Dear SaaStr: Do VCs Like Short, Teaser Pitch Decks?

I can tell you I don’t.  Send the full deck.  At least, send enough of it so I already want to invest by the time I’ve read it.

The average VC receives 500+ decks a year, maybe more.  Why will your 2–3 slide “teaser” deck stand out? 99% of the time, it won’t.

Think of it from that perspective.  Raising capital is sales.  It’s selling stock, but it’s sales.  Is a short deck, light on details, really the best way to put your best foot forward?

What will is a deck detailed enough to present the entire story in a very compelling format.

What most VCs don’t have enough of is time. Not enough time to hear 500+ pitches.

Make the deck stand on its own. Make the deck so compelling, the VC already wants to invest before the first meeting.

Don’t listen to folks who tell you send a “teaser”. Very few folks have time for that. Unless you already have an insanely proven team. In which case the team itself is the pitch anyway. And even there — send more detail.

More here:

5 Things That Can Make a Good VC Pitch Deck … Great

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