Are you sick and tired of Powerpoint? It is quite possible that you are. In the decade and a half since it came out, Powerpoint has been heavily overused, beating most corporate meetings to death and made presentations and talks into dull and boring affairs. However, a few startups are fighting to save you from the “death by powerpoint”. One of them is Prezi.
Founded by Peter Arvai, Peter Halacsy, Adam Somlai-Fischer in 2009 at Budapest, Hungary, Prezi is a power presentation software that lets you create highly engaging presentations and store/share it on the cloud. It is a fairly mature startup with 3 rounds of funding already being done (Seed funding of $160K done in 2008, Series A funding from Sunstone capital and $14 million in Series B funding from Accel Partners in late 2011).
The pricing includes a free option with 200 MB of storage and paid options that allow bigger storage and the ability to keep the presentations private. In that sense, it shares similarities with Slideshare, its competitor.
The cloud based presentation market is still nascent. Most of the presentations are still created in PowerPoint and some of them are shared through Slideshare.net. However, recent ventures such as Prezi, Sliderocket and Ahead allow you to create zoomable presentations on the cloud without a heavy software to install in your desktop. One of the challenges faced by these applications is that people are so used to Powerpoint that it is hard for many to make a switch to something new. Also, creating attractive, zoomable presentations requires a learning curve that many are not prepared to do.
Balaji Viswanathan writes for Invest IQ about interesting start-ups in Central and Eastern Europe. Balaji is the founder of Agni Innovation Labs that helps startups and small businesses with their marketing and management strategy. He has been blogging for the past 8 years on technology, finance and business related topics.