Q: What do you expect to see from an entrepreneur whom you don’t know or have a casual introduction to before scheduling time to listen to a pitch? A one-pager? A complete powerpoint? A classic business plan or a casual one?
A: (Brad) While everyone is a little different, I’m pretty simple. Optimally, I’d like something to play around with (e.g. a simple web site or software demo / prototype.) If the company is pre-web site / demo, then a short executive summary is always better than a ppt for me – I’d rather read what the person thinks, than try to interpret it from a ppt. However, I’m happy to get a ppt of any length since I’ll just page through it quickly. I’m also happy to just get a couple of paragraphs describing the business and the background of the people involved as I can usually decide from there whether it’s something I would be interested in spending more time on.
I have no interest in seeing a business plan or a financial model for an early stage company pre first pitch.