Design Aesthetics for Presentations

Design Aesthetics for Presentations

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5 Tips for Better Presentation Design   Do you remember sitting through those long boring presentations back in your college days when you just couldn’t wait for the lecture to end? Yes, we do too. Those are the kind of presentations with way too much text and a limited amount of visuals, the ones with a boring layout and lack of any design aesthetics. Yes, these are the ones which need to be avoided. So what does it take for a presentation to be professional? Let’s look at the Design Aesthetics to follow for presentations. In every Powerpoint/Keynote presentation, there are 2 important elements. They are Content and Design. Both these elements are equally important, hence make sure that one doesn’t overpower the other. In order to maintain that balance,…
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Walmart – Flipkart Group Investor Pitch Deck

Walmart – Flipkart Group Investor Pitch Deck

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    World's biggest E-commerce deal valued at $16 billion sealed!! Walmart acquired 77% of Flipkart's stake.   Do you know why it happened? US e-commerce giant Amazon announced that they would invest $3 billion in India. Walmart is already very well known for their robust retail operation processes.                                                                           Note: We don't own this Presentation.     How would Indians benefit from this? Indian online consumers would soon be inundated and there will be much to look forward to with a variety of shopping options. Walmart is known for its extremely low prices, and…
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Who Is An Angel Investor?

Who Is An Angel Investor?

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  The definition of an Angel Investor is an individual who invests their own money in an entrepreneurial company.       In the recent years, a growing number of individuals have started seeking for better returns on their money that what they can get from traditional investment methods. There has also been a rise in startups seeking for investment and thus a lot of people have opted to become angel investors to try to earn money via this method.   It might be hard to believe, but most angels are NOT millionaires. They typically earn between 60k - 100k USD per year.   Angels could be professionals such as doctors, lawyers; business associates such as customers, suppliers and executives; and even other entrepreneurs. Unlike venture capitalists and bankers, many…
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What Investors Want To Know About The Founder And The Company?

What Investors Want To Know About The Founder And The Company?

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Your investor could be a banker, VC’s or angels - but pitching an idea to either could be quite intimidating. If you need some input on what they want to know about you, you will have to put yourself in their shoes. Here are 5 of the most important things they are looking for.       1. Industry Experience and Background. Investors are looking for experience entrepreneurs who have already made and learnt from their mistakes. No one wants and slip-ups happening on their dime. Be ready to have your background and experience investigated. And make sure what you tell them about your past matches with what they have already found out. Don’t lie about things that would make you look stupid. No investor wants an untrustworthy entrepreneur.  …
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What is ‘Seed Capital’?

What is ‘Seed Capital’?

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  The initial capital used while starting a business is known as Seed Capital. It often comes from the founders’ personal assets, from relatives or friends, and is used to cover up initial operating expenses to attract venture capitalists. Seed funding is often obtained in exchange of equity stakes in the enterprise. It is often seen as a risk by banks and venture capital investors and many might wait until the business is more established before making any larger investments.   A Breakdown of 'Seed Capital'     The stages involved in financial startups is seed capital, venture capital, mezzanine funding and an initial public offering. Seed Capital is usually provided for market research, prototype production, product development, or any other early stage operations.   Factors that help determine how…
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An Elevator Pitch For Dummies

An Elevator Pitch For Dummies

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  An elevator pitch, is as its name suggests, is a brief introduction with which you can share your expertise and credentials quickly and effectively with people who don't know you; which should be about as long as it would take for you to reach your floor in an elevator. Which is a really, really short duration of time. Blabbing on won’t do you any good because your potential investor will be gone before you get to the best part. You need a fool-proof pitch that gives the precise details in a ridiculously short span of time - in an appealing way.       So, that brings us to the HOW?   How do you approach making your very own elevator pitch.   Here’s how.   1. Be Brief.…
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Making a Pitch – The Art of Storytelling

Making a Pitch – The Art of Storytelling

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What is the world without a little imagination, and what is a person without a story. Investors get bored at the beginning of most pitches, because usually; the slides look drab, the presenter drags on about boring stuff and no one is keen on listening to their 100th blah pitch of the day. What really catches the investor’s attention, is something fresh, something that they can relate to. So, how do we present our idea in a way that doesn’t completely suck?     Your best bet would be to narrate your pitch as a story, an interesting mix where your product is the hero that saves the world from the supervillian.   This is how you could approach the narrative:   1. Identify the problem that your product is…
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A Basic Layout For Standard Pitch Deck

A Basic Layout For Standard Pitch Deck

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If you’re planning to raise money for your business, it is essential to have an impressive pitch deck as a key component in your fundraising toolkit. A great pitch deck excites the potential investors about your idea and stimulates and engages them in a conversation about your business, and hopefully leading to an investment. The following slides will give you an idea about the content flow in your presentation to create the pursuasive and engaging deck that you need to impress your investors.   1. Company Name NOTE: Any detail which is missing out from your company while answering the questions in the pitch deck, please make sure to mention why is it missing. In case it’s not applicable for your business then just mention ‘NA’. It would be great…
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Best Fonts To Use For Your Pitch

Best Fonts To Use For Your Pitch

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  In school, we were encouraged to write in beautiful and legible handwriting. In today’s technology, we work on computers and the internet provides us with a wide variety of fonts. Some fonts, though very appealing, could be difficult to read and can cause a strain on your eyes. It is also important to use fonts that look professional in your Pitch.   Here are a few fonts that would make your pitch easy to read and look interesting.     1. Lukasz, the designer of the font, con­ceived this type as a set of cor­po­rate fonts for a large client but in the end decided to go in dif­fer­ent styl­is­tic direc­tion. He used clas­si­cal pro­por­tions to give the let­ter­forms a touch of har­mony and ele­gance.The feeling of warmth is…
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What Is A Bad Pitch Deck

What Is A Bad Pitch Deck

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  We often try to figure ways to make our Pitch Decks better. However, we overlook the mistakes we make and don’t realise when our Pitch Decks’ are not good enough to be presented. A bad pitch deck is one that does not serve it’s purpose. Here is how you can tell if your Presentation fits the bill or will go down in the books of the top subpar or horrible Pitch Decks your Investor has seen.     1. Bad Design In order to beautify your Presentation, one must first understand what a ‘BAD DESIGN’ is. Using colors do not go well together is the worst thing you could do for your Pitch Deck. Using a good color palate is very important as it sets the mood of the…
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