One should only invest in inevitable founders. A good investment is the one that needs you the least but gets to the final destination faster once we partner.
Why are you and your team the right people to solve this problem? Founder authenticity is paramount when funding a startup.
Once a week, right after a formal turndown, I get a founder asking me if I can introduce them to other investors. This is a weak and stupid ask.
Personally, I’ve been learning a lot from reading them. There is a clear correlation between the quality of the update and how well the startup is performing.
If you are a founder reading this, it’s important to understand that you are our customer, and we live to serve you, not the opposite.
Do not use your Gmail to communicate with investors! You lose the opportunity of advertising your startup on the URL and to look professional.
I must have seen >2500 pitch decks, in the past four years. Most founders over-complicate pitch decks. 10 slides are everything you need.