24 Aug Early Pitch Decks Of 10 Startups Before They Became Billion-Dollar Companies
See the early pitch decks of unicorn companies, including LinkedIn (before it had a dime of revenue) and Buzzfeed when it had just 2.5M monthly page views.
Notching a billion-dollar valuation as a private tech company is hard, exiting at one is even harder. For nearly all the most valuable investor-backed companies in tech, nailing a pitch to early potential investors, recruits, and customers was a step on the journey. As Bill Gurley of Benchmark noted in his defense of the pitch deck:
“Investors are not solely evaluating your company’s story. They are also evaluating your ability to convey that story.”
So we compiled the early decks of 10 private or exited companies valued in the billions of dollars. These include the decks of pre-revenue LinkedIn and a then-smallish-site named Buzzfeed, when it was registering just 2.5M monthly page views. Would you have invested in the vision they were pitching?
AIRBNB, CURRENT VALUATION: $29.3B
APPNEXUS, CURRENT VALUATION: $2.2B
BUZZFEED, CURRENT VALUATION: $1.7B
LINKEDIN, BOUGHT BY MICROSOFT FOR $26.2B IN 2016
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Read the full article at Research Briefs.