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How founders should dress when pitching a VC your startup

Dress code. Really? You have so much stuff to deal with growing your company with like, no resources, and having to beg investors for cash to make the hires you need to close. Seriously, now we’re talking about fashion with VCs? Well, you’re reading this blog, aren’t you? 😉 Doing stupid things isn’t on your to-do list (hopefully). Don’t worry, …

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Founder confidence. How you answer investors’ questions matter as much as what you say when fundraising

I’ve written a hundred thousand words or so on questions and answers that venture capital investors will ask when you are pitching during the fundraising process. I think that’s pretty useful. But that’s only part of the equation to a successful raise. There’s something missing here. Knowing the answers is not enough. How you say things matter In 1971, Albert …

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Watch rapper Chamillionaire do a pitch for his startup Convoz

Here’s a presentation Chamillionaire made at the Upfront Summit. He’s the rapper that made ‘Ridin.’ He actually does a surprisingly good job and so it is worth watching. So turns out he’s in the startup game too. After working as an EIR at Upfront, he’s launched a startup called Convoz. This is a platform to engage with people in a …

Want to know how to win at a startup pitch event? Watch this

Wondered how to win at a startup pitch? Normally at pitch events, the person that wins isn’t the best. It’s the person that sucks the least. That sounds harsh right? Let me break it down for you. So many pitches are dull and uninspiring. You have about 15 seconds to get attention and intrigue from an investor. After 15 seconds …