Four years ago almost to the day, SlideRocket founder Mitch Grasso launched SlideRocket from this blog with these words:
“This is SlideRocket Mission Control. We’re counting down to launch. SlideRocket will blow away your expectations of what can be done with web applications.”
SlideRocket Has Been Acquired by VMware
Today, we are thrilled to announce that SlideRocket has been acquired by VMware, marking a dramatic acceleration in SlideRocket’s mission to reinvent presentations and change the way businesses and individuals communicate. VMware and SlideRocket share an affinity for seizing big opportunities to reinvent how people work, and we are aligned in our vision for the future of cloud applications – it’s a future where work becomes collaborative, social, mobile, and even fun!
VMware is leading the transition to the cloud. They’re thoughtful, innovative, and incredibly supportive of SlideRocket’s vision. VMware’s groundbreaking virtualization technology has deeply influenced the way we work today and patterned the cloud infrastructure and apps of tomorrow. Their technology is used and trusted by 96% of the Fortune 1000 companies, and they’re just getting started. By joining VMware’s world-class team, world-changing technology, and unparalleled record of innovation, SlideRocket gets a very powerful boost. With this we’ll accelerate our innovation and continue on this exciting journey to improve communications and the way we work.
SlideRocket’s opportunity was spawned by 25 years of presentations that followed a single, predictable, and boring desktop trajectory. Audiences were subjected to static slides with 10 font bullet points, inboxes laid to waste with huge attachments, teams of people ran around confused with old versions of presentations. Communication was tough. It was a sad time.
SlideRocket and our early customers set out determined to revitalize communications, with the audacious goal to imagine again presentations for the cloud. Thanks to you, we’ve experienced tremendous growth over the last four years – we grew out of Mitch’s basement, inhabited some rather dingy digs by an underpass, to our swank new offices in the heart of San Francisco.
From Fantastic Customers Come Fantastic Presentations
You and over a quarter million other innovators have created and shared over 10 million SlideRocket presentations. International events like SXSW have standardized on SlideRocket and technology pioneers like Google have partnered with us to help launch Google Chrome Web Store and the Google Apps Marketplace.
During this journey, you’ve helped steer our product direction. You were the inspiration to build features like interactive forms and comments, HTML5 and mobile player, a set of plugins for social media, finance data, and other web content, a marketplace for media, and so much more. You have been our navigators and this success is as much a credit to you as to our internal team. After all, it’s your fantastic presentations that are the fuel for SlideRocket!
I can’t express in words how fortunate we are to have such an unbelievable team of SlideRocket employees committed to our audacious goal. The team shows up day after day with a commitment to our customers and innovation. It’s unique and special for such a great group of individuals to come together and form a company family.
So, please accept my heart felt appreciation for you, our SlideRocket customers and employees. None of this would have been possible without your support, commitment and passion! Wait till you see what’s coming next; we can’t wait to blow away your expectations once again.
Chuck Dietrich, CEO, SlideRocket