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Startups: Building, Pitching, Buyers and Fear

Steve Blank has consistently preached the importance of getting out of the building and Eric Ries, of the Lean Startup, movement stresses the need for ‘validated learning’. YET time and time again, entrepreneurs pitch and launch without even having spoken to a potential customer, let alone getting confirmation that they will actually PAY for your product if you build it.

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10 Pitch Deck Principles (or How to Blow them Away With Your Deck)

Most pitch decks are disasters. They are confusing, boring, uninspiring, and misused. The worst thing is that it isn’t a secret. Death by PowerPoint is a syndrome as well-known as many a medical condition.

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The Investor Pitch: Balancing Optimism and Risk

Optimism is a quality that is present in every successful entrepreneur. Without optimism, entrepreneurs would not take the huge risks they do, to bring their dreams to life. Without optimism, entrepreneurs would find it impossible to raise funding from Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists. it is optimism and iron clad self-belief that enables entrepreneurs to cope with frequent rejection […]

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Pitch Fright? Make Sure You Bring the Right PERSONA With You

Fear of public speaking is the number one fear in the United States and number two fear in the United Kingdom.  Given that the future of an entrepreneur’s business may greatly depend on the outcome of an investor pitch, it’s easy to see why ‘Pitch Fright’ can blow your pitch and destroy your chances of […]

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Four Rules For Powering Up Your Video / Virtual Investor Pitch

Increasingly entrepreneurs are using ‘video pitches’ as a way of trying to increase the impact of their investor pitch. At the same time Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists are encouraging startups to ‘virtual pitch’ them. In our new world of e and virtual communications this is a logical step that brings clear advantages. Studies have […]

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Why Your Investor Pitch Must Focus on the Past and the Future

There used to be a time, not so long ago, when an entrepreneur could secure funding on the basis of an investor presentation that focused on what would be achieved, rather than what had been achieved. Times have changed and investors are far more risk averse and skeptical. This means investor pitches must be refocused to include […]

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