A Word from a VC – Six Slides

[ 0 ] June 23, 2010 |

Think it impossible?  Startl friend Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and keeper of AVC – Musing of a VC in NYC gives his advice on funding pitches - keep it to six slides.

Like many things in life, less is more in fundraising slides. You can explain your business in mind numbing detail or you can inspire an investor and let them imagine. Guess what works better?

If you succeed in inspiring an investor, there will always be an opportunity to do a deep dive in a follow up meeting. If you must, you can put your other fifty slides in the appendix. 

But is that remotely possible?   Many founders feel the need to pour out on the slides their history, qualifications, mission, inspiration and of course the company product you’re trying to fund.  Resist the urge advises Fred.

So when you sit down and build your pitch deck, think of six slides that will inspire and leave something for the imagination. The best part of six slides is that you will get through them in time to have a real substantive conversation face to face about your business. Imagine that.

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