By Mark Suster on February 1, 2010
Most people suck at presenting to big groups. It’s a shame because the ability to nail these presentations at key conferences can be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to influence journalists, business partners, potential employees, customers and VCs.
By marksuster on June 20, 2009
I see a minimum of 3-5 pitches per week and often I see up to 10. I also have raised more than $40 million as an entrepreneur and CEO across multiple rounds of venture capital in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. That means that I have probably pitched maybe 120 investors and received 20 “yes” answers and nearly 100 “no’s.” Well, actually, VCs never really tell you “no”, they just tell you, “interesting. It’s a bit early for us. Call us back when you have a bit more traction.” Which basically means, “No. But just in case you get big against all odds, please come back and see us since I didn’t tell you no.”