Finished TS+I just launched new series called Pitch Deck Teardowns! Astute readers may have already figured out what it’s all about: you submit a presentation and we share it with our readers, highlighting the amazing things, making suggestions for improvement, and celebrating the fun, innovative, and amazing things we find. .
I’m especially interested in decks that meet the following criteria:
- Fundraising was successfulA: It’s just reasonable. If you’re still fundraising, we don’t know if the deck “worked” and it becomes difficult to use it as an example.
- The fundraiser was covered on TechCrunch.: Part of the fun of looking at decks is being able to go back to an article we published and say, “That was a raise; that’s how they did it.”
- For the last year or so: Part of the problem for the founders is that many of the sample decks are 10 to 15 years old. It’s cool and all, but a lot of things change in the startup world in a year, let alone a decade.
- As few revisions as possibleA: We understand that most presentations contain proprietary or commercially sensitive data. We welcome your edits or edits, but we encourage you to do so in a way that preserves the overall “zest” of the deck. You can, for example, remove the data axis but leave the rest of the graph unchanged, or replace “We are looking to hire Mark Zuckerberg as our CTO” with “We are hiring XXX as our CTO.”
Our goal is to create a database of sample decks that startup founders can browse and explore.
You can submit your deck for review here.
Who the hell are you to check my presentation?
I’m so glad you asked. I have been a journalist and storyteller all my life. I founded several startups and went through a couple of accelerators. I spent a couple of years as a portfolio director at a venture capital firm, where I (among other things) helped portfolio companies with their storytelling, fundraising, and pitch rehearsals.
Throughout all of this, I ended up doing a lot of pitch review and coaching. When I’m not writing for TechCrunch, I moonlight as a pitching and storytelling coach. On top of all that, I’ve helped a lot of startups find their stories and put together great presentations, the vast majority of which have been successful in raising capital.
Oh, and I wrote a book on how to create a great serve. It is called “Pitch perfect” and it is available in good bookshops as well as in many terrible ones. Along with the book I created a presentation template for a fictitious company called BeerSub.com – it includes many detailed notes and gives you an idea of what I think about using decks for storytelling.
Credit: techcrunch.com /