PowerPoint Presentations? WTF mate – this is the 21st Century. Nobody writes pitchdecks. Right? All I need to get my awesome business idea some cash is to show my demo to prospective investors.
Sorry, buddy, but that’s just not how it works. The reality is that 99.9% of all investors expect you to have a PowerPoint deck that clearly articulates your business. It should have financial estimates, a market sizing, problem/solution statement, a “how much are you raising?” slide, and much more. 6-10 slides in all and each one should be beautiful. The better your pitch, the better chance you have of raising money. Don’t get me wrong – you have to have a great team and a great product, too. But the deck is important – and its something you can control.
The folks at UpStart Bootcamp know a thing or two about creating presentations. Organizations as prestigious as Harvard Business School, Kleiner Perkins, Caufield Byers (one of the most famous venture capital firms on the planet), Guy Kawasaki and TechStars are fans of UpStart Bootcamp’s approach.
Here’s the thing: UpStart’s approach works. Take Amanda Steinberg, founder of DailyWorth. She was coached by UpStart Bootcamp on the ins and outs of business planning. She used their approach to create a pitchdeck and eventually convinced investors to give her over $800,000 for her business. The best part? These were not your run-of-the-mill chump investors. These were the real deal. Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Howard Lindzon, and others folked over hard cash after seeing Amanda’s pitch and confidence.
The thing that’s absolutely obnoxious about business plans (aka “pitchdecks”) is that they are not reflective of your ability to build a business. They are simply a reflection of how much time you put into them and your talent for creating beautiful PowerPoint presentations. Yet they are so important – and can make a serious impact on your ability to raise a round of financing.
That’s why UpStart Bootcamp’s “How to Write a Business Plan” course is well worth the $125. But you know what – we’re going to make this deal even sweeter for you. Just for you, my friend, the course is 60% off for this week only.
About the Instructors:
Jennifer Houser, Founder, UpStart Bootcamp: Hi, I’m Jenn and I’m a serial entrepreneur. Next confession – I love helping other founders with the startup skills I’ve learned. I also get excited about anything related to strategy, operations, products or technology and (nerd alert!) making complex things simple is my idea of fun. So organizing all this good startup knowledge and sharing it with you is heaven to me.
I’ve founded 5 companies and raised $40M+ from VC’s and angels. My last startup, Motionbox (a consumer video sharing company), was acquired by HP’s Snapfish. I’ve created digital and mobile products for some big brands, including Everyday Health, What to Expect, South Beach Diet, Intel, Time Inc. Pathfinder, People, Sports Illustrated. I’ve got a MBA in new product and venture development from MIT, where I was a teaching assistant in the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and a BA from Haverford College. And I sneak off to go fly fishing or skiing as often as possible.
David Ronick, Founder, UpStart Bootcamp: UpStart’s my chance to combine two lifelong passions: Building new ventures, and helping founders. I started two companies from scratch. The first was BranchOut, a social network before the term existed. The second was BoxTop Media, an innovative advertising platform. I’ve also helped over 100 entrepreneurs plan and launch their ventures, including Ralph Lauren (with Polo Jeans), Mark Gordon (producer), Moby (recording artist), Pat McGrath (beauty maven), and Tiki Barber (athlete and journalist). I love working with founders, because of their optimism and can-do spirit. Now I get to spend my days helping founders everywhere follow their dreams, while pursuing my own.
I recently wrote a book called Hit The Deck, a guide to creating business plans. I live in New York City with my wife – an entrepreneur – and our son, my most rewarding startup. I’m a gradate of Harvard Business School, where I help judge their business plan contest, and Brown University, where I mentor fledgling founders.