Each and every slide is important. Yet, if you only have time to really nail and improve on some of them before your next investor meeting, which ones do you focus on?
Decks seem to be shrinking. It’s perfectly acceptable to only have 10 slides in your deck. 20 is pushing the long side. While this might sound easy, if you hope to raise just $10M in this round, each of those slides is worth a million bucks. That means you’d better have the right slides covered, and put some effort into them.
It really depends on your investment stage (e.g. Seed, Series, A, Series B, etc) but for the most part investors are always wanting to know if you have something solid that is grounded and with wind blowing on its back from a market timing perspective. I was reminded of the emphasis on these factors when I covered the pitch deck template that was created by Silicon Valley legend, Peter Thiel (see it here) and when I provided a commentary on a pitch deck from an Uber competitor that has raised over $400M (see it here)
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