- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business School Press India Limited; Edition edition (27 November 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633690725
- ISBN-13: 978-1633690721
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams Paperback – 27 Nov 2015
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"That book, I think, does an excellent job of covering a good framework for how to do a presentation," -- Brad Feld, co-founder of Techstars, and managing director of the Foundry Group; as seen in Inc. ADVANCE PRAISE for Get Backed: "Telling the right story in a compelling way is the key to connecting with your audience. In Get Backed, Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis show how to craft your message to build the relationships that will sustain your business (and maybe your life too)." --Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte Design; author, slide:ology and HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations "When entrepreneurs start with just a dream, they need a great story to grab investors' attention. Get Backed shows how to turn a pitch deck into the stuff of legends." --Thomas R. Eisenmann, Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School "When I gave my first pitch as founder of 3Com, Steve Jobs insisted I buy an Apple II to run VisiCalc to produce my pre-PowerPoint 35mm deck! Needless to say, things have come a long way since then. For the modern era, Get Backed is the definitive guide for crafting your pitch and raising capital for your venture." --Bob Metcalfe, cofounder, 3Com "Get Backed is the essential guide to launching a company--not only raising money, but also raising relationships. If you're a founder or an entrepreneur, this book has the tools you need to succeed." --Adam Grant, Professor of Management, the Wharton School; New York Times bestselling author, Give and Take "This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to raise money and build genuine relationships with investors." --David Cohen, cofounder and Managing Partner, Techstars "The best way to solve the world's most pressing problems is to start a company. This book shows you how." --John Mackey, cofounder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; coauthor, Conscious Capitalism "The ability to get a startup funded is a crucial test for a founder. It pulls together all of the larger requirements of the job--crafting a clear vision, laying out a clear execution path, and cultivating relationships above money. Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis have created a field guide to help the best founders get the funding they deserve for their disruptive ideas." --Mike Maples Jr., cofounder and Partner, Floodgate; investor, Twitter "Even the best business plan will fail if you can't pitch it well. Read this book to make sure you can." --Blake Masters, cofounder, Judicata; coauthor (with Peter Thiel), Zero to One "Successful companies grow out of strong communities. This guide helps you raise friends, partners, and investors--the ultimate community to make your venture succeed." --Tommy Leep, Chief Connector, Rothenberg Ventures "Founders envision how the world can be different--and invite others to join that vision by telling stories of hope, failure, triumph, and a better future. Get Backed is the definitive primer on how founders ought to tell these stories." --James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College; author, Desiring the Kingdom "Finally, a book by people who have actually done it! Get Backed is a staple for any startup library. It was our handbook for raising capital for our venture--and it will do the same for you!" --Laura and Ben Harrison, cofounders, Jonas Paul Eyewear
About the Author
Evan Baehr is cofounder of Able, a venture-backed financial services company helping fund the Fortune 5 Million—the millions of small businesses across the United States. Previously he was cofounder of Outbox, a venture-backed start-up aiming to disrupt the US Postal Service. He’s run or supported capital campaigns raising hundreds of millions of dollars, including the second largest raise in angel-investor history, and worked for legendary investor Peter Thiel. Evan is also a Venture Partner with Startup Runner Capital.
Evan Loomis cofounded and launched Treehouse, the “Whole Foods version of Home Depot,” a home-improvement store in Austin, Texas. He started his career on Wall Street as an investment banker and then as the COO of an angel investment group called Wedgwood Circle, a national angel investment group that seeks to inject goodness, truth, and beauty into the art and entertainment industries. Through these he raised millions of dollars from over thirty angel investors and venture capital firms. His newest venture is Startup Runner Capital, a venture that funds and builds early-stage companies with scalable, repeatable business models.
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What to do, what not to do and how to do it. The book covers the deck, the pitch, the relationship generation and the eventual closing of the commitments.
Of particular value is the insight gained from the presentation of a number of recent pitch decks to investors, how they were received and the behind the scenes commentary from the creators themselves.
If you are in a startup, starting one or running one, please give this book a go.