How to Create A Great Pitch Deck

by: | Jun 19, 2015

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what a good pitch deck looks like from the startups applying to the Innovation Fund. Here are a few of our favorite resources, amongst the great many you can find online.

A basic pitch deck should follow Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 rule – this ensure you include all the important elements of a pitch, without being overwhelming. If you’re looking for details on what should go on each page, one of our favorite posts about pitch decks is Pascal Finette’s What Every Entrepreneur Should Learn About Pitching.

That’s it, look no further.

If you already have a deck and need some inspiration to take it to the next level, the links below can help you fine tune your pitch (this is by no means a requirement for the Innovation Fund):

  • Nextview ventures has put together a fairly exhaustive slide deck template,

Innovation Fund Webinar Recap: Your Questions Answered

by: | Jun 15, 2015

Today, we hosted a webinar to answer entrepreneur questions about our Innovation Fund Open Call.

Below, we’ve summarized some of the broader questions we heard. In addition, we’ve included a link to the recording and meeting notes.

Should I apply?

If there is any doubt, yes! We define media very broadly.

Do I need a pitch deck?

Yes. It does not have to be fancy or complicated, but yes. We will be publishing a post this week with more details about what makes a good pitch deck.

Do we need to be in San Francisco? 

No. You can chose to participate in pitch opportunities (a.k.a. Demo Days), and you will be invited to the annual NMV Summit which offers opportunities to meet investors, customers, and the entrepreneurs in NMV’s portfolio.

For the full list of questions and answers,

Show Me the Money: Experts Share Advice On How To Get Your Startup Funded At #PDF15

by: | Jun 11, 2015

Last week, I moderated a panel on Funding Civic and Political Tech at PDF.  It was exciting to bring together 4 experienced for-profit investors and nonprofit grant-makers: Shaun Abrahamson (, Stacy Donohue (Omidyar Network), Mike Mathieu (FrontSeat), Ben Wirz (Knight Foundation). Together, we attempted to lift the veil on the often mysterious and frustrating process of fundraising.

First, we shared what investors care most about. Not surprisingly, most investors care about the quality of the startup’s leadership team. That said, in some circumstances (such at the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund), the idea may be more important. For Shaun, the market you are targeting is paramount because it’s much easier to succeed in a large, fast growing market.

We focused our conversation on one of the biggest stumbling blocks for entrepreneurs: how to find the right investors in the first place.

Innovation Fund Webinar!

by: | Jun 10, 2015

Want to learn more about the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund?

Do you have questions about how your company might fit into our portfolio, and what joining the NMV family could mean for you?

For this Open Call, we are seeking to make investments and grants in scalable media startups—but what does “media startup” mean, exactly?

Find the answer to these questions and more by joining us for an informational webinar on Monday, June 15 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST.


Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (312) 757-3121

Access Code: 894-027-613

We’re excited to have you join us for this call,

Our 2015 Innovation Fund is LIVE! Spread the Word and Apply.

by: | Jun 04, 2015

NMV EntrepreneursWe are excited to announce the launch of the next round of the New Media Ventures Innovation Fund!

New Media Ventures catalyzes progressive change by funding amazing technology and media startups who are making the world a better place. Our Innovation Fund finances early-stage, for-profit and nonprofit startups with $50K + participation in NMV’s startup support program + access to NMV’s network of angel investors. Apply Now.

For this Open Call, we are seeking to make investments and grants in scalable media startups. We define media broadly, including content creation, distribution and promotion. Some of the startups we have supported in the past include Upworthy, DailyKos and Story of Stuff. Join the ranks of a growing movement of media innovators for good!

How do I apply?

Deadline for applications is Monday June 29,

Pitch Perfect: 3 Easy Steps to Improving Your Startup Pitch

by: | May 26, 2015

Very few experiences in my life have been as terrifying as the moment I put what seemed like the cumulative accomplishments of my life on the line. Everything I had worked on over the past years would be judged in five minutes by a seemingly cruel and unforgiving arbiter whose whims could seal my fate.

Was I pitching a startup?

No. I was asking a girl to see Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

For an entrepreneur, it can be just as scary to put years of blood, sweat and tears on the line in a five minute pitch to potential investors, as it was for me to ask a girl on a date.
I’ve worked as a public speaking coach for almost ten years, have coached national public speaking champions, and am obsessed with the social research that explains the science of public speaking.

Great Netroots Nation Tools Shootout: Apply Now!

by: | May 08, 2015

We’re excited to help bring the Great Netroots New Tools Shootout to Netroots Nation once again.

This event is a chance for innovators to (re)introduce the Netroots community to their voting, organizing, campaigning, make-the-world-a-better-place technology solution.

Got a product, app or feature you want to present? Just click here to submit your idea for entry.

The New Tools Shootout is a great way for everyone to get the inside stories on how these tools are being designed and built, the impact they’re already having on campaigns and organizations, and what they can do to help you become a more powerful and more effective activist and leader.

The event will be held Saturday, July 18, at 11:45 a.m. and will include all the great product demos, plus awards given out in four categories. The event is open to all Netroots Nation attendees. 

On Unicorns: We’re Looking For A Different Kind Of Magic

by: | Apr 27, 2015

I have a 4 year old daughter. She loves unicorns (and glitter and the color purple).  Imagine my surprise when I joined New Media Ventures and learned that venture capitalists also love unicorns.  A couple of year ago, Aileen Lee wrote a seminal article about unicorns: companies that are valued at over $1 billion, and provide amazing returns to their investors.  Like the mythical creature, these unicorns are extremely rare.  Based on her analysis, the odds of building or investing in a billion dollar company are “somewhere between catching a foul ball at an MLB game and being struck by lightning in one’s lifetime”.  That hasn’t stopped pundits from writing articles, each one brimming with more buzzwords than the next, about how to build, spot and invest in unicorns.  The venture capital business model is, after all, premised on investing in many companies, most of which will fail.