How to Pitch Venture Capital Investors as a Young Entrepreneur

Q: How can a young entrepreneur get respect from the older Venture Capital community during a pitch?

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18 Comments on “How to Pitch Venture Capital Investors as a Young Entrepreneur”

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  2. I have watched many pitches and many people are not prepared to tell how their idea can make money. Many think things will go "viral". That thinking is not good enough. Regarding the person in the video, he has a chip on his shoulder because he is young but we all have things that make us different or even weird. I see him as a complainer. He needs to team up with others who are more seasoned or have industry experience. It is not his age that is hurting him, it is his immaturity and thinking that people owe him something. Gary, you always say do what you are good at and forget the rest. He needs to self reflect and do what he is good at and team up with others on the things he is not good at. I have worked in health care for several years and being condescending toward those you want to do business with you will get you walked to the front door very quickly.

  3. Great answer to this young guy! I am 65 years young and get no respect because I am old. Ha Ha…..From your favorite baby boomer in Arizona. Keep up the great work you are doing Gary V.

  4. Selling to people who want to buy. Just such an important lesson I've learned (again) over the past few months. I've come from a background where I was in the trenches and part of a team responsible for branding and creating products that promoted other products and services as well as using what I've learned to create my own brands but stopping to learn "what am I selling and why would they want to buy this" really flipped my perspective and taught how to build something that people actually cared for and to use the energy I was using to build those products more effectively. Really revisiting the Lean Startup Methodology really gave me a framework within thinking about this helped as well.

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