While working at a large company back in 2006, my frustration with lacking innovation reached threshold and I a) wanted to do something inspirational again, and b) wanted to finally plant my roots down in Boulder. I blogged about my ultimate leap into the abyss, and finally into my current gig, Gnip (a social media company), awhile ago in this post. Yesterday I stumbled across what I would now squarely call a pitch deck (not sure why, but I didn't call it that at the time) that I presented to that large company in 2006. I've been asked about Gnip's pitch deck many times, but it's rarely applicable to what the requestor is asking about (Gnip's initial pitch was relatively "easy"). However, this "Glider" deck feels more applicable; it was very hard to get buy-in. It's an example of someone with an idea, structuring the "why," "what," and "how" in a pitch deck that actually worked.
I'd severely criticize the pitch deck today, but at the time, in the context, it worked; the project got funded!A fun thing about the deck is that it is rooted in my entire world today; data. I love long arcs. I've loved thinking about the larger network of data plays for the past six years.
Here's the deck. Names redacted to protect the innocent.