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Slidebean picks up $850K and launches a new version of its presentation-building tool

Slidebean picks up $850K and launches a new version of its presentation-building tool
From TechCrunch - July 20, 2017

Slidebean, the app that wants to take on Prezi and PowerPoint, is launching version 3.0 of the service on the heels of an $850K seed round from CaraoV.

The idea behind Slidebean is relatively simple. Presentations/decks are a fact of life for many professionals, but creating those presentations isnt as simple as inputting the information you want. More often than not, professional decks require an actual designer to come in and work on layout, or force the laymen to spend extra time tweaking fonts, colors, alignment, etc.

Slidebean wants to get rid of all that extra work by letting you choose a color palette and font up-front, as well as a design template, and then simply inputting information slide by slide. With a single click, users can change the entire look of their presentation.

Slidebean originally launched in 2014 from DreamIt Demo Day as a bootstrapped company, offering a free version of the app via web and a $4.99/month version for the actual app.

Shortly after, the company realized it would need to make more money to stay in business, and hiked pricing up to $49/month. It argued that businesses would pay more to save time, and the argument seemed to work.

More than 7,500 companies use Slidebean to make presentations, and those users have built more than 100,000 presentations on the platform, according to the company.

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