The Best Pitch Deck Examples from Successful Startups (Airbnb, Uber, Facebook)
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April 30, 2020
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The Best Pitch Deck Examples from Successful Startups (Airbnb, Uber, Facebook)

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What is a pitch deck?

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. It also serves 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.

A demo day presentation, for example, should be very visual and contain very little text. It’s going to be seen from afar and you’re going to do all the talking. On the other hand, a pitch presentation that you’re planning to email should be completely self-explanatory. It’s going to be seen on a laptop monitor, so small font is not so bad.

In these cases it’s also very useful to track your investor’s activity on the presentation, to figure out if they actually read the 100% of the slides; this can be critical when determining the frequency for follow up emails. In our case, it was key to raising our most recent round of funding. A number of pitch deck platforms offer this as a feature.  

Related Article: 35 best pitch deck templates

What should be in an investor pitch deck?

A number of authors, venture capitalists, startup founders and evangelists have created different versions of what they consider required elements to successful pitching presentations. Most of them agree on the following Pitch deck outline:

  1. Problem
  2. Solution
  3. Product
  4. Market Size
  5. Business Model
  6. Underlying Magic
  7. Competition
  8. Better/Different
  9. Marketing Plan
  10. Team Slide
  11. Traction / Milestones

The Best Pitch Deck Examples:

If you made it here, you are probably looking for inspiration to create a pitch deck for your own startup. Yeah, you’ve come to the right place. Let me start by saying that this might not be the best approach to take when pitching investors: “Each investor deck should be tailored to the company’s strengths." Let's begin by covering some basics:

The story you tell about your idea, team and concept validation (yes, metrics!!) is what will ultimately determine if your deck is appealing or not. Still, getting some inspiration from previously successful startups is definitely a good place to start.

We have a video about how to create a pitch deck for investors.

The Best pitch decks examples:
  1. Airbnb Pitch Deck
  2. Uber Pitch Deck
  3. Facebook Pitch Deck
  4. Slidebean Pitch Deck
  5. Sequoia Capital Pitch Deck
  6. Peloton Pitch Deck
  7. Buffer Pitch Deck
  8. Monthly Pitch Deck

1 - Airbnb Pitch Deck Template

This is one of the most searched references on the internet, probably because it’s a company so familiar to us all. As you will see, this is a classic 10 Slide Investor Deck template, not too far from Dave McClure’s Startup Viagra.  

We’ve also taken the liberty of redesigning the original slides using Slidebean's Pitch Deck Templates, and wrote a full article about the process and a teardown of the original content. You can find that here:

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This is the Airbnb Pitch Deck slide layout:

  1. Cover or title slide
  2. Problem
  3. Solution
  4. Market Validation
  5. Market Size
  6. Product
  7. Business Model <<< KILLER SLIDE!
  8. Market Adoption
  9. Competition
  10. Competitive Advantages
  11. Team Slide
  12. Press
  13. Users Testimonials
  14. Financial Model

The killer slide in this presentation is their business model slide because it lays out their revenue model in the simplest possible way. They make a 10% commission on each transaction, period.

Also, notice how simple the problem slide has been laid out on the presentation: 3 simple bullets are enough to portray the problem.

Even though we redesigned the original elevator pitch, the simplicity and the small amount of elements in each slide was inherent from the original deck. As we’ve mentioned before, less is more when talking about presentations.

2- Uber Pitch Deck Template

For the ninth anniversary of the founding of Uber, it's co-founder Garret Camp shared the first slides they created in late 2008. At the beginning, Uber was originally called UberCab, and it has evolved from a simple idea into a major platform that has improved the car service industry.

Here you have Uber's 25 slide deck! There's a lot to be learned from their first ever pitch:

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3- Facebook Pitch Deck Template

It’s rather hard to imagine a world without Facebook today. But back in 2004, 21 year old Eduardo Saverin was just another entrepreneur trying to convince people to put money into a growing company called thefacebook.com, co-founded by him and his friend Mark Zuckerberg.

The story about how they founded one of the most successful companies in history was dramatically portrayed in the 2010 movie: The Social Network. Mark Zuckerberg himself has admitted that the movie, as many other biopics, is inaccurate in many aspects. But he also acknowledges that the movie gets a lot of details right.

One of them is that Eduardo did in fact go to New York in 2004 at the time when thefacebook.com was launched, to try and sell Facebook’s initial idea of ads to potential clients.

Facebook’s original deck was basically a media kit containing the company’s value proposition, key metrics and Online Marketing Services.

At that time the company wasn’t making any money from The Facebook, so their presentation wasn’t based on revenue traction (actually they were still figuring out their business model overall). Instead, they bet on solid numbers such as their user engagement, customer base and growth metrics.

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Here's the Facebook Pitch deck outline:

  • Cover or title slide
  • Killer opening quote
  • Solution
  • Product Description
  • Market Validation
  • Vision
  • Market size
  • User Demographics
  • User Engagement
  • Growth Metrics
  • Services
  • Contact Us
  • Killer closing quote

The biggest difference you’ll find from this presentation to an investor deck used today is that there’s no Problem Slide. Facebook was pretty much creating the necessity for college students to interact in the digital world. A created necessity that turned so real and massive soon enough it was obvious it would need to transcend colleges and universities in the US.

4- Slidebean Pitch Deck

Our slide deck at the 500 Startups demo day was the culmination of a 2 startup accelerator process, hours of rehearsal and dozens of adjustments thanks to the feedback from our mentors. Pitching on a Demo Day event is very different from pitching to an investor on a one-on-one meeting. I've blogged about it before:

Related Read: A complete guide to creating a pitch deck presentation

Furthermore, if we advertise Slidebean as a presentation builder, our presentations need to ROCK, which does put a lot of pressure for any demo day or on stage pitches we need to do.

Here's the latest version of our deck:

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Slidebean Pitch Deck slide layout:

  1. Cover or title slide
  2. Question for the audience
  3. Product slide (Dave McClure's ugly presentation)
  4. Traction-1 << KILLER SLIDE RIGHT HERE!
  5. Traction-2
  6. Traction-3
  7. Market
  8. Problem-1
  9. Problem-2
  10. Problem-3
  11. Product Demo
  12. Product-1
  13. Product-2
  14. Product-3 (Presentation Templates)
  15. Product-4
  16. Market
  17. Business Model
  18. Team Slide
  19. Summary << KILLER SLIDE REMINDER!
  20. Contact/Closure

Notice the BIG difference in the number of slides. Remember this is a demo day deck, so it is expected that somebody will be standing in front of the presentation.

Most slide deckhave very little text and only one or two large images, so you can sweep over the presentation much faster. If you look at the video, you'll notice that each slide stays on the screen just a few seconds.

5- Sequoia Capital Pitch Deck

Since Sequoia Capital has quite the reputation for investments, it makes sense to take a page out of their book. This pitch deck outline is perfect for companies that are getting ready to develop a pitch when seeking investors. Similar to a business plan, a pitch helps to answer potential questions that an investor will have before putting up their money in your business. This presentation slide deck has slides that build upon each other to create your overall pitch.

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Each slide of the pitch deck will help you walk your potential investors through the investment opportunity you’re offering them. The slides included in the Sequoia Capital Pitch Deck Template each have a specific purpose that leads them down the path of discovery into your pitch.

  • Problem: This slide is your opener. You’re presenting the problem that your target market has and works to set up your pitch.
  • Solution: This slide follows up the problem by showing your solution to the previous slide’s problem.
  • Why Now?: This slide is the perfect opportunity to discuss the market validation that exists.
  • Market Size: Give your potential investors a chance to see what your share of the market can be once funded.
  • Competition: The competition slide is where you can show your market research skills by showing what competitors currently exist in your market, and how your solution is a better fit for consumers.
  • Product: Your product slide is where you get a chance to really get down to the meat and potatoes of the product you’re offering and what investors are putting their money into.
  • Business Model: Most investors want to see a solid business model that will create returns for them.
  • Team slide: This slide is your time to shine a light on all those behind the company.
  • Board/Advisors: This one is an additional slide that can be useful for discussing others that play an essential role in the company and the potential for growth.
  • Financial Model: This slide is helping to get the investor to see your current success before moving on to the final slide, fundraising where you’re giving the investor the ask of your pitch.
  • Fundraising: Your final slide is almost like your call to action. 
  • The Sequoia Capital Pitch Deck can be changed to fit your particular needs, such as removing slides or revising the order of slides presented.

    Related read: What is a pitch deck presentation

    6 - Peloton Pitch Deck Template

    Peloton broke the fitness industry with their stationary bike system which connects users and trainers via the internet.

    The company, founded in 2012, has now a line of gym equipment and sells monthly subscriptions to enjoy live and on-demand classes. Their mission: "Peloton uses technology and design to connect the world through fitness, empowering people to be the best version of themselves anywhere, anytime". Do you have a business idea for this industry in mind? We recreated the pitch deck that Peloton used to obtain funding. Check it out!

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    The slides that comprise this deck are:

    1. Cover
    2. Contents
    3. Target Consumer
    4. Consumer Promise
    5. Brand Values
    6. Who we are (2 slides)
    7. Brand Wheel (16 slides)
    8. Recap

    7 - Buffer Pitch Deck Template

    This his the pitch deck Buffer used to raise $500,000 for their startup, as redesigned by Slidebean. The highlight of this deck is the traction slide, which the founders describe as the critical one for their success.


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    This pitch deck contains the following slides:

    1. Cover
    2. Social trends quotes
    3. Social media question
    4. Queue your updates
    5. Traction
    6. Milestones
    7. Business model
    8. Social media landscape
    9. The effect of buffering
    10. A sharing standard (2 slides)
    11. Team
    12. Email

    8 - Monthly Pitch Deck Template

    The average small business has 42 SaaS tools and spends ~$200K/yr. The problem is, there's no centralized overview of this stack. Founders see themselves often  checking that a tool is indeed being used by all the seats they are paying for. 

    When attempting to find a platform to organize this, we saw a lot of them were focused on businesses larger than 100 employees. These are not known brands; they are companies that operate mostly on outbound sales. 

    But these small businesses, like us, at Slidebean, have a problem. The average company under 100 employees has 3.6 duplicate apps, 2.6 orphaned subscriptions, and an average of 17 platforms per employee. And this is, of course, continuing to grow. 

    So how can we solve this for small businesses, where there's an absolute focus on optimizing expenses. With Monthly, we can connect to their accounting software and to their emails to collect invoices, we can measure user activity using SSO and their Gsuite logs- but most importantly, we can offer Smart recommendations. This is the pitch deck:


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    This pitch deck contains the following slides:

    1. The Monthly app
    2. Traction
    3. The problem
    4. The solution
    5. Target customer
    6. Business model
    7. Go-to-market plans
    8. Rollout plan
    9. Competitors
    10. Team

    Recommended video: How to pitch new ideas to investors?

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    Pitch Deck Templates

    Besides the pitch deck examples we shared here, we have created, curated and redesigned several pitch deck and set them as templates on our platform. Our presentation templates provide a fill-in-the-blank outline that can kick start your presentation workflow. Create a pitch deck that gets you funded. Browse templates from the most successful startups on the planet. Check them all here.

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