Not all feedback on an investor pitch is useful, for different reasons:

  • The audience might not know the substance

  • The investor who turns you down does not want to be (painfully) honest

  • The feedback giver did not actually spend any time reading your deck

  • Your mother loves you, whatever you say or do

Here are some deck suggestions that you should treat with suspicion:

  • Include the $5b [fill in Gartner IT market segment] to your market estimate…

  • …and make that billion number stand out in bold, italic, underline. Hit them with it!

  • Change the order of pages 5, 7, and 8

  • Keep the deck to 8 pages max

  • Combine slide 23 and 24

  • Have a look at that AirBnB pitch of 2010, and follow that structure, it worked very well

  • Add 2 years to the business plan projection

  • You need a vision page

  • Some fancy animation will put some “wow” into this page

  • Show how your technology can be used in crypto as well, that is hot

  • “I am so proud of you my son, I always knew you will do well”

This can come from highly experienced entrepreneurs or investors as well (who might be expert in another field, do not want to hurt you, had not time reading your deck).

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