Present.Me is a company that lets people give presentations — on PowerPoint — to anyone in the world.
It’s got a two-pane interface that shows the slides on one side, and the face of the presenter in a video stream on the other side of the screen, making it useful for businesspeople, teachers, or anyone who needs to do a show-and-tell remotely.
Founder Richard Garnett said they idea came about when he was working on a big merger between two companies. Unfortunately, he said, “the business that was buying the other business, they hated the other business, they didn’t want to be together, so we had to record the presentation.” After a week of work and great expense, they came up with an easier way to deliver presentations remotely.
We found Garnett at SXSW last week in Austin, on an overcast and rainy day that unfortunately reminded him a bit too much of his home in England. That said, the business climate in the UK is considerably better: According to a 2012 World Bank report, the UK is rated as the easiest country in Europe to do business and is rated seventh easiest overall in the world.
Furthermore, according to UK Trade & Investment, the UK has the lowest barriers to entrepreneurship in the world and has the third-least barriers to trade and investment. Not a bad place to start a company with ambitions to bring people together over presentations all over the globe!