So you got help and your pitch deck is perfect. You’re getting intros to some venture capitalists and now its time to meet in person and make the ‘pitch.’
Umm… How the hell do I pitch you wonder?
We have pulled together the largest collection of the best founder startup pitch videos on the internet. There are all demo day presentations, but there are still a lot of learnings for you.
Key learnings from the pitches on stage
- Casual and relaxed: No one is stressed out and fidgeting. They are confident and getting their message across like a boss
- Practiced: Even if people are ‘nervous’ and uncomfortable on stage, they have practised so much they get away with it
- Simple words: Don’t use lots of big words and buzz words (Social, local, mobile: SoMoLo)
- Focus on you: Slides are background, they aren’t the focal point. You are the star of the show!
- Humour: Keep people attentive with humour. Nothing makes people reach for their phone faster than boredom.
- Cover the key points: There is a reason founders are pitching, to ‘sell’ and get the money (“Ask”)
- Stage deck is different to a pitch deck: When you are presenting on stage, less is far more. You want to have very large header text, large emotive images and maybe even a sense of humor. What you send to investors can be more detailed. You are meant to do the talking
- Polished graphical presentation: There are short text statements, there aren’t endless bullet points. The quality of the graphics are also high
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Evernote – Phil Libin
Great one minute pitch about Evernote in 2008.
Parker Conrad – Zenefits
Sam Altman – Loopt
Party on Demand – Big Willie G
Hoist – Kasper Hulthin
Twoodo – David Arnoux
Possibly the best pitch I have ever seen. They raised $320k at their Startup bootcamp pitch in 2013
Saddl – George Ankohmah
AdMob – Omar Hamoudi
Super confident guy. You can guess that mobile was probably a big question mark in 2007 so he goes straight in to address concerns.
Redbird Metrics – Josh Light
Healthie – Erica Jain
Leblum – Sarah Corrigan
M14 Industries – John Kershaw
Keen.io – Ryan Spraetz
Great story telling.
Sendgrid – Isaac Saldana
Pitch with analysis of the pitch.
Identio – Sami Sui-Heiki
IOpipe – Adam Johnson
Bizimply – Mikey Cannon
Timo Kauppila – Catchbox
MyFin – Nathaniel Harley
FounderFuel – Sam Vermette
Decent talk with visuals.
Catch Box –
Patch Homes – Sahil Gupta
Electronic Gaming Federation – Tyler Schrodt
That’s Suspicious Behaviour
Good confident speaker. Some humour without trying due to “Creepy person.”
Pollen – Zack Werner
ZocDoc – Cyrus Massoumi
Mike Tyson ear biting joke…
Mindmate – Susanne Mitschke
SkyWatch – James Slifierz
OnFrontiers – Brian Caouette
GiveMeTap – Edwin Broni-Mensah
Forestry – Scott Gallant
OnSwipe – Jason Baptiste
ProcessOut – Cyril Chemla
SoMoLend – Candace Klein
“Social, local and transparent…” OK she said it before it became a Silicon Valley joke. Her collar is distractingly annoying.
Purple – Rebecca Harris
Klash – Alex Napetshnig
Most fun pitch ever which incorporates the nature of the app.
Vizify – Todd Silverstein
Great use of humour.
Skopenow – Rob Douglas
Next Big Sound
Grubbly Farms – Sean Warner
What was your favourite pitch?
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