17 Mistakes Startups Make with Their Investor Pitch Deck


Orrick’s Technology and Life Sciences Sector Leader Don Keller co-authored an article in Forbes with Richard Harroch, an Orrick alum now serving as Managing Director and Global Head of M&A at VantagePoint Capital Partners. The article outlines common mistakes to avoid when preparing an investor pitch deck, such as not articulating how big the market opportunity is for the company. The authors note: “The pitch deck has to convince investors that there is a real and significant market where the company can capture a meaningful stake.” Another common mistake startups should avoid is not showing the company’s progress. “Investors want to see that there is already some existing traction and usually avoid investing in just an ‘idea’.”