I love working with companies of all sizes. From startups to corporates coaching and speaking on business development and effective presentation skills.
Working with startups and growing businesses to focus on the processes and mindset that can take their businesses to the next level.
I have worked with a number of startups and growing founders in tech, fashion, education and finance to pitch their ideas for funding and partnerships. I have been the pitch coach for the last three years for Pitch to Rich, a pitching competition seeking funding from Richard Branson. I have also worked with accelerators including Wayra to prepare teams for elevator pitches, demo days and fundraisers.
The best time is when you realise you need extra funds to grow. When you realise it is beyond just bootstrapping and you believe it is something that can really scale
Not all decks are delivered in person so I would avoid comedy. If you are humourous and that's part of your delivery style to break the ice then ok, but I would focus on winning investor attention through the strength of your people, product and potential and not some joke
To be honest I think if you are starting a new job then it's best to avoid the loan as this will usually come up as part of the question. Here in the UK many banks or startup loan organisations will want to know that you are focusing on building the business and generating revenue in order to pay back the loan.
If you are going to get a job I suggest you focus on bootstrapping your business idea rather than getting a loan. You can't put your heart into both. Many have tried and end up living in regret.
It would depend on the investor but most I know would want to know
- traction. how many have signed up for the app
- team. the strength, experience and committment of the team to the project
- financials. know your numbers inside out. From simple projected revenue to churn to cost of acquistion
- market. what is the market potential and who is your competition