A dozen of the best start-up pitches on the Web
One of the best ways to prepare yourself to pitch your company is to watch other people pitch theirs. Here are a dozen of the best “start-up” pitches I could find (watching people pitch established companies is, in general, not as much fun ). Watch and learn! (PS Post any other good ones I may have missed in the comments and I will add them to the post.)
#1 – Sam Altman pitches Loopt at the WWDC 2008. Epic pitch.
#2 – Omar Hamoui pitches AdMob. $0 to $750 million in three years. Not bad…
#3 – Evan Williams talks about Twitter at TED. Great story about the power of taking on side projects and following hunches.
#4 – Yext presenting at this year’s TechCrunch50. A slightly crazy presentation but the proof’s in the pudding. They’re doing $20 million in annual revenue and just raised $25 from IVP.
#5 – Cafe Press‘s “Lesson Learned” pitch. No video here (unfortunately), just slides. But powerful slides. Like “8-digit term sheet” kinda powerful slides.
#6 – Drew Houston launches Dropbox at TechCrunch50 (2008). A year later Dropbox has 2 million accounts. For a 25 year old Drew’s one hell of a presenter.
#7 – Hey, just because it’s not a business doesn’t mean it’s not a start-up! Us businessfolks can learn a ton from how politicians sell themselves and get people to buy into their vision. Here’s a great example (Obama’s speech after the New Hampshire primary):
And another (Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” speech). Gotta balance the left and the right…
#8 – Aaron Patzer launches Mint at TechCrunch40 (they won top prize). Notice how he immediately gets you hooked by talking about something that’s important to everyone (money).
#9 – Kevin Rose demos Digg…in 2004.
#10 – OK, so these aren’t all startup pitches. But this is Steve Freaking Jobs we’re talking about. “Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” How can I not include him in this list?
#11- David Sacks launches Yammer at TechCrunch50 2008 (they won top prize).
#12 – Michael Pritchard demoing Lifesaver. Make no mistake. A killer start-up pitch can save lives.
BONUS #1 – OK, a couple of funny ones too. The Tonchidot presentation from TechCrunch 2008 is straight hilarious:
As is Ali G pitching the “Ice Cream Glove”:
BONUS #2 – The best article I’ve read on pitching to investors. And a great video from Dave McClure on the same topic. And one more thrown in for good measure (“How To Demo Your Startup”).
BONUS #3 – Not sick of pitches yet? Check out the links below. Some are good, some are bad and some are downright ugly. You’ve been warned!