In the Silicon Valley, people talk a lot about how important a Pitch is. There are many YouTube videos about that, classes about that. But I’m not here to talk about the skills you need to have a good Pitch.
Be always prepared!
Once, a teacher told me that an entrepreneur works 24/7. I realized that was true during a friends meeting in a rooftop in San Francisco. It was Saturday night; I was going to meet some co-founders of a startup. It was a casual meeting; wine, finger foods, and a good chat.
We weren’t alone; there was a man sited in the corner using his iPad. Somehow he got into the conversation and introduced himself, and he asked about what we were talking about, he was interested in my news friends story. The CEO of the startup spent more than half an hour talking with him, pitching his ideas. The man was the first man of the richest person in Australia, and he was in the Bay Area to invest in startups. The investor has proved extremely interested in the business, so they exchanged business cards, as usual. People were so excited that they called everybody for a toast together after that.
I don’t know the end of the story, but I learned that you must always be prepared. And if possible, with your presentation in the pocket.