“A Pitch Is Not A Presentation.” – Bill Reichert
Bill Reichert’s video on the top 10 lies VCs tell entrepreneurs has always been a favorite with our fundraising Founders. He’s got a unique talent for spotting something most people in the Venture Capital community do – and turning it on its head.
“Start your pitch deck with the Solutions page” is a typical example. While the overwhelming majority of startup mentors and coaches (and many VCs) will tell you to start with the Problem, Bill demonstrates why your pitch deck should start with the Solutions page.
Whether you agree with him or not, there is no arguing that Bill’s voice is a refreshing one coming out of Silicon Valley. His approach is rooted in practice; that’s why what he says is so useful to Founders raising funds.
This unique perspective originates, in our opinion, from Bill’s wealth of experiences. A Harvard undergrad with an MBA from Stanford, Bill spent the first 13 years of his career in the Education industry, first as an executive, then as a Founder. He later became a Venture Capitalist, co-founding the famous Garage Technology Ventures with none other than Guy Kawasaki in 1998. He has also been a partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures since 2016.
Subtext: when Bill tells you how you should pitch if you want to raise money, he knows what he’s talking about.
His Xmas gift for us is an e-book he co-wrote with Angelika Blendstrup (a heavyweight of the SV startup coaching circles) named “Getting To Wow!”, which details, step by step, all you need to know to raise funds in Silicon Valley and beyond. (Both Bill and Angelika have extensive international exposure.)
What makes this e-book so unique is that it provides concrete examples of what works and what doesn’t work in pitch decks. Bill and Angelika went out of their way to gather dozens of real-life pitch deck pages to show us what should be done and what should be avoided at all costs.
It’s exactly the approach we take in our e-mentoring programs, so expect this book to become the companion guide to all our Founders.
Full disclosure: Bill kindly reached out to us to review his book ahead of its publication. We don’t make money on sales. Our recommendation here is 100% independent – as always.
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