French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can export your work in PDF or PPT as well.
“We realized that we spent a lot of time putting together beautiful PowerPoint presentations instead of searching for information and content, analyzing and providing strategies for our clients,” co-founder and CMO Édouard Petit told me. “That’s why we asked ourselves how we could become faster at formatting presentations,” he continued.
The answer lies in the two main components of the products — collecting content and creating a presentation. In order to do a PowerPoint presentation, you have to spend a large chunk of time searching for good images and videos on the web, downloading them and adding them to your presentation. You could use Evernote or a similar data capturing service.
Instead, Bunkr chose to take care of this part of the process. It is not only a presentation maker, it is an Evernote-like service for your presentations. Whenever you see something that you want to add to your presentation, just click on the bookmarklet and it will be in your Bunkr account. Users can collect images, videos, websites, articles, notes or quotes.
Bunkr doesn’t reinvent the traditional slide metaphor. PowerPoint users won’t feel lost.
With Bunkr, you create your own Pinterest-like content database. Whenever you need to add an image or a quote, you tap into this database. You can easily reuse catchy quotes and inspiring images and save some time. That’s why Bunkr will appeal to executives who make presentations everyday — in other words, hardcore PowerPoint users.
“The idea behind Bunkr comes from our previous jobs,” Petit said. “With Alexis, we worked in an advertising agency and we spent most of our days doing presentations,” he continued.
When it comes to the presentation structure, Bunkr doesn’t reinvent the traditional slide metaphor. Compared to competitor Prezi, it is very conservative. PowerPoint users won’t feel lost. But the main difference with Prezi is that it’s all HTML5. You don’t have to use Flash in your browser, you don’t have to install an app on your smartphone. You can just send a link to your presentation, and it will work in whatever browser you are using. Finally, you can easily embed YouTube videos.
Just like presentations in Google Docs, multiple persons can work at the same time on the same document. As for pricing, the service is free, but if you want to keep more than 2 presentations without having to download a PPT copy, you will have to pay a €2.50 monthly subscription. So far, 200 users are paying out of the 7,000 who tried Bunkr.
Part of TheFamily accelerator, the Rouen-based team of five will try to raise a seed round in the coming months. But the product is already very impressive. The design and technology behind Bunker already make it a serious PowerPoint contender.
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