Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dave McClure is Awesome

I had this image of him as Silicon Valley's foul-mouthed joker, a sort of VC version of Howard Stern if you will. Not someone whose opinions or advice were respected. Sure he had worked his way into the Silicon Valley elite, but it was probably a mix of self-promotion and being in the right place at the right time. I couldn't have been more wrong.

I just watched his "How to Pitch a VC (aka Startup Viagra: How to Give a VC a Hard-On)," and I was blown away (in keeping with my new "no hyperlinks" policy, the link is at the bottom). Of the dozens of presentations out there on the topic, this the best I've seen. Every entrepreneur thinking about raising venture capital should watch it. Hell, even if you're not an entrepreneur you should watch it; many of his points are valid for any type of pitch presentation from sales to job interviews to biz dev partnerships. For examples: always lead with a single "splash page" slide that leaves the audience with an image of what you are about, because that might be the only slide you get to show.

Watch if you haven't already:


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