From multiple VCs I have heard this scenario:
Highly confident entrepreneur walks in the conference room, sits casually next to the VC rather opposite the table, leans back relaxed in the chair, rocking back and forth, savoring his coffee, suggests to do a different style of pitch, life is too short for boring pitch decks, let’s just have a more intimate and informal chat about the tech world at large and the entrepreneur’s specific venture in particular, the entrepreneur-investor relationship is all about dialogue, conversation, and exchange of ideas…
“Multiple VCs”, means 2 VCs, and both of them were women. (No, it was not the same entrepreneur).
This approach might be a bit too informal to work. Have your traditional pitch deck ready, and make things less formal if you sense the right dynamic in the meeting.
Originally published at www.slidemagic.com.