Google added a host of slick new templates to its online office suite on Wednesday, but one in particular will be of interest to budding startup founders: the new “pitch” template for Google Slides.
Companies looking for their first round of venture capital frequently put together what’s called a “pitch deck,” or a 10-15 slide presentation that convinces investors to commit money to the project.
But most companies — especially ones that are successful at raising venture capital — keep their decks secret, leaving first-time founders in the dark as to how to construct one.
So Google worked with fellow Alphabet sibling GV, formerly Google Ventures, to create a template slide deck that is “based on proven presentation tactics.”
Perhaps it’s just the push founders need to use Google Slides instead of Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote.
As it turns out, the Google Sheets template is probably a pretty good place to start constructing a slide deck, and it covers all the bases for what an investor would want to see. All the user has to do is replace the “ipsum lorem” placeholder text with their pitch. Founders will need to bring their own charts showing massive user growth and engagement.
Here’s what the template looks like for a theoretical company called “Acme Tech.” Nothing has been changed from the default Google template:
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