Backfire Effect

Backfire Effect

March 15, 2023 by investor

Backfire Effect

The backfire effect is a bias defined by Wikipedia as the reaction to disconfirming evidence by strengthening one’s previous beliefs.

Investors can reject a startup’s pitch if they doubt the premise even if confronted with the facts. 

Providing more facts will only make the investor dig in further. 

To overcome the backfire effect, avoid the topic if at all possible and steer away from it.

Don’t confront it head-on as it will distract from the pitch.

Coming on strong will only make the investor dig into their original beliefs.

Keep emotions out of it.

Step back and take a look at it from the big-picture perspective.

Identify the core reason the investor does not like your deal and focus on that.

Acknowledge how the investor’s belief was true at one time but that times have changed and things are moving in a different direction.


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