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This week, we share expert tips on designing your pitch deck for maximum engagement. We'll also dive into how startups and VCs can use virtual data rooms to take your business to the next level. 

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How to strengthen your pitch deck with design
The average time an investor spends with a pitch deck is two minutes and 42 seconds. If you’re thinking that’s not a lot of time, data also shows that time is decreasing. We spoke to several VCs who review hundreds of decks per year and poured their advice into our new Design Deck Guide—it’s everything you need to know to make your deck stand out.
 
 
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Weekly PDI metrics
Founders and investors moved in opposite directions last week but overall activity remains very healthy heading into the historically slower summer season. Investor activity fell by 3.9% but is up nearly 28% Y-Y, signaling continued optimism for dealmaking even if interest rate cuts may not quite be around the corner yet. Founder activity rose by 13.64% last week, mirroring a similar spike this time last year, and activity levels are nearly on pace with those of 2023. We predict fundraising activity on both sides of the dealmaking table will undergo a seasonal cooling by the end of Q2, though any surprise macro data could alter our outlook. In the near-term, inflation data released later this week could affect how founders and investors perceive deal opportunities before any end-of-quarter rush.
 
 
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Why using the latest online data room software is essential
You can easily boost efficiency, fortify security, and spur collaboration with DocSend’s cutting-edge VDR features.
 
 
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Recommended reads:
  • Pre-raise relationship building with VCs. It's no secret that pitch decks should be shorter today. Keeping your deck concise is the name of the game, but how can you make sure you're including the right content? DocSend data expert, Justin Izzo, explains. 
  • How to spend more time in ‘flow’ while you work. May Habib, the co-founder and CEO of Writer.AI, shares her thoughts.  
  • Could generative AI lead you to more creative, fulfilling work? Ethan Mollick, a professor of Management at Wharton and author of the new book Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with AI, thinks so.
 
 
 
 
 

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