Australia’s online design and publishing startup unicorn Canva is expanding its design reach to include presentations, following its acquisition of Sydney-based interactive presentation tool Zeetings.
This latest move by Canva, which earlier raised $40 million in a funding round backed by Sequoia China and long-time investors Blackbird Ventures and Felicis Ventures, seeks to challenge the traditional Powerpoint presentations.
“Together we will be able to deliver a full suite of rich, interactive experiences to power the future of presentations, and put an end to death by Powerpoint,” said Melanie Perkins, CEO and co-founder of Canva.
Financial details of the acquisition, which is Canva’s first, were not immediately disclosed. Zeetings CEO and co-founder Robert Kawalsky and other members of the team will be joining Canva.
Zeeings, launched in 2015, provides smart presentation tools that add interactivity and analytics to presentations.
These tools include polls, surveys, and group chats to enable participants in meetings, training sessions, workshops and events to actively participate from their own smartphone, tablet or computer
Perkins said, Zeetings gives people a new way to engage their audiences with a platform to participate in otherwise one-directional presentations.
Millions of presentations have been designed on Canva since the launch of the design tool in 2013, with a range of templates tailored for a variety of industries, professions, and needs, such as marketing, business updates, social media graphics, pitch decks and training material.
Zeetings CEO and co-founder Robert Kawalsky said, having the two companies come together made sense as they both shared the same vision for the future of presentations, and empowering people to achieve their goals through better visual communication.
“We launched Zeetings three years ago with the simple idea that if we could transform presentations from one-way monologues into two-way conversations, we’d be able to unleash the collective genius of everyone in the room,” Kawalsky said.