If you're writing your pitch deck and the name Reid Hoffman is unfamiliar, stick around and keep reading. This is just essential information for anyone looking to generate a successful business in any environment, but especially today’s. If Reid’s legendary business career is already part of what is in your mental business records. We'll unveil some of the information that has circulated regarding his understanding of pitch decks and what they should include.
First, let’s start with a bit of trajectory on a man who's been called the Silicon Valley Grand Master by Apple podcasts. And who is at the forefront of a revenue-making job connecting platform as big as LinkedIn.
Worth a net 1.9 billion by this year, Reid Hoffman is not only co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, but also a partner at VC firm Greylock Partners. Born straight out of Palo Alto in the late sixties, it is easy to forget how the cover of one of Forbes magazines as the “best connected billionaire” in the Valley once left Apple the same year it sold eWorld to AOL in order to keep up with new technology at Fujitsu. Around a thousand days later, the author and investor would move on to his first business, SocialNet.com; a business already founded on social networking online.
Friends from Stanford University with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, also worth about 2.3 billion. Hoffman soon returned investors their capital from SocialNet.com to become PayPal’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. It's with the investment of capital for his own affairs out of here that LinkedIn is finally constituted at the end of 2002 with its launch officially taking place over the next year.
A pitch deck is usually about 10 to 20 slides long, we tend to say. For Reid, however, the perfect presentation in this sense is exactly 15 slides which are ordered as follows below. The entire set of information has been rephrased from a private email Reid is alleged to have sent; which we can take or leave to some degree. In any case, take each segment to be defined next as extending precisely over a single slide unless otherwise stated.
Now, you will see the slides listed here differ from many other orders of pitch deck ideals from many other entrepreneurs. That is always, in a way, kind of the decisions you will need to be making in terms of structuring your own pitch deck presentations. From Reid’s 15 to Guy Kawasaki’s 10 to 500 Startups own alignments and version, we have touched a bit on all of them here. Studying the differences and similarities and going for what rings true to your company vision, strategies and tactics is a solid way to prepare for your own path and voice in delivering the perfect pitch deck for your business needs.
If you are now inspired by Hoffman’s vision to pitch decks, though, and want to give LinkedIn’s pitch deck presentation a try, you can either download LinkedIn’s pitch deck presentation in PDF form here or use it online through this link. Need or want help re-designing your pitch deck, rather? Check out our design service info here.