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The Successful Pitch with John Livesay

The Successful Pitch interviews successful thought leaders and entrepreneurs who share their stories so you can have a road map to success. Join your host John Livesay, sales keynote speaker, sales expert and author as he provides insights on how to make your pitch compelling, clear and concise. You can download the Free sneak peek of his book "Better Selling Through Storytelling at http://www.johnlivesay.com.
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Oct 24, 2016

Charlie O'Donnell

Episode Summary

Charlie O'Donnell is the founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures and has been an active member of the New York City startup community for over a decade. As an investor, Charlie looks for New York-based startups that have yet to raise 750k in a previous round. Charlie discusses the key lessons he's learned from pitching to various companies in his career on this week's episode.

What Was Covered

  • 05:10 - How did Charlie get involved with investing?
  • 09:45 - What has Charlie learned through his years of pitching?
  • 13:25 - What does it mean to be authentic?
  • 17:30 - How do we get more female founders to pitch?
  • 19:30 - Charlie believes you should have high expectations of your team.
  • 21:05 - How did Charlie know that Twitter and Foursquare were going to be big?
  • 26:15 - Even the best team and the best idea make pivots along the way.
  • 27:40 - What does Charlie look for when investing in a company?
  • 30:40 - In the last few years, there hasn't been a ton of retail investing.
  • 31:45 - What makes a good pitch?
  • 34:10 - Charlie recommends the book, The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene

 

Tweetables

Knowing who to pitch to is half the battle
Aim for creativity over compromise
Language has immeasureable impact
Treat people like you believe they can be better than they are

 

Links Mentioned

J Robinett Enterprises
John Livesay Funding Strategist
This Is Going To Be Big Website
Brooklyn Bridge Venture Website
Charlie on Twitter
Charlie on LinkedIn
The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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