Y Combinator launches a new fundraising format: The one-slide summary

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Today is the Demo Day of Y Combinator (YC)—that is, one of the biggest startup fundraising events of the year, where two hundred companies pitch for the funds and attention of over five hundred investors. This is always a big event: a warehouse in San Francisco, multiple stages, topic-based breakout areas, with robots and coffee […]

SketchDeck’s Y Combinator W14 application

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This is the (successful) application we sent to Y Combinator back at the end of 2013. We were part of the Winter 2014 batch, and found it to be a valuable and transformative experience. Over the last six years we’ve helped countless Y Combinator companies and it’s our pleasure to share this to help future ones. […]

PowerPoint: Friend or Foe?

Stanley Allen McChrystal is a decorated four-star general who once commanded all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. In other words, don’t get on his bad side. But in the summer of 2009, that’s exactly what someone did—when they had the audacity to, in the thick fog of war, present him with…a PowerPoint slide. Source: […]

A visual history of pitch decks

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For several decades, pitch decks have been one of the best ways to sell investors on your business idea. These visual presentations educate your audience about your vision. Typically, they are informative and flexible enough to use in various situations such as face-to-face meetings, post-meeting takeaways and email introductions. When done right they attract the […]

Writing a great pitch deck

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A great pitch deck can make the difference between winning and losing an investor. All entrepreneurs know their product or service inside out, but often they don’t know the best way to turn their story into a killer presentation. It can be challenging to sum up everything you want to say into a short fundraising […]

Hire a pitch deck designer

Pitch decks were where we made our 1st break, earning coverage in TechCrunch “SketchDeck Turns Terrible Slide Decks Into Beautiful Presentations”. Almost four thousand decks later, it’s still our most popular service. Whether you need a slick pitch for sales, keynote speeches, fundraising or an important meeting, SketchDeck is your go-to partner for all your […]

What we learned from designing 200 pitch decks

Just as business and the funding process has evolved since 2015, so have the pitch decks companies use to convince VCs of their value. As a result, we’re taking a look back at older pitch deck lessons that remain valuable, in addition to introducing some 2020 themes that you should address. In this article, you’ll […]