The Pitch Deck Book

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  • Profile Picture of Ted McAleer in The Pitch Deck Book

    Ted McAleer

    I have had the good fortune to know Tim Cooley since 2014 when Tim was a candidate for an MBA at the University of Utah and working to incubate his own startup.

  • I remember being introduced to Tim by a mutual friend at a local coworking space where he and I were both involved in coaching young entrepreneurs.

  • From our first meeting, I was impressed by Timโ€™s easy-going demeanor and his roll-up-the-sleeves coaching style that was confident yet empathetic.

  • I soon saw Tim regularly at the business incubator and throughout the Utah entrepreneur community and learned that, like myself, he was a military veteran whose core values were aligned with mine with a strong commitment to continuous improvement and lifelong learning.

  • In the past six years, I have had the good fortune to be a mentor, friend, and business associate to Tim Cooley.

  • Profile Picture of Ted McAleer in The Pitch Deck Book

    Ted McAleer

    I have watched him grow as an entrepreneur, a business leader, a business coach and as an authority on fundraising, creating, and editing first-class pitch decks.

  • I am a co-founder of the Park City Angel investment network, Utahโ€™s most active angel group.

  • Profile Picture of Ted McAleer in The Pitch Deck Book

    Ted McAleer

    I have been active in Utahโ€™s startup ecosystem since arriving in 1999 for a Venture-backed startup that raised over $80 Million from Tier 1 VCs and their syndication partners.

  • Since 2007, I have been actively participating in Angel investing and the resulting collaboration with Seed, Series A and Series B Venture Capital companies.

  • I have reviewed over 2000 business plans, met with over 500 entrepreneurs and been privy to dozens of investment decisions.

  • I have been lucky enough to mentor and coach over 100 entrepreneurs ranging in age from 16 to age 77.

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    Ted McAleer

    What a fun and rewarding experience!

  • When Tim approached me to preview his The Pitch Deck Book manuscript, I was initially skeptical that I would see anything unique, but I was very wrong.

  • One might be tempted to ask, why do entrepreneurs need another book on how to create a first-class pitch?

  • Profile Picture of Ted McAleer in The Pitch Deck Book

    Ted McAleer

    Are there not already dozens of resources on the topic.

  • Canโ€™t I just pick up a YouTube video on pitching to investors and crank out a pitch deck and begin the process?

  • Well, yes, you could, but let me tell you why you should read on and why I use this book as a resource.

  • Tim understands what makes for a good pitch.

  • For three of the past four years, Tim served as the General Manager of a Utah-based business incubator, The Mill.