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Rehearsing for the Review

You didn’t and it shows

I was among the experts on a review panel to give feedback to founders about their five-minute investor pitch. Our comments included:

  • At the six-minute mark, the end of your talk was nowhere in sight.
  • I honestly don’t know what business you are in.
  • Almost every slide in your deck had at least three obvious typos.
  • The information on many of your slides was unrelated to what you were saying.
  • It’s difficult for me to have enthusiasm for your company when you don’t show any enthusiasm in talking about it

I don’t understand it.

Every moment that the experts spend on this trivia is a moment not spent giving you feedback that your roommate’s brother-in-law’s dog-walker could not.

Fix the easy stuff beforehand so we can help you with the hard stuff.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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