Swipe launches into beta as a collaborative live presentation app that changes presentations forever
Over 4,500 people experienced the first two-way presentation tool at TNW 2013 and made Swipe a stand-out at the Startup Rally
29 APRIL 2013, OSLO, NORWAY
SummaryWinner of the first group in the Startup Rally at TNW2013, Swipe launched its two-way presentation tool on stage, where it streamed the presentation content to over 1,500 people live. The team showed that presentations don't have to live on a projector but could be viewed on any number of devices from anywhere in the world, involving people that were viewing the livestream to participate in what it calls as two-way slides, interactive data-driven slides like polls, analytics, and feedback tools.
Swipe is the world's easiest presentation tool, offering new possibilities for presenters, educators, and audiences to connect in new ways during presentations. It's a responsive web app that works on any device with a modern browser. Log in, drag and drop to upload files, add web content like Vimeo and YouTube and get a simple link to share to anyone. Start your presentation from any device using 3G or a wifi connection, and as you swipe through your slides, everyone who is connected to that URL will see the slides change in real-time, on any device they have with them. The team is working hard to introduce useful two-way features that allow audiences to respond, interact, and engage with presentations. Some of those features were demoed on stage at The Next Web 2013 launch and will be added soon to the public offering.
The Next Web 2013 launch
Swipe was one of the stand-out startups launching on stage during The Next Web Conference 2013, part of the Startup Rally powered by Microsoft BizSpark. The team attempted to break Hubspot's world record webinar, getting attention from Hubspot themselves who, in sporting fashion, wished the team good luck and helped drive traffic to try to help break their own world record.
"Great companies try to push themselves, we're happy HubSpot noticed us and helped push us to come closer to breaking their world record." -Horia Cernusca, CEO Swipe
Swipe demoed the world's first two-way interactive live presentation on stage during the Startup Rally, "streaming" its presentation live to over 500 people in the first presentation. The audience was able to view and interact with the presentation on mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, while those watching the livestream from home did the same. In total more than 4,500 people viewed the presentation online, on their own devices. The audience was also able to interact, by participating in live polls and seeing live analytics - in slides.
"From one 5 minute presentation, we had over 15 leads to investors, over 200 people told us what tools they use currently to build presentations, and over 350 people that told us if they would pay for such a tool. You can't get that kind of data using PowerPoint and a projector. It's extremely powerful." Horia Cernusca, CEO Swipe
"We turned our 5 minutes in the spotlight into a tremendous data-driven customer research. We're the only team that walked away with actual information about our market, business model, and with leads. People were even able to sign up in a slide, which is much more efficient than telling them to go to a URL at some point later. It's an incredible marketing and lead generation tool and soon everyone can do this with their presentations by using Swipe." Håkon Eide, CTO Swipe
Swipe is not made to be a PowerPoint or Keynote killer, but something different and better that can work in conjunction with these content creation tools. It's a new idea for how live information and media flows from person to person. The sole idea behind it is that a slide can be anything, not just a static image with text. It allows one to use the tools they love today and combine powerful web content to create new experiences, collect data, and make sure the audience is connected to their presentations. It also makes presentations mobile, not stuck to a projector or meeting room. Deliver a presentation in a cafe, in a park, at a networking event. All you need is a browser and those who you present to just need a short link. It's a whole new market and a whole new idea that can change the way people interact with live information.
One of the key launch features of Swipe is its Dropbox integration. It allows users to collaborate within Dropbox folders as they do already to update slide assets together, with everything being in sync with Swipe. The company plans to build more collaboration features in the future, and promises to be the first real collaborative presentation tool - in a big way.
The team believes it has the potential to change the way educators interact with students, with classrooms going online and also solving big problems in physical classrooms. Swipe is also a perfect tool for the creative community, who in most cases build presentation content in Photoshop, InDesign, or other design software. The team is committed to make the perfect tools for developers to love the product as well, allowing developers to code their own slides in the future and use Swipe as the delivery method.
Swipe is allowing people to sign up to its beta at the moment, letting people in slowly over the next weeks. The beta is free and not limited in any way. The team promises that even after payment plans are introduced, users will never be charged for privacy, like on most web-based presentation tools. The first 1,000 subscribers received free-for-life accounts, and the team has been amazed by the volume of subscriptions during The Next Web Conference and after.
Praise from Microsoft's Mark Voermans, among other panel judges
"The drag-and-drop media browser and simple link sharing for live, real-time presentations won the support and respect of Mark Voermans, an emerging business manager at Microsoft who also on the judging panel.
“They did a great job,” he said. Great pitch and I think we all loved their model and what they’re doing.”
Swipe is based in Oslo, Norway. It is co-founded by Horia Cernusca and Håkon Eide, a designer-developer pair dedicated to making things simpler, easier, and more beautiful. Having met only 6 months ago at a Startup Weekend, the team made a gutsy decision to announce early on Europe's biggest stage, using their tool for the demonstration and showing that people don't have to be scared of the web, even in front of big crowds because Swipe works even on a 3G or Edge connection.
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