ALUMNI INSIGHTS WITH PATRICK NINI, CEO OF PITCH5
NAME OF YOUR STARTUP?
My startup name is Pitch five. It’s a rhetoric software that cares about content and not about slides.
WHAT PROBLEM DO YOU SOLVE?
We solve the problem that people actually do not really know how to present and to persuade others. We give him the structure and idea going in that direction.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
It’s a long story. I wrote a book on presentation and rhetoric and the idea with the publisher was to add an app, because it’s modern. But I didn’t just want to have an app because it’s modern because (in that case)that one won’t survive. I got pregnant with the idea and was thinking about how we can solve the problem, how we can actually survive on the presentation market when people give presentations. And with that we try to help to create a presentation that really focusing on content and not on the slides.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
I’m proud of the journey we have made, because at first nobody understood what we wanted to achieve. And meanwhile there’s a book out that is supported by the app, and the app is supported by the book. With a lot of articles in magazines talking about the topic and we are kind of a leader and “first mover” in that area.
THE FIRST SUL EVENT YOU ATTENDED?
My first SUL event was in 2014 in Vienna. I was there to get the connection because I was moving back to Austria. The spirit is quite cool here. I found the name for my startup actually here (in Linz). We had just the codename or a project name but not the real name. I’m here now because it’s in Linz and it’s about Startups 300 that is really a cool thing.
YOUR ADVICE FOR EARLY STAGE STARTUPS?
Try things out! Make a prototype. Try to get something very fast. In our startup we want to replace PowerPoint because we just care about content. We want to have speakers speaking and we give the special structure. When we created this software it was like PowerPoint, but it was a different use of it: we moved circles with text inside.We did not use PowerPoint for creating slides, but just to structure something. Your main competitor could be helping you with the prototypes, and that’s the funny story. So there are really easy ways to make a prototype that makes it fast.