There are people in this world who are great at pitching and people who simply aren’t.
Engineers and developers generally…aren’t. Sorry about it.
Another tidbit – your startup’s Co-founder or CEO probably wasn’t great either.
With that said, I can’t imagine being a foreigner who not only has one shot to pitch it right but having done so in English.
Wait, I actually do.
In this article, I promise to give you prime intel from my experience of how it is to not only pitch your startup in Silicon Valley but how it is to pitch your startup here as a foreign founder. I’ll also throw in steps on how to successfully structure your pitch so you’re able to convince any investor in Silicon Valley as a bonus. You’re welcome.
Well, It’s actually experienced from a third person perspective.
Anyway, time for the good stuff.
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In the startup world, venture capitalists can find themselves treated as demigods. Feted by startup founders, by the media and by government, VC’s wield power, influence and, most importantly, money.
Alternatives to VC rounds are rarely considered. It’s expected that Series B follows A, and A follows seed. For a young startup ‘VC-funded’ is seen as a badge of honour to attract new employees and investors.