Startup Name: Slidecraft
Tagline: Presentations that start a conversation
Founder/Founders: James Qualtrough / Andrew Gleave / Leo Fosdal
In a few sentences, tell us what your startup is all about!
We believe presentations can play a much more engaging role in brand and personal storytelling along with becoming an interactive and rich content experience. Think of Slidecraft as a mix between Keynote and Medium – there will be more opportunity for content creators to add value and depth for their audience beyond their slides.
When was your startup founded? And what stage is your startup currently at?
Founded 2014, currently at private beta
Who are your competitors? And what is your start-up’s competitive advantage over them?
Our competitors are other online presentation software like Prezi and Google Slides and traditional software like Keynote and PowerPoint.
Slidecraft changes presentations from a monologue to a conversation. With Slidecraft, storytellers, presenters and content producers can add context to every slide and have conversations on a slide by slide, or topic by topic basis.
Let us know a bit about your team, who are the key team members and what is their role?
Andrew Gleave – Andrew is an experienced full-stack developer and co-founder of Red Robot Studios. To reboot Andrew spends his time running and walking in the wilderness.
Leo Fosdal – Leo has been in the Design industry for over 20 years and is a keen adopter of new technologies. Away from the screen Leo can be found on the water with a kite in hand.
James Qualtrough – James is Head of Digital Media at Home Strategic and curator of Little Walden, a weekly newsletter for creatives. Out of office, James spends his time walking or swimming around the Isle of Man’s coastline.
If applicable, what is your growth like? And what milestones has your startup achieved so far?
We’ll be launching our private beta in early April.
Why did you choose this particular idea and concept to build your startup on?
We felt the growing pressure of content overload and realised that there had to be a better way to help people and brands with great ideas and passion connect and inspire change. For us, it was important that these storytellers and change-makers could choose the medium they were most comfortable with to share their knowledge. Presentations gave us the perfect platform – we just had to reinvent them for the digital and social age.
We want to help change-makers and storytellers cut through the clutter and start conversations around their ideas and build communities around their passion.
How big do you think you can get? Why? And how you are planning to achieve your goals?
As a platform for change-makers and storytellers we believe Slidecraft has the potential to start conversations all over the world. We’d love to think this could become an important reference point for great content and valuable discussions.
Our approach to growth is to live by our mission to connect and inspire. If we do this, and help storytellers and change-makers to create great content and start conversations around their passions then growth will come.
Are you looking for funding or are you open to partnership opportunities, and if so, what’s the best way for people to get in contact with you?
We’re currently self-funded and enjoying the challenges and restrictions that brings. It’s certainly made think harder and work smarter which I think has helped us get to this stage.
We’re an open company and love to discuss opportunities and ideas so more than happy for anyone who is interested to get in touch with me directly either through Twitter @jamesq or email [email protected].
Finally, do you have any other comments or information about your product that you would like to add?
We’re currently looking for beta testers to join us at the start of this journey. Anyone who is interested can request an invite to our private beta which we’ll be launching in April.