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Malcolm Lewis | Pitch Deck Coach


Nail your pitch deck

Hi, I'm Malcolm Lewis, a pitch deck coach for first-time founders and early-stage startups. I spent 25 years as marketing exec or founder/CEO at 8 software startups. Those startups produced 6 exits including a $1B IPO and an $11B Secondary. Now I help founders build clear, concise pitch decks that stand out and get funded.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are you, and why should I pick you to help me with my pitch deck?

I'm a startup and story-telling veteran. For a deep dive into my 30-year operating career check out my LinkedIn profile. The short version is I'm a former founder/CEO/CMO at 8 tech startups that produced 6 exits including a $1B IPO. My investor decks have raised over $300M from angels, VCs, and institutional investors. Check out my testimonials to see what founders and investors say about me.

What pitch deck services do you offer?

Check out my services. It boils down to as little or as much help as you need.

Who do your help?

Founders looking to raise a pre-seed, seed, or series A round anywhere in the world, including North America, South America, and Europe.

How much do you charge for a pitch deck?

Check out my services for my current pricing.

Why do you charge so much?

It takes time to learn your business and dig deep for the information investors need. My pricing is based on a reasonable fee for the time I will invest in your deck.

How long will it take you to build my pitch deck?

Usually 3-4 weeks. We can do it faster if necessary. Call to discuss.

What's your process?

There are 3 steps in my process. First, I'll work with you to learn everything I need to know about your startup. Next, I'll develop an outline of your story for us to review and finalize together. Finally, I'll turn your approved outline into slides for us to review and finalize together.

How will we work together?

I'll create a shared Google Doc with tabs for your deck outline, research links, competition info, and your financial model. We'll meet regularly on video calls. And we'll set up a WhatsApp group for quick and efficient Q&A outside of our video calls.

I already have a pitch deck. I just want feedback. Can you help?

Yes. Check out my pitch deck Tune-Up service above.

Will your pitch deck get my startup funded?

It depends on the strength of your idea and team — and I can't change those two things. What I can do is help you deliver the best possible pitch with what you've got to work with. I'll also identify where you might have information gaps to plug before you approach investors. Those two things will not guarantee you get funded, but they'll make it far more likely.

I found a pitch deck template online. Why do I need your help to fill in the blanks?

Because it's not as easy as you might think to fill on those blanks with the information investors are looking for. Especially if you're doing it for the first time. If you're able to produce a great pitch deck from a template without any help from me or anyone else then great. But most founders don't build pitch decks for a living, so they inevitably waste time without expert guidance.

How important is pitch deck design?

Pitch deck design is icing on the cake. While your pitch deck must look professional, design alone is not going to get you funded. Investors care far more about your story.

Will I have a say in my pitch deck's design?

Absolutely. I'll ask you to provide a visual style guide plus examples of deck designs you like. If you don't yet have a visual style guide, I'll use your website design as a proxy style guide.

Will you help me with fundraising?

Sorry, no. I focus 100% on developing your pitch narrative and deck. But I can connect you to some consultants who focus on fundraising.

Will you help me with my presentation skills?

Sorry, no. I focus 100% on developing your pitch narrative and deck (or memo). But there's plenty of consultants who can help you sharpen up your presentation skills.

Can I pay you with company stock?

Sorry, no.

Will you sign an NDA?

Sure, if you really think it's necessary. But know that most investors will not sign an NDA before reviewing a pitch deck.

Where are you located?

I'm in Newport Beach, CA, about an hour south of Los Angeles. I work on Pacific Time.

I'm interested. What's our next step?

Book a free call