If you’re pitching a startup, use this sample presentation of 10 real slides companies like Uber, Postmates, and Airbnb used to raise billions in venture capital

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Title and contact info

Postmates founder Bastian Lehmann used this pithy and clever slide to introduce his concept for the low-cost courier service that transformed into one of the top four food delivery services in the US and agreed to be purchased by Uber for $2.65 billion in July.

His title slide works like a business card, and piques interest in the problem his startup is looking to solve without a lot of distractions.

See the full deck here.

Market opportunity

Pradeep Sindhu’s 2015 deck for his infrastructure startup Fungible caught the eyes of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest investors – and the cocktail-napkin aesthetic certainly gives a sense of being in on the start of a big idea.

“The fact that my slides are hand drawn became a theme,” Sindhu told Business Insider. “It’s not that I wanted to stand out, but it’s just how I like to work. I don’t like PowerPoint because it constraints you. Being able to draw by hand allows me to be much more expressive.”

See the full deck here.

Value proposition

Data analytics is an especially competitive industry, so Thinknum’s Chief Growth Officer Marta Lopata led the creation of a comic book called “Quest for Alpha” to stand out with investors.

“When you are working at a startup, you are constantly trying to find the straight line in the chaos, and the artistic process is very similar,” Lopata said. “They’re both about how you get to that clear vision when you have all these crazy things happening around you.”

Even so, the book gives an enticing peek at the company, and has helped it land some $12.6 million in total venture capital, according to Pitchbook data.

See the full story here.

Why is your idea special?

Foursquare cofounder Dennis Crowley’s described his startup as “part friend-finder, part social city-guide, part social-game.”

“Decks don’t have to be super formal,” Crowley told Business Insider in 2009. “It’s okay to stray from the ‘business school 10-slide pitch deck template.”

The deck shows how Foursquare was thinking about mobile before apps were really a thing, and demonstrates how their platform is positioned to benefit a range of stakeholders.

See the full deck here.

Business model

Airbnb started off as an air mattress rental company, and grew to a valuation of $31 billion last year. (That figure has slid significantly from the high, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic).

This slide makes it very clear how Airbnb made money, which showed investors how founders Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Joe Gebbia were thinking about revenues from day one, unlike many …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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