These isolation times are difficult, especially for those of us who aren’t used to being home all the time. While it’s OK to be worried, as our Caya, Slidebean’s CEO said, all that we know for sure is that we need to take care of ourselves and those around us. Therefore, we’re listing a set of advice on effective ways to beat social isolation.
Everyone’s going remote these days. With that change come online meetings. Zoom is currently one of the most mentioned online meeting software out there. But how exactly do you practice the most efficient and appropriate online meeting etiquette? Here are six tips on how to run a remote meeting. If you’re part of the people needing to call out on virtual gatherings, these are a must. Be the type of meeting holder people love contrary to one they wish is over with a meeting soon.
Unemployment is hitting every country and industry right now. We can already foresee how a high unemployment rate will affect some businesses. This reality needs all of us to be creative; even a startup CEO roles during COVID-19 times change.
You probably have many remote presentations or remote pitches scheduled on a variety of topics these days. Whether on the receiving or host end, the number of online activities is flourishing with the current global pandemic. Yet, you might, more importantly, be wondering how to create an excellent presentation that keeps people focused while they’re at home. So many things can be distracting in that setting! So here are the best design tips for effective remote presentations that we put together for you.
Slidebean has come in contact with over 30,000 startup investor deck designs. Either created through our presentation design platform, using Slidebean AI or through our consulting services, we've pitched that much. So we think there's something we can share about investor decks and financial models during these trialing COVID-19 times and beyond. We'll start with why now is the time to build a top-notch pitch deck and financial model.
Our current economy is certainly in times of flux with COVID-19 generating a pandemic. For some, this may mean the final blow to a lethal corporate state. For others, this situation might signify an opportunity. Whichever is the case, startups must certainly be considering what a VC is looking to invest in these days, so they can take it into consideration in their pitch deck.
In this episode of Company Forensics, we’ll talk about one of the coolest clothing brands in the world: The North Face. That’s right. It seems like the brand has existed for decades and that their high-end products last forever. And this is true.
The dynamics of how to pitch investors investors and fundraising are likely going to change drastically in the next few months. I have always believed that real-life interaction between humans is critical in the decision-making process for an investor.
If you’re thinking about how to virtually pitch a VC, chances are you’re offering such a meeting amidst challenging physical conditions for whatever reason. You could also be saving up on quickly escalating traveling costs and sparing up on your business meeting times by resorting to a video chat or phone call every once in a while. Or you can easily be playing the card of presenting your pitch deck VC’s quickly as your chance to make it into their portfolio.
Today’s episode of Company Forensics is about live-streaming apps, something that we all take very much for granted today as we’re not impressed anymore by seeing anyone going live on social media, to broadcast whatever from their phones. Literally, whatever... which is probably part of the problem here, but we’ll get into that later on.
Entrepreneurs are going to be the key to economic reactivation. We are the spearhead of innovation. We are accustomed to the rollercoaster of starting a company, which has taught us how to move faster, work faster even in complicated circumstances.
Well, it's here. Both of our Slidebean offices, New York and San Jose, are in areas with active coronavirus spreading, and we were forced to take action.
Delivering a live pitch online is not the most common of all business practices. We’ll grant that. However, it’s getting more and more common for people to sort their lives online, which lately includes diverse reasons why someone might forcefully need to give or send a presentation via the web versus pitching live on stage or at a potential business partner’s office.
Presentation templates are a quick and safe way of producing new material. When looking at those on which to start crafting a presentation, it’s good to know which ones work best. Hence, and to ease your troubles, we’ve created a list of 5 of our best presentation templates for 2020, and we’ll justify our choices appropriately. Join us and see what you think!
When we need to give a presentation, it’s worth asking what presentation software to use. And it’s best to ask yourself that early in the working line. Doing so spares disappointment and time, and it also takes a load off entrepreneur business days. So, to help make that decision, we’ve dared compare Slidebean vs. Prezi in various ways.
If the time has come for you to look into presentation design companies, you’ve probably already noted the high flux of businesses that are trying to captivate your attention to fulfill your presentation needs. How can you tell where to go or from whom exactly to request a business presentation design? What can you expect from these services?
2012 saw the release of an outbreaking future tech product: Google Glass; a gadget in the style of an invention you might have seen previously on any Mission Impossible movie. Its primary aim was to bring you the information you need into view when you need it, with a hands-free system for a bigger facility.
Let’s face it. Social media management seems to be all fun and games until you have to involve tasks as strategy, planning, and reporting. What once was thought of as a completely creative work, comprised of nice copy and cool images, is now a complex part of the marketing mix of almost every brand.
Let’s get to the bottom of this. What are the top three traction challenges SaaS startups face when trying to raise money? You probably have a few ideas. And those might be linked to revenue, profitability, and mediums, perhaps. Are there others? Are there more?
We’ve got you covered when it comes to delivering a business presentation live. In our own startup experience, being a part of several accelerator program alumni and raising funds for our business, we’ve come across a diverse list of business presentation scenarios. It’s out of those experiences that we love compiling our most useful pieces of advice. Today, we bring you three successful presenting tips to complement your pitch deliveries.
In this episode, we cover HQ Trivia. A mix of bad business decisions, a peculiar personality, a product that was too good to be true; and a flawed business model. Find out why HQ Trivia, a seemingly innocent game in which players earned money by answering general culture questions, against the clock, failed tremendously.
When the time allotted for a business presentation varies, so must the slide’s content to fit the minute quota. Yet, it can be hard to know how to achieve the right amount of slides for the time frame that you’ve got. Therefore, we’ve considered how many slides for a 10-minute presentation an entrepreneur would ideally need, as well as how many slides for a 15-minute presentation, and how many slides for a 5-minute presentation. And, we’ve also included a note to the number of slides for a 3-minute pitch.
Figuring out how to write a project proposal isn’t an easy task. And, while our project proposal template helps sell business projects to a sponsor or stakeholder, there’s also a set of details that can undoubtedly help polish your project proposal slides. For enhanced choices in your upcoming business presentations, let’s go over a few tips on how to write a project proposal.
One of the most common questions we get is calculating a Market Size slide on a startup pitch deck. After so many years at this, I believe I can come up with better market size estimations than I used to.
Every entrepreneur prepares for a startup’s funding round. And a helpful pitch tool can make that journey a much easier one to travel. Pitch presentation software is here to help startups polish their business pitches. And they ideally do so with great design and efficiency. That’s why we’re taking a look at the benefits of using pitch software for your business presentations.
Let's face it. When it comes to boosting your startup's or any brand's ability to generate traction, marketing comes into play. At one point, you will need to come up with a marketing plan, a marketing strategy, or to dive into digital marketing.
As scaling becomes a priority for any business, the need arises to expand into new markets and reach new audiences. A successful go-to-market strategy is paramount in achieving this sort of business urgency. Therefore, we’ve decided to elaborate on a few steps to creating a go-to-market strategy to help your startup plans in very concise ways.
If you’re just beginning in the startup world, maybe you and/or your co-founders need to find a job to help you pay the bills while the company grows. It is a common mistake to start fundraising without a solid team.
In this webinar recording, Caya, Slidebean’s CEO, develops a step-by-step financial modeling tutorial, using a spreadsheet that can be easily downloadable and customized
As entrepreneurs, we certainly know how to talk business, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re great at speaking in front of an audience, right? Let alone deliver a business presentation in front of a very knowledgeable group. Well, let’s use this blog entry now, so next time someone asks: “What is a slide deck?” we speak as confidently about it as we feel when we stand in front of a VC.
A couple of weeks ago, we started telling the story of a theoretical company: from incorporation to first rounds of funding. The idea was to use examples to explain how the company cap table evolves and how the legal process works through all these steps.
In looking for pitch deck consulting services, you genuinely wish to hire the best pitch deck design consultant out there. And while we specialize in design services, we’d like to give you tips today on how to best choose the right fit for your upcoming startup business presentation.
What is the Brex Card? Have you ever heard of this before? Promoted as “the smartest corporate credit card,” Brex Card is bottom-line, a business credit card. What makes Brex Card so great we would write a full article about it? Check below for a quick run through this startup business card.
Have you ever considered what business trends led pitch decks to become a standard? Well, we have. And it’s time we put something out on the web about it. So we’re getting to that next.
MySpace, was a platform founded in 2003 that freed users from creating a web page, to offer them in return, a profile to which they could print their personality, add friends, photos, music, and their favorite videos. Now, they just exist or subsist, until the date.
Scams can be a real pain. And, as entrepreneurs who continuously need to hire freelance work, we should learn to avoid them. Freelancers in pitch deck consulting, presentation design services, and other fields also need to be safe and only spend time getting and doing the jobs that will pay.
Timelines make up for great visual material. They don’t only achieve more engaging info display but also allow entire teams to adhere to specific timetables for strategic project management. And these are just a couple of their plus sides. So let’s go over five practical ways to make the best of a timeline template in startup presentations.
Having a good grip at an investor pitch deck outline is a definite advantage in the way we deliver pitches during business funding rounds. For this article, we will not even make you read long. Catch our recap of what slides to include in your upcoming pitch deck for your business presentation next.
Investors who run into unfundable pitches rarely come back to say it. However, it is very easy to know with a few seconds’ view when a pitch deck truly reflects an unfundable business. We will highlight what makes unfundable pitch decks so you can stay away from making the same mistakes over and over again to no avail.
You might not immediately think about a site such as BuzzFeed in terms of business pitch decks. However, this social news/entertainment site (that is foremost an independent digital media company, really) has not only raised millions of dollars in funding rounds as part of their trajectory, but it has also been deemed to have fostered a new definition of content marketing.
After incorporating and dedicating time to the business, the fictitious company we’re analyzing in this series is doing great: The two founders managed to build the product, launch it, and are generating revenue. Let's assume that our company is a SaaS business (software as a service).
Let’s say you wanted to ship something to the other side of the country, and you didn’t want to look for a box big enough, or queue at the post office. None of that. You just wanted to have someone come and pick up your package, from the comfort of your home. Well, Shyp did just that.
Mastering how to do fundraising without making mistakes comes with a great experience. But knowing the basics of how to raise funds the right way can certainly get you off on a much-needed good start. So we’re sharing 5 critical steps with you today on the art of raising funds. By following up on these, we hope your next or first round is successful!
We’re focusing on unicorn startups today, defining what makes a startup worth more than $100 million in 2020. As times change, so does business, markets, startups, and investors. Let’s see what key aspects drive startup valuation above the first hundred million in today’s business world.
The fundraising process for a startup requires a crash course on some terminology that you've probably never heard of. So, to better explain all of this, we are going to tell the story of a startup company, from funding to IPO. This is Startup Funding Explained, part 1.
As marihuana becomes more popular worldwide with legalization, so do cannabis startups. So let’s take the opportunity to check what the state of these plant-centered businesses are and the entire new industry they’re building into 2020 and beyond.
The fundraising platform, akin to KickStarter, IndieGogo or GoFundME, was an online crowd-funding site aimed at helping users raise the funds they needed from a group or community for whatever projects they outlined. The company would only tilt, meaning collect and distribute the funds from users, if the targeted money was fully raised. It ended up tilting in other senses a bit too much, if you ask me.
You’ve chosen the grant or grants to which you’ll apply. Or maybe you plan on doing that next. Either way, you’re here now, which is already a great start to your applications. But, before you fire your plea out into the business world, let’s see how to make the best use of a grant proposal template by covering its very basics and a bit more.
At this time of the year, many of you might be wondering how to start a business in 2020. Fortunately, discussing startup topics is one of our main areas of interest and expertise. So we couldn’t wait for a more appropriate time to discuss how to start a business this new year.
My, how time flies! Five versions already! I promise you we don’t want to go down the rabbit hole of naming versions with numbers, Apple-style, and the number is somewhat irrelevant. The real point is that we’ve grown (and luckily, learned) a lot over the course of 6 years and that growth is reflected in the 5 major releases we’ve done so far (roughly, one major update per year since 2014).
We deal with thousands of companies in the process of fundraising. Last year, I spoke to over 1,000 founders, and I've set a personal goal to beat that this year. These companies mostly come to me for office hours, and most of the time, their questions revolve around fundraising. One thousand people are enough to detect some patterns: the mistakes these companies are making when approaching their fundraising.
Creating a thorough marketing plan is an essential part of any new business’s ground considerations. If you’re looking for guidance on how to create a marketing plan to accelerate the process or even if you’re just looking for a trustworthy and free marketing plan template, Slidebean’s always here to help. Enhance your startup’s marketing strategies with our key facts and resources to create the perfect marketing plan.
Creating a business model slide in a startup pitch deck can be a confusing puzzle to solve for many entrepreneurs. Therefore, and over the course of this article, we will not only define what a startup business model is, but we will also share key facts any presenter should consider when attempting to answer the question of just how to make the best of a business model slide for a business pitch deck.
What we had as initial input material to recreate Uber’s pitch deck were slides with no design we found on Slideshare. This means we only had the plain text to work with. The challenge to redesign it was to give the Uber pitch deck a solid graphic identity that could accompany the powerful business idea they presented back in 2008.
ince the Airbnb pitch deck was one of the first ones from unicorn companies to be released publicly, we had plenty of input and information from the media attention it got, and the great structure it actually has. Therefore, the challenge at the moment of redesigning it at Slidebean was how to make better something that’s already so good and popular!
Every month we spend around $20,000 in SaaS products. Our landing pages, our servers, our accounting- you know, the stuff you need to run a business. I figured we could share some of those platforms, which I expect other startups and small businesses will also find useful.
Great presentations captivate an audience right off the start. For that, having an excellent hook as an attention-getter is the most effective business presentation opener. So let us give you a good set of pitch deck hook ideas along with the best pitch deck opener tips for you to take into consideration before your next startup pitch.
When we hear the term “pitch deck”, we usually think of what can be considered a general or main deck, a presentation used to pitch investors. However, there are pitch decks variations, depending on where you post them, how you share them, and what use you give to them.
We’ve created this list of the best presentation software tools to ensure you make the right call in the platform you select. This articles is the result of several weeks of research and review of 50+ presentation tools currently available on the web.
When it comes to pitch deck literature, it’s always useful to have a list of the most successful books ever written around. These pitch deck books will certainly help you to focus your presentations better, aside from the multiple free templates and other resources available online.
A crucial part of getting your pitch deck right is having a strong story to tell. In that sense, how we tell a story and the ways in which we allow our audience to navigate the flow of that storyline, will set a reliable foundation for pitch deck success. So, let’s go over a few tips on how to improve your pitch deck storytelling.
We are doing a potpourri on this one; scouting for the three top startups to look out for in 2020 across diverse industries to give a varied little menu on three most-possibly leading business startups for next year. Our chosen industries of focus are:
From its QWERTY keyboard to real time emails, the BlackBerry was, for many years, the smartphone by choice. BlackBerry did a lot of things right. But… they did A LOT of things wrong.
We all know that funding and venture rounds are extremely quick because investors evaluate and pick who are they giving their money to, from a large number of entrepreneurs. Here are the 7 essential visual assets you need for a startup Pitch:
What makes a pitch presentation great is a combination of the following: A compelling story, An appropriate tone Engaging slides, Relevant figures and data We will cover each area to an excelling pitch deck over the course of this article, starting by the relevance of a compelling story.
In our last article, we talked about the 19 growth channels available in the world, so for this one, I am going to talk about the ones that we've tried, the ones that failed, and the ones that worked.
Anonymous messages and local context were the perfect mix to make the popular social network, YikYak, come to life in 2013. They were also the poison to kill it and to write on its tombstone the epitaph of: died too young and too soon.
In this article, we will analyze the story behind WeWork, their rise, and downfall, and of course, what lessons we can learn from them.
Is starting a business that directly competes against a player as big as Microsoft a good idea? Maybe. I hope our story sheds some light.