10 things to know before you pitch a VC for money

By | February 9, 2009

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/david_s_rose_on_pitching_to_vcs.html

The Summary

It is about you

What do the VC wants to know about you
Integrity – That you are honest and the company is legit
Passion – That you are fired up about your idea
Experience – That you have some experience in getting a company and product up and selling
Knowledge – That you know your domain
Skill – Forgot about this
Leadership – That you can assemble and lead a team
Commitment – THat you won’t run at the first sign of trouble
VIsion – A product that can change the world
Realism – You should be rational in your goals

Template
– Get their attention
– Solid steady upward path to the end message
– Boom (Emotional High)
– Logical Progression
– How the market is
– How we are going to do it

 

Up

Things I know/understand
External Validatioin
Believable upside

Down
THings i know are not true
Things I do not understand
Things that make me think
Internal Inconsitency
Typo Error unprepareness

coachability – that you should be open to advice and coaching

One thought on “10 things to know before you pitch a VC for money

  1. HT

    Woah… Didn’t know that so many people will write posts based on the David Rose pitch. Thought I was the only one who would do such a thing.

    Anyway, its a good reminder to remember lessons from this video (and others) before pitching. The presenters today could surely take a lesson or 2 away from this.

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