Party Round’s $7M, er, party round deck • TechCrunch

In the world investment round, a “party round” is an investment round, usually an angel round, in which a larger number of angels throw what (to them) is pocket change to help a company get off the ground. “Pocket change” is relative, of course; what is pocket change for a very high net worth person could be a down payment on a house for you and an annual salary for me.

A year ago, Alex reported that Party Round raised $7 million using its own platform, adding a mid-size bus of angel investors to its capitalization table. Party rounds are usually more about who you know (and who they’re willing to bring to the table) than anything else, but having a decent story and narrative is still crucial.

the party round The team was willing to share their platform with me, so let’s take a closer look at what the founding team did to shake enough trees to make the $7 million apples succumb to gravity.


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Slides in this deck

The Party Round 10-Slide Deck is by far one of the tightest decks I’ve ever seen. He shared his entire deck with no edits or redactions. Nice.

  1. deck slide
  2. slogan slide
  3. solution slide
  4. Value Support Slide
  5. product slide
  6. Competitive Advantages Slide
  7. “Because right now?’ slide
  8. mission slide
  9. team slide
  10. closing slide

three things to love

Party Round does a lot of things right in your deck. I like the design and I especially like the scarcity of words. Hell, the entire deck contains only 148 words. That’s nothing. The company raised $7 million with 148 words. That’s $47,000 per word. These pitch deck teardowns are usually 2200 words long and I haven’t checked my pay stub in a minute, but I’m pretty sure TechCrunch doesn’t pay me $100 million per article. On the other hand, I am not well known for my brevity.

So, aside from being sharp and direct, what else does Party Round do well?

He knows what he does. You know who you’re doing it for.

[Slide 3] Perfect value accessory. Image credits: party round

There’s something refreshing about a company that knows what it’s doing, who it’s doing it for, and what the value proposition is; and it’s all here, on the slide, succinctly and simply. There’s beauty and clarity here, and there’s…there’s genuinely not much else to say! I wish every founder I spoke with had this level of overview and focus.

Tap, tap, boom.

[Slide 4] 1. Touch. 2. Touch. 3. Touch. 4. (???) 5. Profit! Image credits: party round

On slides 4 and 5, the company describes the process for founders and investors. It’s as easy, if not easier, than creating a crowdfunding campaign. For founders, you create the round and set up the SAFE terms, invite your investors and your mom’s brother Bob. For investors, you open the invitation. If you are inside, you write how much you want to invest, sign the investment notes and transfer the money. It seems so simple!

Excellent market context!

[Slide 7] Investing is no longer what it used to be. Image credits: party round

Investors rarely invest in a single data point and contextualize the “why now?” for a company it is crucial. The company rightly points out that it is capturing the spirit of the times. He even did so with remarkable restraint; there is no mention of NFT in sight.

Retail investing has changed tremendously through the gamified world of Robinhood, and Coinbase has put crypto investing within reach of even people who don’t want to spend time figuring out what a digital wallet is and how many words you have to remember to create. a.

I’m not 100% excited about this deck. In fact, honestly, I’m really struggling to understand how this company was successful in raising money, let alone raising $7 million. In the rest of this breakdown, we’ll look at three things Party Round could have done better or done differently, along with their full presentation.

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