If you are an early-stage startup in the tech space and you are looking for money to grow your company, the official term is raising capital, the most commonly recommended instrument to raise funds is a convertible note. However, to understand how those work, we first need to understand how equity (or stock) works.
Brex pitch deck has raised a total of $57 million from investors, and recently, the company’s founders gave permission to make it public. That's why we couldn't resist making a teardown about it. Also, we took the liberty of doing a redesign in the slides, take a look at it!
These are the pitch decks that made companies like Airbnb, Uber and Facebook, the giants they are today. Telling a success story about your idea, team and business model is what will ultimately determine if your deck is appealing or not and these decks have helped companies raise millions of dollars.
Starting your own business requires a lot of new knowledge. And most of us didn’t have Entrepreneurship 101 in Middle School So sometimes, you have to take learning into your own hands. Thankfully, today is not that day, as we’ve done the heavy lifting for you.
Raising money is hard. It's so hard most companies fail at it. In this article, we'll look into traction requirements, pitch decks, alternative funding sources and on how to find investors and raise venture capital as an entrepreneur. This is seed funding for startups.
A third of startups end up closing shop for the simple reason that they run out of money. That’s why it’s important to know where you can afford to spend your money, and where you can’t afford to. In this article, we’ll show you the best practices to keep up with your SaaS budget!
Think of FounderHub as tools for starting a business, all conveniently located in the same place, and curated by the same people that used them to build and grow their startup.
90 percent of startups fail. Most of them can’t make it. It is a sad reality. Lack of capital, inadequate training of customer support teams and failure to comprehend the needs of the customers are a few of the reasons why startups don’t prosper. In the highly competitive business environment of today, we cannot afford to ignore their customer needs. Delivering a delightful customer experience can make the difference between success and failure of our businesses.
A pitch deck is usually a 10-20 slide presentation designed to give a short summary of your company, your business plan and your startup vision. Pitch decks also serve very different purposes, from trying to get a meeting with a new investor, to presenting in front of a stage, and each one of them should follow a different structure.
Digging deep into what is a pitch deck and how to create a pitch deck for investors. There is a pretty standardized outline that most presentations follow, so we'll look at each slide and dig into what content you should include in each one of them.
We are considering the option of opening our product once again, and have started a few experiments and case studies to understand the real potential of a freemium business model, and how it could reshape our business in the months to come.
A pitch deck is the standard document used by startups to present their case to investors; it’s a brief deck comprised of about 10 to 20 slides. There’s a standard, widespread pitch deck outline, mostly because it’s what an investor expect to see before meeting a prospect, and even an extended version of that presentation is what ends up being used most meeting.
Keywords were widely regarded as the main ingredient in running a web marketing campaign. What is that they used to say -- “keyword is king” or was it content? In any case, people used keywords as a basis for evaluating results and making quick judgments about whether a campaign is profitable or not.
We've collected some startup elevator pitch examples from successful businesses like Airbnb, Facebook, Buffer, for you to get some inspiration out of it! By having a good elevator pitch, you can make the best of brief encounters with potential investors at parties, business events, or.... actual elevators.
We started experimenting with Youtube as a content marketing channel a couple of years ago. Came up with a few series concepts, including; Startups and Spirits: conversations with investors and key startup people over drinks. Blog to Vlog: a video-version of our most successful blog articles. The Good, the Bad and the Tip: inspired by the legendary (and discontinued) ‘Winners and Losers’ by L2Inc, but adapted to presentations and design- related topics. The (Startup) Office: A weekly 3-minute sitcom of mostly real stories from our office. All of these FAILED. Why? The views weren’t there. There was no organic visibility, needless to say virality. No direct route to conversion. Expensive compared to other brand awareness campaigns
The Fyre Festival pitch deck it's a 43 slides presentation that managed to receive $26 million in investment. In this article, we’ll show you the specific reasons that made such an anticipated festival an epic failure.
Landing pages are the most important thing for your business right now. Get your landing page right, and it’s basically a money generator. Get it wrong, and you’re leaving money on the table. In this article, learn what you might be doing wrong with your page and how to fix it!
I definitely do think that it makes a difference or at least, we should be aware that there's a difference but I don't think that investors, or the VC community is deliberately trying to be racist or deliberately holding people back, deliberately being sexist or things like that.
It would probably be spend more time with our target customer in the very beginnnig before building the product and before investing our time and effort into the product.
I think every company's is to decide for themselves, whether it's in their best interest, I suppose. Some of our customers do it, but yeah, it hasn't been an emphasis.
Well, there's pros and cons, right? Right now, we benefit from lower costs in Berlin, and being maybe, one of the coolest SaaS companies in Berlin.
Doing on average is half of them raising their next round within six to nine months and then usually an "A round" or a seed extension a heavy seed extension. if I'd had two standouts, plus another three or four doing well, still had a chance of also becoming standouts that would have been a good if not great group.
Series A it's different. You can raise a little bit on the dream, you could raise on the potential. By the time you're getting for A around a lot of the investors are looking for a $1M-$3M annual recurring revenue, and also the slope of the line, right?
I still feel like there's a slightly different mindset. Like I joke around that there are these the "West Coast A rounds", "East Coast A rounds" and the"Midwest A rounds".
Andrew Ackerman is a successful serial entrepreneur, startup mentor, and occasional angel investor. He runs Dreamit's UrbanTech Accelerator and see over 2000 startups each year, selecting fewer than 20 to work with. He works with partners such as Jeff, Vinik's SPP, Penn State, and Blackboard to develop and execute on their strategies for sourcing external innovation and encouraging internal innovation.
"It's very interesting, I was actually more active as an angel before Jordan DreamIt. It's weird so, I still haven't figured out a way to invest in one of my companies without that sending a signal to others that, you know..."
Even if you raised five million dollars? It's a brutal pain to try to get it at fifties and hundreds. You can argue Demo Day doesn't work at all... period. I do believe that if you're not one of the top ten, or top five even, accelerators, demo date doesn't usually deliver.
If it is the best, you want to be in the best, so, they get their choice of the best. So, that's great and I don't envy them that at all. In fact, part of the reason DreamIt went later stage, is because we're all pretty competitive guys, and well you know we could be top five and our fund would do really well, we could make good money... F*ck it, we wanna be number one.
So one of the things that really makes a difference is your ability to bring customers to the table; customers who are ready to partner, and want to do it quickly, that's basically air to a startup.
Emails are one of the primary ways in which you will communicate with customers, so it’s vital that you get it right. To ensure that you’re making the best impression, doing your job effectively and maximizing your success rates, here are ten need-to-know tips and tricks on how to write an email!
During January 2015 and January 2016, we grew our platform from $1K to $20K in monthly recurring revenue. I’m going to go over the growth hacking strategies that we followed and implemented during this period!
NASA designed some fantastic travel posters as part of a brilliant marketing stunt for their Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 'Visions of the Future' posters feature planets and moons that we could potentially reach in a few thousand years, and presents them as traditional travel posters.
This is the most common question that businesses have when working on Social Media. How often to post on Instagram and other channels is 100% determined by your audience, but we want to shed some light in common best practices to keep in mind.
If you are a US company or a foreign startup that is looking to incorporate in the US for billing/investment purposes, this article will help you with the number of corporation costs that you should be prepared of, in order to avoid a hit to your company.
A single mistake can make or break a company. As a startup, you need to be very careful with every modification that is applied to the product or service. Although there are countless examples of startups mistakes that have caused them to fail, I've compiled four known cases, so we can learn from them.
Video Series, Startups & Spirits Su Sanni - Startups & Spirits Sarah Bennett August 7, 2017 This time we have talked to Su Sanni from WeDidIt. Su is an experienced web, software and music entrepreneur, who is passionate about SaaS, Sales, team building, social impact and small business. Su is the CEO at WeDidIt, a Brooklyn based tech company that helps nonprofit organizations fundraise. Su shares his thoughts about equality, racism and diversity in the workplace, the importance of cultural and gender parity, which is more significant in order to succeed in worldwide markets nowadays. As part of his entrepreneurship and professional career, Su worked at the Meltwater Group, a Fortune 500, some companies and national nonprofit organizations like RR Donnelley, Sherwin Williams, the Boys Scouts of America and UNICEF. Su is currently a mentor at New York Needs You. He is also a member and alum of the Boys' Club of NY. Su was first hit with the “entrepreneurial bug” in 2007, when he cofounded a music recording studio and production company in Harlem, NY called the ALLSMiLES Media Group.
Founder of Femgineer, Poornima is often invited to sit on panels and give talks on entrepreneurship, women's leadership, management, product development, and software engineering. This time, our CEO had an interview with her for our Startups & Spirits series. Take a look!
From speed dating to business meetings, we're taught that people form opinions of us quickly—so we should always put our best foot forward immediately. With this article, learn how you can craft a killer Elevator Pitch that lands you the gig!
We’ve been through 3 different accelerators with my companies: Startup Chile, in South America; DreamIt Ventures in New York and 500 Startups in good old Silicon Valley. The success of our accelerator application was based precisely on timing those stages correctly.
Having an MVP doesn’t prevent you from failures to find an investor. You need to back up your idea with extensive data like a marketing strategy and a business plan. This post aims at finding out how to get funded with just an MVP and don’t get insane in the process.
TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual conference that takes place in different parts of the world, such as San Francisco, New York. London and Beijing. This year, the team at Slidebean collected the most relevant highlights from the TechCrunch Disrupt NY conference and created a deck for each day. Here, you can find them!
After deciding to attend an important event such as a tech conference, you need to learn how to spend your time wisely and ultimately, make the best out of it. No matter if you've been to a major tech conference before or you're a newbie, we have the best advice for any scenario.
If research is to be believed, this article has about 8 seconds to capture a reader's attention before their attention span disintegrates. Start-ups face the same problem when pitching their start-up to potential investors. Learn with this post how to nail your deck when trying to close the deal.
By learning how to write a case study, you'll be able to create one of the most effective marketing tools at your disposal. Instead of just talking about what your product or service does, it allows you to show potential clients why your product or service is useful. Also, you can include the positive experiences your past clients have had.
Be on top of your business budget with our financial model template! Not only it can make the difference, but also it allows managers and founders to make game-changing decisions. Download the template today!
We had concluded a while ago that Bunkr was struggling and that this acquisition would come to soft-close the company while bringing some returns to their investors.
It's imperative as a company to measure the success of a pivot in order to accurately know if the path chosen was the right one. Slidebean has gone through two major pivots in the past year, the first took place during 500 Startups and the second one was more recently. Take a look at or MoM Growth since then!
As an early stage startup, getting featured in any major tech blog is huge. It brings a big boost of users, and it comes with other less obvious treats like credibility and SEO. Yet, this is not an easy job. You need to be full time committed on doing PR for your company. Here's how we got featured on TechCrunch!
The Airbnb pitch deck has become an increasingly popular reference for entrepreneurs around the world. The company founders, Brian Chesky raised $600K in 2009, from Sequoia Capital and Y Ventures. The company has since become a giant in the Travel Industry, closing a round in early 2015 on a valuation of over USD $20 Billion.
Pitch decks templates can serve very different purposes, from trying to get a meeting with a new investor, to presenting in front of a stage, and each one of them should follow a different structure! Here's a few pitch deck examples every startup founder needs.
There are thousands of articles online on how to grow your SEO, that are obviously focusing on their own SEO, among with stories of influencers making a living from it. Yet, nobody seems to be looking at the real cost behind it. But, worry not, we're going to do that right here, right now.
Multi-billion-dollar companies such as: YouTube, Airbnb or Foursquare, have one thing in common: they used a pitch deck to secure millions of dollars' worth of investment, transforming them from startups to scale-ups in mere minutes.
It's really thrilling to be working as your own boss in your first weeks as a startup. Nonetheless, enjoying that life often makes founders forget about having proper legal docs for startups. This important part, can rip apart your company simply because you weren't prepared in advance.
Here you can find some of the best startup pitch decks! Each presentation is beautifully designed from startup companies that successfully raised funds and now are multimillion-dollar businesses -all thanks to a few presentation slides.
If you're a freelancer applying for a contract job or a company proposing a new vendor agreement, learning how to write a business proposal properly will guarantee that you showcase your skills and close more deals when making your pitches. Also, get access to our business proposal template for free.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Investor Updates are a key part of your job as a CEO. Keeping your current investors updated will let them have a better understanding of your month over month performance and will avoid bad surprises if suddenly things go south. Many of your investors will also jump in to help or advice you if they have any experience in your roadblock.
Although you might have secure funding for your startup, you need to build and nurture a relationship with these investors. An essential part of that involves sending regular updates on your company performance, better known as investor updates.
The main goal behind presenting your pitch deck is to get investors excited about your product and confident enough to spend on your startup. Here are some essential guidelines on how to create a pitch deck, that will make your startup stand out and pave the way to your company’s success in today’s competitive market.
A pitch deck is one of the most important representation that a startup could have. If you get this first step wrong you could jeopardize startup funding opportunities before investors even take a look at the 2nd slide. Here you can find the most common mistakes when raising fund and avoid them.
The Startup Battlefield at the Techcrunch Disrupt Conference has become one of the most competitive pitch competitions in the tech industry. We’ve gathered and replicated the best pitch decks from the event. Here are the results for Day 2 at TC Disrupt.
Balancing growth vs profitability is a delicate science and it can literally make or break your business. It’s a choice startup founders need to make and it’s very much related to the direction that the company is headed; you’ll probably hear/read hundreds of stories of which path works best… this is just ours.
Snapchat is considered one of the favorite photo messaging apps among millennials. It was created by Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy and It presently garners eight billion video views every day from its 100 million active users. Here's the teardown and redesign of Snapchat pitch deck for you to check it out.
Among the most well known pitch competitions in tech history we have the "The Startup Battlefield", that takes place every year at the Techcrunch Disrupt Conference. Slidebean team has gathered and replicated the pitch decks from the top five finalist from the 2016 TC Disrupt-NY Startup Battlefield.
The Startup Battlefield @ the Techcrunch Disrupt Conference has become one of the most competitive pitch competitions in the tech industry. We’ve gathered and replicated the best pitch decks from the event.
Eoghan McCabe, Intercom's CEO, has revealed their fist pitch deck from 2011 after closing a new Series C round of $50MM. The slides were used to raise their initial $600K convertible note.
During our time at 500 Startups we went from an average transaction size of $5 to $159, that’s 30x!! By changing and re-focusing our target audience, we found a new set of users that was willing to pay a premium price for our product.
As a startup, it's essential to secure seed funding at early stages. Yet, the final decision is not only based on data and metrics, often times is thanks to a very human ‘I like this team’ variable. That process of liking someone takes time and the best way to develop it is with investor updates.
As a startup, you are constantly racing against time to become profitable before you run out of money, so every second you can spare by improving how you do things truly makes the difference. That's why finding the right startup tools to optimize productivity is key.
After a successful pitch presentation to investors, were you manage to convince them to say they're interested, you need to know what to do next. In this article, we'll help you succeed through a startup fundraising process!
This article is focus on figuring out how to present your startup, without being too simplistic. That way, you can have great conversations with everybody regarding your startup's story and avoid jargon at the same time!
It's essential to have all the key-information when creating a startup pitch deck. That's how you can ultimately communicate well enough when raising capital. So, have in mind that a killer deck with the right structure might get investors to realize that your startup is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Do you know what that beta label stands for? Some of you may know, others may have a faint notion, and some might not have the slightest clue. So, with this in mind, and since we want our users to have an experience that matches their expectations, here's a quick guide on how beta works!
The first public version of Slidebean will be launched. This new presentation tool that we’ve been developing is consider to be the next evolution in presentation-making, since it offers an extremely simple and straightforward approach when making slides.