The Canvas for Modern Work: Our Investment in Gamma
Presenting, collaborating and sharing ideas is at the heart of how we work. We spend countless hours writing docs and crafting presentations to convey our ideas, but the tools we use to communicate these ideas haven’t adapted to the way we work today.
As a former Product Marketer, Product Manager, and Partnerships lead at fast growing technology companies, I felt the pain of presenting to various audiences, both internally and externally. Docs were too hard to format and too text-heavy to share live. Presentation tools forced me to choose between aesthetic and collaboration, and were too restrictive from a media and content perspective. We needed something that blended the two—to convey the mixture of content, data, and media that brought an idea to life.
Grant Lee, Jon Noronha, and James Fox are building this missing tool. From their time at Optimizely building teams across product, design, engineering, and business operations, they felt the pain of using docs and decks for cross-functional collaboration first-hand, so they set out to solve the problem themselves.
A Gamma is a “modern memo”, blending the ease of document creation with the presentation features of a slide deck. Gamma’s interactive and easy-to-use “cards” let users embed interactive apps including Loom videos, Google spreadsheets, and Figma mockups, so when changes are made in downstream apps, the Gamma memo is always up to date. It’s built for presenting, but is easy to share as a leave-behind as well.
We’re excited to announce that Accel is leading Gamma’s seed round, along with incredible angel investors including Julie Zhuo (Facebook), Eric Yuan (Zoom), Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn), and founders at Airtable, Patreon, Segment, and Honey. At Accel, we have a long history of investing in collaboration tools, including Slack, Frame.io, and Dropbox, to name a few. In Gamma, we see the same potential to enable seamless communication and support critical cross-functional workflows.
The future of communication is a mixture of media, data and creative assets. Gamma is the canvas through which knowledge workers can take those units of content and connect them in powerful ways. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Grant, Jon, James, and the rest of the talented Gamma team on this next chapter of their growth.