Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Prezi: Beautiful, Engaging Presentations

PowerPoint is so yesterday. For 18 million people around the world, Prezi has become their presentation tool of choice. Co-founded in 2009 by Peter Arvai, Peter Halacsy, and Adam Somlai-Fischer, Prezi helps you share and organize your ideas in a more cinematic and engaging format. Unlike the slideshow-based PowerPoint and Keynote, Prezi displays your ideas in 3D, allowing you to zoom out to show the overview of your “prezi,” zoom in to focus on the details, and guide your audience through a spatial experience.

Similar to the blackboard and whiteboard, Prezi lets you present your ideas visually and engage your audience to join the conversation. Additionally, you can use Prezi to brainstorm and collaborate with up to 10 people in real time, whether they're in the same room or in a different part of the world. And because you can store your prezis in the cloud, you can work on them on your laptop and then show them on your phone or tablet.

Prezi, which began as a humble startup in Budapest, now sees more than a million new users per month. According to co-founder and CEO Peter Arvai, they're expecting to attract 2 million new users per month over the next year. Five books have been written about using Prezi, and a Google search of “Prezi tips” turns up a number of articles that will teach you how to create a good prezi. At least one prezi is created every second, and in 2012, 250 million prezis were viewed online. Yes, you can check out other people's prezis on the website and even reuse some of them.

The fast-growing Prezi employs more than 100 people in their Budapest and San Francisco headquarters. Fans of the SaaS presentation software include Stanford University, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and bestselling authors around the world.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! :-)

    -Kelly Hook
    the raconteur for Prezi