The Dos and Dont's of Pitching to VCs

  • October 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Monday, October 14th from 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Karlin Ventures

Fundraising is a grueling process for entrepreneurs. We will elaborate on this process from the VC’s perspective, but also share insights into what investors are looking for, how to prepare for pitch meetings, and, more importantly, what not to do when meeting them. We’ll get into specific tips on what to include (and exclude) from your pitch decks all the way to the subtle nuances to be aware of when fundraising.

Student Takeaways:
Understand how the fundraising process works
Key mistakes to avoid when meeting with VCs
What VCs look for in meetings
How investment decisions are made

About the Instructor:
TZ Zhuo is the Managing Partner of Karlin Ventures. He started an online textbook retail company while in college. He worked for Endeavors, a seed stage venture fund and then for McKinsey & Co. He received his M.B.A from Stanford and BA from Wesleyan University.

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  • william

    great meet up, i would love to get the slides they used?

    October 17, 2013

    • Kat

      William! they're posted in the Files link under More.

      1 · October 18, 2013

    • william

      great thanks kat ! any news on their office hours they're going to do?

      October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure how many have seen this, but I found this very helpful - Reid Hoffman's LinkedIn Series B pitch to Greylock:
    http://reidhoffman.org/linkedin-pitch-to-greylock/

    And found this to be very relevant to the discussion at the Meetup:
    http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131015161834-1213-what-i-wish-i-knew-before-pitching-linkedin-to-vcs?trk=tod-home-art-list-large_0

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My top 3 takeaways from yesterday:
    1- You don't need more than $50K to get a MVP up and running. A simple demo of a working app is 10x more effective than any pitch deck.
    2- Find a VC that is a right fit for YOUR product or the industry you are trying to change. Get Feedback even if it doesn't work out. Don't ask for money but give them a value proposition on why you think they'd be a good strategic partner for your Product.
    3- To get inside the "circle of trust" as Robert De Niro in Meet the Fockers calls it, get Referrals Referrals Referrals.

    Thanks to both TX and Averteen for their valuable insight. Does anyone know when the link to the deck will be sent out or posted?

    3 · October 15, 2013

  • Chris

    I was very pleased with the evening. Kudos...

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Susan M.

    This was helpful. As an angel, I thought it was good information and pitched perfectly.

    1 · October 15, 2013

  • Charles C.

    I provide low cost and high performance tech solutions for start-up projects. My email: [masked]

    October 7, 2013

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