Getting Press
How To Craft a Startup Email Pitch
Buzz About My Startup
Three-Sentence Pitch Email
• Why

you’re relevant to the journalist

• What

your startup does

• What

you want the journ...
Pitch Example
Hi John,
I enjoyed our conversation about robotic housemaids at
TechCrunch Disrupt today. As I briefly mentio...
The
One-sentence
Pitch
Skillshare is a community
marketplace to learn anything
from anyone.
Airbnb is a trusted community
marketplace for people to list,
discover and book unique spaces
around the world online or f...
Lot18 is a membership by
invitation website for wine and
epicurean products from coveted
producers at attractive discounts...
Startup Institute Formula
My company (company name),
is developing (a defined offering)
to help (a target audience)
(solve ...
My company, Flat-Club, is developing an
online marketplace to help students and
alumni of top universities find short-term
...
Three-Sentence Pitch Email
• Why

you’re relevant to the journalist

• What

your startup does

• What

you want the journ...
Go Forth and Pitch!
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Startup Email Pitching 101

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At the 2013 StartupBus Accelerate unconference, I spoke very specifically about how to craft an startup email pitch, focusing on my three-sentence formula for getting a journalist's attention. As a tech journalist myself, I receive thousands of startup pitches annually. My advice is based on that personal experience of seeing only a handful of great pitches among a ton of horrible ones. Here's a look at how to pitch with concision and effectiveness.

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Startup Email Pitching 101

  1. 1. Getting Press How To Craft a Startup Email Pitch
  2. 2. Buzz About My Startup
  3. 3. Three-Sentence Pitch Email • Why you’re relevant to the journalist • What your startup does • What you want the journalist to do
  4. 4. Pitch Example Hi John, I enjoyed our conversation about robotic housemaids at TechCrunch Disrupt today. As I briefly mentioned, I’d love to chat with you about my startup, Deliverish, a peer-to-peer delivery marketplace where users can get anything delivered anytime anywhere. Would you be free for coffee this Friday afternoon? Cheers, Erica
  5. 5. The One-sentence Pitch
  6. 6. Skillshare is a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone.
  7. 7. Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique spaces around the world online or from
  8. 8. Lot18 is a membership by invitation website for wine and epicurean products from coveted producers at attractive discounts.
  9. 9. Startup Institute Formula My company (company name), is developing (a defined offering) to help (a target audience) (solve a problem) (with secret sauce).
  10. 10. My company, Flat-Club, is developing an online marketplace to help students and alumni of top universities find short-term accommodation by leveraging existing social networks to create trust.
  11. 11. Three-Sentence Pitch Email • Why you’re relevant to the journalist • What your startup does • What you want the journalist to do
  12. 12. Go Forth and Pitch!

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