What is Prezi, and why?
Prezi is a web-based tool for creating presentations. It’s similar to other presentation software like Microsoft PPT, but it offers some unique features that make it a good alternative. In recent years, it has become popular in schools and businesses. Most types of presentation software use a slide-based approach, where you move back and forth between individual slides, kind of like pages in a book. Prezi, however, uses a canvas-based approach. Instead of using slides, Prezi has one very large canvas that your presentation moves around on, zooming in and out to view various frames. Prezi is completely free to use. There are upgrades you can pay for to unlock additional features, but everything you need to create and share a dynamic Prezi is available free of cost. In addition, Prezi always looks the same, no matter what computer you’re viewing it on.
Peter Arvai is a Swedish businessman of Hungarian parentage. He is the CEO and co-founder of Prezi. As an entrepreneur, he founded omvard.se in Sweden, and co-founded Prezi along with other two co-founders Adam Somlai-Fischer, a designer and Peter “HP” Halacsy, a computer scientist and university professor; and officially launched it.
Prezi was founded in 2009, at the start of the financial crisis — hardly auspicious timing. “Starting from Hungary in the midst of a recession and taking on the world’s largest giants, that wasn’t something that people immediately wanted to invest in,” says Arvai, who went without a salary for the first year and a half. Another huge roadblock was the strong competition of the three giants of the IT industry: Microsoft, Apple and Google. More than a few investors have turned him down because they did not believe that he would ever have a chance to succeed. Arvai later approached TED Conference given the companies’ common vision of promoting the open exchange of ideas and he had pitched the investment idea to in the conference and managed to have TED as the earliest investor.
Today many companies use Prezi as an indispensable part of their new virtual workplace, such as:
What is interesting about Prezi is that it can be handled effortlessly by any user with a myriad of creative features. competes in accordance with the market needs. In 2020, and due to the global shift to online conferencing, the company launched Prezi video, a software that enables the presenter to share content and meaning more effectively through interactive graphics on the screen. See how it works here.