Welcome to Slidevana, the ultimate presentation toolkit. Although we’re launching Slidevana today, its been a long time in the making. In fact, its taken years of building dozens of presentations to create Slidevana. Let me explain.
You see, I’m that guy. Every office/team/department has one. You know, the guy that gets stuck with doing all decks because he likes it and is sort of good at it. Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you’re that person too.
I cut my teeth learning how to present to executives at Microsoft. I needed to learn how to present bullet proof business cases, backed by rigorous analysis. Pulling up the perfect slide in response to a tough question is a sure way to inspire your audience.
Then, I did my MBA and learned how to sling slides at one of the top three management consulting firms. Fortune 500 companies pay McKinsey, BCG, and Bain millions of dollars to analyze their businesses, and all that thinking gets rendered down into a slide deck at the end of an engagement. A million dollar slide deck better be crisp and convincing.
Since then, I’ve helped build and lead several VC-backed startups. There’s always a presentation that needs to get done, whether its for a board meeting, sales call, conference, VC pitch, or internal review. Decks need to get done fast and they need to tell a great story.
And, like I said, I’m usually the guy crafting that story and the deck to go along with it. That means I’ve spent a lot of time pouring over PowerPoint and Keynote.
It turns out that when people create a presentation, they usually spend less than half their time honing the message. The bulk of time is spent pushing pixels in a slide program. It also turns out that people are making the same slides over and over again. There’s a pretty finite set of slide layouts that account for the majority of content in business presentations.
That is why I created Slidevana. I’ve bundled all of these layouts together into a comprehensive toolkit that will enable you to make better presentations in less time. We’re excited to launch the first version for iWork Keynote ’09 for Mac and Keynote for iOS. With Slidevana, you can build presentations by copying/pasting from over 130 different slide layouts. This usually cuts presentation prep time in half and makes it possible to author useable business presentations on your iPad or your iPhone. You can even use Siri to dictate your way to the perfect slide deck.
You can check out more at Slidevana.com.