The Prompt #7

Paul Graham in Your Pocket

Hey friends 👋 The Prompt helps you integrate AI into your daily life in 3 minutes. Today, we're exploring the mind of Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, to help craft a powerful startup pitch deck. Let’s dive in.

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The Prompt

Crafting a compelling pitch deck is a crucial part of the startup journey. It unlocks investor interest and secures the funding you need.

Today's prompt steps into the shoes of Paul Graham, using his wisdom and the resources of Y Combinator's startup library, to guide you through Sequoia Capital's pitch deck template.

We're transforming complex startup advice into bullet-pointed, actionable steps.

You can access the prompt directly in ChatGPT here.

🎥 If you’re a visual learner (like me) here’s a video where I break down today’s prompt.

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I encourage you to engage with this process actively by answering the questions your ‘virtual’ Paul Graham asks. This back-and-forth will help refine your pitch deck.

What’s more, Graham's advice helps ensure your pitch is ‘mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive’. This specification we used is a common principle in consulting to guarantee that a set of information is comprehensive and non-overlapping.

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Take the prompt one step further.

The sources and references used here are suggestions and can be replaced with any resource that you find valuable. Try changing the persona to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Sam Altman. Alternatively, change the framework to AirBnB’s pitch deck—the possibilities are endless.

Even if these prompts aren’t relevant to you right now, let them serve as a benchmark of inspiration for your to turn back to when the time is right.

See you Sunday,

Alex Banks

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