This book is a collaborative effort that would not have come about but for the inspiration, support, input, feedback, and patience of family, friends, colleagues, and the team at John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
To my editor, Dan Ambrosio at Wiley, for first suggesting I write Here's the Pitch and for always being on the end of the phone. To my production editor, Lauren Freestone, for her excellent detective work.
To my mother, Jennifer, for her consistent support on multiple fronts.
To my wife, Margo, for putting up with me ruining our summer, but willing to still provide feedback and suggestions.
To my colleague, Jamie, at the Investor Pitch Clinic for his constructive feedback.
To Symon Drake-Brockman, Managing Partner at Pemberton Capital Advisors, for his mentorship, friendship, and providing me with my first insights into the mind of a seasoned investor.
To Kate for never hesitating to give me the bottom line.
And to the late Robert Davies, founding CEO of the Prince of Wales's International Business Leaders Forum, for his mentorship, friendship, and insights into the minds of Fortune 500 companies.
To San Francisco's Radio Alice for providing the background music which always makes burning the midnight oil a more enjoyable experience.
And last, to the hero entrepreneurs for whom this book is intended. Your optimism, vision, and courage continually inspire me.