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Peter Arvai

Prezi is the startup that could; taking on the giants of the presentation world to deliver a slick and agile visual storytelling software that has captured the world’s imagination. And behind it all is an openly-gay Hungarian CEO who, together with his two cofounders, has turned Prezi into the success it is today, making strides for LGBT+ visibility in the Hungarian workplace along the way

You won’t forget the first time you see a Prezi presentation: the way the map-like soft ware zooms in and out to highlight details, flowing effortlessly between pictures, text and video, is a beautiful thing to behold. Many people can pinpoint the first time they came across the brand to the year 2009 when the TED Talks phenomenon began to hit its stride. Speakers at the ‘ideas worth sharing’ conferences were early adopters of the visual storytelling soft ware, with many of their thought-provoking presentations racking up millions of views on YouTube.

Fast forward five years and Prezi now has the world’s largest database of publicly available presentations. Th ey have been viewed over three billion times and 85 million people have created at least one Prezi, with one million new users signing up for a slice of the pie (chart) every month. At conferences, companies such as IBM, Luft hansa, SXSW and Chupa Chups rely on the technology to add sparkle to their presentations, while Millennials were early adopters, meaning schools and universities across the globe are increasingly using Prezi.

Th e brand are busy looking to the future, with new Augmented Reality (AR) versions of Prezi and a dedicated business version of the soft ware launching last year. From humble beginnings in Hungary (Prezi is the short form of ‘presentation’ in Hungarian), the start-up has grown rapidly, despite the odds, but none of it would have been possible without an openly-gay CEO called Peter Arvai at the helm. He co-founded the business alongside Adam Somlai-Fischer (who’s artwork was the starting point for the venture) and Péter Halácsy, who looks aft er most of the company’s tech implementation. Arvai tells us about taking on presentation giants Apple, Google and Microsoft at their own game, the importance of mindfulness in business and being proud at Pride in Hungary.

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