• SlideRocket Provides Inspiration for New Users


    Sometimes vendors need to do the heavy lifting for users in order to encourage adoption. This is especially so in situations where vendors are trying to disrupt an existing market player. Case in point: SlideRocket, the presentation application that…

  • SlideRocket Goes Mobile with HTML5


    SlideRocket, the online presentation company that seeks to break organizations out of the PowerPoint gridlock, today released its HTML5 mobile presentation players. I’ve spent lots of time talking with SlideRocket CEO Chuck Dietrich so appreciate what a big deal…

  • Sliderocket – Doing for Presentations what Blogging has Done for Media (Trolls Included)


    I’ve written many times in the past about Sliderocket – the company that is reinventing presentations for a live, on-demand and insight driven world. Sliderocket is a cutting edge content creation tool, a useful asset store, and an analytics…

  • SlideRocket Brings the Real Time Web to Presentations


    SlideRocket (more coverage here) is today making a release that sees them move one step closer to making presentations that are integrally bound with the real time web rather than historic reflections. SlideRocket is releasing a new plugin architecture that allows third party developers to create plugins that harness real time data as part of a presentation.

    Initially plugins are available to run live polls, harness a live Twitter feed and present dynamic stock quotes/RSS but what is really interesting here is that by opening up the architecture, SlideRocket unharnesses their product and allows any developer to think of weird and wonderful uses for real time data within a presentation.

    SlideRocket’s new plug-ins are currently being rolled out to subscribers and will be available
    to all SlideRocket users by mid-March 2010. Details of the initial plugins are:

    • Interactive polling: PollEverywhere, the text message polling and audience response system, developed a plug-in that adds live polling capabilities to SlideRocket. Users can create interactive presentations by asking the audience questions and including the responses in real-time within a slide.


    • Live Twitter streams: SlideRocket has embedded the Twitter API into a slide template to bring backchannel discussions to the stage.


    • Live stock ticker and other RSS Feeds


    It’s a great idea – I’ve seen some instructions for showing a live Twitter feed within PowerPoint and they run to 10 pages or more – with this move, SlideRocket have made sharing real time data with an audience easy. Check out their demo presentation here

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  • T-Shirt Friday #28 – sliderocket


    Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a compaDSCF5407 ny with a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    DSCF5406 If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange things. The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps). 

    I’ve always felt indebted to sliderocket. Months ago when writing a review of their product I made the journalist’s cardinal sin, transposing the name of one of their competitors within the article I wrote. Sliderocket CEO Chuck Dietrich was a remarkably good sport about my mistake, although going out for a run with him in San Francisco a few months ago I couldn’t help but think that some of the awesome pace he showed was by way of retribution 😉

    Despite some reservations initially, I love the sliderocket product, and their initial foray into the t-shirt arena shows a similar cool, understated elegance.


    • All g33ks have an interest in space travel. Show your pride and wear a rocket on your chest (and back)
    • Grey is a good color for a freebie t-shirt
    • Keeping it simple is good – minimal text, minimal garishness and good design smarts
    • 100% cotton


    • Haiti? Haiti? Don’t they drink reactor water there?
    • Every time I wear it I’m reminded about my mistake – I’ll get over it one day 😉
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  • Sliderocket – It’s Not just About Slides

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    I wrote a post earlier this year questioning the validity of the seemingly multitudinous numbers of applications offering a PowerPoint alternative – it just seems to be an exercise destined for futility. At the time, and after a brief glimpse of the Sliderocket offering I lumped them in with this class of service.

    When I was in the bay area a month or so ago I spent some time with CEO Chuck Dietrich and really got to take a deep look at where they are heading – the discussion we had culminated in Chuck writing a guest post for us recently. It also culminated in me changing my view as to the viability of Sliderocket as a business and in fact my impression of what they’re all about.

    Yesterday saw the release of the next chapter in that story, Sliderocket released Slide Audio, a new feature enabling users to easily record audio to slides quickly. In one fell swoop Sliderocket goes from a traditional presentation tool to a complete, integrated and automatable presentation offering. Of course users could always drop an audio file into an existing presentation, but this allows on the fly audio recording with a presentation. As I said (admittedly somewhat effusively) to Chuck this morning:

    in one fell swoop you’ve taken on Camtasia and Webex (kind of). It’s a really compelling change… you’re not a visual presentation product anymore so much an end to end virtual presenter platform… if that makes sense

    I asked Chuck for a soundbite that encapsulated where they’re going with this – his response:

    People want to consume information when they want it – our TV is on-demand, our movies are on-demand. Now, companies can easily create sales pitches and other content to be viewed on-demand by prospects, customers, employees, when they want it. With SlideRocket‘s new Audio feature, we’re giving sales & marketing teams, educators, trainers and more the ability to easily add an informative and personalized audio track to their beautiful and engaging presentations and we’re making it possible for viewers to absorb this information on their own time.   Best of all it’s as easy to make as click of button. 

    It really is the start of a time where users can consume their information at will and on-demand. It’s doing to presentations what Wikipedia did to limited library hours and inaccessible Encyclopaedia sets. It changes expectations and changes the paradigm.

    Of course it’s not as easy as that and the biggest issue facing Sliderocket is that they’re seen as simply a PowerPoint replacement. Sliderocket waxes poetic about the opportunities for this on their post saying:

    Using presentations as a vehicle for sales pitches? Win deals. Sell More.

    Using slide audio, you can create presentations with personalized sales pitches that your prospects can view and then forward around to their colleagues. With audio on each slide you can have different spokespeople for different slides to help your message come alive. Your sales team will be selling and closing deals in their sleep, thanks to SlideRocket’s on-demand presentations.

    Using presentations to train your employees? Keep them engaged.

    Build reusable training presentations in minutes that have all the details needed to successfully train your employees or customers. Forget about boring bullet points – thanks to your audio, you can use less text on your slides with engaging images to help keep the audience attentive.

    Using presentations as a communication tool for your customers? Keep them in the loop.

    By simply sending your customers a link to your presentation, your audio will walk them through the details of your message, slide by slide. Now, your entire organization can be on point, with consistent messaging.

    Check out a sample presentation here – it’s a little cheesy but gives you an idea of what audio + presentations can mean.

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  • Red Hat does the right thing with Ansible


    There’s always the concern, when a big vendor acquires a smaller company, that the acquisition will end up with a once great product orphaned and forgotten within the borg. We’ve seen it time and time again – Microsoft acquired…

  • EMC, VMware and Pivotal Initiative–A Confusing Triumvirate


    I wanted to wait a few weeks before commenting on the worst kept secret in enterprise IT, the fact that VMware and EMC are creating a new entity, Pivotal, that is made up of the cloudy assets from both…

  • VMware Rumors Circulate–MyPOV on What the New CEO Should Do


    With the tech press going into a tailspin yesterday over long-time Googler Marissa Mayaer being appointed as Yahoo! CEO, an equally exciting piece of news and separate but connected rumor was largely ignored. GigaOM reported that VMware is likely…

  • Moving up the Stack–VMware and the Software World


    Summary – Another long post so here’s a summary. Infrastructure will become commoditized and because of this VMware is moving up the stack. Ecosystem partners involved with CloudFoundry are best to partner with multiple PaaS vendors rather than CloudFoundry…