Your pitch deck should be machine readable

agoI’m building a tool which uses AI to provide feedback on hundreds of pitch decks. Every morning, I check the pitch deck checking my little ‘bot that doesn’t actually look at the decks. Again and again, it was stratospherically effusive in its praise, and I braced myself: What if the deck wasn’t so good?

To my relief, it is usually correct.

Similarly, sometimes it is perfect killings a deck. That’s when I worry about the ‘bot missing something really good, but most of the time, it’s right. Feedback can be harsh, but fair.

Last week, I had to send an apology to a founder because their deck was completely massacred by the ‘bot but it was completely off base. I was confused at first, but soon, I realized that the founders chose to turn the text into images to be more design-ahead of the titles, and the bot failed to properly recognize the slides. Because of this, the ‘bot provides feedback on the team’s slide as if it were the competitor’s slide.

All of this is to say that in these days of AI being used by almost everyone, builders should try to make sure their decks are accessible to a less obvious audience: AI bots.

Here are some tips to set you in the right direction.

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