PIONEERS IN PRESENTATION MANAGEMENT

Our History

1993
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1993
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Miramar CDI – The First Interactive Catalog

James Ontra and David Kopstein created a CD-Log, the compact disc catalog.  Converting a storage closet, deep in the recesses of David’s family furniture store, into a computer studio, and build one of the first interactive catalogs.  Essentially, it was an interactive presentation kiosk where customers could select a style of furniture and see it in different colors, woods and fabrics.  This was long before the Internet was mainstream.  James and David both had knowledge of and interest in programming, and David had experience in the retail furniture, the third generation, operating his family’s furniture business.

Several furniture manufacturers participated but stopped shy of paying for this new interactive technology.

1997
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MicroInteractive: Pitchman

As the first laptops with sight, sound and motion gained traction, so did a need for better presentations.  James, as head of business development, directed sales for Micro Interactive’s Pitchman, selling the first interactive presentation to CBS Ad Sales, for the Nagano Olympics.

 

Other early adapters of presentation management were:

2000

Iguana Interactive

During the dot com boom, Micro Interactive was rolled into iXL.  James went with the merger, continued to sell laptop presentations to large companies. But then, he seized the opportunity to spin out his division, raise funding, and start Iguana Interactive.  He was the CEO.  And he talked AlexAnndra into leaving her fun job in advertising, with lots of great perks, to join this hectic start-up, as General Manager   Iguana Interactive not only developed and deployed the presentation management software for their clients, they also wrote, designed and built out the systems.  It was a comprehensive, and typical of that time, software and services operation.

In less than two years, they developed applications for such prestigious clients as:  NBA, NFL, Johnson Controls, American Express, Bravo, AMC, Mercedes-Benz.

But the boom went bust, the investors pulled out, and James and AlexAnndra were both out of a job.

2002
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Failure is the Best Opportunity

James and AlexAnndra start Ontra Presentations with a borrowed desk a phone, and the then discarded Iguana Interactive Enterprise Presentation Solution.  They had both worked at Iguana Interactive, James as the founder and CEO, Alex as the General Manager until the investors pulled out during the dot.com bust of 2001.

They rebranded it the Ontra Presenation  Solution, and continued development.  After 90 days of grueling cold-calls, they landed ABC National Television Sales and Towers Perrin as their first clients.

Clients loved the Ontra Presenation Management Solution’s ability to playback movie quality video and animated graphics, all while ensuring their sales team had the most up to date banded presentation content synchronized across their networks.

2006
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YouTube Changed Everything

YouTube democratized digital video, and clients were no longer willing to pay a premium for video in their presentations, even if the quality was better.

As one client said to us, “Can’t you just make it work in PowerPoint?”  We said OK, and developed PPTshare Slide Library for PowerPoint.  It was a locally installed library for PowerPoint, that synchronized PowerPoint and video down from a SharePoint or network folder.

2008
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PPTshuffle Slide Library for PowerPoint on the Cloud or on Your Network

We developed PPTshuffle a hosted solution on our Cloud servers or installed enterprise on our clients’ networks.

Clients liked the solution because it:

  • Ensured presentation compliance across their organization
  • Automated video running in PowerPoint
  • Was really, easy to use
  • Increased productivity, decreasing the amount of time it took to create a presentation from days to minutes
2010
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Presentation Builder is a Home Run for Pharmaceutical Speakers Bureaus

Added the Presentation Builder to PPTshuffle, a presentation wizard that ensured FDA compliance while giving KOL speakers an easy, flexible tool to prepare their decks.

2014

Shufflrr Launches

Everything we’ve learned, over 30+ cumulative years of developing presentation management software is built into Shufflrr.  The practical knowledge, the technology, the users, successes and even the failures, are all integrated in to Shufflrr.

The result?  An elegant, easy solution that still ensures brand and message compliance, while giving the team a quick way to create and share a new presentation.

And if we’ve learned anything over the years, all the great technology and features we can add, will never compensate for ease.  It just has to be easy.  Shufflrr is built to be easy.

2015

Shufflrr App

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Our passion is presentations

Our Team

Michael Doe

Michael Doe

CEO

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Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Art Director

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David Smith

David Smith

Developer

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James Ontra

James Ontra

CEO

James is responsible for vision and technology, including the company’s flagship products, PPTshare, PPTshuffle and now, Shufflrr. He brings over 30 years of entrepreneurial expertise and 20 years experience on both the sales and developmental sides of presentation management software.
From the software’s inception at Micro Interactive and continued development at iXL, to a recognized presentation software at Iguana Interactive, to the current application today, James has raised funds, directed sales and technology, and has painstakingly worked to ensure that our software continually meets current market needs.
James is a natural-born entrepreneur, beginning with his college career at the University of Houston where he published “Houston’s Hottest” calendars, managed and helped found the “Velvet Elvis” pub, and printed T-shirts in his garage.
The US Small Business Association in Houston, Texas named him “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1993.

AlexAnndra Ontra

AlexAnndra Ontra

President

Chris Coulson

Chris Coulson

Technology

David Kopstein

David Kopstein

Business Development

Our Clients Through the Years