The standard Slidebean 'bean' blue logo
Type of site
|Available in||English, Spanish|
|Founder(s)||Jose 'Caya' Cayasso, Jose Enrique Bolaños, Vinicio Chanto|
|Launched||June 4, 2014|
Slidebean is a presentation software that allows users to create slide decks. It is a web-based software, available as a web application and Software as a service. The company is based in New York City, with a large portion of the team also based in San Jose. The platform seeks to simplify the process of making presentations with a friendly user interface.
The program allows users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Documents created in Slidebean can be shared directly via URL, while a permissions system regulates who can view or edit the content of each deck. Updates have introduced features like presentation viewer tracking, dynamic design suggestions based on the contents of a specific slide, as well as automatic branding based on the company logo.
Slidebean was co-founded by Jose 'Caya' Cayasso, Jose E. Bolaños and Vinicio Chanto. Cayasso recalled his frustration with the time it took to create presentations using platforms such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi, and put together a team to automate this process, especially for users that didn't have a design background. That concept evolved into a wider presentation platform with other functionality around the creation, sharing and tracking of slide documents.
The company started in San Jose, the hometown of the three founders. The team then moved to Santiago, Chile in November 2013, as part of the Start-Up Chile seed accelerator, they also released their first beta version. In June 2014, Cayasso, Chanto, and Bolaños moved to New York City, where they incorporated the company and joined DreamIt Ventures; soon after, they released the first version of Slidebean to the public.
In October 2014, the team faced financial struggles and was almost forced to shut operations down. It was then accepted as part of batch 11 of the 500 Startups accelerator which the founders stated, saved the company from going out of business.
Slidebean is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. Any user can create a free trial account and use a limited version of the platform. Slidebean allows them to create a slide presentation either starting from scratch or using a pre-designed template. Through partnerships with startup accelerators such as DreamIt Ventures and 500 Startups, many of the templates available on the site fulfill specific needs for early-stage startups.
The presentation editor divides the creation process into two: an outline which lets users input raw content without the distraction of the how the finished content is going to look; and a design editor, which is a WYSIWYG module that allows tweaking visual characteristics such as fonts, branding and color scheme.
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