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Venture Hacks: Winning the Hearts and Minds of Investors - Bill Reichert - Igniters Meetup http://igniterSV.com

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Bill Reichert was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small …

Bill Reichert was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Learn the right way to Pitch to Investors, from

Bill Reichert Garage Technology Ventures




A talk about the importance of getting to Wow, and why almost all the advice entrepreneurs get about pitching to investors is wrong.



Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.


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  • 1. Speaker: Bill Reichert Igniters Meetup Venture Hacks: ‘Winning the Hearts and Minds of Investors' Sponsored by: Hosted by: http://www.vorkspace.com - Workspace of the Future http://meetup.com/igniter
  • 2. GETTING TO Crafting a Compelling Summary of Your Value Proposition Bill Reichert  Managing Director  Garage Technology Ventures
  • 3. Pitch Coach Wisdom: Start with the problem Tell a story Follow this template Show your passion Explain what you do Show a big market Tell them your exit strategy.
  • 4. You have 20 seconds . . . Or go home. To be COMPELLING !!
  • 5. ”CoolCois a dynamic startup company that has developeda revolutionary technologythat is going to disrupt our $56 billion industry. Our teamhas over 45 yearsof combined experience,and we have three patents pending. We project that our curve-jumping, paradigm-shifting solution willtransform...“
  • 6. Huh ??
  • 7. YOU
  • 8. When do you need to Wow? Pitching to investors Talking to customers Schmoozing at events Posting updates Recruiting employees Looking for strategic partners Sending out emails On your website Leaving voice mails Press releases, marketing materials Team training ALL THE TIME!
  • 9. BE CLEAR What do you do? BE CREDIBLE Can we believe you? BE COMPELLING How much better are you? How are you different?
  • 10. Model for crafting your WOW! 1 DESCRIPTION What do you do better than anyone?
  • 11. Model for crafting your WOW! 2 BENEFIT What compelling benefit do you offer to whom?
  • 12. Model for crafting your WOW! 3 DIFFERENTIATION How are you different?
  • 13. Model for crafting your WOW! 1 2 3
  • 14. G E T T I N G T O W O W A LT E R N AT I V E A P P R O A C H E SALTERNATIVEAPPROACHES
  • 15. T e l l a S T O R Y P a i n t a P I C T U R E Imagine if . . .
  • 16. Drop a really big name
  • 17. E N G A G I N G P R E S E N TAT I O N S T H AT T E L L S TO R I E S W I T H O U TC O M E S P O W E R P O I N T P R E Z I F I L M V I D E O T R A N S M E D I A
  • 18. “Art of the Start” Online course at Skillshare.com
  • 19. For questions, comments, or slides reichert@garage.com @billreichert R E S O U R C E S F O R E N T R E P R E N E U R S . Garage website: http://www.garage.com w w w. ga ra g e . c o m
  • 20. Speaker: Bill Reichert Igniters Meetup Venture Hacks: ‘Winning the Hearts and Minds of Investors' Sponsored by: Hosted by: http://www.vorkspace.com - Workspace of the Future http://meetup.com/igniter