Grant Lee has been residing in slide decks for many of his profession, however it wasn’t till he was performing some advisory work final 12 months that relied closely on slides that he aimed to reimagine the format.
“Slides were built for a different era of work,” he advised W3Techy. “They were more of a visual aid. You had to have a presenter because they have little standalone power without the person.”
Previously, folks would print off slides or watch the presentation collectively on one display screen, however the general drawback of individuals sharing and speaking their work has existed for a very long time. Lee stated. Slides have been round for over 30 years, and now everybody has their very own display screen.
So Lee and his co-founders, James Fox and Jon Noronha, all former Optimizely workers (Optimizely was acquired by Episerver in 2020), began Gamma, a software program that allows customers to construct stacks of playing cards that match a model’s aesthetic and prioritize design by linking completely different bits of content material, like movies and embeddable types that may be stuffed out in actual time.
The concept for Gamma was to create one thing that also feels acquainted to the conventional slide, however that additionally “unlocks a whole new set of super power,” Lee stated. He refers to constructing content material in Gamma like “choosing your own adventure,” and the content material might be dragged, dropped uploaded and match into the playing cards. And although the presenter is guiding the dialog, watchers can discover the content material themselves after which return to following the presentation.
The firm was based final November, launched in personal beta in August and is now asserting $7 million in seed funding led by Accel. Other individuals in the spherical embrace Zoom CEO Eric Yuan; former LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner; founders at Airtable, Patreon, Segment, Honey and Optimizely; and early-stage funds together with Script Capital, South Park Commons, LocalGlobe, Afore and Hustle Fund.
“When we came out of stealth in August, we were talking to Accel and thought they were the right partner,” Lee stated. “Investing in a new medium can be difficult, but we were excited about crafting the right building blocks. The new funding will allow us to build out the team and the product, and it will help having the right partner.”
Gamma is now out of personal beta and Lee stated there are literally thousands of folks on the waitlist to be onboarded. It is just too early to focus on progress metrics, due to the firm not but having paying clients, however there can be some paid plans down the highway, he stated.