VMware’s SlideRocket Acquisition: Conversation with Chuck Dietrich

Created: Saturday, May 28, 2011, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Chuck DietrichChuck Dietrich is the CEO of SlideRocket, an online presentation platform founded in 2006 with the vision that provides for every part of the presentation lifecycle and helps you make great presentations. Chuck holds a BA from University of Colorado in Economics and an MBA from University of Utah.

In this interview, Chuck discusses the VMWare acquisition of SlideRocket.

Geetesh: Tell us more about the VMware acquisition of SlideRocket, and how it affects existing SlideRocket users?

Chuck: VMware is helping power a new way to work—tapping cloud computing to provide access to the applications people need when they need them. The acquisition of SlideRocket – the leader in online presentations – moves this vision forward. SlideRocket’s reinvention of the way people build, deliver, and share engaging presentations is a testament to the potential of modern applications to change how business users work, providing them with technology that makes them happier and more productive. Building on VMware Zimbra e-mail collaboration, SlideRocket is another step in VMware’s mission to deliver engaging workforce applications that are collaborative, mobile-optimized, social and even fun.

In terms of the customer experience, SlideRocket will continue to operate independently within our applications business unit. SlideRocket’s thousands of subscribers, including the Discovery Channel, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, ZenDesk, University of San Francisco, Oprah Winfrey Network and the International Olympic Committee, will continue to access and create innovative, interactive presentations via the website or app on the Google Chrome Web Store.

Geetesh: What synergies does the SlideRocket acquisition by VMware bring to both entities?

Chuck: The acquisition expands VMware’s application capabilities for modern end-user computing, delivering next generation applications across any device via cloud computing. VMware is providing an increasing number of technologies that bring the cloud’s capabilities directly to end users and foster a new way to work in this post-PC era. An era where collaboration and social interaction define the way people will work. VMware will deliver this new way of working naturally, from any device, location or time zone.

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