By Anna Khan (Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners)
I’ve had a lot of female entrepreneurs ask me the secret to successfully pitch a venture capitalist. Male entrepreneurs (in part through trial and error, and in part by better access to resources) appear to do a better job convincing investors. In reality, there is no secret ingredient for a successful pitch. Instead, there are a number of factors at play.
Countless tweaks and revisions improved the flow of the story and finally, after weeks of agonizing over every word, our pitch came together.
By Andrea Johnson (Co-Founder & CEO, ThisLife)
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
This great quote perfectly sums up a critical challenge for entrepreneurs. At some point early in the process of developing our “big idea”, we inevitably need to explain it to other people: friends, family, potential team members or advisors. That explanation is the pre-curser, the early ancestor, of what will later become our “pitch”.
Pitch sometimes seems like a bad word, like a 5-letter version of a 4-letter word. It can suggest disposability and insincerity,
On practicing her startup pitch and meeting the Vice President of the United States.
By Pooja Sankar (Founder & CEO, Piazza)
I received an email with an image attachment inviting me to meet the Vice President and his wife Dr. Jill Biden at a reception at their official residence in Washington, DC. All I needed to do was RSVP with my social security number. Hah! What kind of idiot falls for that?
But whoever put this together had done a nice job on the invitation, which looked very professional and contained none of the usual misspellings. So I showed it to