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Press Release: Swipe relaunches with an overhauled product, fresh funding, and pro plans to change the paradigm of presentations

  • Horia Cernusca
  • August 18, 2015

Swipe helps you make quick, beautiful, responsive presentations and lets you broadcast them in real-time to anyone, on any device, anywhere in the world. Swipe turns your presentations into conversations, by putting your content in the hands of your audience and lets you interact with real-time polls for a more modern, engaged, two-way presentation experience. Rebuilt from the ground up with the tools to help save you time and make better presentations.


As Microsoft launches Sway publicly in an effort to rethink presentations, Swipe is quickly becoming the educator and business professional’s web-based presentation tool of choice by changing the paradigm of presentations into a dynamic and interactive real-time collaborative experience.

tl;dr version

  • Swipe launches a brand new version redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up to give an alternative to Microsoft’s Sway and LinkedIn’s Slideshare
  • The new version is all about putting the focus on your content and giving you powerful tools to create interactive presentations in minutes that work on any device
  • Swipe is the best way to teach, pitch, and meet with anyone, anywhere, on any device
  • Over 300,000 people have used Swipe since its launch
  • Presentations in Swipe have been viewed over 3.5 million times
  • Swipe raises further funding from Passion Capital and Playfair Capital to fund product development
  • While Microsoft’s Sway launched publicly, Swipe is more and more the educator’s choice of presentation tool
  • Swipe helps you interact with your audience with real-time polls
  • Swipe helps you build responsive HTML5 presentations faster than any other tool, letting you focus on content and not have to worry about design
  • Educators from Parsons, University of California (and many other major universities in America), General Assembly, Hyper Island choose Swipe over existing tools to promote class engagement and a modern pedagogy
  • Teams from Facebook, Mozilla, Dropbox, Google, PayPal, Adidas, and Skype use Swipe to run meetings, webinars, and meetups due to the platform’s flexibility and simplicity
  • Thousands of startups and agencies including Typeform, Lulu, BakeSpace, Nclud, and more are using Swipe to update investors and pitch clients

A different kind of presentation with Swipe. Horia Cernusca, company co-founder and CEO explained: “We think presentations should be more like conversations, where the audience doesn’t only digest and consume but rather contributes to the flow and becomes an active part of it. We move presentations into the mobile context, a participatory context, which sets them free from the projector and the traditional idea of a lecture. With Swipe you don’t talk at your audience, you talk with them.”

A modern presentation tool that’s getting adopted by modern companies and universities. The company has seen organic bottom-up growth in some of the world’s most innovative companies during its beta period, with people and teams from companies like Facebook, Mozilla, Google, Dropbox, Skype and PayPal adopting it as their presentation tool of choice. Educators from Parsons, Hyper Island, General Assembly, and the University of California are increasingly choosing Swipe to promote a more engaged classroom.

The fastest way to build a beautiful deck. “We spent the past year learning from our users and building the editing features that really speed them up,” says company co-founder and CTO Håkon Eide. With its drag-and drop features and a simple slide creation experience, a user can go from nothing to a powerful, responsive, HTML5 presentation that you can instantly share with anyone around the world. Drag and drop PDFs and photos, add web content like YouTube, Vimeo, and real-time polls, or create presentations from scratch in Swipe’s flexible editor.

Collaborative presentations. With Swipe, a user can edit their presentation with anyone they give access to edit in real-time. On top of that, a user can limit the types of access they give on account basis with different permissions: the rights to co-edit, present, or just to view. This allows teams to work on presentations together and to control permissions based on people’s roles. A manager can centralize the versions of presentations that their salespeople can present, while editing and controlling the presentation with the relevant people and making sure the right up-to-date version of the deck is being presented.

Pro plans that marry presentations with data and control. With the announcement of its pro plans, Swipe goes after the business market. It plugs into the web’s favorite analytics tools (like Google Analytics) to give a user detailed analytics related to how their decks performed. The pro plan also adds secret links, giving the user the ability to create multiple individual links per presentation to send different prospects, and to see when and how they each interacted and viewed the deck differently.

It also adds password protection to make sharing sensitive content even easier. These tools are aimed at sales teams, marketers, and startups in order to make them more effective and improve the quality of their presentations with data. The company keeps its “Forever Free” unlimited plan, giving the “non-business” user the option to create and host unlimited decks with unlimited collaborators to encourage their bottom-up adoption approach that landed the product in companies like EY, Oracle, PayPal, Facebook, and Mozilla.

Unique features of Swipe:

  • Users can present and control their “slides” live from any device using 3G, LTE, WiFi or other network connection, and as the presenter “swipes” through their slides, everyone else who’s loaded the same URL – on any device – will be able to see and interact with the slideshow in real time.
  • Users can interact with their audience using real time interactive polls
  • Co-create with real time collaborative features. Give edit, present, or view access on account basis
  • Use the tools you already love to create decks, or build them in Swipe: Users can upload PDFs and photos and add web content like YouTube and Vimeo videos and take advantage of its live presentation benefits and analytics
  • Privacy comes first: All decks are set as private by default, unlike any other web-based presentation or sharing tool
  • The fastest way to create beautiful responsive web-based presentation with its new Markdown slides editor with real-time previews and flexible templates
  • Analytics-focused pro plans that answer the following questions: Is anyone actually looking at the slides? Where do I lose people’s attention in my presentation? Which are my best and worst slides? Which sections do people find most interesting and most engaging? How can I send the same deck to many people and track independently?

About Swipe:

Presentations should be simple. Swipe was started in 2012 by Horia Cernusca (CEO) and Håkon Eide (CTO) in Oslo, Norway. The company launched its alpha at The Next Web Startup Rally in April, 2013 and later launched into public beta in November 2013 to rave reviews. The company is now based in London, UK and has raised seed funding from the best early stage VC funds in Europe: Passion Capital and Playfair Capital.

About Passion Capital:

Passion Capital is the premier early stage venture capital fund in Europe. Established in 2011 and based in London, the managing partners Stefan Glaenzer, Eileen Burbidge and Robert Dighero have more than 50 years collective experience in entrepreneurial, founding and executive operational roles at tech firms. The three of them were personally involved in four of the largest European exits of the year over the last ten years.

About Playfair Capital:

Playfair Capital is a technology venture capital firm founded in 2011 by Federico Pirzio-Biroli. From its London headquarters, they invest in tenacious entrepreneurs building technology that generates a quantum leap in the way people live, work, and play for the better. Playfair Capital have backed companies across the UK, Europe, the US, and Africa.

Horia Cernusca

Horia Cernusca

Co-founder & CEO of Swipe. Sometimes a designer, sometimes a writer.