Jasmine Foroutan is a full-time pitch deck expert for tech startups, investors, and accelerators. She’s the Founder & CEO of Pitch Genius, a boutique pitch deck consulting firm on a mission to help more startups get funded. The firm is based in Los Angeles but has also helped startups successfully pitch in San Francisco & New York. She started her career in 2014 and holds a Bachelors in Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about getting more startups funded through storytelling. Considering the growth we’ve seen in entrepreneurship, creating a great pitch deck is absolutely critical for gaining the attention of investors and telling the right story is the best way to stand out from the crowd.
What one piece of advice would you give to an early stage startup regarding your area of expertise?
Do not try to copy or imitate pitch deck examples from successful unicorns (like AirBnb’s!). Every startup has its own unique story and execution strategy. To follow someone else’s storyline is a boring mistake that just limits your ability to paint a full picture of your own startup. Plus, how will we ever grab the attention of investors if we’re all using the same template to persuade them?
What do you like best about mentoring at the Preccelerator?
The level of diversity! Every business feels incredibly unique in its own way, from the business ideas to the founders that are leading them. I see myself as an extension of the team and love being a source of support.
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