Crafting the Perfect Pitch: The Early Pitch Decks of Airbnb, BuzzFeed, LinkedIn, and YouTube


Looking at the success stories of billion-dollar companies like Airbnb, BuzzFeed, LinkedIn, and YouTube, makes people wonder how these companies become that successful. The start for each and every one of these companies was no different from the start of all startups.

Getting early investors on board was challenging, required a lot of effort and, of course, the perfect investor pitch. Now that these companies are significant and have proven its value to the world they rarely need an introduction. But this wasn’t the case in the early days – what made their pitches that intriguing for investors, partners and customers in the first place?

Let’s take a look at the early pitch decks of Airbnb, Buzzfeed, LinkedIn, and YouTube to see what made them special!


Raised $600k in 2009

Investor: Sequoia Capital


7 Funding Rounds

Total Funding Amount: $496,300,000 USD


Raised $10M in 2004

Investor: Greylock Partners


Raised $3.5M in 2005

Investors: Sequoia Capital, ARTIS Ventures

If you want to learn more about the art of crafting the perfect investor pitch, check out our list of articles on the topic. If you are ready with your pitch and feel like it is time to present it in front of a broad audience and potential investors, submit your application for The Pitcher 2018 here!

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