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Get Backed: Craft Your Story, Build the Perfect Pitch Deck, and Launch the Venture of Your Dreams Paperback – November 17, 2015
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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 companynot 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 jobcrafting 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 investorsthe ultimate community to make your venture succeed.”
Tommy Leep, Chief Connector, Rothenberg Ventures
Founders envision how the world can be differentand 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 ventureand it will do the same for you!”
Laura and Ben Harrison, cofounders, Jonas Paul Eyewear
About the Author
Evan Loomis loves helping startups launch and raise capital, mentoring entrepreneurs through Techstars and Praxis. He heads up Corporate Strategy at Corinthian Health Services, and is the Founder of Tradecraft, a venture fund and consultancy for high growth businesses. His first startup was TreeHouse, a first-of-its-kind home improvement store specializing in performance and design. Evan also cofounded a national angel investment group called Wedgwood Circle. Evan got his start on Wall Street after graduating from Texas A&M University. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Brandi, and their son, Ward.
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Where this book truly shines is in the “Actual Pitch Decks” chapter (page 73). These decks have raised well over $100 million, and the founders' commentary makes it feel like you're reading a secret playbook for successful entrepreneurs. Why struggle for years in the trenches, trying to get your fledgling startup off the ground, when you can raise all the money (and friends) you need to prosper? After reading this book, it seems much easier (and wiser) to do the latter. One of the authors tells a personal story about how he raised over $2 million in a month for his idea. Not his business… his IDEA. I shudder to think of how many of my own ideas never got anywhere, simply because I didn’t know how to raise money. Now I know.
If you’re wondering how to take your Lean Startup to the next level, this book might just be the answer you're looking for.
Definitely buy the physical copy!!! The Kindle version is fine, but you'll be missing out on 50% of the value if you don't have the actual book.
I see a few student reviews on here. This book is not for you. This book is most valuable if you're actually building a company and in the middle of raising a funding round. For people who are not in that position, I get that it can be fun to learn this stuff but you'll be better off spending your time gaining experience.
If you're a student who enjoyed reading the book, then here's a challenge.
Take the insights from the book and create your own Personal Pitch Deck (treat yourself as a startup seeking investment). Then find 10 growing startups you'd like to work for and pitch them on yourself. The pitch deck will blow away all the boring resumes hiring managers come across. This is an ideal tactic for either landing the unpaid internship or entry-level position with minimal relevant experience.
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If you are in a startup, starting one or running one, please give this book a go.