Presentation software such as PowerPoint and Keynote has defined entire industries, architected how companies and organisations function, how work itself is shaped and how information and knowledge is conveyed throughout markets and societies. Presentation software touches the lives and businesses of hundreds of millions of people every day, billions of hours are spent working on presentations. Major personal and economic decisions are based on the outputs of presentation software. Productivity won and lost through good and bad presentations is immeasurable given the numbers involved.
We’ve seen the power of modern workplace tools such as Slack and Airtable, yet the “working-stack” at the core of the office productivity suite — e.g. software tools for word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software — has not yet been truly re-thought for the modern web age and its younger generations. Presentation software in particular has remained essentially within the same paradigm since PowerPoint was released in the late ’80s. It is not based on modern web technologies, does not allow for magical and easy creation experiences, lacks data integrations or truly collaborative environments and has limited ability to become a new platform for knowledge sharing and discovery.
The team behind Pitch is setting out to re-think presentation software from the bottom up, using a modern web stack and focusing on powerful creation tools, data integrations and collaboration.
We believe that no new entrant has managed to take a meaningful slice from PowerPoint’s market share, no one “loves” PowerPoint and at the same time there is an increasing trend towards rapid bottom-up adoption of new vertical tools and platforms for the modern work economy. We need a new working-tools stack for the next generation. If the Pitch team can empower users to build, collaborate on and share presentations in a much easier and joyful way, it could become a very widely adopted platform at the very fabric of how businesses and individuals work.
Christian Reber and the team previously built Wunderlist, which millions of people use every day to manage their work and private productivity. We worked with the team on the Wunderlist board from Series A to their exit to Microsoft. We were therefore keen to back their new company and are very happy to be able continue the relationship with a team that are willing to go back to the entrepreneurial starting line.