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Convertible Notes, Equity and Startup Funding Explained
 
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If you're starting your first company, understanding stock, preferred stock, options, convertible notes and other fundraising instruments can be truly overwhelming. We didn't find a single video that covered this, so here we go. If you are an early-stage startup company in the tech space, the best way to raise capital is with a convertible note or a similar instrument. However, to understand how those work, we first need to understand how stock works. STOCK You are probably familiar with the term 'stock.' A company is divided into chunks, and each shareholder owns a certain percentage of the company, which gives control of company decisions, and a share of the profits. A PRICED ROUND: RAISING MONEY FOR STOCK The 'traditional' approach towards raising capital is with a priced round. Tech companies are different. Tech companies have tremendous scale potential and often fantastic margins. A software product or an app, for example, can realistically operate with 80%+ margins, and serve millions of customers around the world, with a minimal staff. Think of Uber, who raised $500,000 on their first round, and are now worth, well, billions of dollars. So the value of a startup is not related directly to their revenue, but to their potential. Some variables to take into account here are: - The market size, how many customers are there in the world. - The technology variable, is there a unique piece of tech that nobody else has, or that optimizes a process drastically? - Potential margins, how many employees are needed to serve 100,000 customers or 1,000,000 customers? When Instagram had 300 million users, their staff was 13 people. However, all these numbers are variables and theories, and nobody knows for sure. The valuation of a startup is defined by how much potential an investor sees in the business, how risky it is, and how much upside do they want in exchange for risking their money, just like a bet. These days, a reasonable number for a tech company like our theoretical FounderHub would be a $4,000,000 (pre-money) valuation. Again, assuming this is a high scale, high margin business. All of these decisions require negotiations, and lawyers, and signatures to be put in writing, and they can make the process take six months or more from 'agreeing to invest.' Since most early companies don't have six months, they often choose to go with a Convertible Note. If you want to run your own calculations, you can download the free template we have at FounderHub.io?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=fundraising CONVERTIBLE NOTES A convertible note is an instrument that delays the valuation conversation, and it allows the company to access the capital sooner, with less negotiation and much smaller legal fees. A convertible note is like a loan, but instead of using an asset like a house for collateral, the company stock is the collateral. This means, obviously, that the investor also needs to believe in the business to invest, because the note intends to convert into stock. Like I said before, defining a company valuation is tough. Too many variables, too little data... so with a convertible note, the investor is saying: I'll give you the money for you to grow now. In a year or so we should have the data to support a priced, traditional round, so my investment will convert then, with the valuation and terms that the new investors define. So a convertible note is an investment that triggers, - Ideally, on a new round of funding. - Also ideally, if the company is acquired. - At a predefined deadline, often 18 or 24 months after the original investment. At this point, investors can negotiate a note extension, they can convert it at the Cap, or they can request a payback, again, if the company can afford it. Now, YCombinator and 500 Startups have both designed documents inspired by convertible notes, but simpler. And free. The KISS-A (Keep it simple security) and the SAFE (simple agreement for future equity) are simplified convertible note templates that you can use to raise money and skip lawyer fees. You can download it on our FounderHub site, and refer to our knowledge base for more details on completing it. They both work as a convertible note but reducing a lot of the paperwork requirements. Alright. We have videos coming on the process of incorporating a business, distributing founder stock and vesting. Let us know which of those topics you would like us to prioritize. If you found this useful, help us out by subscribing and sharing. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. ---- Follow Us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slidebean
How to Create a Pitch Deck for Investors: Fundraising for Startups
 
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Entrepreneurship is booming. It's no coincidence that searches related to how to create a pitch deck for investors have soared in the past few years, and continue to grow. The main problem we see is many founders don't really have a reference or starting point when creating their pitch decks. The format in which you apply for startup funding has become very standardized and there's really no need to reinvent the wheel. In this video, we'll dig deep into the standard pitch deck outline most companies are using these days, and we'll give you some guidance as to what information and in what format should be included on your document. We'll mostly refer to the Airbnb and the Uber Pitch Decks, which are available for download here (https://slidebean.com/blog/startups-pitch-deck-examples?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=investor-pitch-deck). -- Links we referred to: Slidebean Pitch Deck Templates: https://slidebean.com/pitch-deck-template/?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=investor-pitch-deck INC.com on Market Size: https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/bottom-up-or-top-down-market-analysis-which-should-you-use.html?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=investor-pitch-deck SEC Regulations for fundraising: https://medium.com/dissected-by-propel-x/fundraising-101-a-tale-of-two-rules-fundraising-under-506-b-vs-506-c-5d47a2ef62c9 ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. Our premise of separating the content creation from the slide design, allows you to focus on what matters most, while the platform takes care of everything else automatically. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slidebean
Seed Funding for Startups: How to raise venture capital as an entrepreneur
 
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Raising money is hard. It's so hard most companies fail at it. In this video, we'll look into traction requirements, pitch decks, alternative funding sources and on how to find investors. This is seed funding for entrepreneurs. I'm the CEO of a company called Slidebean, and thousands of startups have used our platform to create their pitch decks. Their success is our success, and this is why we get involved with them and have learned a thing or to about what works, and what doesn't. I started my first company in 2011, and I failed at raising capital. I know the pain of shutting down a website you spent countless hours on, and having to email all your customers to say it's game over. The problem with my first company is that we spent too much time trying to find investors, hence we failed to notice some of the fundamental flaws in our product. For Slidebean, we raised a seed round of $800,000 which has allowed us to grow to a team of 25, increase our revenue to seven digits and become profitable in the process. And yeah, it was hard. I'm telling you this because I want you to trust my advice. I tried and failed, and I can look back and see why I got a 'NO' from most of the 142 investors I pitched. Yeah, 142 to raise $800,000. So let's talk about traction, first. I have this problem with startup press (but we love YOU, @jordanrcrook). It gives new founders a false notion of how fundraising works. You read the story of Yo, an app that just sent notifications saying 'Yo' and how they raised a $1,000,000 seed round, and you assume that's something anyone with a couple of lines of code can do. Most companies raise money AFTER getting traction. Very few companies raise money with just a prototype and no users, and certainly, NO company raises money without a fully formed founding team. The most extreme case here is tech companies that are trying to raise money to hire a CTO. This makes no sense. Tech talent is expensive, and it's scarce, and the first proof that your company is worth something is that you managed to find a full stack developer that would turn down a job at Google to work on this idea. As a CEO, you need to be able to find and convince that guy, who joins your company for the stock and not for the salary; when he could be making $150,000/yr otherwise. The reality of startup fundraising today, at least in Silicon Valley and New York, is that companies are pitching investors with traction, excellent traction. Traction usually comes in the form of revenue: tens of thousands of dollars per month, growing over +20% month-over-month. I'm not making this up, check this article by VC Elizabeth Yin. Pure play, no-revenue traction counts only when you are dealing with millions of users and fantastic retention rates. So how can you get to these numbers venture capitalists expect, if you don't have any money to start with? Yeah well, bootstrapping. We bought our domain in 2013 and started working on our product, but it was only after 18 months that we managed to get any decent money to ramp up growth. It was $100,000 from the 500 Startups program, but we'll talk about accelerators in a minute. From May 2013 through October 2014 we bootstrapped. We did part-time consulting so we could pay our bills. We had a $1,000 salary each, and we shared an apartment. It was barely enough, but the backgrounds of the three founders made up for all the talent we needed: no need to hire anyone. Our company burn rate was probably $3,500 including our 'salaries' and the services we needed. It sucked; but if you can live on a budget and put up with your co-founders while having no idea what's going to happen, you've passed a very tough test. -- Links we referred to: Check out this one for more info on how to get into an accelerator: https://slidebean.com/blog/startups/accelerator-application-500-startups?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=seed-funding Download our Pitch Deck template: https://slidebean.com/business-presentation-templates/?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=seed-funding To Download our Managing Investors spreadsheet template sign up to FounderHub here: https://founderhub.io/?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=seed-funding Elizabeth Yin Article: https://elizabethyin.com/2018/10/18/should-you-raise-money-or-bootstrap/ ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slidebean
Demo Day: how to deliver a startup pitch deck
 
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Demo days are often the first chance a startup gets at getting in front of investors. For most startup accelerators, this is your graduation event, and a lot of work goes into preparing those slides and those pitches. In this video, we're going to dig into what investors are looking for, how to stand out from the crowd, and our lessons learned when preparing a demo day pitch deck. Now, a Demo Day pitch deck is not too different from... let's call it a regular pitch deck. It's a 10 or 15 slide introduction to your company, that should paint a good picture of what you do and why you are going to get rich doing it. The core difference is regular pitch decks get sent over email. This time you are pitching on stage, and it's your responsibility to carry the audience through the deck, to sell your company vision. This is, in order, the slides a Demo Day should have: - Opener - Traction/Milestones - Problem - Solution - Product Demo - Business Model - Market Size - Competition - Underlying Magic - Go to Market - Team - Fundraising Information Both of these templates are available on Slidebean, so feel free to download them on the links below: Pitch Deck and Demo Day Templates: https://slidebean.com/business-presentation-templates/?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=video-content&utm_term=demo-day Pitch Deck Inspiration: https://slidebean.com/blog/startups-pitch-deck-examples First, let's talk about the opener. Demo Days are long events. After the firth startup on stage, anyone will get bored and start blurring the memories between one company and the other. Also, investors are busy people; they can easily divert to their laptops or Twitter if they aren't interested in what they're seeing. When you get on stage, you have 5 seconds to catch an investor's initial attention. If you succeed, you've earned an extra 30 seconds of their attention span, and finally, if you nail those 30 seconds, chances are they'll pay attention through the end of your presentation. Using your first 5 seconds to say- 'Good Morning, my name is what, I'm the CEO of what is a terrible waste of that time. They aren't remembering your name or your company name, and it's quite obvious you are one of the co-founders. Use these 5 seconds to catch their attention in some other way. My favorite approach is staring with a question, a question that speaks about your problem statement. When we pitched in 500 Startups, I started with 'How much time do you waste creating slide presentations?'. We crafted this question after weeks of trial and error, but it meets the requirements, - When you get asked a question, you inevitably answer it in your head. - We are talking about a struggle that we know for a fact every one of them has. - It hints about our product, the problem we are trying to solve and the dimension of the problem. - It creates empathy. It relates them to the problem. Again, my name is on the slide. The company name and logo is on the slide, so the point here is, let's get right to business. Chances are by the end of the event they'll remember 'the presentation company,' not Caya from Slidebean; and that's fine, they now know what you do. Now the Traction Slide, notice how it's been moved to second. If you've nailed your opener, you've now earned an extra 30 seconds. The absolute best way to stand out is bragging about what you've accomplished. A lot of accelerators focus too much on the pitch itself- when your focus at all times should be growth. Use this opportunity to show a hockey stick chart of your revenue. If you have it, then this is they killer slide right here. Investors on the Bay Area want to see 30% MoM growth for seed stage companies. 20% should still be rather good. If you are below this, then your sole focus should be getting to 30%, not watching me talk about Demo Day. Still, if you must pitch and you don't have revenue, then brag about your user growth, which should also have a hockey stick chart. The point here is, this will give you CREDIBILITY. The reaction you need here is curiosity about what the hell your company is doing to be growing so fast. This is the kind of thing that grabs someone's attention for the 3 minutes you have left. ____________ ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. Our premise of separating the content creation from the slide design, allows you to focus on what matters most, while the platform takes care of everything else automatically. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slide...
Last Minute Assignment | Slidebean
 
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Be the guy on the right. Join us! http://bit.ly/2TCB0Pg Slidebean: slides, simple and beautiful. Slidebean is a web presentation tool that takes care of the design for you. With a combination of artificial intelligence and an intuitive interface, you can create a presentation in minutes, not hours- and it will look stunning every.single.time. Slidebean is a New York City and San Jose-based startup company. Founded by three Costa Rican entrepreneurs, the platform has been used by over 500,000 startups, consultants, marketers, professors and students around the world.
Death By PowerPoint: a Crash Course on Slide Design
 
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Death by PowerPoint is real, and chances are you’ve experienced it at school or at your latest work meeting. Slide design is not easy, and most presentation software has been designed upside down: the focus is on the look of the presentation instead of the content. In this video, we are going to teach you how to deliver memorable presentations, starting with a strong story. Using the structure that novels and movies use to tell exciting stories, you can tweak your story to make it memorable to your audience. Once we get the story straight, we’ll get into slide design, with a PowerPoint tutorial basic and advanced recommendations to apply to the presentation software of your choice. We’ll mostly refer to the Airbnb and the Uber Pitch Decks, which are available for download here (https://slidebean.com/blog/startups/p...). -- Links we referred to: Slidebean Presentation Templates: https://slidebean.com/busines-presentation-templates Presentation Storytelling: https://slidebean.com/blog/design/narrative-structure-of-great-presentations The Ultimate Guide to an Outstanding Deck: https://slidebean.com/blog/design/presentation-ideas ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. Our premise of separating the content creation from the slide design, allows you to focus on what matters most, while the platform takes care of everything else automatically. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Starting a Business: Startup Founder Salary and Stock Vesting
 
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There's a lot to consider when starting a business, but the relationship with your co-founders is probably one of the most critical parts. I learned about early vesting and salaries the hard way. On the company I started in 2012 we did have a good vesting agreement in place, but failing to define salaries spiraled badly. I ended up with about $16,000 in credit card debt, which may not sound like a lot to you, depending on where you live... but 23-year old me, living in Costa Rica where the salary that I could aspire to was $12,000 a year- it looked like I was going to spend the rest of my twenties paying that back. Let's start with stock and vesting. Once again, if you don't understand how stock works, you should check out this video. Let's look at a simple and common scenario. Founder A comes up with a business idea for a tech startup. He has a business background and is a great hustler, but can't code. He seeks out Founder B, who has a tech background and has the experience to become the company CTO moving forward. Probably a lot of debate here, but I am going to say in this situation this should be a 50/50 split. While Founder A has the idea, he can't execute it without Founder B. Now, this may be re-balanced if, for example, the business has some traction before Founder B comes in. And don't count 'talking to customers' as Traction: I'm talking revenue, sales, rounds of funding... users at least. That traction is worth something, so Founder A should be compensated for reaching that traction before Founder B came in. Now, let's say Founder A and Founder B agree on that 50/50 split, and six months later Founder B leaves. That would suck for Founder A who now has a missing-in-action partner who owns 50% of the company. This is what Vesting is for. A standard agreement is a 12-month cliff and 4-year vesting. This means that we'll take stock of each founder, say 500,000 shares, and split them in 48 months. That's about 10,416 shares per month. For the first 12 months of working for the company, this stock will not vest: this is the cliff. That means if that person leaves, he won't take any stock in the company. On the 12th month, at the stroke of midnight, the vested shares for those 12 months will be executed, which means that founder will now on 125,000 shares of stock in the company, one-fourth of his take. The remaining shares will continue to vest. In case of that person leaving, the remaining founders are still protected. Now, if you have a US business, it's really, really, really important that you file an 83(b) election if you are receiving vested stock. You can find a free template for this on FounderHub. An additional challenge here is many businesses don't start with funding or money in the bank- so the founders still have day jobs or side projects to pay their bills. How do you establish, then what 'fully dedicated to the business' means? It's tough. When we started the company, we agreed that each founder would have a $1,000 salary. While our living situations and monthly expenses were different, we decided that was enough to live in San Jose. So the priority was obviously taxes, legal fees and so on... but as long as the company had money after those necessary payments, everybody would get their full paycheck. We self-funded the company for about a year, mostly with small consulting projects. We agreed that those were company projects, not individual projects... This worked rather well for us, only a couple times we had to delay our payments- and we agreed that it was each one's responsibility to 'survive' until the next paycheck came in. It's not pretty when companies run out of money, and there isn't enough money to pay stuff. That's a terrible time to agree on things. - Come up with salaries that you can realistically afford as a company. - If you live in different cities, you might agree on a salary adjustment for living costs. - If one of the founders has savings or money flexibility and the other one doesn't, the solution is NOT to cut his paycheck but to use that money as an investment in the company. Slidebean: https://slidebean.com/ FounderHub: https://founderhub.io/ Demo Day: how to deliver a startup pitch deck https://youtu.be/IO11PLB2UV8 Seed Funding for Startups https://youtu.be/4RAs9Y5wwDo Convertible Notes, Equity, and Startup Funding Explained https://youtu.be/njx09wXb9o0 If you found this useful, help us out by subscribing and sharing. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck AI-powered tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slide...
Startup ideas: should you compete against an established company?
 
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Our Microsoft competitor product: http://bit.ly/2WFazu3 _______________________________ Should you start a business that directly competes against a player as big as Microsoft? Maybe. I hope our story sheds some light. We have a presentation platform. It's not the first, or the second, or the third. We can't even say it's the 'best'... but I'll get back to that. We started this business because we were all frustrated with presentations. From school, to work meetings, to startup pitch decks, the truth is most are built on PowerPoint, and most are a painful experience for both the viewer and the presenter. I spoke at a TEDx a few years ago, and this was the tipping point. I was so excited to present next to these fantastic speakers, expecting to see awesome slides.. and the truth was there was a team of designers on the event production in charge of the slides. This was insane to me. Professional speakers, brilliant minds still needed help to solve PowerPoint. There was clearly something wrong, and that's why we started this. Half a million people have tried Slidebean. Tens of thousands have paid for it. What did we get right? ON USABILITY RIGHT - We separated the content and the design: rethinking the usability and user experience. This removed the frustration and especially the distraction of arranging the layout before the content is done. I think we hit the nail on the head there; people use Slidebean because it saves them time, and that's why. WRONG - What we got wrong; getting people to switch to this new approach is not easy. While the learning curve is minimal, people are used to doing things one way and changing that behavior is harsh. ON DESIGN RIGHT - Everyone wants better-looking presentations. It's frustrating to work for hours on a deck, only to see slides that don't look the way you expect. Most people aren't designers, but they can see that there's something on this slide that's not on this slide. WRONG We thought that by guaranteeing perfect design, we'd get people on board, even if that required some limitations. Our first product was strict: we would not allow you to add more than 300 characters on a slide, because it 'wasn't right.' We thought people would value design first, but in reality, it comes second to time efficiency, to productivity. It took us years to solve this: to give users the ability to add anything to a slide, and being able to arrange it in a way that still looks stunning. We didn't solve it, artificial intelligence did. We came up with a system that generates thousands of slides from the content the user added. Then, the system looks at all the slides and finds the perfect one. We look for aligned elements, large text, and images. The AI even looks at the pictures themselves to find out what they are and how to arrange them better. All this happens in a fraction of a second, because, once again, time is money and time savings, productivity is what people care about the most. ON ADOPTION RIGHT - Becoming a niche product. Slidebean is THE BEST tool for specific tasks. Like pitch deck building. It performs pretty well for marketing people too. The combination of features, pricing, messaging, design, speaks to them- and things just work out. WRONG What we obviously got wrong was our ability to scale beyond these audiences. There are millions of users and millions of dollars to be made from users that would find Slidebean better than PowerPoint, but we won't get to 500 million customers anytime soon. We were naive here. A McKinsey consultant who's been using MSFT Office for 20 years is not going to switch unless we can build the perfect product for him, and we are not ready to do that yet. ON BUSINESS MODEL AND PRICING RIGHT We've seen so many competitors go out of business during our time with Slidebean. So many. It's always sad. In the end, they are like-minded people that saw a similar problem and tried to solve it, just like us. What has kept our company alive and growing has been our decision to become a premium product- which speaks again to that niche. We cater to people who value their time enough to pay for a product that will save them time. Google Slides is free. Keynote is free. PowerPoint is almost free. We can't compete with that; no startup can. WRONG Still, we've gotten our pricing wrong many a time. We've pivoted and iterated over this since inception- and we made a whole video about that so check that out. ON THE STARTUP STORY We like to think of ourselves as a tech startup. Any growth slower than 10% MoM is not cool, and we put ourselves into crisis mode to get back to where we want to go. Still, we don't function as a startup in many ways. We are profitable, for once. Between making aggressive bets with the risk of having to close shop and leaving 25 people without a job... or moving slower and providing a safe environment for our team... we chose the latter.
Slidebean Tutorial 101: How to create a presentation (Slidebean AI Demo)
 
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Welcome to Slidebean. My name is Caya; I'm the CEO. Let's cut to the chase, here's how Slidebean works: When you get to your brand new and shiny dashboard, you can start creating a presentation from scratch, or use one of our templates. We have 100s of templates around many different topics. The template is the structure of the slides, whether that's a pitch deck or a business proposal- we have created outlines you can use and just fill in the blank. The style, the colors the fonts, you can change all that later with just a click. We'll get there in a second. Now, when you select a template, or you start from scratch, you will land on our editor. The editor is divided into Outline and Design. Outline lets you add content to your slides without being distracted by the looks. Slidebean arranges that for you automatically, so try to resist the urge to check. You can add all your text images, charts, videos and be done in minutes. Once you have the content ready, you can switch to Design. Our new AI engine takes the content you created and arranges it for you automatically. If you don't like it, you can click 'Arrange with AI' again, and that will generate a whole new version. Previous versions are stored if you want to go back, and if you want to do this manually, you can always just drag and resize the elements. Once you're done with the layout, you can change the Theme of the slides, which will automatically update all the presentation — just one click. You can create your own themes based on your company branding, or add details to each element. Once you are done, you can go back to the dashboard to Share or Present. We always recommend sharing your presentation with the link, which lets you track the people who saw it, or remove access if you no longer want it to be public. If you want to export, you can do so in HTML format, which looks just like the web version, animations, and everything- or export to a static PDF or PPT file. Our team is available for live support during working hours, and you can check our Youtube tutorials and our knowledge base if you have any other questions.
What's new in Slidebean? (April 2019)
 
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Hi there, my name is Caya, and I'm the CEO at Slidebean. Maybe you heard, maybe you didn't- but for the past few months, we've been working on a new artificial intelligence engine to design your presentations. Any new presentations you create will work with our new system. AI is a fancy term that is easily thrown around, but here's what really happens. You can add content to the slide just like you did before. The difference is now you have this fancy, shiny button that says 'Arrange with AI.' When you click it, our system designs thousands and thousands of slides in a fraction of a second. Different, creative layouts that we humans hadn't thought of. Out of those thousands of layouts, we select one. The chosen one. It's the layout that looks best because the text is nice and readable, elements are aligned, and the area of the slide is used to its full extent. And you're done. Don't like it? Click again, and we'll show the second place. And the third. And of course, you can always go back to one of the previous ones. You can also, as always, arrange everything manually. Dragging and snapping now works just like in any other platform you've used before. You can still choose one of our themes, that changes the style of the elements: colors, fonts and some decorations- but the layout you choose will not be affected. And you can, of course, customize any of those as you prefer. Other features we added: you can now use a presenter screen. You can project one version of your slides, and keep a presenter dashboard on your laptop screen- which shows time, notes and next slide coming up. Finally, we've improved our animation engine. Now you can reorder how elements are animated on the slide: whether they appear all at once, or one by one. And that's what's new with Slidebean. We hope this makes for a much easier and smoother experience for you.
Startup company out of business: how Slidebean almost died
 
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Take our AI engine for a spin: http://bit.ly/2WMWnPX _____________________________________ Back in 2014 when we started our company Slidebean, we were weeks from going out of business. The closest one was October; when we had three weeks of money in the bank by the time we received a call from 500 Startups with the news that we had been accepted. Still, this was before we raised money and back then there was only three of us, founders. So, it doesn't really count. In 2017, however, as a team of 20 people, having raised over $850K in investor capital, we were, again, a couple of months away from going out of business- and this is the story I want to tell you today. These are our actual numbers for the period between Mid-2016 and mid-2017. We had just closed around $400,000 in funding and started scaling. Hired a bigger team, scaled our office and launched more aggressive marketing campaigns. Our revenue for July 2016 was $50K a month, and our subscriptions were growing double digits per month. Perfect metrics to raise money, but with the evident pressure of being able to maintain or increase that monthly growth after closing around. And so we did. But a problem we had put off came to bite us in the ass. CHURN Churn is cancer. In 2016 the churn rate for our product was 15%. That means every month we lost 15% of our customers. Still, our marketing efforts had been so successful that we were adding 25% of new customers every month, which netted to that 10% growth (25-15). Adding +25% of customers every month gets hard, and expensive. We couldn't keep up. Churn was an issue that we knew about, but we had put off for too long. LAYOFFS With revenue stagnant and the larger team, we were seen a deadline closer and closer together, so our only choice was to lay off people. It was probably the hardest time we had at the management team. We are a startup, and when we hire someone, we are trusting them as much as they are trusting us to make the right decisions. We had made the wrong decision, and this cost people their jobs. It's the worst kind of guilt and probably the worst part of being a founder. PROFITABILITY AND NEXT STEPS We didn't choose to become a profitable company. We had to become one or else. We had our chance at scaling budget, but our experiments didn't work. As we changed the business model and scaled the team down, we landed on a delicate balance of $70,000 in revenue, and around $65,000 in operation costs. IDEA: team size on-screen as we tell the story. With this balance and very carefully, we started scaling again. First expenses that we could easily cut, like new ad channels. Then, our product team. We had come up with a new concept that could point us in the right direction. This gets us to today. For most of 2018, we worked on a new artificial intelligence engine to design slides. The big difference between Slidebean and the PowerPoints (and PowerPoint clones) of the world is how we separate content from design. You can add the content here, and the design gets generated automatically. This works great for pitch deck presentations, for example, because you can just replace, fill in the blank, and you're done. Now, before now, Slidebean worked by arranging content based on a set of rules, but the problem with that is that content-heavy presentations were hard to solve- and slides ended up looking somewhat repetitive. For months we worked on an AI engine that solved this better, and I think we have. When the content is added, our bot generates thousands of different versions on the same slide, and then looks for the perfect one. The ideal slide probably has large images, and sizeable readable text- but the layout is different every time because a genetic algorithm generated it. We also pivoted our business model. Slidebean is now an annual subscription, and while that has dropped our conversion rate because of the higher price barrier, the customers that buy into the product are quite filtered and are bound to stick around. It's a bold move, an ace under our sleeve that we were too scared of using before now. So, main takeaways today: - Don't ignore churn. Churn is a reflection that something is wrong with your product, your customer target or your business model. In our case, it was the latter. - Hire slow and fire fast. Take your time to find a good candidate and make sure that you can afford them; but as painful as it is, if they are not performing to your expectations, let them go sooner rather than later. It will make this less painful for everyone. - Don't be a ruthless tyrant either. Believe in second chances. You are dealing with people's careers and people's lives. Be transparent about what your expectations are. - Pivot, measure, learn. Repeat. A startup is a race against time (and by time I mean money). The more Pivot, Measure, Learn cycles you can repeat, the better chance you have of finding the right combination of variables.
Stock Options explained: basics for startup employees and founders
 
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Free Slidebean Starter account for the first 50 users to sign up: https://app.slidebean.com/signup?ref=stock-options Document templates at https://founderhub.io ____________ You started a business and you want to compensate your early employees. Or you've joined a startup and were offered stock options as part of your compensation. How do those work? Most startups in the US compensate their employees with a salary, of course, and with stock options. The idea here is giving team members an upside if the collaborate to increase the company valuation. On public companies, that is, companies whose stock has been listed on a public stock exchange, this works somewhat differently, so I won't get into that. I've never worked for one of those. This video is mostly about private companies: startups where the stock is owned by the founders and their select investors. It all starts with a stock option pool. This is a pool of shares that the company issues, and that it 'reserves' for employees. On paper, this is a legal document signed and approved by the Board of Directors, and it represents a new issue of company shares. We made a video about how stock works, and how shares can be issued to investors, so go check it out if any of this seems confusing. The example we'll use today is our own company, Slidebean. In 2016, in combination with our investor round (which is usually when Stock Option Pools are created), we decided to create a stock option pool of around 5% of the company. In this case, the company issued 530,000 new shares of stock, additional to the 10,000,000 shares we had when the company was founded. This means the company now had a total of 10,530,000 shares issued. Those 530,000 represent 5.03% of the total shares the company has issued. Even though our team already had around 10 people then, we wanted to compensate the early employees, those who had joined us when we were in the earliest stage. We also needed some stock options for new, key employees we were about to recruit. Now, at this time, our latest company valuation was about $2.5MM. Which means each share has a value of roughly $0.2374 dollars. So, say we want to give 100,000 shares (around 1% of the company) to Dwight. If we just gave him these shares, Dwight would have received assets valued at around $25,000, which would be taxable. He would have to pay taxes for these assets, that he can't necessarily cash out. So, instead of giving them these shares, the company gives them stock options. That is, the option to purchase those shares at a defined value. That value is usually connected directly to the valuation of the company at the time, so in this case, the price per share, or STRIKE PRICE is $0.2374. Now what's really happening is the company is giving Dwight the right to buy 100,000 company shares at a defined price of $23,740. Now here's where the fun happens. Say a few years the company gets acquired and the startup is no longer valued at $2,500,000 but at $25,000,000. At the time of the acquisition, Dwight exercises his stock options. He has this unique right to pay $0.2374 per share. The buyer, however, has agreed to pay $2.347 per share. The difference, roughly $2.11 per share, is Dwight's margin. So just to clarify, Dwight will never have to pay those $23,740 out of his pocket, he'll simply collect the earnings as part of the acquisition paperwork. Now, I've oversimplified this to make it easier to understand. In all likelihood, the company will have issued new shares during that time. That's why it's important to understand that the stock option pool is represented in shares, not in percentages. The 100,000 shares Dwight received represented around 1% of the company back then, but later on, they might represent much less. It's the difference between the strike price and the price per share that gives Dwight his edge. This is important to understand, because if the company doesn't increase in value, then those stock options are not really worth much. The employee can still buy them ________ Another important point here is most stock options expire after 10 years, or 1 to 3 months after the employee leaves the company. In that case, if the company has actually increased in value, the employee might choose to exercise his or her stock options then. They can either keep them for themselves or sell them, depending on the company policy. ___________________ ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. ---- Follow Caya Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cayajose/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caya.photo/ ---- Follow Us: Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slide...
Product Management in Startups: MVP to 4.0 roadmap and product manager tasks
 
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Keeping a product alive often seems like the sole purpose of an entrepreneur. So much of your time is dedicated to figuring out how to keep the ship from sinking and moving it forward, that you can quickly lose perspective of why you began the journey in the first place. To understand a product’s life cycle and the tasks of a product manager, we must begin with where products start. A product is usually conceived after a personal need sparks an idea of a product to solve it. After this initial spark, the idea has to be validated in order to confirm the problem affects a critical mass of people. This will determine if a business is viable. After validating, your product is ready to be developed, tested, launched. This is easier said than done. But, say you already made your product available, and you already signed up your first thousand users. One would think that after all this, your job is done. But you’ll soon realize people aren’t as willing to pay for your product as they first said they were. For most first-time entrepreneurs, money will flow in slowly and unpredictably. This can be nerve-wracking and put an insane amount of stress over your shoulders. Why do people not pay for your product right away? The answer to that question is product-market fit. It’s very likely that the first versions of your product will fail to satisfy people’s demands. Because understanding these needs properly and providing an adequate solution is TOO DAMN HARD. You will lose your first beloved customers. Either because they weren’t the right kind of customers for you, or because your product simply wasn’t ready, or you weren't the right kind of solution for them. That is a tough pill to swallow, but you’ll learn so much from them that it will make up for the money you failed to collect. Products will inevitably change. You will have a better understanding of your audience’s needs. Our product team often gets asked what they do on a daily basis. Through the last 5 years, our product team has constantly released new features, bug fixes, and product improvements, and a new version of the tool is pushed live every other week. While some of these changes are simply “the tool working as it should be”, some of them unlock a new layer of possibilities. You’ll realize that to keep your product alive, you’ll need to become adaptable on all fronts of your company. You need to embrace the unknown and have the will to question your own hypotheses and reinvent yourself entirely if needed. We set out to help users build better presentations, easier and faster. We wanted to help end users who were seeking an alternative to presentation tools they hated using and were stuck with for years. While the spirit of that claim is valid to this day, many things have changed: We went from freemium to premium, realizing our business model was unsustainable with the former model. We understood that competing with the big sharks was going to be a death race, and we went for specific market niches, catering startups, and small/medium businesses. Our product has changed drastically over the years. That has been the key to our success. We didn’t get stuck on our idea of what our business had to be and instead became what our business needed to be in order to serve our customers properly. Our latest product novelty revolves around the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to design users’ slides. The new slide editor will be able to factor in millions of graphic variables at once and provide optimized solutions to people’s presentations. This kind of innovations have been critical to our success, and have allowed us to outlive many other tools. But in the end, what we’ve come to realize is that these plans and business projections are not meant to predict what will happen, but rather to set a path for your company. Whether you meet them or not is somewhat irrelevant. What matters is how much wanting to meet those goals will be an engine to move your product forward, and adapt it to the many challenges it will face. Discover Slidebean: slidebean.com Demo Day: how to deliver a startup pitch deck https://youtu.be/IO11PLB2UV8 Seed Funding for Startups: How to raise venture capital as an entrepreneur https://youtu.be/4RAs9Y5wwDo Convertible Notes, Equity, and Startup Funding Explained https://youtu.be/njx09wXb9o0 If you found this useful, help us out by subscribing and sharing. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck AI-powered tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slide...
When to incorporate a business in the US: cost and expenses for startups
 
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You're an entrepreneur and want to start your US company. You found this online platform that handles everything for $500 or so. Should you go for it? That's what we are going to look into today. Why should you do it? When is the right time? An overview of the process Alright, most companies are incorporated as C-Corporations. The second, rather common alternative is LLCs or limited liability corporations. An LLC is a type of company organized under an Operating Agreement, which is a contract between the owners specifying how it will be run and how the economic burdens and returns will be split. We'll focus on C-Corps, today. In our experience with investors and accelerators, most of them will want to invest on Delaware C-Corps: so if your plan is to raise venture capital, that's probably the way you want to go. A C-corporation is an entity designed to act as an abstraction layer between the operators of the business and the owners of the business. The power of a C-Corp is that it generally separates liability from the business owners. Ownership is tracked by shares, with each share corresponding to a defined portion of control of the business and entitlement to the economic upside of it. The state of Delaware has a highly developed body of law governing corporations. So why doing it? Clarity with Co-Founders. While those agreements can be put in paper first, as your product and company increase in value you'll need to have them in full, legal writing, and a legal corporation is the best way to do it. Allows Equity Ownership and Compensation Not only for founder shares but for early team members. You'll want to define an option pool for them to compensate them for taking a risk with your company. Intellectual Property If you are developing code, that code belongs to you unless you have a contract with the company. By creating a C-Corporation you can ensure that all code generated is owned by the company. Personal Liability Protection If the corporation is sued, the assets of its founders are more likely to be protected. You will probably not be able to raise money to your name. It needs to be put into a corporation. While incorporating normally costs around $500, you need to pay around $500-$800 per year in state fees. Furthermore, you need to be compliant with accounting and tax filings. The process is rather straightforward and we laid it out in our platform FounderHub. We built that specifically to help founders navigate this process. 1. Filing takes about a day. 2. You'll want an EIN number. 3. You'll need to define a Board of Directors and company Bylaws. 4. You'll need to define share ownership and vesting. 5. Very important, if you are vesting stock, you'll need to file an 83B election form. 6. You'll want to sign a Restricted Covenants Agreement between the founders. We have details on each one of these steps as well as document templates available on our free FounderHub platform. If you are from outside of the US, this last part is for you. Do you need a US company vs a local company? It depends. a- If your product is global, and you want to bill customers around the world, it is expected for those credit card charges to come from the US. b- Charging credit cards as a US company is very easy. Stripe and Square are two companies that have perfected that model. c- If you are looking for US investors, or even plan to raise from investors from multiple countries, they can probably all agree to invest on a Delaware C-Corp. d- Startup mechanisms such as vesting, stock option pools, and convertible notes: not all countries have legislation or mechanism in place to handle these agreements, it's all quite standardized in the US. The extra cost of being a foreign founder is mainly, Your mail forwarding fees. Some extra tax forms, mainly the 5472 for any foreign founder with over 25% ownership. Your US Corporation can easily be the parent company of a foreign entity. If you have staff or operations in a certain country, you'll probably want to use this model to centralize everything in the top company, and still be compliant with other legislation. Slidebean: https://slidebean.com/ FounderHub: https://founderhub.io/ Demo Day: how to deliver a startup pitch deck https://youtu.be/IO11PLB2UV8 Seed Funding for Startups https://youtu.be/4RAs9Y5wwDo Convertible Notes, Equity, and Startup Funding Explained https://youtu.be/njx09wXb9o0 If you found this useful, help us out by subscribing and sharing. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck AI-powered tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/company/slide...
Slidebean Pitch at DreamIt Ventures Demo Day
 
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Slidebean is a simplified presentation tool that lets users create beautiful slides in a fraction of the time they would normally spend using PowerPoint. Slidebean separates content from design, letting users focus on what they want to say while the tool takes care of the rest. Find Slidebean Here: Website: http://slidebean.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean/ Google +: https://plus.google.com/+Slidebean/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/slidebean Medium: https://medium.com/@slidebean
Fear of Public Speaking: tips to beat public speaking anxiety and stage fright
 
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What gives you the heebie-jeebies? Heights? Flying? Elevators? Spiders? Being stuck inside a high-flying elevator with a funnel-web spider? None of these horrific scenarios comes even close to the number one fear on the planet – shared by over 60% of the population – and that's speaking in front of other people. Scientists call this fear "Glossophobia" and symptoms vary from tummy butterflies, sweaty palms, a dry mouth and a condition known to the medical profession as "the shakes". Or, you know, stage fright. When you're up there, all alone… exposed… your audience is going experience a quivering, coughing, sputtering, umming, ahhing, mumbling mess who's only wish is to get the heck off stage. If you have a fear of flying, you can always take a bus. If you have fear of spiders, you can always cancel your trip to Australia. But you know, when it's your time comes - a toast at your best friend's wedding - a book report at school - a part in a play - a job interview - a presentation to the boss There's just no worming your way out of it.So the choice is yours – retreat into a catatonic ball – or face up to your fear. In fact, you'll quickly discover there's nothing to fear at all. We're here to tell you: YOU CAN DO IT! Not only that: YOU CAN DO IT AWESOMELY! Let's walk through some super simple steps you can apply anytime and anyplace.Think of it like making a sandwich. Your first step: Prepare your ingredients In other words: KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SAY. Was Martin Luther King just winging it as he declared "I Have a Dream" If you get a chance, watch Gary Oldman's remarkable turn as Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour". The movie shows his obsessive working and reworking of his "we will fight them on the beaches" speech – a speech that changed the course of history. In other words: you're way more likely to succeed if you start with SOMETHING rather than nothing. Some other communication skills to take into account: - Avoid repetition (unless it's for dramatic affect) - Highlight all the most important points - And arrange them in a logical flow - If there's one thing most "how to avoid your fear of public speaking" videos leave out, it is this super important step: Adding your secret sauce. And to do that you need to FIND YOUR OWN UNIQUE VOICE. This step is super easy! And it's going to be more helpful than anything else in this entire blog. Can you imagine Churchill delivering "I Have a Dream"? Or Reverend King challenging Britons to "Fight Them on the Beaches"? The results would have been hilarious… as well as disastrous. Both men wrote to their own unique voices. It didn't just sound natural, it sounded AUTHENTIC. Here's how you can sound authentic too. - Firstly, take your script and read it aloud – not in your head, and not in a whisper – BUT OUT LOUD. Note every single word, phrase or sentence that trips you up. Is a word too long or complicated? Find a shorter, simpler word Is a word too hard to pronounce? Why IS "Statistics" so hard to say? Why not "facts" or "figures" instead? Does the word order of a phrase sound awkward? Change it. Make it more natural – how would you say it in casual conversation? Go with that. Do you have sentences than are more like paragraphs? Break them up. As a general rule, you only need one verb (action word) per sentence. Be brutal. Be relentless. Simplify, shorten, break, rearrange Now rinse and repeat – each draft should sound more and more like YOU and less and less like it was lifted from Wikipedia. The closer it comes to your natural and unique way of speaking, the easier it will be to say it in public and say it without mistakes. They only thing that makes you sound important, smart, and clever is YOU.Guess what? You've already given a killer speech in public. What the? In fact, you probably gave 4 public speeches today… before lunch. Any time you find yourself talking to more than 1 person, you're technically speaking in public. ________ -- About Us: Slidebean is a pitch deck creation tool with hundreds of templates available to use as a starting point. Thousands of companies have used our platform to pitch investors and raise capital. Our premise of separating the content creation from the slide design, allows you to focus on what matters most, while the platform takes care of everything else automatically. ---- Follow Us: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
So what is Slidebean?
 
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Making slide presentations takes a long time. You are probably wasting that time dragging and dropping, adjusting box sizes, picking the right font and size, cropping images… and in the end, the result might be… disappointing. Slidebean lets you focus on what matters most: your content; and takes care of everything else for you. Let’s create some bullets for example, and add an image. Just type the text in, pick from the millions of images we offer, and you’re done. Your slide gets designed itself! Any other content you add in will be magically arranged for you to maximize the impact. Once you add all the content, you can change the style to all your slides with a single click. You can also pick one of our curated presentation templates, like an investor pitch deck, a business proposal or a company report. With Slidebean, you can invite your team over to collaborate with you. All changes are synced for everyone, everywhere. Also, when you share your presentation, you can just email the link! No need for anyone to download files or install any software: the slides will look perfect on any device they use. When someone opens your deck, we’ll track and report to you which slides they saw, and how much time they actually spent watching it. It’s about time you leave a mark with your presentations. Sign up for Slidebean: www.slidebean.com ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
How to get into 500 Startups? | Startups & Spirits with Elizabeth Yin
 
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Want to know what you need to have to get into 500 Startups? We discussed with Elizabeth Yin. S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks. Our guest for this episode is Elizabeth Yin, former partner at 500 Startups. (https://500.co/); one of the most important VC/Accelerators in Silicon Valley. Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVYqCQznvA4o-qP1Wn2cNPKx -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Turning $70,000 into $500,000 with content marketing and SEO | Blog2Vlog
 
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The very true story of how we turned $70,000 into $500,000 through content marketing. Let's face it, there's a halo of mystery around blogging and SEO. You will hear stories of influencers making a living from their blogs, success stories of getting xx bazillion organic visitors per month, and literally thousands of articles on how to grow your SEO (that are obviously, focusing on their own SEO) - but nobody seems to be looking at the cost behind it. We're going to do that right here, right now: Every week, we'll take one of our most popular blog publications and transform it into a new format. This time, we look at amazing public speakers and what we can learn from them. Go to our Blog: https://slidebean.com/blog/marketing/content-marketing-the-real-cost?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=BA-VideoSeries&utm_content=B2V -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Presentation skills and tips from amazing public speakers - Slidebean
 
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What makes a great Public Speaker? A great public speaker has a way of connecting with its audience that goes beyond good grammar and a logical train of thoughts. The intonation of voice, the rhythm and pauses, the body language, are as much a vehicle to convey beliefs or ideas as the words themselves. It is a rare talent to be born with; in fact, quite the opposite: as many great skills, it mostly depends on time, opportunity, and practice to attain them. Here is my personal selection of amazing speakers I admire. Some of them have passed away now; some of them are alive, and young; some of them are not even real people but fictional characters who have taught me something with an incredible performance. I hope they will inspire you as much as they have inspired me! This is the original blog post: https://www.slidebean.com/blog/design/presentation-skills-public-speakers -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Are you on telegram already? - The Good, The Bad & The Tip
 
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The Good this week is Telegram. For the Bad, let's take a shot at WhatsApp. The Tip, texting at the right time. Being interrupted by emails or chat conversations can be incredibly distracting when you are trying to get shit done. ► Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip here… https://slidebean.com/the-good-bad-tip/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
When should a startup bootstrap and when should it raise money? | Startups & Spirits w/ ElizabethYin
 
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Introducing our new video series, Startups & Spirits. S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks. Our guest for this episode is Elizabeth Yin, one of the partners at 500 Startups. (https://500.co/); one of the most important VC/Accelerators in Silicon Valley. Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVYqCQznvA4o-qP1Wn2cNPKx -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Can entrepreneurs find "racism" in the  VC community? | Startups & Spirits with Su Sanni
 
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S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks. Our guest for this episode is Su Sanni, the CEO of WeDidIt​ (https://wedid.it/); an online crowdfunding platform to non-profits so that they can raise funds from their social networks. Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVYqCQznvA4o-qP1Wn2cNPKx -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Advanced Design Features - Slidebean Tutorials
 
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Start your FREE trial here ➡︎ https://app.slidebean.com/signup?ref=youtube Contact our Sales Team ➡︎ https://slidebean.com/branding-demo Advice and answers from the Slidebean Team: https://goo.gl/AaUsHu On this Slidebean Tutorial, you'll learn how to take advantage of one of Slidebean Advance features: Create a Custom Theme. This feature turns very useful to keep your brand identity of every presentation you and your team make. For more tutorials like this one, go to this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVadHVDqiPy3Z4gkWhTCIL-9 -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Public Speaking examples from Apple and Samsung Keynotes | The good, the Bad & The Tip
 
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This Week episode is about Apple keynotes, live product demos and public speaking tips. Hope you enjoy it! You can check more like this here: https://goo.gl/oH8G2j Real Emotion from a presenter - The Good The Good this week is some authenticity from Tim Cook's public speaking, for once. What we are talking about is the first few minutes of Apple's 2017 iPhone keynote- where we got a glimpse of a more authentic, less rehearsed Tim Cook. This was the first product launch from the new Steve Jobs Theater on the Spaceship Apple campus, and Tim entered the stage with shaking hands and a breaking voice- I want to believe this was some real emotion around the company's founder. Another fantastic example of public speaking was Apple's Senior Vice President of retail and former CEO of Burberry Angela Ahrendts, who also took the stage. She avoided the annoying but signature Apple expressions: it's really great, it's incredibly fast, and simply delivered an authentic performance. On Stage Demos - The Bad On stage, demos are risky and should be avoided as much as possible. Often, however, they are the only 'hard proof' you can offer a new tech product or app. The most recent hiccup was during Apple's introduction of FaceID, where the first phone failed to scan Craig's face- causing an epic fail on the first use of the long-awaited feature. Still, Craig handled the recovery pretty well. Except for today... Apple usually figures it out. They found ways to screen share even an Apple Watch, which means they probably had to develop a custom device just for that. Random fact: for Steve Jobs' first iPhone introduction back in 2007, they had to secretly switch between several devices because none of them was stable enough to go through the full presentation. On the other hand, let's look at the Samsung Keynote. While they rocked their flashy cube screen stage, they failed catastrophically with their demos: When you are bragging about infinite colors, and a curved display, who's idea was it to point the camera at the screen during the demo. Public Speaking Tips - The Tip To wrap this up today, here are some tips for your public speaking: 1- Don't memorize. Speak as you would usually speak. If you know the topic you are presenting, talk about it like you would to a human being. 2- Come up with a few comebacks. When THIS happens, embrace it and troll yourself rather than pretending it didn't happen. 3- Learn to pace. Pacing done right helps keep the audience engaged- done wrong, it just feels like you are drunk. Walk slowly but surely and stop for a few seconds every time you reach the end of the stage. 4- Look at people in the eye. Eye contact with the speaker makes the whole experience more personal. If you're falling asleep in your seat, I bet that awkward eye contact will keep them awake. We've created some comprehensive content around public speaking, here are some of our most popular articles: -How to become a great presenter: https://goo.gl/2zDcSG -Presentation skills from fascinating communicators of our time: https://goo.gl/Q4JSSg -How to Introduce Yourself in a Speech or Presentation: https://goo.gl/nsg2NB Webinar - Public Speaking and Stage Presence: How to wow? https://slidebean.com/blog/stagepresence Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://slidebean.com/the-good-bad-tip/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
What the Hell is Bitcoin? - The Good, the Bad & the Tip
 
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What the Hell is a Bitcoin? This video is about Cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and IOTA. Hope you enjoy it! You can check more like this here: https://goo.gl/oH8G2j Cryptocurrency is booming, and it's going mainstream. Bitcoin broke $10,000 per unit in November 2017, and since then, more and more people have become interested in this internet 'curiosity'. Coinbase peaked as the most downloaded app in the App Store in early December, and different bitcoin exchanges are reporting 100,000 new registrations per day. But few of these new adopters truly understand what bitcoin is all about, and how it could change the world. Bitcoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency. In plain inglés, it's a virtual currency (money) that can be used for payments, without depending on a centralized bank. Your American Express and your Visa cards are all controlled by a central bank, that instantly checks if you have funds to afford your credit card swipe. That check is done on a huge database called a ledger, that is hosted by a bank, somewhere. Cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, have a ledger that is maintained by thousands of computers worldwide. It's pretty much un-hackable because thousands of systems around the world keep a backup of each transaction. So, here we go. Bitcoin power consumption - The Bad It is estimated that 29.05 TWh of electricity was used to mine bitcoin this year, which is more than the annual electricity consumption of all these countries. The reason Bitcoin 'wastes' so much power, is that the miners are required to solve very advanced algorithms to add new data to the ledger. Think of it like a recaptcha test, to ensure a hacker isn't able to overflow the network with tampered transactions. This security setting is costing the world a lot of power, especially because some of the largest Bitcoin mines operate out of countries where electricity is cheap, but also, not clean. IOTA: the new kid on the block - The Good Over 1,000 altcoins have been invented in the last few years, many of them following similar technology as Bitcoin. One of them called IOTA sparked our interest. Instead of the Blockchain (chain of information blocks) used in Bitcoin, IOTA uses a database called 'The Tangle'. Instead of requiring a network of miners to keep the IOTA ledger, each person transacting with IOTA helps keep it by validating two other transactions before processing theirs. This effectively makes the network exponentially more powerful the more people use it, but more importantly, FREE. Buy some Bitcoin and join the fun - The Tip Bitcoin is an extremely risky investment, but it is the beginning of a technology that might as well change the way we deal with payments in the not so distant future. Buying as little as $25 worth of Bitcoin will be enough to get introduced to how things work, how to store value on a digital wallet and how to transfer it to other people. If you care about your $25, it will force you research more about it and stay updated with the news. Who knows, it might be $2,500 by the end of 2018. --- Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlGtzPIrJGY&list=PLnhdsL4kFmVZwQ8HHdp_KNh6NXolVyE5g -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
How to Share a Presentation and collaborate with others - Slidebean Tutorials
 
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Advice and answers from the Slidebean Team: https://goo.gl/AaUsHu On this Slidebean Tutorial, we teach you how to share your Slidebean presentation with others, how to add people to collaborate with your presentations and how to embed it on any website. For more tutorials like this one, go to this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVadHVDqiPy3Z4gkWhTCIL-9 -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
The AMP project: Creating a Really Good User Experience on Mobile - The Good, The Bad & The Tip
 
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The Good this Week You've probably never heard of this week's Good, but you have definitely enjoyed it. The AMP project (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is a project designed by Google to improve user experiences for mobile users. In a nutshell, allows devices to load light versions of websites (mostly blogs and news) instantly. When connection speed is a limitation, AMP allows you to load a piece of content without the wait. You might recognize those articles with this lightning icon next to them. As of May this year, over 900,000 domains were using AMP, including us of course. News outlets like CNBC and Gizmodo reported a 300%+ increase in loading times. AMP competes directly with Facebook's Instant Articles that intend to do the same thing, though Facebook naturally uses them to serve you yet more ads. The Bad or this week? Websites that refuse to give in to better user experiences. The biggest examples here are Reddit and Craigslist. Kudos on the Reddit mobile app, BTW. I'm going to get trashed for this. The Tip this Week, We want to point you to two of my favorite UX blogs: useronboard.com and reallygoodux.io Here at Slidebean, we reference them ALL THE TIME; they have fantastic, truly fantastic teardowns of different user interfaces so you can understand what worked, what didn't and how you can apply it to your stuff. Better UX will make the world a better place.
Unsplash and Placeit: free alternatives to ugly stock photos | The Good, The Bad and The Tip
 
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This Week episode is about ugly Stock Photos vs great ones, and a company called Bureo. Hope you enjoy it! You can check more like this here: https://goo.gl/oH8G2j Ugly Stock Photos - The Bad Stock photography is a multi-billion dollar market, expected to reach $20B by 2020. There's obviously a massive need for stock images, whether it's for websites, or social media posts or presentation software ;). However, the quality of these stock photos hasn't improved at all in years: your standard Google search will still yield watermarked iStockPhotos and Shutterstock and they are all pretty much the same. Stock photos that don't look stock - The Tip There is hope, people! Our favorite stock photo source is called Unsplash, and it's completely free. The site has 25,000 contributing photographers, and their content has an estimated 1 billion photo impressions per month. All images in Unsplash are covered under the Creative Commons Zero license, which means that you can download, modify them and use them for whatever you want (except another competing service, duh). Unsplash was founded in Montreal in 2013, by Mikael Cho. Mikael suffered the pain of finding stock photography for a website he was creating, so he started Unsplash as a side business. Since then, a lot of initiatives have followed the copyright-free photography model, some of our favorite examples are startupstockphotos.com and Pexels. Another related example is PlaceIt.net, who specializes on device photos (technically, they are a mockup generator). You can upload a screenshot to PlaceIt and they will automatically fit it to the device in the photo, glare and all. We also integrated the Flickr API on our Slidebean Create platform, which allows users to browse and use photos from the Flickr gallery without leaving the app (we also filter to ensure only Creative Commons images show up). Bureo: the perfect combination of design + environmental impact - The Good I met the Bureo team back in 2014, when we were part of the Start-Up Chile program in Santiago- they were about to launch their Kickstarter campaign. Bureo has since become one of my favorite companies in the world. They created a network in Chile (Net Positiva) to collect abandoned fishnets from the ocean, which they then process and reshape into lovable Californian products, such as skateboards, frisbees, sunglasses and most recently, a Jenga! We actually sponsored Bureo as part of our CONTRAST: Meaningful Design grant back in May 2017. But the reason why they are relevant today is because of their absolutely stunning branding (which obviously doesn't have a single stock photo). Their imagery, their videos and every single one of their brand publications follows an unmistakable standard, that speaks about how passionate they are about their own design. Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://slidebean.com/the-good-bad-tip/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
How to export your Presentation - Slidebean Tutorials
 
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Advice and answers from the Slidebean Team: https://goo.gl/AaUsHu On this Slidebean Tutorial, we teach you how to export your Slidebean presentation and choose between our two different offline formats, html and pdf. For more tutorials like this one, go to this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVadHVDqiPy3Z4gkWhTCIL-9 -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
What would you do differently when you started your company? | Startups & Spirits with Su Sanni
 
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S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks. Our guest for this episode is Su Sanni​, the CEO of WeDidIt​ (https://wedid.it/); an online crowdfunding platform to non-profits so that they can raise funds from their social networks. Alongside Slidebean's CEO Su Sanni discuses target customers and what to do differently when starting a business. Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnhdsL4kFmVYqCQznvA4o-qP1Wn2cNPKx -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Bitcoin, Apple Pay,  and the Alternative for Online Payments - The Good, The Bad and The Tip
 
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The good this week revolves around money, or rather, the ways we part it with. Paying with a credit card is not a great user experience. It turns out, there's a better way, and there has been for a while, only it's taking longer than expected to pick up. The idea of using your phone to pay is almost too obvious in today's world. Contactless, password or fingerprint protected and extra secure. While Google Wallet was honestly the first widely implemented payment method, Apple Pay has been spending A LOT of money to integrate NFC payments to their phones and to retails stores, but more importantly, to get people to use it! The Bad this Week One player that hasn't succeeded here is Bitcoin. Bitcoin could very well be the future of currency, but o they haven't solved one thing: making payments simple. The whole concept of having a 'wallet,' the fact that you can 'lose' all your money if the hard drive where your wallet is, fails; this is not a simple UX, and they are still miles away from mass adoption. I own some Bitcoin, and I've made and lost some money with the extreme surges we've seen in the past couple years, but I don't see why I would use it to pay for anything when even a credit card is a simpler experience. TIP Now for the tip; when you are looking at conversion rates on websites, you want to reduce friction to the absolute bare minimum. Ever been on a checkout page and realize they don't take American Express? Or they only take PayPal, and you don't have an account? The struggle is real for your users and the fewer barriers you have, the better. Companies like Stripe and Square are doing marvels around this. Stripe, for example, lets you add Apple Pay to your checkout page with a few lines of code, and Square's minimalistic... square lets anyone collect payments without going through the hoops of getting a payment processor. By the way, neither of those works in my home country of Costa Rica. Stores have to go to a bank and pay thousands of dollars to get their credit card stations and deal with their ridiculous 7%+ processing fees. Stripe, Square will you please? Come over; we'll get pina coladas and get caught in the rain. ---- Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://slidebean.com/the-good-bad-tip/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Sam Wilcoxon CEO of Ask Lorem | Ask me anything (AMA) session with Caya from Slidebean
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Tuesday, we host a Live AMA session with industry experts, from investors to marketers and successful founders. _______________________ Our guest this week is Sam Wilcoxon, CEO and co-founder of Ask Lorem, a two-sided marketplace connecting SMB/e-commerce businesses with a network of pre-vetted freelance web developers and designers.
What is the sweet spot when raising a Series A? | Startups & Spirits with Andrew Ackerman
 
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Startups & Spirits is a series of interviews with relevant entrepreneurs and investors. Conducted in bars and pubs around the world, we ask the unconventional questions. Our guest for this episode is Andrew Ankerman, Manager at DreamIt Ventures​ (www.dreamit.com) a globally recognized digital health and urban tech accelerator designed for pre-Series A companies seeking to grow their business and to scale with enterprise-level customers. On this episode, we discussed what is the sweet spot when raising a Series A? Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://goo.gl/7ym6PK -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Should a company outsource their development? | Startups & Spirits 3x03
 
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Introducing our new video series, Startups & Spirits. S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks. This week our Startups & Spirits guest is Poornima Vijayashanker, founder of Femgineer and founding engineer at Mint. Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://slidebean.com/startups-and-spirits/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=BA-VideoSeries&utm_content=StartupsSpirits Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=BA-VideoSeries&utm_content=StartupsSpirits Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slidebean?utm_source=youtube.com&utm_medium=video&utm_campaign=BA-VideoSeries&utm_content=StartupsSpirits
Coachd & Overcome The Barrier Pitch Decks | FounderHub Demo Day 4/24
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Wednesday, we host a Live Demo Day, where two of the companies in the community pitch their startups to the group, for practice, feedback and for fun. Each pitch is followed by a short Q&A and discussion about the presentation. _______________________ Our guests this week are Eric Hanson from Coachd, an online personal training, nutrition guidance, and behavior change coaching at scale; and Vladimir Kovin from Overcome The Barrier, a platform that brings transparency and accountability to peer-to-peer foreign language learning in high schools and colleges.
New York City Subway Map designer + Bad Fonts - The Good, the Bad, and the Tip
 
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This Week episode is about New York Subway, design and fonts. Hope you enjoy it! You can check more like this here: https://goo.gl/oH8G2j Cracking the NYC Subway - The Good The New York City subway map is one of the most recognizable pop culture references of the 20th century, visible in all sorts of random objects, from mugs and coasters to shower curtains. This design was the work of Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda, who worked for years to improve the mess of a system the NY Subway has become. “ For the first few years, they spent hours underground, watching the flow of passengers getting on and off trains and moving through stations. They studied their habits. Where did they go? Where did they look for information? Over the years, many different companies had been commissioned to provide the underground signage, and so directional signs competed with one another in terms of size, typeface, use of abbreviations, and in many cases, even lighting. In Noorda’s own words, “their system was a mess.” — https://www.ceros.com/blog/massimo-vignelli-nyc-subway/ They didn’t just design signs, they designed a system. They rethought the way people used the subways and turned their concept into a system that is admired by designers everywhere and is the backbone for many other subways around the world. They gave the system its sans-serif typeface (the sign-makers could not yet print Helvetica, so they settled initially for Standard Medium), a clean, easy to read font. To me, Calibri is one of the ugliest fonts ever invented by humankind, I hold it up there with other design fails such the infamous Comic Sans MS. Using Calibri for a presentation or a document speaks almost too much about you. It tells us that you didn’t bother to find a better font for your doc, or even worse, that you thought it looked good. Other fonts along those lines, Lobster, Brush Script, Papyrus, Bradley Hand and, God forbid, Lucida Handwriting. I've been ranting about these fonts for a while, but not all is lost. Here are some Calibri Alternatives you can use, as well as Times New Roman Alternatives. Calibri Alternatives - The Tip So the tip is obviously around fonts you CAN use, and better yet, for FREE! Here are three of our favorite picks: 1) Open Sans, by Google. A simple Sans-serif font that adapts as its being integrated on websites all over the world. I’m sure you have recognized it. 2) Alégre Sans is a beautiful, sans-serif capitalized font that we find particularly attractive for headers. It's like a beautiful version of IMPACT, but still... impactful. 3) Raleway is another Google Font; this one represents a great free alternative to Helvetica Ultralight. It was designed originally as a lightweight typeface and later evolved to add new, bolder variants. Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://goo.gl/JQrHoX -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Message from the founders: Killing our Black Friday sale for Hurricane Otto
 
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In the next few hours, Hurricane Otto will hit the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We are deeply concerned for the people that will be affected by the storm, especially considering that part of our team is based in San José, CR. Instead of holding a Black Friday sale, we'll be donating 100% of our Friday revenue to the victims of the hurricane.
Miticket.cl & Health Hero Pitch Decks | FounderHub Demo Day 4/3
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Wednesday, we host a Live Demo Day, where two of the companies in the community pitch their startups to the group, for practice, feedback and for fun. Each pitch is followed by a short Q&A and discussion about the presentation. _______________________ Our guests this week are Bruno Calderon from Miticket.cl, an e-commerce approach for entertainment tickets and Anthony Diaz from Health Hero, a modern health insurance.
Mass Mobile Apps Pitch Deck | FounderHub Demo Day 3/27
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Wednesday, we host a Live Demo Day, where two of the companies in the community pitch their startups to the group, for practice, feedback and for fun. Each pitch is followed by a short Q&A and discussion about the presentation. _______________________ Our guest this week is Ali Ispahany from Mass Mobile Apps, a DIY Mobile App building platform.
Wikipedia, Waze and Foursquare what they have in common? - The Good, The Bad & The Tip
 
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The Good this week is Wikipedia, and Waze, and Foursquare. The Bad, Wikipedia's editing options are probably the least user-friendly. The Tip, use Grammarly. ► Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip here… https://slidebean.com/the-good-bad-tip/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
What have you learned after 10+ years as an accelerator? | Startups & Spirits with Andrew Ackerman
 
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S&S is a weekly interview with startup founders and VCs, with questions that could only be asked over one (or several) drinks. Our guest for this episode is Andrew Ankerman, Manager at DreamIt Ventures​ (www.dreamit.com) a globally recognized digital health and urban tech accelerator designed for pre-Series A companies seeking to grow their business and to scale with enterprise-level customers. On this episode we discussed what have they learned through the years, and what are you doing differently now? Follow our Startups & Spirits Journey here… https://goo.gl/7ym6PK -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
The Rise of Augmented Reality and VR Apps - The Good, The Bad and The Tip
 
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The good this week Is the rise of augmented reality apps! Apple introduced AR Kit, a framework that lets developers create AR apps rather easily. The App Store has exploded with fantastic apps like this one, that creates a blueprint of any room with completely accurate measures--- or IKEA's store, that lets you test how furniture will fit in your apartment before buying it. The Bad is: Virtual Reality. So far, VR has just been a curiosity gimmick at tech events, but it hasn't really picked up for anything else. Some disastrous user experiences here, you need an obstacle-free space to use it, you can quickly get dizzy and disoriented. The Tip For a startup, it might be tough to figure out whether or not to spend time building products for these experiences. My suggestion here is to try to build the least viable product you can build, and test how people react to it. Sure, it's nice to get a nice publicity boost by being one of the first Apple Watch apps, or the first AR apps on the App Store, ... but building something like this is a huge bet and if user excitement is not sustainable... it might proof useless in the end. Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlGtzPIrJGY&list=PLnhdsL4kFmVZwQ8HHdp_KNh6NXolVyE5g -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Slidebean Contrast: De la mano con la calle
 
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Every month, we invest 1% of our subscription revenue on initiatives that use design to change the world. Slidebean is rooted in our passion for design; we believe that great design can be applied to almost all aspects of life: from how people share and absorb information to everyday interactions with our environment, and experiences with other people. CONTRAST is our commitment to aiding projects and initiatives that, like us, believe in great design as a way to transform the world we live in. Every now and then, however, we make an exception to our own rule. During month's excitement around soccer and the FIFA World Cup we came across 'De la Mano con la Calle', an NGO that works with the homeless people of San José assisting them in different ways. One of the ways they help out is with the 'Mejenga': a monthly soccer match of volunteers versus users of the Municipal Shelter. Any user that participates in the match gets a full weekend stay on the shelter, which provides them with food and keeps them off drugs. We had a blast! Also featured a guest appearance of Juan Cayasso, former Costa Rica National Soccer team player (and Caya's dad). You can find more info about this project and other initiatives we supported, here: https://slidebean.com/contrast/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Lernio Pitch Deck | FounderHub Demo Day 4/17
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Wednesday, we host a Live Demo Day, where two of the companies in the community pitch their startups to the group, for practice, feedback and for fun. Each pitch is followed by a short Q&A and discussion about the presentation. _______________________ Our guest this week is Siddhartha Kapoor from Lernio, a parent engagement platform on the smartphone for K12 schools. Teachers take pictures and videos of classroom learning and share on the upload after tagging the students. The media gets shared with only the parents of the students tagged, maintaining privacy. The parent receives a beautiful timeline view on his smartphone with curated content (media, event updates, school news, assignments, etc.) only focussed on his/her child. Groomed to be an educationist, Sid has been running his family owned K12 school since 2001. Siddhartha is a thought leader in the ​branding and marketing of schools, especially in the era of social media and technology.
Slidebean Branding Demo
 
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Sign up for a FREE Trial Here ➡︎ https://slidebean.com/branding-demo Your brand reflected right. Every time. Ensuring your team uses your brand guidelines correctly is a cumbersome process. Slidebean allows you to define soft and hard rules about your brand use, and enforce them across all the content your team generates. STATE-OF-THE-ART DESIGN Make your brand look its best every single time. Choose and customize our stunning templates and distribute them to your team. AUTOMATIC BRAND ENFORCING Define the rules for your team, from font selection to color palettes, and rest assured that they won't be able to break them. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- Slidebean is a free web-based presentation tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like Power Point, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
Xylobands + Affordable Smart Homes Technology - The Good, The Bad & The Tip
 
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The Good this week is Coldplay and their fantastic use of technology for their live act. for the Tip- let's talk about bringing technology to your home. Smart homes are becoming more affordable as new competitors come into play- - You can check more like this here: https://goo.gl/oH8G2j - Transcript The Good this week is Coldplay and their fantastic use of technology for their live act. The Xylobands were introduced in their 2012 Mylo Xyloto and synchronized to the music in specific parts of the concert. The band is just a simple set of LEDs wrapped in fabric with a radio receiver. They can be lit from up to 300m away so the production team can choose to switch select colors or sync them to the beat of the music. They are amazing, they made Coldplay one of the best shows I ever attended- it’s a fantastic 21st-century evolution of the old lighters, and there’s this fleeting sense to the bands: you can obviously keep the memento, but it will never light up again after the show. The technology has since been used for Hockey, Basketball games and a bunch of other events. For the Bad, let's talk about mislabeled technology- or rather, the complete lack of it. How about Crest 3D white - why? Because it makes your teeth look 3D? Well guess what, we already live in a tridimensional world. How about those 4DX theaters? No, splashing water and moving my seat doesn't mean I've entered the fourth dimension. I'm also trying to watch a film, not in a Universal Studios ride. God, I hate 4DX. Anyway, for the Tip- let's talk about bringing technology to your home. Smart homes are becoming more affordable as new competitors come into play- One of my favorite kits is Phillips Hue, a set of colorful light bulbs that you can control from your phone, set scenes based on images and program to react when you get an email, or when your team scores. Lockitron is another favorite- it's the most affordable smart lock in the market these days, and it lets you open and close doors with the tap of a button- or provide temporary access to friends, if they're helping you watch your dog, for example. With tools like IFTTT or Apple Homekit you can connect them all together- to set the mood as soon as you arrive home or get your Roomba to start cleaning as soon as you leave. The future is here... if you can afford it. Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip Journey here… https://goo.gl/JQrHoX -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. -- ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean
FindRecruiter Pitch Deck | FounderHub Demo Day 3/20
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Wednesday, we host a Live Demo Day, where two of the companies in the community pitch their startups to the group, for practice, feedback and for fun. Each pitch is followed by a short Q&A and discussion about the presentation. _______________________ Our guest this week is Lawton Lai from FindRecruiter, an online marketplace that connects companies with recruiters worldwide. Lawton is the CEO & Co-Founder of FindRecruiter. Seasoned recruiter turned entrepreneur, co-founding SURGE Recruitment and trusted IT hiring adviser for CXOs and HR Directors. Led and built the IT division at KOS Int'l, Hong Kong's first listed recruitment agency. Returning overseas from Vancouver graduating from University of British Columbia.
Heini Zachariassen Founder of Vivino | Founderhub AMA 3/19
 
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Join the discussion: https://founderhub.io/community/ The FounderHub Community is a Slack group built around our new product, https://founderhub.io; a platform we envisioned to help founders build more successful businesses. Every Tuesday, we host a Live AMA session with industry experts, from investors to marketers and successful founders. _______________________ Our guest this week is Heini Zachariassen, founder & board member of Vivino, an online wine community, database and mobile application where users can buy, rate and review wines. Heini Zachariassen is Vivino’s Founder and currently serves as board member and chief evangelist. Largely credited with bringing a technology revolution to the wine industry, Heini founded Vivino because he was frustrated by not knowing which wine to buy. It’s been his passion project ever since. During his tenure, Vivino grew into a community of 30 million users, raised $57 million in funding and rolled out a worldwide wine marketplace. Prior to starting Vivino, Heini co-founded several startups, including global internet and mobile security company BullGuard.
The evolving Facebook Ads platform - The Good, The Bad & The Tip
 
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The Good this week is Facebook Ads. The Bad, Facebook targeting options? The Tip, take a look at Brain.fm. ► Follow The Good, The Bad and The Tip here… https://slidebean.com/the-good-bad-tip/ -- Thank you for watching this video. We really hope you found it useful. Please let us know what you would like, or what should we improve. Comment below and help us continue with this project. ► Subscribe to our Channel Here http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=slidebean -- About Us Slidebean is a free web-based presentation software tool that lets users create powerful presentations with just a few clicks. By separating the content creation from the slide design, Slidebean allows users to focus on what matters most while taking care of everything else automatically. The presentation software was released on Q2 2014 and deemed by TheNextWeb as Instagram for presentations. Founded in 2013, Slidebean is a Startup Chile and DreamIt Ventures alumnus. With over 7,000 presentations delivered so far, Slidebean seeks to become the most efficient alternative to traditional software like PowerPoint, as well as a new standard in presentation design. ---- Follow Us Online Here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slidebean Twitter: https://twitter.com/slidebean Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/slidebean