I recently presented at a SDForum event called “Crafting a Fundable Roadmap“, which included 40+ entrepreneurs and was held in San Francisco. My presentation was about creating a presentation that is suited for meetings with potential investors. While there a lot of resources available for creating the “right” pitch presentation, I have my own thoughts as to what should and shouldn’t be included in an initial meeting with an investor. Given that I meet with hundreds of entrepreneurs a year, I have a sense of what works within a presentation. The content that I provided is descriptive, so need to summarize that, but wanted to provide a few key takeaways.
- More slides does not mean you have a better business, 12 slides in more than enough for an initial presentation
- Do not have more than four bullet points (not sentences) in each slide and don’t read the bullet points to the investor (they can read) elaborate/expand on each bullet point
- Use visuals when appropriate (customer logos, demo/screen shots, competitive landscape graphs/charts, financial charts) – no need to flying visuals or complex “builds’
- Have passion when presenting, this is your company/idea, you should be excited to present