fundraising tactics

Pitch Deck Teardown:’s $10M Series A deck

I like a good airline points flight just as much as the fuzzy feeling you get from knowing you've "beaten the system," but does solve a "real" problem?

Don’t use builds, reveals or animations in your pitch deck

In a world of ever-advancing technologies, it can be tempting to embed your pitch deck with all the latest bells and whistles. But do they even work?

Pitch Deck Teardown: Tanbii’s $1.5M pre-seed deck

About a year ago, I tore down a pitch deck by Mi Terro, founded by Robert Luo. Guess who’s back with another company? Luo has raised $1.5 million for Tanbii from a Hong Kong family office. In ge

Pitch Deck Teardown: ANYbotics’ $50M Series B deck

Growth rounds usually get a traction-forward pitch, but there are many ways to weave that narrative. Let's see how ANYbotics does it.

Pitch Deck Teardown: SquadTrip’s $1.5M pre-seed deck

For our 60th pitch deck teardown, we're taking a closer look at a $1.5 million pre-seed round and the deck that helped raise it.

Yes, investors will sign an NDA, but only in this specific circumstance

If you’ve tried to get an investor to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before you pitch them, you’ll often be waved off with something like “We don’t do that.”

Pitch Deck Teardown: CulturePulse’s $1M seed deck

As a startup, it's your job to explain to an investor that you're on the right path. This deck doesn't do that.

How to write the perfect cold email to investors

Yes, warm intros are the best way to approach investors and should ideally be your Plan A. But what if you can't get one of those?

Pitch Deck Teardown: Ageras’ $36M Private Equity deck

Today, we're looking at Ageras' pitch deck, which it used to raise a $35 million private equity round to further expand its relatively late-stage product portfolio.

How to get warm introductions to investors

A vanishingly small number of investors will look at any pitch. For most investors, though, you'll need to get your foot in the door to be heard.

How to find the right investors for your startup

This first part of a three-part series explores understanding the investment thesis you fit into and identifying the right investors for your startup.

Pitch Deck Teardown: The perfect pitch deck

For this week's teardown, Haje buddied up with the team at Trulytell to improve a slide deck until it became the perfect pitch deck.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Smalls’ $19M Series B deck

The cat food industry is an extremely competitive market. So where does a company like Smalls fit in, and how does it know that it can continue growing?

5 questions emerging managers should ask before selecting LPs

Between accounting, deal sourcing, due diligence, fundraising and recruiting, starting your own fund can be a huge endeavor.

How to think about your competitor slide for your pitch deck

There's no such thing as a startup without competitors, but you need to know how to talk about them, including how you plan to exist alongside the competition.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Advice for laid-off techies, fintech flops, how to build a growth team

Depending on where you worked and what you did, you may already have the experience investors are looking for.

A Black YC alum explains how he raised $107M

Captain founder Demetrius Gray shares his best practices for networking across geographies, fine-tuning pitches and more.

Pitch Deck Teardown:’s $6M seed deck is a meeting tool designed for engineers to run stand-up meetings online. Here's the business plan the company shared with investors.

The Team Slide is the most important slide in a startup pitch deck

In the early stages of a company, a good story around a startup's team is crucial. Here's how to tell it.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Space tech predictions, startup IP strategy, finding feasible funding

Do you have IP counsel? Does your app have a UX protection strategy? Have you ever conducted an audit?
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