How to Prepare the Perfect Pitch

You had an innovative idea and you’ve transformed that idea into a great product. You have a validated value proposition and business model combined with a strong team and an attractive market opportunity. So, what’s next? You need to pitch your product to a panel of potential investors. Unsure of how to create a pitch… Continue reading How to Prepare the Perfect Pitch

Top 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching to Investors

By: Areej Shah “An investor pitch meeting is similar to a blind date. In most cases you quickly realize if you’re going to spend the rest of your days with the person sitting next to you.” Jay Samit, investor, president of ooVoo.              The high probability of an unsuccessful blind date… Continue reading Top 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Pitching to Investors

How Many Elevator Pitches Do You Need?

By: Mariya Shynlova It’s no secret that part of being a successful entrepreneur is being a good salesperson. You have to be ready to sell an idea — your idea— anytime an opportunity arises. To that end, you craft an elevator pitch. You have a succinct and intriguing pitch memorized well enough to recite backward. But… Continue reading How Many Elevator Pitches Do You Need?

3 Tips to Avoid Common Fundraising Pitfalls

By: Shanza Anwaar On average, it takes newbie entrepreneurs a shocking 37 months to raise funds for their startup.  Veteran entrepreneurs fare slightly better at 21 months. It is critical for entrepreneurs to show expertise with their financials when pitching to investors – it’s a sign that both the entrepreneur and the venture capitalist comprehend… Continue reading 3 Tips to Avoid Common Fundraising Pitfalls

Six Steps to Successful Pitching

By: Fatema Fatakdawala Raising money is probably the single most important thing that is always on an entrepreneur’s mind. Naturally, the skill to be able to do just that with little or no effort is as good a place as any to start. The CFO Consulting Portal did a really nice job of summarizing how… Continue reading Six Steps to Successful Pitching

What the Dragons Won’t Tell You – What NOT to Do When Pitching for Venture Capital

By Saadia Muzaffar It’s no secret that the hot topic for all entrepreneurs is where to find start-up capital and funding for their new business or idea and how to do it right given the usual resource scarcity that accompanies any start-up. I attended the SociaLIGHT conference this past weekend – out of the many… Continue reading What the Dragons Won’t Tell You – What NOT to Do When Pitching for Venture Capital

What Hollywood can teach entrepreneurs about delivering a killer pitch

By Joseph WilsonThe most useful book for an entrepreneur preparing their investor pitch might not be in the business section. Robert McKee’s classic screen-writing tome, Story, contains a valuable truth about people’s ability to understand complex information. “The successful Hollywood story consists of a three-act formula: Setup, Conflict, and Resolution. If you want investors or… Continue reading What Hollywood can teach entrepreneurs about delivering a killer pitch

Sound bites for success

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