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Month: February 2021

Top 6 FinTech Pitch Decks That Pulled Millions

Pitch deck are forefront and most of the time may well be considered your first impression that an audience could get. To create a better pitch deck that will captivate investors and clients alike. Upon reading multiple pitch decks that have been submitted to YCombinator1, I’ve concluded that there is a certain pitch deck structure and characteristics needed.


Investing should be more like watching paint dry or watching grass grow. If you want excitement, take $800 and go to Las Vegas.

— Paul Samuelson.

For me, I think a pitch deck must contain only the core of what you’re trying to do or achieve. I mean, just keep it short and simple which even a 5 year old could understand. Don’t put any jargon and highlight the important parts like graphs and figures.

Anyways, let’s dive on some pitch decks used and created by well known companies in this day and age.

Coinbase

If you’ve been in the crypto space for a while, I know for sure you’ve heard the name Coinbase. Its one of the top cryptocurrency exchange that is based on US, along with Kraken and BitStamp. The company was founded in 2011 by a former Airbnb engineer named Brian Armstrong. Its first funding came from YCombinator.

This are Coinbase seed round slides presented at YCombinator’s demo day year 2012.

Transferwise

For me Transferwise is one of the most cheapest ways to move funds internationally. If you’re a freelancer or a digital remote nomad, I’m sure you’ve come across this money transfer gateway. Transferwise launched in 2011, with the vision of making money transfer affordable, fast, and simple. Both founders were Estonian nationals, Taavet is a former Skype employee and Kristo is from Deloitte.

This is one of their first ever crafted pitch deck that was presented in London for seed investors.

Square

Been a merchant before? I’m sure you’ve seen this payment gateway. Square or Square, Inc. which is based in US soil offers financial services and wholly a merchant services aggregator. The main product of the company is selling hardware and software products, focusing on easing the payment process. The company was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, releasing its full product offering in 2010.

Here is one of the earliest version of their pitch deck that was used in 2010.

Revolut

A digital bank located in the heart of United Kingdom (London). This company offers banking services, it first offered easy and convenient fiat currency exchange service. After a few years transformed into a full pledged banking, the company was founded by Nikolay Storonsky in year 2015.

This is the first ever revision of its pitch deck presented to early London angel investors.

N26

One of the first ever pure digital bank or so called a neobank in Europe. N26 is FinTech2 company based in Berlin, Germany. The N26 name was derived from the 26 side of Rubik’s cube according to Wikipedia.

Here is the pitch deck presented by Valentin in 2016 NOAH Conference that happened in London.

Monzo

In 2015, Monzo was founded by Tom Blomfield. Similar to N26 and Revolut, it offers banking services in Europe. It started its services in London then expanded in whole Europe, its first product offer is a loadable prepaid card then transition to full banking experience.

Here is the pitch deck presented to venture capital in 2017.

Conclusion

Creating pitch decks is a fun experience, the contents of the deck depends on where you want to present it (e.g. Investors, Clients, Venture Capital, Consumers). It really depends what agenda you are trying to push to the end reader. Also for me the pitch deck is different from the presentation slide, try to listen to this video presentation on how to present keynotes.


  1. Y Combinator is an American seed money startup accelerator launched in March 2005. It has been used to launch over 2,000 companies, including Stripe, Airbnb, Cruise Automation, DoorDash, Coinbase, Instacart, Dropbox, Twitch, and Reddit. ↩︎
  2. Financial technology is the technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services. It is an emerging industry that uses technology to improve activities in finance. ↩︎

Tunnel In Existing SSH Connection

Remote work, is a blessing and sometimes nightmare depending in your line of work. I’ve been in a situation where I’m connected to a remote workstation but due to some technicalities I’m not allowed to disconnect the current SSH1 connection and or create a new one. And where it lies, I need to tunnel a service from the remote workstation to my local machine.

So here’s how I did it!

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

— Marcel Proust.

So where do we start?

Once you have an existing SSH session opened using the default OpenSSH2 client, to open a tunnel simply type <enter>~C where <enter> is the key on your computer keyboard.

~ (tilde) is the SSH’s default EscapeChar. You press <enter> first to clear the buffer, the ~ escape char and any one of a number of options.

If all goes well it will bring up a new console associated with your local SSH client, that will accept SSH command flags, which includes -R and -L.

To map a server service to your local workstation you need to use -L flag. The arguments for that flag would be [bind_address:]port:host:hostport but normally the bind_address is optional.

Then if you want to map local service and tunnel it to remote server, you’ll need to use -R flag. This flag holds similar arguments to the -L.

For example, if I want to forward a remote server Nginx deployed website and access it locally (with local bind IP). What could I do is type <enter>~C then -L 80:localhost:8080<enter>, after that I will immediately gain access to that when I access the site using localhost:8080 on my local machine.

To get a full list of escape sequence that the OpenSSH client accepts, type <enter>~?:

Supported escape sequences:
 ~.   - terminate connection (and any multiplexed sessions)
 ~B   - send a BREAK to the remote system
 ~C   - open a command line
 ~R   - request rekey
 ~V/v - decrease/increase verbosity (LogLevel)
 ~^Z  - suspend ssh
 ~#   - list forwarded connections
 ~&   - background ssh (when waiting for connections to terminate)
 ~?   - this message
 ~~   - send the escape character by typing it twice

That’s all guys. 🐲

Conclusion

Most of the command line tools have flags you probably haven’t explored. So try to explore each one to become proficient in the platform you are currently working on. Just like programming, you won’t memorize it on a day, but to truly know the tools capability you must use it in a very dire situation.

This OpenSSH escape sequence is really helpful for DevOps and software engineers (for software development).

Let me know in the comments if you have questions or queries, you can also DM me directly.

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  1. SSH or Secure Shell is a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network. ↩︎
  2. OpenSSH (also known as OpenBSD Secure Shell) is a suite of secure networking utilities based on the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, which provides a secure channel over an unsecured network in a client–server architecture. ↩︎