Avoid Death By PowerPoint – Create Slides That Don’t Suck


As a venture capitalist, I am asked to provide feedback on a fair number of PowerPoint and Keynote slide decks. 9 Steps To Better Slides. Presentation slides serve two primary purposes. One is to support a live presentation in which each slide is annotated verbally.

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Katalyst Teams With Slide On KatalystHQ Distribution


Hollywood-based Katalyst Media , the online content production firm headed by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, said Tuesday that the firm has inked a partnership with social media firm Slide to publish the firm's original web series through its widgets. According to the firms, Slide will be the exclusive distributor of a season of KatalystHQ, which is focused on "life at corporate headquarters of Katalyst Media." Tags: katalyst ashton content slide kutcher media

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Building Products for Mass Adoption

Both Sides of the Table

Chris Dixon wrote a blog post last week titled, “ Techies and Normals &# in which he defined “Techies&# as people who are not just “early adopters&# but also have more of a geeky, technical, product bent. They use products because the products solve a need they have.

VC Confessions: I Don’t Really Care About Your Product Demo


The entrepreneur cannot wait to show me their product via a demo. You’re the first one I’ve met who didn’t want to see our product.” My “no demo” approach is clearly not appropriate when assessing the veracity of investments with a hardware component or with a consumer facing product.

Stock Market Slide Effecting Start Up Valuations

The Quigley Report

VCs tend to put greater weight on the potential market size of the product being built, the reputations of the founders and the number of existing competitors than they do on swings (positive or negative) in the NASDAQ index. Early stage VCs typically say that the ebbs and flows of the stock market don't effect the valuations they pay in start up financings. That may be true.

Katalyst Media Ties With Ustream, Sets Season Finale


Hollywood-based Katalyst Media , the content production firm of Ashton Kutcher, announced a live streaming deal with Ustream, and release of the firm's KatalystHQ season finale. Separately, Katalyst and Slide said that it will release the season finale for the firm's online series KatalystHQ on Slide's FunSpace site Wednesday. KatalystHQ is a parody of Kutcher's production office.

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Here’s how NOT to define your competition


An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. Email readers, continue here…] Doing nothing is the main competitor for most products and services, whether a compelling new idea or a seasoned product long proven to be effective.

Announcing Projector?—?A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

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We had met previously when Trevor was a product manager at YouTube and Upfront had funded the largest video producer on YouTube, Maker Studios. It is how sales reps talk to prospects about their products & services to try and gain buy-in for a sale. Announcing Projector?—?A

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Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010


I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. So let’s be very specific: let’s assume your dream job is product manager at Google, working on the Analytics product. think his slides are great (and by far much easier on the eye then mine.). love to find great products and services made by entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world.

How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch


If you are forced to display financial data, ensure that the slides are unintelligible. we hope to eventually complete our development, once we begin shipping product, etc.). An effective method to incite Death By PowerPoint is to deploy an extraordinary number of slides.

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Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

For years software development worked on a “waterfall model” in which you did research, design, build, test, deploy and then watch how users reacted to your product. Managing Your Startup Board?—?A

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When in Doubt, Leave it Out (Why Less is More)

Both Sides of the Table

My recommendation is to have an 8-12 slide decks with only the most critical factors of your business. The great thing about the VC pitch deck is that you can have 30 slides. Each slide should be minimalist, more graphics and less text. Too many people have 15-20 slides.

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How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

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If you buy into the argument that a strong board can actually help you then this post will lay out how to help you have more productive meetings by preparing properly in advance. Each section head reads his / her 5–7 slides. We think it will have a 30% attach rate to our core product.

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How To Give A Horrendous Investor Pitch


If you are forced to display financial data, ensure that the slides are unintelligible. we hope to eventually complete our development, once we begin shipping product, etc.). An effective method to incite Death By PowerPoint is to deploy an extraordinary number of slides.

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A Full Breakdown of why Google+ gets a C- in User Experience

Tech Zulu Event

Last week, Google hosted their annual developer’s conference Google I/O , announcing some exciting new products and releases that will likely change the world in the few years to come. And of course, one of the products that were heavily discussed about was Google+.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

Both Sides of the Table

And after one meeting they started asking for his advice about marketing, customer engagement, product design, monetization – whatever. Chamillionaire has a way more refined sense of what customer behavior is like than most ivy league graduates with nice Powerpoint slides that I meet.

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A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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We are all now online and at significantly greater speeds with computers in our pockets that are one-click from purchasing anything and recommending the best products to everybody we know through social networks. Here are some simple slides that outline the point: a.

Should All of Management Attend Board Meetings?

Both Sides of the Table

Reasons to Have a Broad Group of Management Present From a non-exec perspective there are some obvious reason board members want to hear from the heads of sales, market, product, HR, engineering, finance and support. Should All of Your Management Team Attend Board Meetings?

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What We Must Learn from Asia

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slide 29). 70% of Korean population has Internet speeds > 5mbps (and avg = 15 mbps) – don’t bet that the Koreans won’t innovate on online content (slide 30). Larger online game market ($1 billion) than Japan despite 1/3 population and 1/2 GDP per capital (slide 99). 20% in the US) (slide 30), More than 50% have mobile TV & NFC chipsets (slide 87). Mobile ARPU = a staggering $110 / month for content and commerce alone (slide 88).

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How to Handle a VC Presentation with No Deck

Both Sides of the Table

I would argue that this mostly consists of consumer Internet companies (although not exclusively) and it is predominantly early-stage people who are product gurus and have a mildly technical bend to them. I’m a product geek more than a spreadsheet ninja.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

Both Sides of the Table

But not anal if one founder who shares equity graciously with early employees who are treated as “co-founders” My idea startup team is heaving on tech personnel but also has strong product management. Ok, well not that pretty since I do my own slides and often at 1am.

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How to Nail a Group Presentation

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They bring your product to life. Establish the persona of the person who would be using your products. Tell us what their life is like without your product – how they struggle. Tell us about the breakthrough they’ll have when they’re using your product.

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How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

Both Sides of the Table

If the questions aren’t organically flowing you have “pocket slides” after the main deck you can pull out to share more information or analysis. Find productive reasons why your sponsoring partner or associate can introduce you to other partners.

Talking to a VC About Your Competitors

Both Sides of the Table

And even then Microsoft has substitute products as anyone who has taken Econ 101 will tell you. The “competition slide&# of your investment deck is such a great opportunity to talk about how you’re positioned (premium product vs. economical product?

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How to Present and Answer Questions in a Team Presentation or VC Pitch

Both Sides of the Table

Almost always the CEO plus members of his or her management team including tech, marketing, sales and/or product. Assign out slides: The best way to involve your team members is to assign out slides they will own. I sit through a lot of presentations.

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11 Quick Tips to Get More Value out of Your Board

Both Sides of the Table

Management teams whisk through slides trying to get through a presentation to share how great things are going and they are eager to get through the meeting so they can get back to their real jobs. There is no way they’re as productive when it’s just voice.

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Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

Both Sides of the Table

Some readers have commented that in today’s world you shouldn’t even need a PowerPoint presentation – in this era you should always just demo your product. I need something structured like slides or a demo to orient me. photo courtesy of Atlanta Braves.

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

Both Sides of the Table

For extroverted people I recommend that entrepreneurs have an “executive summary&# slide up front that cuts to the chase. Don’t dwell on this slide for ever. I’ll usually tolerate this for 2-3 slides or 5-7 minutes. I sit through a lot of presentations.

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Startups Should Avoid Dropping Trou


You can effectively do so by utilizing an online meeting product, such as GoToMeeting or LogMeIn. If the other party asks you to send them your slides, find out why they need them. At the end of the call, he requested that we, “send him the slides and a proposal.”.

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What Everyone Should Take Away from Twitter’s 8% Staff Reductions

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I put up this slide as part of my discussion. Twitter is a great product and a great company. Today Twitter announced it had laid off around 336 jobs or 8% of its workforce. Nobody should celebrate, cheer or shout, “it’s about time.”

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Identifying Pain in the First Step in a Sales Process – Here’s How

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It’s a reminder that unless your prospect has a need to solve a problem they are not going to buy a product. Too many sales reps walk into customer meetings with their pre-canned sales decks and proudly squawk through 30 of their favorite slides without engaging the customer in a discussion.

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Be careful how you define your competition.


Doing nothing is the main competitor for most products and services, whether a compelling new idea or a seasoned product long proven to be effective. Remember that the buyer must commit resources, money and time, toward the purchase of your product, and even if the product repays its investment in a few months, there may be issues you know nothing about that make no decision the right decision for this and perhaps many buyers.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

Both Sides of the Table

This involves a person who leads a PowerPoint presentation in which the presenter feels more comfortable racing through pre-practiced slides and rattling off charts & bullet points than having a discussion. The presenter comes out of the meeting proud at having gotten through all 30 slides (and maybe even a demo) with a bunch of smiling faces and nodding heads and no discussion. We used to do this in our sales slides.

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How to Be a Good Board Member

Both Sides of the Table

If I see tons of “update slides” and know that we don’t have an important board decision I might just bite my tongue. I promise you that electronics are the single biggest drag on board productivity.

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Going to Raise VC? Here’s a Primer on Process, People, Deck

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Remember that most people are visual thinkers and Powerpoint slides simply help frame the conversations. Progress to date of your company (when started, key milestones, what shape is the product in, any pilot / beta customers, financing).