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Craft your pitch deck around ‘that one thing that can really hook an investor’ – 98bmp

Michelle Davey’s pitch to Jordan Nof of Tusk Ventures about Wheel, a startup focused on providing a full suite of virtual care solutions to clinicians, was front-loaded with early metrics. It may not be standard practice to start with the numbers, especially early on, but she explained to us why she chose that strategy — and Nof told us why it worked. Davey and Nof joined us on a recent […]

todayAugust 6, 2021 1


Hear Startup Alley companies pitch expert VC judges on the next episode of Extra Crunch Live – 98bmp

We know how much you love a good startup pitch-off. Who doesn’t? It combines the thrill of live, high-stakes entertainment with learning about the hottest new thing. Plus, you get to hear feedback from some of the smartest folks in the industry, thus learning how to absolutely crush it at your next pitch meeting with a VC. With all that in mind, we’re introducing a special summer edition of Extra Crunch […]

todayJuly 24, 2021 1


How pitch training can help startups get their story right – 98bmp

When you hire a marketing consultant, you don’t necessarily expect to wind up discussing your life’s purpose. Yet, that is what Spanish marketing expert and entrepreneur Alex Barrera often ends up doing with startup founders who hire him to help improve their pitch. They think they are going to get help convincing investors, and they do, but the byproduct of the process is that they reframe their startup’s vision. In […]

todayJuly 18, 2021 5


SEO for 2021, pitch tactics, reviews and more – 98bmp

Google favors large sites more than ever, basically because it is trying to avoid providing misinformation in our polarized age. But sometimes the small sites have key new information — like the content that your startup is trying to share with the world. How can you stand out in the right search results, as algorithms continue to change? Growth marketing expert Mark Spera writes that AI-driven content generators, careful trend tracking, […]

todayJuly 17, 2021 5


How Retail Zipline’s Series A pitch deck ticked every box for Emergence Capital – 98bmp

Melissa Wong spent more than a decade working for major retail brands before founding Retail Zipline. That kind of outrageous advantage — a complete understanding of the industry — is something that investors struggle to resist in a vertical SaaS company. At least, according to Emergence Capital investor Lotti Siniscalco. Wong and Siniscalco joined us on a recent episode of Extra Crunch Live and went into detail on why Emergence […]

todayJuly 12, 2021 2


Video pitch decks, Didi’s regulatory struggles, Nothing CEO interview – 98bmp

The numbers don’t lie. According to DocSend, the average pitch deck is reviewed for just three minutes. And if you think a senior VC is studying the presentation your team crafted for months as if it were a Fabergé egg — well, you might be disappointed. Even if you are lucky enough to land a meeting, it’s more likely that a junior person went through your pitch and ran it […]

todayJuly 7, 2021 3


Investor Marlon Nichols and Wonderschool’s Chris Bennett on getting to the point with a pitch deck – 98bmp

Before our conversation on Extra Crunch Live, Marlon Nichols dropped a bomb on me. The MaC Venture Capital founding managing partner hadn’t actually seen Wonderschool’s original pitch deck before investing in the remote education startup. Our conversation with the company’s CEO, Chris Bennett was the first time he’d been through the seed-stage deck. Their partnership was a bit of Silicon Valley luck, good timing and some old fashioned networking. “He […]

todayJune 22, 2021 3


Pitch us, Pittsburgh – 98bmp

We’re getting closer to putting our spotlight on Pittsburgh, and there’s quite a bit going on behind the scenes. We’ve been spending a ton of time chatting with folks who are on the ground in the city, and we’ve had a great time learning and listening, which we think will make this installment of our Spotlight series the most dynamic yet. As we share more details on who will be participating, […]

todayJune 10, 2021 7


Founder and investor Melissa Bradley outlines how to nail your virtual pitch meeting – 98bmp

Melissa Bradley wears many hats. She’s the co-founder of a startup called Ureeka, an investor at 1863 Ventures, and a professor at Georgetown’s business school. So it’s not an understatement to say that she understands the fundraising process from every angle. And moreover, she has both invested and fundraised for her own startup during this last year, where the landscape has shifted drastically. At 98bmp Early Stage, she led a […]

todayApril 9, 2021 1