“Social presentation” app Glisser secures seed funding three months after launch

Round led by Downing Ventures alongside angel investment from etouches and Digital Labs founders

Glisser, featured as a Just Started business of 2014, has completed a seed round led by venture capital firm Downing Ventures alongside angel investors Leonora Valvo; the founder of US event platform etouches, and Eamon Tuhami; the founder of Digital Labs.

Started last October, Glisser is a free-to-download app which looks to “socialise presentations” by converting regular PowerPoint and Keynote presentations so they can be received by mobile devices in real time as they are presented.

Presenters and event planners can then add social features such as voting, live audience questions, Twitter feedback and polls with the goal to engage audiences further and generate useful data.

The deal, which comes ahead of the London start-up’s plans to launch a web-based solution next month, sees Downing Ventures’ Matt Penneycard join the board as investor director with Valvo joining as board adviser.

Glisser co-founder, Mike Piddock (pictured), said: “It’s great to receive this sort of endorsement from a respected venture capital firm and a couple of highly influential and well connected angels, just three months after our launch.

“Alongside their financial investment, these investors bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts. This is a significant step in the evolution of the Glisser business, and will enable us to continue to develop the solution in line with all the useful customer feedback we’ve received already.”

Angel investor Tuhami discussed the potential of the Glisser app:

“For far too long presentations have been given in a linear, non-interactive format; while all but the bold, who ask questions, sit there in isolation. What amazes me is that the Glisser technology changes all of this. Within a few minutes you can convert a standard PowerPoint into an interactive presentational experience.

“I'm really excited to see how Glisser changes how we give, receive, interact, and analyse presentations in a simple yet powerful way.  Importantly, as someone who is giving a presentation to a large audience, can you afford not to ‘Glisserfy’ your PowerPoint?”


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