We officially launched SlidesWith at the end of November 2020 when our previous startup got covid killed, and by late Feb we had 1,009 active signed up users.
Slides with Friends is a tool for making video calls better — it's interactive slide deck builder (with tons of pre-made games you can use) to make zoom meetings / community events / online talks engaging and fun for your audience. Think of it like Powerpoint meets Jackbox games, where the goal is to help people come together and feel connected.
In March 2020, I was (am) running a startup in the pet care tech industry. We were in multiple cities, slated for NYC launch in q2, and had just hit $60k MRR in February. March was on track to beat that. 2020 was on track for $1m ARR.
In the space of 2 weeks, our revenue dropped by 75%; people stopped going to work (and stopped needing pet care). Instead of a million dollars in 2020, we did $300k in revenue.
We had a newly-totally-remote team, a system with the capacity to run at 3x its current rate, and some time on our hands. I wanted to help make our team meetings a little better, and I wanted still be able to connect with friends & family. My cofounder @Mason Hipp and I dreamed up SlidesWith together as a way to solve all of these issues at once.
It's a freemium product and thus far our paid conversion rate is around 6%. We're currently running only annual pricing, at a (dirt cheap compared to our competitors) $48 rate for the year. (This is a lifetime 50% off discount for early birds, that ends April 1. FYI.)
For those interested in the technicals, it's VueJS on the frontend and Hasura/PostgreSQL on the backend; the site is statically generated and deployed via Netlify and all of the backend infrastructure is handled by Nhost.
I'm a snooty, overly-intellectual introvert who's had to learn how to overcome these traits. Here's an article I wrote about running great events as an introvert.
I'm running and event this Friday 3.26! about How to Beat Zoom Fatigue. If you run a lot of remote meetings / talks, this is for you.