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Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams

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Get Backed isn’t just about startup fundraising. It’s a handbook for anyone who has an idea and needs to build relationships to get it off the ground.

Over the last 3 years, entrepreneurs Evan Loomis and Evan Baehr have raised over $45 million for their own ventures, including the second largest round on the fundraising platfor
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Jose Papo
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book should be considered a must read for all new entrepreneurs. New business development and new product development teams inside corporations also should read it. The book talks and explains all details about how to build a pitch deck. It also describes fundraising strategies and funding sources. With chapters like "The Building Blocks of a Pitch Deck", "Story", "Design", Överview of Funding Sources" and others this book certainly will live side by side with startup classics like "The Fou ...more
Kieran Mathew
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thorough, tactical, actionable
Brandon Stiver
Very helpful book. I am not really an entrepreneur of any sort, but was recommended this book from coworkers in our start-up non-profit that really enacts a lot of the concepts and approaches found in this book. It definitely teaches a lot of the ins and outs of getting your enterprise off the ground and the framing of it all is really encouraging. I think that business and venture capital can get a bad wrap (sometimes for good reason), this book really approaches enterprise from the point of vi ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why this book was written: To give startups a crisp idea on how to pitch and 'get backed' in a format that is a pitch itself.

Synopsis: The book walks you through best cases on preparing, delivering and closing investor pitches in the best possible way with practical examples and demonstrations. The cool thing is it is incredibly practical and include things like opening AngelList profiles and standard email templates.

Highlights: Lays out a detailed pitch structure that is sure to help founders
Kyle Bjorkman
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book for getting an overview of each aspect of the fundraising process. The first half of the book provides general information on developing a presentation or specifically "a pitch deck". The second half gives an overview of how to go out and get the funds your startup needs. Love how it focuses on building meaningful relationships over $.

If you are looking for an overly detailed book about the process of fundraising, this is not the book you are looking for. However, it does an excellent
Andrea Puente
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Great book and a must follow through list of the basics in getting yourself in a pitching mindset. The author shows an excellent array of examples for each of the ideas discussed, but doesn’t really dwell on the specifics. Overall, a good introductory text that every member in a startup team should read.
Radek Husek
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a category solely "a guide to raise capital" it would get 5 out of 5 for the presented content, maybe -1 for the length.

However, as a reviewed book, I did not feel completely satisfied with some of the aspects of writing and also the choice for topics in the book. For example, the book totally omitted anything about financial model which is also a crucial thing for raising capital.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
it was okay, the authors got their hands on a few decks and used them as examples throughout the book. It had many online and offline business decks, it wasn't 'deep' in explaining things, and seemed a bit too simple. Not bad, but not an comprehensive resource either. ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this insiders look on startups. The section on deck building is something I’ll take when creating presentation slides. The back half of the book gave use cases of different startups and the methods used to retrieve funding. Great read would recommend to any budding entrepreneur.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Great guide to developing and presenting a funding or venture capital deck and pitch. Clear, concise instruction and recommendations for creating a deck that tells the story of a start up or new product.
Sanjay Kr
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pitching made easy

Best book if you want to know how to pitch in the right way! I highly recommend this book to all the entrepreneur.
Nelson Monteith
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're raising money for an endeavor, this is an absolute must. ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Maybe there could be less deck examples and more details.
At any rate, one of the best books I have read.
Dominic Gadoury
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for anyone looking to start a new venture and get financial and informational supports. Easy to consumer and understand for anyone looking to have a successful startup of any kind.
Andrew Canavan
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really excellent and practical for anyone with fundraising responsibilities, even well outside the realm of for-profit ventures.
Jake Deneui
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible read for anyone looking for solid advice on how to network, whether for your startup or just building your own personal network. So many great pieces of advice and information!
Ollin Ruiz
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book it literally tells you how to set up the best keynote of your life
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must for startups

It helped me make my 1st pitch deck for my startup; it gives a heads up to build an impressive deck to start with
Ryzal Yusoff
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The most practical book on pitching, build a perfect pitch deck and fundraising! I knew that this book would be brilliant (even before I bought it) after seeing Evan Loomis live video on Facebook where he was teachinghis class. The way he teach was so amazingly novel which lead me to buy this book and read it.

What’s brilliant about this book is the fact that it includes all the topics that you should know about pitching, building pitch deck & fundraising, from how to craft & tell your story, pr
Greg Loughnane
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This book dispels the myth of the business plan and provides you with concrete how-to advice about putting together a killer pitch deck, getting out into the world, and making your business happen (i.e., getting backed). It puts you in the shoes of budding, growth-stage, and mature entrepreneurs, and also of the people that help them turn their business into reality. Lastly, it provides an incredible crash course in the basics of startup financing (e.g., accelerators, cro
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Skim-read an advance copy. This is a great business resource. It's relatively easy to provide an inspiring account of personal success with the implicit directive to readers being, "You too can be successful like me if you're willing to work hard and take chances!" Starting something requires more than inspiration, however. It requires careful thought and action on a whole range of topics that the inspired would-be entrepreneur has to take seriously before he/she will be taken seriously by custo ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For anyone expected to create a ‘pitch deck’ for their idea, but has no idea how to do it, like me, I highly recommend this super practical how to guide with lots of explicit instructions, samples, and explanations. If you don’t need to make pitch decks or already know how, feel free to skip.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You have the pitch fine tuned, so what are the best ways of funding your venture? Part II of Get Backed is a brief, to the point instruction on evaluation of different sources of funding: from the rich relative to crowdfunding. You will also learn how an angel investor is different from a VC firm and which one is better suited for you.

Elliott Garber
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun and easy read that inspires while also providing concrete advice on raising money to start a business. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in gaining the support of others in ventures of any kind.
Megan McDonald
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly helpful info on presentation decks, and the process of getting funding for a startup.
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Evan Baehr is the cofounder of Able, a tech company committed to growing the "fortune five million"--small businesses around the United States--with collaborative, low-interest loans. He's worked at the White House, a hedge fund, and Facebook and is a graduate of Princeton, Yale, and Harvard Business School. ...more

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