Robert Kawalsky is the CEO and Cofounder of Zeetings, a software company changing the way people present their ideas to the world. Robert is also an active investor and advisor to technology and internet related businesses. He previously held the position of Portfolio Manager at Keybridge Capital where he grew and managed a portfolio of assets across shipping, aviation, renewable energy and real estate. Robert began his career at Ernst & Young, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and is a CFA Charterholder.
In this conversation, Robert talks about Zeetings.
Geetesh: Can you tell us more about what presenters and audiences can do with Zeetings, and what motivated you to create Zeetings?
Robert: We believe presentations are a powerful way of communicating the amazing ideas, lessons, products, and a million other weird and wonderful things people are passionate about. If you get this communication wrong the impact can be devastating; if you get it right, the impact can be world-changing.
We created Zeetings because we realized that despite the fact that technology has advanced dramatically, fundamentally presentations have not kept pace. What’s more, people’s expectations have changed – no longer is it acceptable to expect an audience to sit passively and be ignored. People want to lean in, have their say and participate in a dialogue. Zeetings makes this possible.
Zeetings transforms a one-way presentation into a two-way conversation. When presenting your PowerPoint slides with Zeetings, everyone in your audience (whether in the room or not) can participate from any connected device by simply going to a single URL. There’s nothing to download or install; you can be on any network and Zeetings works on phones, tablets, and laptops.
Participants are able to view your slides in real-time as you present them – when you change slides, their screen will automatically stay in sync. As a presenter, you can add interactive elements between your slides such as polls, websites, videos. Audiences are also able to post questions and comments, connect with each other and take notes on a private notepad.
Along with all this interactivity, Zeetings also provides presenters with data-driven insights into their presentations and audience. Presenters can finally understand what aspects of their presentation resonated, which questions people most want to be answered, and who continued to be interested in the materials after the presentation concluded.
Geetesh: How is Zeetings different than other similar offerings – what sets it apart?
Robert: Firstly, Zeetings is extremely easy to use. That’s easy to say but hard to create and we have spent thousands of hours designing Zeetings to be intuitive and maintaining simplicity as a core design principle.
Secondly, Zeetings has been designed from the ground up with interactivity in mind. As an example, existing polling solutions are added into presentations as an afterthought creating a broken experience whereas, with Zeetings, all the interactive elements are seamlessly blended together to create a smooth and consistent experience for presenters and audiences.
Finally, Zeetings is completely unique in that we don’t believe the conversation should end once you’ve finished presenting your final slide. With Zeetings, everyone in your presentation can stay connected and keep conversing. In fact, many people are not using Zeetings to deliver live presentations at all but rather using Zeetings as an engaging way of sharing presentations for people to view in their own time. Unlike emailing a slide deck, sharing a presentation with Zeetings allows you to track how people consuming your presentation and get them engaged using all the interactive elements.