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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Apr 27, 2020

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

In developing the pitch deck, there are several mistakes I often see.

One of the most common is trying to explain in great detail how the product or technology works.

Instead, focus on the benefits of the product and what it does for customers.

Save the detailed explanations for later when you are in diligence.

Other mistakes include: 

-- Not identifying the competition or claiming there is none.

-- Making the font so small that no one beyond the first row can read it.

-- Using too many words so that readers get distracted by reading it.

-- Not setting up a flow so the slides follow a logical story form.

-- Using market sizings to distract the audience from the fact that you have no traction.

-- Forgetting to put the investment ask at the end, so investors are left wondering what you want from them.

-- Using cut and paste from Excel for financials, rendering the slide unreadable.

-- Trying to tell the investor everything in one sitting.

The pitch deck should focus on your core product, team, customer and fundraise.

The details can be fleshed out later. 

Finally, the biggest mistake is not asking questions and listening.  

Most startups spend their time talking when they should be listening for objections and concerns. 

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.
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