SlideRocket Blog

What is SlideRocket?

By Nat Robinson on May 18, 2007

Since we can’t give you anything to play with yet, we figured we’d at least let you know what we’re working on.

Here’s the one-liner that we’re using:

SlideRocket is a Web-enabled transformation of the way people create, manage, deliver, and share presentations

Catchy, right? Now let’s dig a little deeper:

SlideRocket provides a level of rich internet application functionality that far surpasses today’s Office-lite web tools. It will be the first online productivity application that not only matches the features available in desktop apps like PowerPoint and Keynote, but extends beyond those tools by embracing Enterprise/Web 2.0 mainstays like community, sharing, security, and collaboration to provide a complete presentation management system.

SlideRocket give you powerful tools that let you easily make presentations that look better than PowerPoint, and it lets you manage and share your slides among your own presentations or between users. It puts help at your fingertips when you need it, so that you can make the best slides possible. It works online and it works offline, so you never need to worry about whether or not you have an Internet connection.

That should give you some idea of what we’re up to, and we’ll go more in-depth on the feature set soon.

- mike


By Nat Robinson on May 14, 2007

We’ve decided to apply to present at TechCrunch20, and I’m sitting here filling out the application. It’s all pretty straightforward until I got to a section called “The Promise.” The description reads:

Presenting companies at the conference will be expected to present first public beta releases of new products or features. If your company is selected to present at TechCrunch20, please summarize what you will commit to launching at the conference. Please add why the TechCrunch20 platform will be important to your business development trajectory.

It’s the middle of May and we’re talking about a conference in September. How to play this one?

We are currently in alpha, meaning that we can author presentations and present them but the product isn’t ready for the world to start banging on it. We’ve been letting a few select people in, but we’re not even at private beta yet. (FYI, the application is coming together nicely and it’s very cool. Lots of different types of people get excited when they see it, which we take as a good sign. Some even offer to invest, which is good too ;) )

Soon we’ll be launching the private beta. (don’t you just love the word “soon”?) So how long will we remain in private beta? Can we commit to launching the public beta in September? Is that too ambitious? Or maybe we’ll be ahead of schedule and want to launch earlier.

Then again, is there such a thing as ahead of schedule in software?

- mike