Pitching a Business

Top 10 Questions on Pitching Using LivePlan

The best thing you can do to nail an investor pitch is to learn how the process works and be prepared. Since you don't know what to expect until you've tried it a few times, you can minimize missteps by learning from the advice (and mistakes) of others. Here are some frequently-asked questions on pitching an idea to investors.

How to Make Your Gust Account Stand Out to Investors

These are my recommendations for how to help your company profile stand out on Gust, so you can successfully grab attention and raise capital.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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