Pitch Launches, In Private Beta And Also Raises $30m


Pitch Launches

A collaborative presentation software startup ‘Pitch launches’ its own product in private beta and in the process raised $30 million in its recent funding. The current round of funding (Series B) was led by Thrive Capital, which includes other notable angel investors that left Facebook-owned Company ‘Mike Krieger’ and Instagram founder ‘Kevin Systrom’, and also the co-founder of Superhuman ‘Rahul Vohra’.

Initially, Pitch was founded in Berlin early last year, but became officially launch in September at the time it announced it had been able to raise $19 million from big-name backers. However, it’s founders include ‘Jan Martin’, ‘Christian Reber’ and ‘CharlettePrevot’ – who jointly developed the super popular productivity app – Wunderlist prior to its sale to Microsoft at about $200 million.

You may wonder why Pitch is aimed at ‘generation Slack’! Slack was Pitch’s early-stage beta customer, by investing via Slack Fund – viewed as a way of repeating what Slack did for the team communication and collaboration sphere.

Pitch launched is understood to be seen as an ‘open’ and extensive platform that could potentially integrate with myriad third-party apps and data streams, these include YouTube, Tweeter, Slack, and Excel. This has been proven by the company’s ability in creating “beautiful and high-quality” presentations via templates as its edge over others.

Responding to this development, ‘Reber’ made it clear while addressing VentureBeat that, “We have a long-term roadmap and a big vision for our integrations platform”, adding that,

Our ultimate goal is to potentially integrate with all of the tools teams already use and pull in data from everywhere. We will launch a handful of key integrations and continue to add more over time. We are focused on connecting with the tools modern terms use most, and we hope to learn a lot during the beta period what tools are important to our users”.

In a bid to differentiate its standard, it’s understood Pitch is aiming at advance and rich-feature experience, which is based on the fact that there are a good number of cloud-based presentation software creators could lay their hands on. However, Pitch launched app will eventually include smart formatting and layout tools, and also a build-in library of customized presentations precisely for specific purposes.

At the moment, Pitch is completely free to all its users, while its premium launch will be introduced in 2020. Based on this, Reber said: “Our goal is that anyone can use Pitch, but teams who are really invested in the platform will get more out of our premium features, much like Slack or Zoom”, adding that, “During the course of the beta we will learn what features and behavior people value so that we can find the right balance of what’s free and what’s premium”.

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