The Advantages Of Using Google Slides For Creating Your Pitch Deck
What are the advantages of creating your startup pitch deck in Google Slides? And, what is a safe note?
There are an ever-increasing number of tools for entrepreneurs to use in their fundraising efforts. That includes everything from graphic design tools to financial modeling software, to platforms like Upwork for finding outsourced talent for copywriting.
There are also a variety of pitch deck software options. Yet, while it may not have the depth or beauty of some other similar presentation software, it holds many benefits when it specifically comes to pitch decks.
What Is Google Slides?
Google Slides is essentially Google’s version of PowerPoint. A cloud-based slide and presentation software solution.
It may not have as many theme options as Powerpoint, nor have all of the graphic design tools of Canva. Yet, it does just about anything you could want for your pitch deck. Or at least plenty more than you should do with a pitch deck for a startup fundraising campaign.
You can create individual slides, add images and charts, add animations and backgrounds, download it in multiple formats, and present it as a slideshow. And it is very easy to use.
The Benefits Of Creating Your Pitch Deck In Google Slides
When it comes to fundraising pitch decks Google Slides does seem to have some extra advantages. Especially for those that are not deeply technical or art majors. In fact, one of these benefits is that anyone can learn to use it pretty fast.
Pitch Deck Templates and Examples
A huge advantage is that there are already pitch deck templates and pitch deck examples built in Google Slides.
You can hack your way to a successful fundraising campaign, with a proven template. Just by plugging in your own information.
This can save weeks of effort, and countless hours of figuring out how to create a pitch deck investors will love, and getting your slides in the right order.
Collaborate With Your Team
Google makes collaborating with your team very easy. If you are already using Google Docs, Drive, or Workspace this really makes it a no-brainer. Though all your team members can collaborate on it, regardless of what types of devices they are using.
You can all work on, comment on, and edit your draft pitch deck. Again, saving all of the time, and storage space of passing multiple files around, or accidentally ending up starting to present an out-of-date rough draft of your pitch deck.
Integration is a huge problem for businesses today. Especially for startups. There are so many new tech tools, subscription software, and other options. This creates serious fragmentation. Which can wipe out any value they otherwise promise to offer.
Integration should now be a top deciding factor for anything startups plan to implement. From CRMs to email services and presentation tools.
If you use Google for email or other documents, then Google Slides seems to make the most sense. Everything is right at your fingertips.
This also applies to your virtual data room for sharing additional information with investors. You can seamlessly link from your pitch deck slides to your data room. This keeps your slides clean and simple as they should be. While providing all of the detail and background information that investors may want to know and verify.
This includes your financial forecasts and references, team bios and resumes, and more detailed product information and market research.
Ease Of Sharing Your Pitch Deck With Investors
Being able to get your pitch deck through to and in front of investors is half of the battle in fundraising. You can’t create the most beautiful and effective deck in history, for the best startup idea ever, but waste it all on the delivery.
Google Slides makes it simple to share larger-sized files, and minimize your chance of emails with attachments getting bounced by email service providers.
You can host your pitch deck right online if you like. Then just share the link with potential investors.
Even better, you can control access to your pitch deck. Something which you cannot do if you just email your file to someone. You can grant access to view, comment, or edit, and rescind it whenever you like. You can see who is viewing your deck at any time too, and interact with them in real-time.
Presenting Your Pitch Deck
You can even click to present your pitch on a video call right from inside Google Slides. No juggling between programs or relying on downloaded copies to function.
Easily Export to PowerPoint
Google Slides hold up very well if you choose to export to another format like Microsoft PowerPoint. The opposite is not always true. As many of the design elements and formats in Microsoft may not transfer well for those recipients who prefer Google.
There are multiple options for creating pitch decks today. Those options seem to continue to expand. While there may be more technical or visually rich presentation software solutions out there, those who are creating fundraising decks may find it hard for them to match up to Google Slides for several reasons. Especially ease of use, team collaboration, and ensuring that the pitch gets through to investors.
Being able to keep all of your related documents and messages within Google will also be a hit for many entrepreneurs. Especially, when it comes to creating your data room.
Alejandro Cremades is a serial entrepreneur and the author of The Art of Startup Fundraising. With a foreword by ‘Shark Tank‘ star, Barbara Corcoran and published by John Wiley & Sons, the book was named one of the best books for entrepreneurs. The book offers a step-by-step guide to today‘s way of raising money for entrepreneurs.
Most recently, Alejandro built and exited CoFoundersLab, which is one of the largest communities of founders online.
Prior to CoFoundersLab, Alejandro worked as a lawyer at King & Spalding, where he was involved in one of the biggest investment arbitration cases in history ($113 billion at stake).
Alejandro is an active speaker and has given guest lectures at the Wharton School of Business, Columbia Business School, and NYU Stern School of Business.
Alejandro has been involved with the JOBS Act since its inception and was invited to the White House and the US House of Representatives to provide his stands on the new regulatory changes concerning fundraising online.