I have been waiting to write this post for a long time. There are a great deal many resources on the web for entrepreneurs looking to learn, such as Hacker News, Andrew Warner’s Mixergy, and Eric Ries’s Lean Startup Blog. However, I have always felt there was a gap in the the resources that really would help an upstart. Having a really good base Excel model, fully built, and flexible (think Basecamp but for your financial/ operational model), would be extremely helpful.
Another resource I have always wanted to see were the actual decks which were used to get companies funded. For obvious reasons, those are pretty hard at which to get a look. Now that I am three years on from the initial funding of IMSafer, I have decided that I would post the slides that we used when we went out to raise angel funding. Beyond just throwing the slides over the wall, as part of my community book The Failing Point, I have an entire essay dedicated to the content of the slides, and what it means with regard to putting together a long form business plan.
These are the actual slides, with no edits, save a few names removed for privacy reasons. Please send questions. Don’t be afraid to ask. They biggest take away most of you will have is that there is no magic bullet for content, but there is good form to follow, and more than anything, at this early a stage, investors are backing people first, ideas second, slide content third.