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13 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Best Business Advice

Entrepreneurs' Organization

If you’re pitching, selling or proposing a partnership, you want to find out what will spark the other person’s interest so that they can’t help but want to work with you. It’s because you just haven’t pitched your products or services to solve their problems.

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Both Things Can Be True: Bias and Bad Fundraising Advice

This is going to be BIG.

She was pitching for a pre-seed round of $400k. The startup ecosystem is a terrific manufacturer of bad fundraising advice. They’ll tell you all about their strategy, the order of operations of who and how they pitched, the magic slides, the timing of the raise itself, etc.

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Advice from an entrepreneurship expert, with Professor Michael Goldberg

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Michael answered questions from network members requesting advice for their entrepreneurial endeavors. What advice would you give to entrepreneurs and professionals looking to finance their business? What advice do you have for businesses operating in unstable environments?

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Stop spending so much time on your product when pitching to investors

TechCrunch

In the context of building a great product, founders are creating an investment pitch that reflects their day-to-day life. Stop spending so much time on your product when pitching to investors by Haje Jan Kamps originally published on TechCrunch.

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When You Pitch, Make Sure to KISS

GAN

Not long ago, I found myself pitching GAN. As I thought about other examples where this has happened, I realized that—as companies pitch me for investment dollars from GAN Ventures—I often don’t immediately understand what their companies do, even after their first 15 minutes of presenting to us. Unless you boil your points and supporting research down to their essence, every time, you might botch inevitable questions that come up during your pitch.

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Practical Lessons Learned from a Pitch Coach to Pitch Effectively

Entrepreneur's Handbook

coaching advice elevator-pitch startup entrepreneurshipLike swimming, it’s best to learn from a coach to correct mistakes and advance to the next steps Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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Everything you need to know to make a great startup pitch deck

TechCrunch

The crew here at TechCrunch has done a lot of writing about making amazing pitch decks over the years, and I figured it was time that I put together a collection of all of it in one handy spot. Before you start pitching. Without a clear ask, your pitch deck is useless.

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How to Pitch Your Business Idea to Startup Investors

StartupNation

A strong startup concept won’t be enough when approaching investors; you’ll also need an exceptional pitch to sell it. Let’s look at what defines a startup pitch, a few different types, and how to create a fantastic one for your startup. So, what defines a startup pitch?

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5 Easy To Fix Virtual Pitch Mistakes

Dream It

Many of these new red flags that occur during virtual pitching are easy to fix. In this Dreamit Dose, Healthtech MD Adam Dakin provides 5 simple rules to avoid giving investors the wrong impression when pitching remotely. We hear startups pitch everyday and far too often founders end up joining the meeting late. When pitching investors virtually, you don’t want to start the call like Adam does in the shot above.

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Angel Funding Advice

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC. They have advice to share. Ask them for advice. Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice

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The Problem with Startup Advice

This is going to be BIG.

I'm often the last one to leave an event, held back by the most persistant of entrepreneurs trying to squeeze as much advice as they can out of me. Often times, the advice is terrible or impractical. Half the time, founders were pitching a completely different idea than what took off--so the VC who looks brilliant for funding the latest viral app really funded a B2B product that never took off. I'll show up generally anywhere I get invited to speak.

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Pitch Deck Teardown: Front’s $65M Series D deck

TechCrunch

” Series A : “We have proof of product-market fit ($1M ARR)” — see the company’s Series A pitch deck. Series B : “We have leverage (we know how to spend money to grow faster)” — see the company’s Series B pitch deck. The full pitch deck.

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The Bad Advice Diverse Founders are Given Around Fundraising

This is going to be BIG.

I can't think of a single time when a white man came to pitch me and I told him his fundraising plans weren't aggressive enough. Yet, for some reason, the goals for her pitch were incremental--despite being in an extremely hot space. Today, same thing--same rinky dink $300k type pitch--to take a company with a handful of paying customers and get, wait for it, some more paying customers. And no, that doesn't mean pitch like a man.

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Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting. There are some smart if not somewhat cerebral bloggers I read who say that you shouldn’t take any startup advice at all because it’s too generalized to be useful to your situation. This is generally how I try to organize my own views and how I try to give advice.

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The Worst Fundraising Advice I Ever Received Came from a Venture Capitalist

Entrepreneur's Handbook

venture-capital startup pitching fundraising entrepreneurshipPeople who know how to invest money aren’t always the people who know how to raise it Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth activation metrics, 3 keys to Series B, pitch deck teardown

TechCrunch

Crupi has spent the pandemic era supporting Series B startups, so he shared an article that examines how a strategy memo, a pitch deck and a forecast model work in tandem to steer potential investors through diligence. Pitch Deck Teardown: Helu.io’s

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TechCrunch+ roundup: Attention metrics, growth through retention, cold-calling advice

TechCrunch

Pitching a startup to investors without a personal recommendation isn’t a terrible idea — as long as you’ve done your research first. Cold outreach with a warm touch: Here’s the fast pitch we emailed to investors.

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The Most Important Advice I Could Give You About Unicorns

Both Sides of the Table

So here’s advice I give people all the time when they’re raising money. Many entrepreneurs pitching err on the side of too much information. You feel very unique when you pitch your business yet three weeks later when you follow up on your VC pitches each partner has probably seen 15-20 more companies in that time and while she remembers you, she can’t quite, exactly remember what was unique about you. *. Unicorns.

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Need advice on navigating a tough startup market? Start here

TechCrunch

Steve Blank explains the rationale behind why a founder would agree to a cram down — and advice on what they could do instead. How to pitch me: 6 investors discuss what they’re looking for in April 2022 (April 2022). The market for startup investment has changed.

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Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail

Both Sides of the Table

Sure, you need to learn what the common theme of the no’s are and be willing to make adjustments to your pitch. the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll get 8. How to go for the close Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail was originally published in Both Sides of the Table on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. Fund raising.

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11 Top Entrepreneurs Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Received from a Mentor

StartupNation

These 11 entrepreneurs share the number one piece of advice their closest mentor ever gave them: Time is the most valuable thing you have. I vividly remember his best advice: He asked about my goals, and I replied, “To earn $250,000 in commissions.”

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Why Investors Say No - Three Startup Pitch Mistakes That Are Easy to Fix

Dream It

Word choice is important and even the smallest detail can make or break your startup pitch. Adam Dakin , Managing Director of Dreamit Healthtech, sees founders make the same common pitch mistakes over and over. Speaking to investors can require a language of its own.

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Khosla’s Adina Tecklu breaks down how to nail your pitch

TechCrunch

Pitching is perhaps the single most important skill that any founder needs to hone, so not surprisingly, we kicked off our TechCrunch Early Stage 2021 — Marketing & Fundraising event with a deep dive on all the tips and tricks required to get the most out of pitching and slide decks.

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A Behind-The-Scenes Look at How Investors Receive Your Pitch Deck

Entrepreneur's Handbook

A Very Honest Guide to Writing Your Fundraise Pitch Deck How to optimise yours for success Congratulations! You know you need a pitch deck to do this and so fire up your slide software of choice and crack your knuckles, ready to wow. vc fundraising investing startup pitch-deck

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Some Advice for Celebrities and Startups Seeking Their Endorsements

Both Sides of the Table

For the most part my advice is simple, “don’t bother.” ” But as ever I’ve had to have this debate in numerous company pitches and board meetings. Entrepreneur AdviceI live in LA. And I’m a VC. So you can imagine I see my fair share of celebrities looking to get into the technology industry. And equal numbers of startups seeking celebrity endorsements in exchange for equity.

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How to Pitch Like a Shark Tank Winner

StartupNation

We needed to build our set and props and ship them to California, and I had to prepare a pitch and appear before the Sharks, all in a matter of weeks. Before I pitched my product on “Shark Tank,” I did a deep dive into previous episodes.

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A Tale of Two Pitches

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#. I recently wrote a blog post here in which I argued that the best VC meetings are discussions and not sales pitches. Many people agreed and added that even the best sales meetings are also discussions and not pitches. A Tale of Two Pitches. Pitch 1: I had an awesome young entrepreneur come in this week to talk about his seed stage business. Pitch 2: This entrepreneur had a full house.

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TechCrunch+ roundup: 5 pitch deck slides to fix, initial viable product, MLOps acceleration

TechCrunch

This is a fantastic time to found a startup, but unless you plan to bootstrap it, you will still need to go through the laborious exercise of crafting a pitch deck. 5 critical pitch deck slides most founders get wrong. Dear Sophie: Any advice on visa issues for new hires?

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Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever get I’m about to offer you some fund-raising advice that flies directly in the face of what most conventional wisdom will tell you. Getting follow-on meetings is very hard because if the VC wasn’t totally persuaded in the first pitch meeting they aren’t likely to want to commit more time. This is part of a series on fund-raising advice for entrepreneurs and VCs. Why you should never have a data room?—?the

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TechCrunch+ roundup: Creating financial models, UiPath’s plummet, pitch deck pro tips

TechCrunch

Pitch deck pro tips from a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist. At TechCrunch Early Stage, Managing Editor Matt Burns hosted Lotti Siniscalco, a partner at Emergence Capital, for a session on pitch deck basics.

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TechCrunch+ roundup: H-1B worker advice, managing remote teams, pitch deck teardown

TechCrunch

Pitch Deck Teardown: Syneroid’s $500K seed deck. million valuation, the company’s founders shared their 12-slide pitch deck with TechCrunch for a review. Pitch Deck Teardown: Syneroid’s $500K seed deck.

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Find trends, advice and value at these special breakout sessions during TC Disrupt 2021

TechCrunch

Korea Pavilion Pitch Session – Hosted by KOTRA. Buy one here and check out the breakout sessions for trends, advice and opportunities to help grow your business.

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Why being a VC sucks. Advice to anyone who wants to get into venture capital.

This is going to be BIG.

Since there''s no way to both make yourself accessible and not get a fire hose of inbound, most of the pitches you''re going to have are from perfectly nice, smart people who have perfectly horrific, unworkable ideas. 2) People pitch you. Sure it''s nice to feel wanted once in a while, but you absolutely feel like a jerk (at least I do) if you have to get somewhere and you''re trying to leave a pitch panel.

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Hear how to nail your virtual pitch meeting at Early Stage 2021

TechCrunch

More institutional capital is flowing into startups at much faster rates and a good deal of credit must go to the virtual pitch meeting. At TechCrunch Early Stage in April , Melissa Bradley will talk us through how to nail your virtual pitch meeting and take questions from the audience.

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How to ace the 1-hour, and ever-elusive, pitch presentation at TC Early Stage

TechCrunch

Lisa Wu, a partner at Norwest with investments like Calm, Plaid, Opendoor and Grove Collaborative, has a message for founders: Think like a VC during your pitch presentation. Startups TC early stage lisa wu Norwest pitching a startup TC Early Stage 2021

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Anyone is building a marketplace for advice, one 5-minute call at a time

TechCrunch

Anyone , an audio app that’s building a ‘marketplace for advice’ one five-minute phone call at a time, is launching new versions of its iOS and Android apps today* and beginning to large-scale onboarding after operating in a limited closed beta for the past six months.

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How to Adapt Your Pitch for Your C-Suite Executive Targets

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Otherwise, you lose sales even before you start Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash Do not mistake the perfect pitch for the well-rehearsed (read: memorized) presentation. The cookie-cutter pitch presentation kills your sales pipeline before you actually have one.