Haiku Deck co-founders Kevin Leneway and Adam Tratt were nominated for a 2014 Webby.

Haiku Deck reaches 1M downloads, CEO says ‘we’re just at the start of something huge’

Things are rolling at Haiku Deck in the form of a new iPhone app and an impressive milestone. The Seattle-based presentation app maker just crossed the one million download mark, a notable achievement given the company’s series of pivots over the past four years. The TechStars Seattle grad, led by former Cranium executive Adam Tratt, originally… Read More

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Startup advice from Haiku Deck CEO: It’s not about the product — it’s how you make people feel

Adam Tratt’s first slide at yesterday’s Seattle Tech Meetup was simple: A picture of himself with the words “Don’t Be Like Me.” No, he wasn’t talking about the Adam Tratt of today, who is running an up-and-coming iPad presentation helper that won GeekWire’s App of the Year. Rather, he was referring to the Adam Tratt who started a… Read More

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After series of pivots, Haiku Deck scores $3 million to make presentation tools fun

Haiku Deck has reeled in $3 million in fresh funding, money that the Seattle startup will use to continue to build out its easy-to-use presentation tools. Trilogy Partnership led the round, with Madrona Venture Group, Founder’s Co-op, entrepreneur Sarah Leary and others also participating. The TechStars Seattle grad, led by former Cranium executive Adam Tratt,… Read More

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Our startup’s pivot: Three important lessons we learned

More than any other word, pivot has come to define startup life. Without the pivot, YouTube would have been a dating site, Groupon an app for staging protests, and Instagram a location-based game. Framed in the context of billion-dollar valuations, it’s easy to gloss over just how tricky and uncomfortable it can be to shift… Read More