Perry Lowe, a marketing professor at Bentley College and Philip DesAutels, were at the recent US Imagine Cup finals giving some presentations to the competitors. They were talking to the teams about making presentations about new ideas to venture capital companies specifically but with points that are really about all kinds of presentations to convince. Clint Rutkas interviewed them and the interview is now up at Channel 8.
I think that a lot of people, especially the young and creative, like the idea of starting their own company, getting some funding, and creating the next big thing. This interview gives one a taste of what to do and why some work and many fail. Also at this link are links to the PowerPoint decks that Perry and Philip used for their presentations.
I should mention that Philip has an amazing background with both large companies (Microsoft & IBM) and a bunch of Internet startups, the W3C and even setting up Internet operations in Uzbekistan with the Peace Corps. He knows startups and he knows presentations. Though just between you and me, I think his slides, while they have a ton of great information, have too many words on them 🙂
Check out the interview and look for the link to their presentation decks.