Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Pitching is an important skill in fundraising.

Consider these key points in your next pitch:

Tell a compelling story, not just any story.

Use the pitch deck to communicate the “Why” behind your business.

Time is short, so make sure you hit the key points of the business -- team, product, fundraise, in a logical order.

Include meaningful numbers that demonstrate you know what you are talking about.

Market size, revenue, growth rate, customer acquisition rates are important numbers to include. 

In building your pitch, involve your team and others as it will be a great way to reinforce the strategy with those who are helping execute it.

Pitching skills also help in recruiting employees, fostering partnerships, and selling customers. 

The deck is there to help you, not take your place.  

Remember, you are the presentation, not the slides. 

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Avetis Antaplyan, Founder & CEO of HIRECLOUT.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, HIRECLOUT is a technology recruiting and consulting firm focused on building relationships that deliver results. They utilize their proprietary process and a team of recruiters and Client Success Managers to find and deliver top technology professionals with their top technical hiring system on a contingency basis. HIRECLOUT only earns a fee when the candidate starts.

Avetis is a passionate entrepreneur and technologist focused on making an impact. He is a proud husband and father of two kick-ass kids. He is also an angel investor with an interest in everything tech-enabled, especially in robotics and AI. Avetis is all about helping people elevate their mindset, their teams, and careers.

Avetis discusses what excites him now in the sector, the state of investing in startups, and some of the challenges entrepreneurs face. 

You can visit HIRECLOUT at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

Avetis can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

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