Pitching a Business

Building Confidence in Key Moments to Build a Breakthrough Startup

Whether its delivering a TED Talk, or a pitch, you're going to need to shake the nerves and show some confidence and preparation.

By Joe Abraham |

Tired of PowerPoint? Here are the best alternatives

Roughly 95 percent of slideshow presentations are still given in PowerPoint, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t evaluate other tools. We’ll run through the top alternatives and weigh the pros and cons. Google Docs Presentations A free feature in Google Docs (Trust us, it’s there; you just never use it.) If you consider yourself a...

By Dave Cannon |

The 10 Questions I Didn’t Expect to be Asked by Investors

If you're raising money for your company and you want to pitch to angel investors or venture capitalists, then there are a few important things to know that savvy investors care about.

By Caroline Cummings |

Is a great pitch without a plan even possible?

You’ve got a great business idea, so now all you need is a great pitch, right? No need to spend time on a business plan, just put together a few slides and a five to ten minute speech and investors will be throwing money at you. Think again. A great pitch is important, everyone agrees...

By Palo Alto Software |

5 Things You Should Never Say When Fundraising

Doing your homework before seeking an investor is absolutely number one priority. There are thousands, if not millions, of entrepreneurs that haven’t the slightest clue how to approach a deal. Here are some common mistakes I see entrepreneurs make when they’re talking to investors. Don’t say or do any of the following, and you’ll have...

By Amanda Frazier |

How to use your business plan

Bill Payne had a nice post on gust.com late last month titled  Using your business plan, in which he lists the different forms or outputs people confuse with a business plan and sets each one into the proper use context. He defines the elevator pitch, video pitch, executive summary, PowerPoint presentation, and business plan as...

By Tim Berry |

To Secure Investor Funding Improve Your Presentation Skills

For the last several years YPO (Young President’s Organization) has held a “Raising Capital Conference” to teach entrepreneurs and CEOs who want to raise venture capital how to make successful pitches to investors. They firmly believe that if you improve your presentation skills, you will increase your chances of getting investors to say ‘yes.’ Your...

By Linda Finkle |

Business Plan Review: Share the Air

A few weeks ago a co-worker sent me an instant message: “You’ve got to watch this business plan pitch. It’s crazy!” Of course I clicked and watched it. It only takes a few minutes before the “disbelief” starts. I’ve seen professionals shun slick PowerPoint slides to use handwritten or even marked up on whiteboard slides...

By Palo Alto Software |

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