According to DocSend, the optimal pitch deck length is 6–10 slides

Way back in 2015, DocSend teamed up with Thomas R. Eisenmann, Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, to study what makes a successful pitch deck and better understand why some startups get funded and some don’t. They analyzed 200 startups who collectively raised over $360 million bucks and surfaced actionable takeaways for the startup community. Here are our favorite highlights from the deck below:

  • Keep your deck to 20 pages or less
  • Your deck will be viewed for an average of 3 minutes and 44 seconds
  • Spend time on your deck
  • “Make sure your team slide looks awesome”
  • Your financial slide will be the most viewed

The 19-slide research summary originally published on SlideShare gives a detailed overview of their findings.