A Seattle area startup by the name of 9Slides has raised a tiny bit of angel financing that it will use to roll out a new service that synchronizes videos from presentations with slide decks. San Francisco-based SlideShare already is a juggernaut in that arena, boasting some 55 million unique visitors. It is backed by Venrock, Mark Cuban, Dave McClure and others.

9Slides is very much in the early stages of development, and founder and ex-Microsoft program manager Ruchit Garg plans to unveil more details next month. Garg, who previously worked on Xbox Live and Windows Phone, said that he’s raised less than $200,000 for the new Redmond company.

“This will just keep me running for a few months, and the idea is to spend more time and traction on this project,” said Garg, who just left Microsoft earlier this month.

9Slides describes itself as a “powerful communication tool, which allows users to create unique online experience(s) using their existing presentation videos and slides.”

With 9Slides, the online video gets tagged with the slides so that they are merged together into a single TV-like experience, Garg said.

9Slides plans to launch its beta program on October 11th, charging customers based on how much storage they use.

UPDATE: The company provided this comment about competition in a FAQ about its service:

It’s a highly fragmented market with bunch of companies working in similar space with focus on enterprise, requiring big licensing fees to get started. We believe that independent professional, small and medium sized businesses, schools, colleges can very well use our platform to create compelling online experience at fraction of the cost of what is available today, without spending lot on IT.

Comments

  • Daniel Rossi

    Working with Ruchit has been delightful.  He is
    attacking this market with conviction. His
    product is really cool.  He will succeed. 
    And we’ll enjoy watching one of NWEN’s members doing it!  Thanks for the story!
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cameron-Newland/10700278 Cameron Newland

    I’m with Daniel on this one…this product is differentiated enough (read: improved) versus Slideshare such that it will succeed, and it’s got the right leader/team, as well. I’m excited to see 9Slides move forward and agressively take market share away from some of the major web presentation sites out there. It won’t happen overnight, but it will indeed happen.

  • http://www.puzzazz.com Roy Leban

    Congrats on the milestone, Ruchit. I know you’ve been working hard on this.

  • http://thinkmaya.com Maya Bisineer

    This is AWESOME. Congrats Ruchit. Excited for you and 9slides !!

  • Anonymous

    Looks interesting

  • Mkmallik

    Congrats Ruchit

  • http://twitter.com/freepowerpoint Free Powerpoint

    Interesting. I liked the idea and it is good to hear that this kind of products and services is evolving from the classical way to show PowerPoint presentations.

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