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Copy of Prezi founders story

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Adam was a music aficionado
growing up in 80's Budapest
He studied architecture, but became
disillusioned with
square
pedagogical
methods.
He applied to study in Sweden,
where dogmas and rulers were
replaced by hacking and building
One of these presentations happened
to be watched by a misterious figure
with innovative thoughts on his mind.
This is terrible .
...but also
terribly interesting.
His architectural skills now served a more exciting purpose:
Hundreds of cheap plastic penguin
walkie-talkies are modified to create
an interactive sound installation.
presented at the 2006 Venice Biennale
discussing contemporary architecture
These are not your everyday songbirds.
childhood
Sweden
freedom
Budapest
architect
artist
interactive systems
and he never looked back
the
the
The
Entrepreneur
HP
started coding at an early age
on the computer built by his dad.
he would later study
electrical engineering
at university
and build databases at
the department of sociology
one day he was chatting over a coffee with
media critic Péter György, whose phone rang.
Sorry, I'll call you back. I'm
working
now.
( it wasn't an excuse )
It made HP realize that simply talking and thinking about problems is, in fact,
work.
...and work that
interests him a lot.
HP heard him say:
So he continued researching this field,
doing a PhD about search engines and
computational linguistics
and started sharing his
findings as a university teacher
after working as a developer for
large projects such as Origo.hu
Your idea is great, but the
technology is horrible.
You could make this into a
software that anyone can use.
And I can help you do it.
Cool!
Slurp
Adam and HP became friends and exchanged ideas.
Together, they founded
or
KIBU is a new media lab for researchers, developers and artists who get funding and technology to work together on their own experimental telecommunications projects.
Kitchen Budapest
...and one of KIBU's first
research projects was called
ZUI Prezi
for
Zooming
U
User
Interface
the prototype for
Computers
+
Communication
a zooming presentation editor
with Robin Nagy, Attila Nemes and Eszter Bircsák
They sold
the KIBU idea using a prezi prototype...
(Peter Haláacsy)
KIBU
Peter
A Hungarian boy growing up in Sweden,
He was a conflicted child,
hesitating between the
arts
working on a
'theory of everything'
science
He realized mobile phones could be the perfect devices for reading news and
watching videos on the go.
so he worked on the world's first
mobile phone newsreader apps
and even a mobile viewer
for TED talks.
Frustrated with the lack of medical information
available to Swedish
hospital patients
and doctors,
Peter and friends created
omvard.se
,
an award winning
healthcare database.
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Then HP met Peter on a job interview.
HP rejected the offer, but told Peter about his "zooming presentations" project and asked for some advice on building products and companies.
might this be the opportunity
to build a globally successful
company based in Hungary?
He decided:
yes.
a Hungarian
in Sweden
the Theory of
almost
Everything
around
the
world
Innovation
from Hungary!
INNOVATORS
the
a documentary in PreziVision
TM
Artist
the search for poetry in high-tech, contemporary culture.
Adam,
and so we come to...
Scientist
HP,
On a conference,
he saw Adam use
one of his
home-made
zooming presentations:
Peter,
that is.
and
So when he met HP he thought:
For some time, Peter
had been struggling with
the prejudice that nothing good can come out of Hungary.
which happened
to be just the
thing for Peter
(this was way before iPhones)
He became convinced
of one thing, though:
humanity
everything
great
about
sharing
people
starts
with
ideas
learned early on about how people
view those who are a bit different.
,
So he convinced HP and Adam to leave their jobs
and make zooming available for anyone
who wanted to develop and share their own ideas
Today Prezi is a renown, cash flow-positive, Hungarian-US company
>17 million
>100
...with an impressive growth curve!
Peter Arvai
Peter Halacsy
Adam Somlai-Fischer
>170 000
prezis created daily
users
employees
Ideas matter.
Prezi / magyarul!
Frame = keret
Arrow = nyil
Prezi = Prezi
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