On Wednesday evening, I was lucky enough to speak at the VC Demo Day at AOL in NYC. In a reversal of roles, venture funds pitched to entrepreneurs in five minutes and four slides or less.
It was a bit nerve-racking to be on the other side of a pitch, but fun to understand the pressure and excitement that founders undergo when pitching at such a rapid pace.
In building the story for the Redpoint pitch, I wanted to answer the question why an entrepreneur should work with us. As with any service business, a venture capital firm can differentiate only using the experiences of the partnership, the portfolio of past experience and investment theses/expertise. And in such a short time, I decided to highlight the portfolio as a way of demonstrating expertise and theses. I’ve embedded the slides below.
As I spend more time in NYC, now about 5 to 10 days per month, I am impressed by the very different flavor of startups and the pace of innovation as young-bloods pour out of established media, advertising and financial houses to mix with engineers from all over. We hope to continue helping the NYC community to flourish.