Pitching a Business

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 |

The 7 Key Components of a Perfect Elevator Pitch [with Video]

A free guide to perfecting your pitch, impressing investors, and polishing your strategy. Make sure you cover these 7 critical topics to be successful.

By Noah Parsons |

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 |

10 Things I Hated About Your Business Pitch

I’m writing this in the airport on my way to Austin, TX., where I’m going to be a judge at the University of Texas Venture Labs global business plan competition (used to be Mootcorp). Between contests like this one and angel investment, I’ve heard two dozen or so business pitches lately. I’m talking about the...

By Tim Berry |

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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