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MonthMarch 2015

A Note from From Our Co-Founder

What We’ve Been Working On, and How You Can Be Part of It

It has always been our vision to help you create presentations that are 10 times better, in 1/10th the time.

Whether you joined us this week or you’ve been with us since we launched, you’ve been an important part of making that vision real, and I truly hope that we’ve given you something of value in return. I hope we’ve helped you knock socks off, get props, wow audiences, and feel creative. I love hearing that we’re helping people communicate more visually, and having more fun doing it.

Today, I’m personally asking for your support as we begin a new chapter in our startup story.

We just announced the upcoming launch of Haiku Deck Zuru. This is an incredibly powerful new tool that Kevin and team have been hard at work on for years. I’d love for you to be one of the first people to see Zuru, become a charter member, and help spread the word:

Haiku Deck Zuru is a huge part of fulfilling our 10x faster, 10x better vision. You’ll be able to upload a rough presentation from PowerPoint or Keynote, or an outline from Evernote, and we’ll use artificial intelligence to turn it into a beautiful, visual Haiku Deck, instantly. You’ll be able to edit the result in Haiku Deck, or you can export it and edit it right in PowerPoint. Nobody else is doing that — and I have to be honest, even we didn’t think it was possible until very recently. But that’s exactly the kind of challenge we love.

Haiku Deck Zuru will be our first subscription offering — and as a special thank you, we’re offering six months free to all who become charter members during the limited time pre-sale.

Yes, the Haiku Deck you know and love will remain free. We wouldn’t want it any other way. But as you can imagine, there comes a time in every startup’s journey when growing a business becomes a priority along with growing an amazing community. If you believe in what we’re doing, please help our vision become reality by joining us as a charter member, sharing the video, and getting the word out.

If you have questions or feedback, just drop me a line, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

With gratitude,

Adam

Co-founder and CEO, Haiku Deck

Introducing Haiku Deck Zuru

Haiku Deck Blazes Ahead with Powerful New Features; Announces Instant Presentation Creator Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Breakthrough Offerings Make Beautiful, Visual Presentations Possible in Minutes


Haiku Deck Blazes Ahead – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Seattle, WA — March 5, 2015 — Haiku Deck today announced a range of robust new features designed to significantly increase formatting flexibility while drastically reducing presentation creation time.

Since its launch in 2012, Haiku Deck has built a passionate global following of highly engaged presentation creators, and the latest features in its core offering address its community’s most frequent requests.

  • New remix feature allows users to tap into the power of the community and jumpstart deck creation and collaboration by copying, modifying, and remixing decks flagged as shareable by their authors.

Zuru: New Haiku Deck presentation template gallery

New presentation template gallery

  • More than 2 dozen new, professionally designed slide layouts allow users to include a paragraph or quote, showcase their logo, and pair text and images in a variety of creative, flexible formats.

  • Custom color matcher allows users to precisely match slide backgrounds to their brand or business colors, or to complement image hues with colorful sidebars.

  • Expanded theme collection makes the full set of 20 premium fonts, in either white or black text, free for all users across platforms.

Haiku Deck is also making its groundbreaking new technology, Haiku Deck Zuru, available for presale. Haiku Deck Zuru further builds on the power of the creative community, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to radically streamline presentation creation.

Haiku Deck Zuru: Instant Presentation Creator

Introducing Haiku Deck Zuru

Beginning in late spring 2015, Haiku Deck Zuru users will be able to import an outline or existing presentation from PowerPoint, Keynote, or Evernote to instantly create a beautiful, visual Haiku Deck that’s perfectly optimized for any platform.

Haiku Deck Zuru technology intelligently analyzes presentation content and applies best practices to identify keywords, recommend images and fonts, and optimize slide layouts, quickly transforming rough presentations or notes into stunning visual presentations.

“When I think about the millions of people around the world who are spending 6, 8, 10 hours on every one of their PowerPoints — to be able to reduce that from 10 hours to 10 minutes is a big deal,” said Kevin Leneway, co-founder and CTO of Haiku Deck. “We can save people so much time. And we can prevent so many really awful presentations.”

“We can save people so much time. And we can prevent so many really awful presentations.” Kevin Leneway, Co-founder and CTO

Haiku Deck Zuru is made possible by the massive trove of data collected over the past 3 years, as Haiku Deck’s highly engaged global community has performed millions and millions of image searches to create more than 3 million presentations.


The Data Behind Haiku Deck Zuru – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

By analyzing the frequency of image search terms and the images selected over time, Haiku Deck Zuru can intelligently predict the most important concept to be illustrated on each slide, suggest high-quality images, and accurately place text and layout for optimal readability. Haiku Deck Zuru users can easily make edits and refinements in the Haiku Deck iPad App or Web App, which will remain free, or save their presentation as an editable .pptx file.

“Our goal at Haiku Deck has always been to make it 10 times easier for professionals to create decks that are 10 times more effective, in 1/10th the time,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO of Haiku Deck. “With these new developments and the technology behind Haiku Deck Zuru, we are really delivering on the vision.”

“Our goal at Haiku Deck has always been to make it 10 times easier for professionals to create decks that are 10 times more effective, in 1/10th the time.” Adam Tratt, Co-founder and CEO

Learn more about Haiku Deck Zuru, or try Haiku Deck, at haikudeck.com.

About Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck makes it simple and fun to create flawlessly beautiful presentations. Headquartered in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Haiku Deck is a privately held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Trilogy Partnership, Madrona Venture Group, Founder’s Co-op, and Techstars. The Seattle-based startup was founded by Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway. Haiku Deck has been embraced by creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines worldwide; for examples of how people are using Haiku Deck to pitch ideas, teach lessons, tell stories, and ignite movements, visit the Haiku Deck Featured and Popular Galleries, Blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Pinterest boards. For additional information and company images, visit www.haikudeck.com/newsroom.

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