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Mike Reiner @ European Innovation Academy Summer Session 2013

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    Art of Pitching Art of Pitching Presentation Transcript

    • Art of Pitching Mike Reiner
    • Audience
    • Goal
    • Trigger ENTERTAIN IMPRESS GET A MEETING
    • Tell a story • An interesting personal story • A startling fact or statistic • Play of known fear Trigger emotion and make it obvious
    • “Hmmmm.. interesting”
    • Perform
    • Make It Personal Be Yourself
    • How to Pitch to a VC Dave McClure: Horrible slides, great advice! Google: “how to pitch a vc by Dave McClure”
    • The 1 minute pitch Extended version of the Elevator Pitch The quickie, for when you don’t have time for lots of VC lovin’
    • Short, Simple, Memorable Who: "Hi my name is X from TEAM-Y." What: "TEAM-Y is ..." Why: The Problem - Make the pain clear. How: The Solution/Vision - "TEAM-Y has ..." Something AWESOME. Smile. It’s ok to have fun when you pitch
    • Imagine pitching to an 8 year old Max 3 key words / phrases, 2 sentences. “SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. “TeachStreet is a place to teach or learn anything.” “ZapMeals is an online meal order & delivery service matching hungry consumers with great local food preparers. We’re eBay for takeout orders.” “We’re X for Y” is ok if 1) it’s true 2) X & Y are well-known
    • The 3 minute pitch Focus on the most important
    • 1. Intro 2. The Problem 3. Your Solution 4. Market Size / Competition 5. Business Model (& Traction) 6. Team 7. The Ask Suggestion
    • Final Thoughts
    • FUCK Bullet Points Lots of words Acronyms Complex graphics, diagrams, charts Non words or buzz words Lies – get permission Forced structure
    • Script & Slides Make a script for what you are saying & visuals to emphasize your key points
    • Murphy's law Everything that can go wrong will go wrong
    • Make people follow you They will listen or read, not both Simple & Make it stick People will remember 2 or 3 things Prepare for questions Rehearse you top answers Practice & Practice There is no replacement
    • Potential & Credibility
    • I saw the angel in the stone and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo 
    • Show Trigger Have fun