At this year’s Northwest Entrepreneur Network’s Entrepreneur University Flip the Media partnered with Jenni Hogan, CEO of TVinteract, to hear “Prime Time Pitches” from local start-ups.
This article is the second in a series of profiles of up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. (Check the first one here.)
If you’ve ever found a presentation deck online and wished you had listened to the presenter, or watched a great video presentation and totally missed the visual reference the speaker gave, then 9Slides is about to become your best friend.
Born from the idea that every presentation should give the viewer the experience of “being there” regardless of physical location, 9Slides entered the marketplace just over two years ago, bridging the gap between YouTube and SlideShare.
“We’re similar, but different,” explains 9Slides marketing manager Alonso Chehade the unique positioning. “Neither are ideal for sharing content when you can’t synchronize the slides to the presenter.”
The young Seattle-based startup relies on the expertise of only seven core team members, many with past experience leading teams at Microsoft and Amazon. Chehade describes the team as being highly “data-driven”. Insights from analytics are crucial to shaping the company’s future.
The focus on user data has taken the team down an unexpected path from the initial idea for 9Slides; one beyond the presentation sharing space and into corporate training and online lectures.
“Our biggest win was discovering how our users found other uses for our technology,” Chehade comments. “Big companies are creating interactive training modules to train their employees, and professors are posting their lectures online ahead of time and spending more time one-on-one with their students.”
9Slides has grown their user base to over 19,000 registered users in just two years, largely due to their ability to know their customers and adapt the product based on the way it is used. Now their plan is to keep expanding their user base by adding additional functionality such as mobile and basic video editing. Keep your eye on this passionate group of entrepreneurs, they might just disrupt the corporate training and online presentation sharing field.