneur
Firmware and Python Automation Engineer
You might like the ideas of Edward Tufte. He is a professor who abhors Powerpoint. Look him up!
Will Glasson
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Will Glasson Entrepreneur
Assistant County Attorney, Multnomah County
Vote for Prezi or an infographic deck (e.g., Vizify, Piktochart, Infogr.am, Easel.ly).
Mariam Cook
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Mariam Cook Entrepreneur
Founder at PositionDial, Digital Consultant
Try Prezi . Also if you want a video I was pleased with the result Kinetext achieved for my video at a most reasonable price, let me know if you want an intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7n-hK0Kzqs
Leena Chitnis, MBA
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Leena Chitnis, MBA Entrepreneur • Advisor
Content & Publication Manager at NetApp
Prezi. Don't pay for it. It's free (at least when I was using it). You don't need to hire someone off of ODesk to create your deck. It's fairly intuitive, but not as easily navigated. There is a bit of learning curve there, but once you get the hang of it it's kind of fun.

Here's a deck I did which won a huge business plan competition:

<iframe src="http://prezi.com/embed/ecalvjuo5jyk/?bgcolor=ffffff&amp;lock_to_path=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;autohide_ctrls=0&amp;features=undefined&amp;disabled_features=undefined" width="550" height="400" frameBorder="0"></iframe>

I hope that is embedded properly. If it doesn't work, and you're interested in seeing it, just let me know and I'll reattach in your inbox.
Leena Chitnis, MBA
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Leena Chitnis, MBA Entrepreneur • Advisor
Content & Publication Manager at NetApp
Here is another link, this will work (the link I attached before isn't working):

http://prezi.com/ecalvjuo5jyk/piezotouch-inc/


Stas Oskin
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Stas Oskin Entrepreneur
CTO at eyecam
@Leena Chitni

Awesome example, Lena! Finally I see a well done investment presentation on Prezi.

(Man, the time taken to do this FD registration has paid itself many times over already :) ).
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