Thursday, May 08, 2008
The Flickr of PowerPointsSlideShare is creating a site for sharing presentations the way Flickr got people sharing family photos.
The company booked $3 million in VC to expand its popular website. I agree with the concept -- that syncing slides with music can be fun, and that many folks will do it, but I don't know that we need yet another social-ish destination site. This technology is a commodity product, and it would be easy enough for someone else to reverse engineer. It's a utility that should be part of a bigger site.
The best bet for SlideShare is that someone like YouTube or Yahoo will buy it for 5 to 10 times their current valuation in a year if they can continue to improve the technology and grow the audience. Unless these companies do it themselves, in which case SlideShare will be left out in the cold.
By John Gartner at 11:08 AM | Comments (0)