Pitch Deck Lessons Learned from 200 Startups

Matt Trustrum, an Startup Advisor and Angel Investor working in Stockholm, London and Sydney shared with me Tech Crunch’s Lessons From A Study of Perfect Pitch Decks.

DocSend and Professor Tom Eisenmann of Harvard Business School studied the fundraising efforts of 200 startups that successfully raised Seed Money and a subsequent Series A round of funding.

Visit https://docsend.com/view/p8jxsqr to see the full report.

Pitch Deck Lessons Learned from 200 Startups

Pitch Deck Lessons Learned from 200 Startups
DocSend – What we learned from 200 Startups who raised $360 M

The key takeaways were –

  • The companies pitched on average to 40 investors.
  • Each investor meeting last about 3 1/2 minutes.
  • The average pitch deck was less than 20 pages.
  • The top pages viewed in the deck were financials, team and competition.

It is not about more meetings or more information – it is about clearly conveying your message clearly and succinctly to capture the investors attention. If your pitch is longer than 3 minutes, then it needs work!

Beth Susanne is a seasoned international pitch, business strategy coach and human resource advisor, for international technology start-ups interested in US market entry (Silicon Valley) and global expansion.

Coaches startups, to pitch successfully to investors, clients and potential partners,and access strategic resources that help to quickly adapt their service/product to the US & global market.


I’m a Pitch Coach for entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and conference speakers. I help clients get funded, build the right team, gain market share, and be launched. My clients have doubled and tripled in size in one to 3 years, and have won up to $1.6 billion worth of projects, and raised millions of dollars in seed funding.

“Beth Susanne is the person entrepreneurs call when they want to learn how to exude confidence before meeting with a group of Silicon Valley investors.” Vivian Giang, Business Insider, 2013

An effective pitch gets you in with potential investors faster – and faster matters.

Pitch Coach/Kauffman FastTrak Facilitator for European & Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs/Enterprises