Slide.com


Slide.com

Infobox Dotcom company
company_name = Slide, Inc.
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company_type = Private
foundation = San Francisco, California
(May, 2005)
location = San Francisco, California
key_people = Max Levchin, Founder, CEO, and Chairman; Jeremiah Robison, CTO; Kevin Freedman and Keith Rabois, Vice Presidents
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url = [http://www.slide.com/ www.slide.com]


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website_type = social networking
language = English
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current_status = active
Slide, Inc., operator of the Slide.com website, is a Web 2.0 company founded by Max Levchin and based in San Francisco, California. Originally formed to make photo sharing software for social networking services such as MySpace, the company achieved its greatest success as the largest developer of third-party applications for Facebook. [cite news|publisher=USA Today|url=http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2007-11-26-widgets_N.htm|title=Widgets make a big splash on the Net|date=November 29, 2007|accessdate=2007-12-23|author=Jon Swartz]

History

Slide was begun as a project in 2004 and formed in 2005 by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, who personally invested $1 million in the new company.cite news|publisher=CNET|date=August 25, 2005|title=PayPal co-founder readies photo-sharing service|author=Alorie Gilbert|url=http://www.news.com/PayPal-co-founder-readies-photo-sharing-service/2100-1038_3-5843575.html|accessdate=2007-12-23] The company was formed to develop and run a service users would download for their network browsers that would organize photos on their computers and post them to personal blogs.

Slide was one of the companies invited to participate in F8, the event at which Facebook announced an open platform allowing third parties to develop and operate their own software applications on the Facebook website. Several of Slide's plugin applications such as "FunWall", "Fortune Cookie", "My Questions", "Top Friends", and "SuperPoke!" became at various times among the most popular applications on Facebook. [cite news|publisher=VentureBeat|url=http://venturebeat.com/2007/06/25/q-and-a-with-max-levchin-slide-more-than-a-widget-maker/|date=June 25, 2007|author=Eric Eldon|accessdate=2007-12-23|title=Q&A with Max Levchin: Slide more than a widget-maker] [cite news|publisher=Business Week|url=http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/aug2007/tc20070822_270970.htm|title=Slide: Max Levchin's Next Act|author=Aaron Ricadela|date=August 23, 2007|accessdate=2007-12-23]

Slide's first institutional funder was the Founders Fund, a San Francisco venture capital firm operated by former PayPal executive Peter Thiel to invest in Web 2.0 start-ups.cite news|publisher=Reuters|author=Eric Auchard|title=PayPal founder's photo slideshow site gets funding|date=November 15, 2006|accessdate=2007-12-23|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/15/AR2006111500099_pf.html] . Subsequent investors included the Mayfield Fund, Khosla Ventures, and BlueRun Ventures. In January 2008, Slide received a further $50 million in financing from undisclosed institutional investors, rumored to be Fidelity Investments and T Rowe Price.cite news|publisher=Reuters|date=January 18, 2008|title=Facebook software maker Slide gets $50 mln funding|url=http://uk.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUKN1834455320080118]

As of late 2007 Slide's principal competitor was RockYou! [cite news|publisher=New York Times|accessdate=2007-12-23|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/business/28invent.html|title=After Succeeding, Young Tycoons Try, Try Again|author=Gary Rivlin|date=October 28, 2007] .

Many Slide applications were blocked in Turkey in March 2008 after a local court there ruled that Slide was not censoring user-generated content seen as derogatory to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk per Turkish law. [cite news|publisher=Turkish Daily News|accessdate=2008-04-20|url=http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=100021|title=Web site blocked over insults to Atatürk|date=March 27, 2008] .

References

See also

* Web based presentation tools

External links

* [http://www.slide.com slide.com] - official website


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