Do You Need a Powerpoint Deck for a VC Meeting?

A large part of my series has been outlining what the typical VC PowerPoint presentation should look like.  Some readers have commented that in today’s world you shouldn’t even need a PowerPoint presentation – in this era you should always just demo your product.  They’re partially right. I also recently wrote a post about a company that came in for a presentation and never even got the slides out or presented a demo.  I called the meeting a 10/10 because we had a great 90-minute discussion in which we had great rapport. So is the PowerPoint deck passé?  Can you just show up without one?  Short answer – ‘no.’  You need to be prepared for the “Triple Play.”


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Mark Suster 

Mark Suster is a 2x entrepreneur and an investor. He joined Upfront Ventures in 2007 as a General Partner after selling his company Koral to He focuses on early-stage technology companies.

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