Posts by: Josh Hannah

About Josh Hannah

Josh Hannah is a San Francisco based General Partner at the early-stage VC Matrix Partners, who began his career as an entrepreneur with the unconventional idea of turning sports wagering into an efficient financial transaction by using an online exchange to execute bets. In 1999, he co-founded Betfair.com and revolutionized the gaming industry by building the world’s first online marketplace for sports betting. A longtime angel investor, Josh joined Matrix Partners as a general partner in early 2009 and turned a love of backing great founders into a career. Since joining Matrix, he has partnered with exceptional founding teams through investments across sectors including marketplaces, SaaS, gaming, commerce, and more.

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This is part of our series “Pitching to Investors” that shares real examples and practical advice from the Matrix General Partners on creating your pitch deck. See intro to the series here: Five Ways to Nail Your Pitch and Win Over Investors. Our goal in this series is to help entrepreneurs nail their pitch so they...

There are many opinions on creating a pitch deck and presenting to potential investors, but there is still a big gap between what entrepreneurs perceive to be important and what investors really value during a pitch presentation. This post is the first in a series, where we will provide real examples–the good, the OK,...

Hiring a strong executive management team is one of the most proven ways to ensure startup success. Yet, hiring executives is a very different undertaking than hiring for other roles in your company and requires a different process, skill-set, and time commitment. There are three reasons for this: First, the stakes...

It will surprise a lot of entrepreneurs to learn that building an e-commerce business with $10 million to $20 million in revenues is not that hard. It also surprises many to learn that it’s not actually that valuable. This is in stark contrast to, say, a SaaS business, which is very difficult to build to that level...