On a personal note, I’ve learned that a great product that’s actually working doesn’t need much of a deck at all. It’s not that having a deck is a bad thing, it’s just that a super-sexy deck isn’t necessary for an opportunity and project that’s already developed some significant momentum and velocity.
In fact, I think there’s an inverse-relationship between the efficacy of a project and the polish of a slide deck. In other words, the more polished the deck is the more it has to make up for a product that’s generally ineffective.
That’s not the case all the time, but, I’ve lived long enough to know that it’s generally true.