Pitching Investors

4 Reasons Why a Traditional 40-Page Business Plan Is an Insane Waste of Time
Business Optimization

4 Reasons Why a Traditional 40-Page Business Plan Is an Insane Waste of Time

No one will even read your epic novel of a plan in this age of short bursts of information. Create a 10-page pitch deck instead.
Adam Callinan
Why Sending a Deck to an Investor Before a First Meeting Is a Bad Idea
Ready To Launch

Why Sending a Deck to an Investor Before a First Meeting Is a Bad Idea

Instead, here's what you should do when you're seeking capital.
Alex Iskold
How Star Wars Will Help You Raise Capital for Your Company
Pitching Investors

How Star Wars Will Help You Raise Capital for Your Company

The movie focuses on the 'hero's journey,' a structure that can be useful when telling VCs your company's story.
David Teten
5 Wrong Answers When Pitching Investors for Capital
Pitching Investors

5 Wrong Answers When Pitching Investors for Capital

If you don't know each and every detail of your business, why would an investor want to work with you?
Richard Maclean
What 'Shark Tank's' Robert Herjavec Looks for in a Startup
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What 'Shark Tank's' Robert Herjavec Looks for in a Startup

A skilled entrepreneur with a fresh product for a growing market will never lack for funding.
John Boitnott
7 Tips For Businesses Looking for EB-5 Funding
Raising Capital

7 Tips For Businesses Looking for EB-5 Funding

The EB-5 program paves foreign investors a path to U.S. citizenship when they invest in American job-creating projects.
Shai Zamanian and Preeya Malik
The Bright Side of a Bad Pitch
Pitches

The Bright Side of a Bad Pitch

VCs hear it all, but the bad ideas can be as worthwhile as the good ones.
Check These 14 Boxes and You Have the Complete Pitch Deck
Pitching Investors

Check These 14 Boxes and You Have the Complete Pitch Deck

Among the worst mistakes you can make pitching investors is not anticipating the fundamental questions they will want answered.
Murray Newlands
Raising Money? Kick High When Pitching Venture Capitalists.
Raising Capital

Raising Money? Kick High When Pitching Venture Capitalists.

This VC says look to Bruce Lee -- be creative, humble and even risky to get noticed by a potential investor.
Jonathon Triest
13 Tips on How to Deliver a Pitch Investors Simply Can't Turn Down
Pitching Investors

13 Tips on How to Deliver a Pitch Investors Simply Can't Turn Down

Hint: Practice your pitch. And then practice it again. And again.
Neil Patel
How Investors Choose Startups to Finance
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How Investors Choose Startups to Finance

Early-stage investors gather very little information when making a decision. But that makes perfect sense.
Scott Shane
The 5 Slides You Must Have In Your Pitch Deck
Radicals & Visionaries

The 5 Slides You Must Have In Your Pitch Deck

You don't need a lot of slides, but the ones you do have must concise and compelling.
Tony Conrad
Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Pitching Your Business
Pitching Investors

Avoid These 7 Mistakes When Pitching Your Business

How's your 'elevator pitch'? What? You don't have one? Big mistake!
Marty Fukuda
The 6 Questions Entrepreneurs Should Be Prepared for Investors to Ask
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The 6 Questions Entrepreneurs Should Be Prepared for Investors to Ask

Founders can't just present a pitch deck to investors and think they will get funding. They need to be prepared for all sorts of questions.
Tony Conrad